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- posted Nov 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Twenty-seven Oak Harbor High School athletes received all-Western Conference honors, including 15 first-team choices, when the league announced its fall awards Tuesday, Nov. 19.
- posted Nov 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM— updated Nov 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM
City officials may finally get an answer from the Navy base Monday on whether it will partner with Oak Harbor on a new sewage treatment facility. The answer could affect ratepayers’ bills to the tune of about $6 a month. Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer of Whidbey Naval Air Station, will be at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. Monday to deliver the answer in person.
- posted Nov 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM— updated Nov 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM
North Whidbey Park and Recreation District Director Bill Walker resigned at the end of the commissioners’ meeting Thursday. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to work for the taxpayers,” Walker said. Walker submitted his 30-day notice. His last day will be Dec. 21.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Members of Whidbey Island’s homegrown underwater robotics team were honored by the Island County Board of Commissioners Monday for placing 11th in international competition. After becoming Pacific Northwest Champions in early May, the Atlantis, Inc. team members competed at the 12th Annual MATE International ROV Competition against more than 30 of the best high school teams from around the world, including Egypt, Venezuela, Scotland, Taiwan, Canada, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, and the United States.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Editor, I am not on the Ebey’s National Historical Reserve Board, but I live in the reserve. I find the move by the Navy to fortify the Outlying Field Coupeville, which is adjacent to the historical reserve, provocative. It flies in the face of the collaborative planning process done by the reserve, the county, the state and other federal agencies.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Initiative 522 failed to pass for more reasons than just the $22 million opponents shelled out to defeat it. All those bucks certainly made a difference; it was the most money ever spent against an initiative in state history, so far. Had those pushing the food labeling initiative done a better job seeding their message throughout the state and tilling the fields of voters, they could have harvested victory.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Editor, What do you love too much to lose? There is a proposal before the Island County Board of Commissioners to essentially gut the highly successful and popular Conservations Futures Fund. What has the fund done? It has helped preserve and create public beach access, forest parks, off-leash-dog areas, wildlife habitat of regional significance; miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails and helped preserve prime farmland. Double Bluff County Park, Ala Spit, Greenbank Farm, Davis Slough Heron Rookery, Trillium Forest and the Three Sisters farm to mention just a few examples of what the fund has done for us.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Editor, According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, even though the Island County Board of Commissioners approved a moratorium for six months, it will not affect licensing and applications. What the moratorium does is force investors to spend thousands on application fees while a handful of people decide if they personally want this business in Island County.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Even before 12:30 p.m. the cars began arriving. Three people dropped off food just after noon, and they kept coming. “That’s a lot of food in 15 minutes,” Michelle Curry said On Nov. 13 a call to action went out the community for volunteers to assist with Janeah and Janesah Goheen’s memorial service Saturday, Nov. 16. Curry was one of the organizers and helped coordinate the effort from an idea that came from the family’s church members.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM
In a surprise move, Commissioner Kelly Emerson nominated Jill Johnson to remain chairwoman of the Island County Board of Commissioners for 2014. The selection was approved 3-0. “I thank you both for all of your support,” Johnson said.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Island County Planning Director David Wechner said that the county is working with the Maxwelton Farm operators to find a resolution to a lawsuit they filed against the county in September. Maxwelton Farm claimed in the land use petition that Wechner acted outside his scope of authority by issuing a cease and desist order Aug. 30 for irrigation maintenance at the farm. “We met with the owner and their attorney yesterday – they just need to identify best management practices that will be employed during maintenance activities,” Wechner said in an emailed statement last week. “The cease and desist order has been withdrawn as the dredging activity stopped.”
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Editor’s note: The following column may contain language considered offensive by some. Politics is a blood sport on Whidbey Island. Within weeks of my arrival here nearly nine months ago, I managed to upset the local Tea Party supporters and quickly landed on a long list of their “enemies.”
