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Etzell named to all-state team | Baseball

  • Jun 9, 2014 at 9:55AM

Coupeville senior baseball player Ben Etzell was selected Sunday, June 8, to play in the All-State Baseball Series in Yakima Saturday and Sunday June 14 and 15.

Oak Harbor, Coupeville athletes receive all-league honors

  • Jun 9, 2014 at 8:16AM

Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school athletes made an impression on their conference opponents this spring. In all, 50 earned all-league honors; 18 were first-team selections.

Team prepares to weigh historic anchor off Whidbey

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 8:23AM

If it’s what a team of treasure hunters hope, an artifact connected with the Pacific Northwest’s most famous European explorer will leave the seafloor for the first time in over two centuries next week. State regulators have issued Anchor Ventures, LLC, a permit to raise an anchor they believe was lost during Captain George Vancouver’s legendary exploration of Puget Sound in the early 1790s.

Grace and grit: Mental and physical toughness a requirement for ballet dancers

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

In the final dress rehearsal for “Peter Pan,” last year, Ellen Peterson put all her weight on her extended left foot and felt a pop. It was her Achilles, a tendon that is constantly tested when ballet dancers stand on their toes. The pop was an alarm and the pain that followed a cause for some initial panic. She was, after all, playing Peter Pan. “I was the main,” she said. “I had to continue.”

Former candidate for Oak Harbor City Council faces felony

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

A three-time Oak Harbor City Council candidate and a frequent council watcher is accused of stealing a 100-ounce bar of silver from an elderly family friend while the woman was away caring for a dying daughter, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Melvin J. Vance, 49, in Island County Superior Court May 27 with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, theft in the second degree and possession of stolen property in the second degree.

Detective with Island County Sheriff's Office accused of assault

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

A detective with the Island County Sheriff’s Office was placed on administrative leave after being accused of assaulting a citizen during a traffic stop. Undersheriff Kelly Mauck said the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a criminal investigation of the allegation. The detective, a 13-year-veteran of the department, made the traffic stop in Oak Harbor at about 4 p.m. June 3.

Messy tradition for graduating seniors started decades ago

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

High school graduation is a rite of passage that seniors look forward to all school year. At Oak Harbor High School, there’s another tradition that students anticipate. A long-standing ritual at the end of the school year for seniors is gathering all of the paper assignments they’ve saved throughout the school year and tossing them in the air as soon as the final bell rings on their last day.

Island County officials sympathetic but powerless to stop marijuana manufacturer

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

A fence being raised around marijuana-related businesses may soon prevent people from accessing a popular North Whidbey charity that helps low-income people. A group of Goldie Road business owners met with Island County officials Tuesday to voice their concerns about a proposed recreational marijuana production business that they say is forcing them to relocate.

Anti-noise group upstages Larsen at campaign event

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 4:00AM

A Coupeville-based group interrupted a campaign kickoff event for Congressman Rick Larsen Tuesday by demanding he address the topic of jet noise. Approximately 50 people attended the event, held at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. Many of those attending are members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, a group opposed to the use of Outlying Field Coupeville for Navy’s EA-18G Growler touch-and-go landing practices.

Whidbey to get 6 P-8A squadrons

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Navy announced it will be basing six P-8A Poseidon squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station at the close of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement this month. “This move highlights the strategic importance of NAS Whidbey Island and we look forward to the arrival of the first P-8 squadron beginning in 2016,” said Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer for NAS Whidbey. “Now that a decision has been announced, we will begin moving forward with planned projects to build aircraft simulators and improve necessary hangar and airfield facilities to support the P-8A aircraft,” Nortier said.

Whidbey ranks as third best island in USA Today poll

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 4:00AM

In the eyes of one national news organization’s readers, Whidbey rates as one of the best islands to visit in the United States. Whidbey Island is ranked No. 3 under “Best U.S. Island” by readers of USA Today and, the news media company’s travel website. A panel of experts picked the nominees, leaving the public to vote for their favorite U.S. islands over the course of a month.

Violence shouldn’t be a part of nursing | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, I currently work as an registered nurse at both a large urban medical center and our local hospital. As a nursing student in 1986, I sustained my first injury while trying to care for a mentally ill patient. What I naively thought back then was a “once-in-a-lifetime” occurrence is now commonplace in hospitals, both big and small.

