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Decide elections by popular vote instead | Letter

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 3:00AM

Why isn’t the presidential election decided by popular vote instead of the current electoral college system? The “swing” states get all the attention.

Can’t withstand a Hillary presidency | Letter

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 3:00AM

Our country can withstand a Trump term of office. The damage Hillary would do to our country and Constitution with leftist justice appointees would last for generations. Is this what the people want in a president?

Primitive thinking inspires clay artist: Oak Harbor’s Jerry Pike creates new ideas from ancient artifacts

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

Pike is always getting strange looks from the hundreds of creatures and masks he created — inspired by artifacts and sculptures of ancient and primitive cultures, particularly Northwest Coast and pre-Columbian civilizations. He will be opening up this world to the public this weekend as part of the annual Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour.

Bailey says she doesn’t condone hit piece against rival

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

A Republican state senator from Oak Harbor has taken the uncommon step of publicly denouncing the way a Democratic opponent is shown in a mailer paid for with money raised by her GOP colleagues.

DUI prevention leader is retiring after 16 years

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 5:00AM

After 16 years at the helm, Hellmann is planning to retire from the organization, commonly known as IDIPIC, this month, having passed on the directorial position to Mike Diamanti earlier this year. After several months of searching, Diamanti and Hellmann chose Alice Biddulph to fill the role of panel facilitator.

Judge denies county motion in beach-access lawsuit

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 5:00AM

A dispute over public beach access in Greenbank will likely go to trial in October.

Wildcats opt out of jamboree | Football

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 8:09AM

The Oak Harbor High School football team will not compete in the Meridian Jamboree Saturday, Aug. 27, as originally scheduled.

Vanderzicht Pool hosts Whidbey Island Swim Championships

  • Aug 25, 2016 at 11:37AM

Micah Geist won the featured event at the Whidbey Island Swim Championships Tuesday, Aug. 23, at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool.

Tiles honor Coupeville championships

  • Aug 25, 2016 at 5:00AM updated at 8:46AM

David Svien decided it was time to fill in the blanks of Coupeville High School sports history.

Lemonade Day fostering young entrepreneurs

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Aug 24, 2016 at 12:27PM

The Island County Economic Development Council has posed an important question to 25 young entrepreneurs across the island: when life gives you lemons, what’s a kid to do?

Body ID’d as man who jumped from ferry

  • Aug 23, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Aug 24, 2016 at 10:45AM

An autopsy confirmed that the body of the man found in waters off Whidbey Island Saturday was the person who jumped from a ferry near Coupeville Thursday night.

Body recovered in waters off Whidbey

  • Aug 20, 2016 at 3:00PM updated Aug 24, 2016 at 10:38AM

The body of an elderly man was recovered in the water off the western shores of Whidbey Island Saturday afternoon.

Search continues for ferry jumper

  • Aug 19, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Aug 24, 2016 at 10:38AM

The U.S. Coast Guard and other local agencies continue their search for a ferry passenger who jumped into the waters of Admiralty Inlet Thursday night.

Coast Guard ends search for man, 79, who leapt from ferry

  • Aug 19, 2016 at 3:00PM updated Aug 24, 2016 at 10:37AM

The United States Coast Guard suspended its search of the waters of Admiralty Inlet Friday for a Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry passenger who jumped into the water near Whidbey Island on Thursday night.

Vehicular homicide suspect wanted

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 7:00AM

A 35-year-old Oak Harbor man facing a vehicular homicide charge is wanted on a $100,000 arrest warrant after he failed to appear at a court hearing last week.

New Oak Harbor police chief to be named today

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 7:00AM

Oak Harbor’s new police chief will be named today.

Oak Harbor Music Festival seeks volunteers for Labor Day weekend

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 4:00AM

As the Labor Day weekend event approaches, organizers are still seeking volunteers who are interested in helping.

Tour Whidbey art studios this weekend

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 5:00AM

Of the 52 artists participating in the Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour this weekend, 16 of them are first-timers.

Health board will not take action on jet noise: Resolution passes on a 3-2 vote

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 6:00AM

In a resolution narrowly passed by the Island County Board of Health Wednesday, members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, who have been the primary proponent of jet noise complaints and the alleged health impacts produced by Navy flight operations on the island, were told that the board will not take action to “protect against the unknown, unquantifiable and unverifiable public health and safety claims” COER has raised.

Butler takes over OHHS girls swim program

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 7:00AM

Jenny Butler is the Oak Harbor High School girls swim team’s fifth head coach since 2010.

Trump wasting effort on Washington voters | The Petri Dish

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 4:00AM

It’s a pretty safe bet Donald J. Trump will lose in the state of Washington this November. It’s a pretty sure one he’ll get walloped in the city of Seattle.

Thanks to all who helped arts festival organizers | Letter

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 3:00AM

The 2016 Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival is now but a sweet and successful memory.

It’s better to have Wray than no leader at all | Letter

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 3:00AM

After Aug. 16, the absolute, incredible failure of Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson to propose amendments to Commissioner Jill Johnson’s resolution about alleged health impacts from Outlying Field Coupeville showed a failure to lead. Commissioner Price Johnson speaks of “common ground” but a failure to accept an invitation to engage in the parliamentary process to improve Commissioner Jill Johnson’s resolution is an absolute, incredible failure to be a parliamentarian on the Board of Health.

Island benefits from having Price Johnson’s leadership on board | Letter

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 3:00AM

Island County Commissioner District 1 voters have given Helen Price Johnson an over-whelming show of support with their 70 percent “yes” vote in the primary election. This should show the rest of Island County that she is the best candidate for a continuation of the work she has done as a commissioner these past eight years.

Who you vote for in this presidential election is a good test of your sanity | Letter

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 3:00AM

Okay, here’s a simple little test for you. Sort of a sanity test, if you will.

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