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM— updated Nov 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM
More than 1,000 people gathered to grieve and celebrate the lives of Janeah and Janesah Goheen on Saturday. The VFW Riders served as the color guard outside the building as community members poured into the Oak Harbor High School gymnasium to show their respects. Janesah Danae Goheen, 17, passed away Nov. 11 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from injuries sustained in the Oct. 31 car crash in Skagit County. Her twin sister, Janeah Dawn Goheen, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Business notes from the Island County Economic Development Council, Oak Harbor High School and Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM
When Whidbey Inspiration owner Lynn Copeland needed help, her grandson was there to lend a hand. Since working with his grandma for less than two months, Mike Williams said he’s learned a lot from her. He took over the embroidery aspect of the business and was a natural with the machine. “I’m getting closer and closer to being a master at this thing,” Williams said.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM
Although the calendar indicates otherwise, the holiday season is starting to take shape around some parts of North Whidbey. Members of the Oak Harbor Garden Club have been on the hunt for quality clippings of Douglas Fir for their annual wreath-making project. The pieces will come together inside a shop at a club member’s home starting Nov. 29, and the work will continue at least through the first week of December.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM— updated Nov 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM
Fees could be increasing for those who swim at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool in Oak Harbor. After three hours of discussion during a budget workshop on Thursday, Nov. 14, the North Whidbey Parks and Recreation District Board of Commissioners gave direction to parks Director Bill Walker to look at cutting 5 percent in wages and salaries and increasing all program dues by 10 percent, including Masters and North Whidbey Aquatic Club. The board needs to approve a budget by Dec. 1.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM
The mayor’s proposal to cut salaries and benefits for elected officials is returning to the Oak Harbor City Council. During a meeting in May, the council members unanimously voted to table the controversial resolutions to the second meeting in November. That meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19. Only Councilman Jim Campbell expressed support for the mayor’s proposal.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM
A former bookkeeper accused of stealing more than $200,000 from two North Whidbey community organizations was charged with two felonies. Wendy Murphy, 50, of Oak Harbor, allegedly stole from Rolling Hills-Glencairn Community Service and Hillcrest Village Water Co. during a three-year period. She was sued by the two entities after the theft was discovered early this year. Prosecutors charged Murphy Nov. 4 in Island County Superior Court with two counts of first-degree theft with aggravating circumstances.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM
During the last few weeks we have taken a look at various things people do to connect with God in personal and sustained ways. I’ve been using Gary Thomas’ book, “Sacred Pathways: Discovering Your Soul’s Path to God,” as a reference and I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this series. The diversity of people with whom we live — and the ways they naturally interact with God as well as friends and family —explains in great part why we behave the way we do; why we make the choices we make; how we process information and respond to life as it unfolds.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Eric Tremblay isn’t sure what to expect when he touches down in the Philippines next week. When he signed up to help with disaster relief work, his job was to help salvage and take down structures damaged by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit the islands on Oct. 15. That was before a massive typhoon struck the Philippines three weeks later, leaving thousands dead and creating more widespread devastation.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Editor, I served as your county commissioner because I cared not just about today, but about the long-term future of our islands and their people. There is no future without crop-yielding farms, food and oxygen producing oceans and forests and clean and plentiful water.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Editor, A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter regarding the theft of recyclable wiring from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The letter generated interest beyond our expectations. Whitehead-Muzzall Post No. 7392, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., would like to extend a public thank you to Blue Mountain Electric and Burley’s Funeral Chapel, Inc. for their generous donations to help offset our loss.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Editor, With regards to the danger at Ala Spit, a similar situation is in play at Dugualla Bay, where the Whidbey Island Land Trust and Washington State Department of Transportation are in the process of building a new section of dike from Frostad Road to the parking area on the current dike.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Editor’s note: The following was submitted to the Whidbey News-Times as an open letter to the Island County Board of Commissioners: We are organizations that work on behalf of public recreation, habitat conservation, shore access and animal welfare. We urge the commissioners to continue funding the Conservation Futures Fund at its current level, and not reduce funding or freeze acquisitions.
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