Shame on whoever stole my coin purse | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

Editor, I would like to address the honesty of our Oak Harbor residents and patrons. To the person who stole my black coin purse from the Dutch Maid Laundromat Thursday morning, shame on you! You know who you are and I’m sorry you had to do this to me. I am and have been a resident since 1969 and have seen a huge change in Oak Harbor. After this incident, I am appalled.

Support Glendale shoreline project | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, I fully support the Glendale shoreline access project proposed by Island County in partnership with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. I understand that grant funding is necessary to complete the project. The proposed acquisition is one of the few remaining opportunities on Whidbey Island to augment Whidbey’s scarce public beach access.

WIC removal from base is unfortunate | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, The on-base Women Infant Care, WIC, office provides vital pre-natal and family services for over 500 junior enlisted families. This fully federal ly funded program is located at many other bases and is virtually no cost to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The office was started in the 1980s in order to avoid a two-hour round-trip to the Skagit office, a major cost impact to junior Navy families, or swamping the small Island County office.

Maybe airplane noise does effect health | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, I have lived just outside of the Sea-Tac Airport noise zone for more than 20 years. When I worked eight to 12 hours a day, the noise from the planes wasn’t so bad, if you didn’t mind turning up the TV or stopping conversations indoors, on the phone or outside when chatting over the fence with your next-door neighbor. How could I complain? After all, I bought a house close to the airport.

No surprise you find COER in word ‘coerce’ | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, I noticed that, if “CE” is added to the end of COER, it spells “COERCE.” I find this interesting in the light of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve’s methods to try to shut down Outlying Field Coupeville.

Write representatives, warn about COER | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, As I sat down the evening of June 4 to watch the local news and eat my dinner, who should appear on Channel 4 news but Mr. Michael Monson. He was out spreading more of his lies about the Outlying Field Coupeville, the Navy and our local realtors. As I tried to keep from choking, he stood there on TV telling the reporter the class action suit that is being brought against the realtors is justified by the lack of a notice about the jet noise.

Graduation advice may seem cliché, trite, but it’s true | In Our Opinion

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Parents, relatives, teachers and classmates will shower 2013-14 Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school graduates with advice and words of inspiration. Most of those words will follow along the lines of … • Take advantage of your education. • Don’t settle for second best. • Follow your heart. • Make your mark in the world. • Serve others before yourself. • Remember, this is only the beginning.

Navy SAR recovers injured woman from Mt. Stuart

  • Jun 6, 2014 at 1:29PM

On Thursday, a Search and Rescue team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station assisted rescuers from ...

New faces light up in Enchanted April | Slideshow

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jun 5, 2014 at 9:48AM

Learning she had landed a lead role in an upcoming play at the Whidbey Playhouse, Coqui Herken didn’t know how to react. “At first, you’re really excited you got the part,” Herken said. “Then you realize what you’ve taken on, and you start to panic.” Herken is not only tackling her first leading role when “Enchanted April” begins at the Whidbey Playhouse Friday, June 6, it’s her first speaking part of any production.

Whidbey Island unites against cancer | Slideshow

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 3:00AM updated Jun 5, 2014 at 9:47AM

To raise awareness, raise money, honor the fallen and to celebrate the survivors. About 1,500 attended last weekend’s Relay for Life of Whidbey Island, and each participant’s reasons for attending were unique. The common denominator, however, was cancer. Relay for Life of Whidbey Island kicked off at 6 p.m. Friday at North Whidbey Middle School.

NAS fuel pipeline finishes under budget, ahead of schedule

  • Jun 2, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Jun 5, 2014 at 9:21AM

Representatives from the City of Oak Harbor and U.S. Navy celebrated the completion of a fuel pipeline construction project at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station's fuel operations facility on Ault Field with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 30, 2014.

NAS Whidbey to get six P8-A squadrons

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 11:00AM updated at 2:12PM

The Navy has decided to base six P8-A squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station at the close of the Environmental Impact Study. The decision was published in the Federal Register April 25.The Navy weighed two alternatives during the EIS process and chose the option to base six fleet squadrons at NAS Whidbey and six fleet squadrons plus the replacement squadron at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida.

Disturbed to discover a dead cat on beach | Letter

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 12:55PM

Editor, On Saturday, May 31, my husband, myself and mother-in-law attended the WAIF charity fundraiser in Langley. The event was good fun, a worthwhile cause and we won an auction to put our cat in their 2015 calendar as Miss January.

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