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- 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.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM
Editor, My wife and I, along with friends, attended the “Musical Tribute to Veterans” program sponsored by the Navy League, at the Oak Harbor High School on Veterans Day. Thanks to all who made this such a heartwarming, moving, patriotic event.
- posted Nov 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Oak Harbor High School's Marissa Morris placed 13th in the 500-yard freestyle at the Washington State 3A swimming championships Saturday, Nov. 16, in Federal Way.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM
An Oak Harbor man who raped an unconscious woman earlier this year was sentenced to prison. Mark E. Shawley, 44, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Aug. 30 to second-degree rape. Wednesday, Judge Alan Hancock handed him an indeterminate sentence of seven years to life in prison. Shawley will have to serve the minimum of seven years in prison, and then a special review board will decide if he should be released.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM
A moratorium on new recreational marijuana businesses was passed Wednesday despite residents concerns that the action would put them strategically behind other counties. Commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Jill Johnson voted 2-0 to approve the six-month moratorium while they take additional public comment and review potential policies and ordinances. Commissioner Kelly Emerson was absent.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM
North Whidbey Fire and Rescue has a new ride in town. The district bought four 2013 Toyota RAV4s as emergency medical response vehicles. So far, the district received one of the Toyotas, and will have the others within three weeks, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief Marv Koorn said. “The goal is to be more efficient and keep our costs down, and respond like we need to respond,” he said.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM
A 32-year-old man has pleaded guilty in an assault that left a well-known Oak Harbor youth football coach with a serious brain injury. Trevor J. Fleming, of Langley, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court last week to assault in the third degree. As part of a plea bargain, both the prosecution and defense will recommend a three-month sentence at a Dec. 9 meeting.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson has, for the second time in three years, filed a lawsuit against the county Planning Department concerning the same issue — the dispute over a building permit. It’s unfortunate that the fires of this seemingly endless debate are relit under the banner of righteousness. This long-drawn-out controversy began in 2010 during Emerson’s campaign to unseat former District No. 3 Democrat Commissioner John Dean. Word got out that Emerson and her husband, Kenneth, were building a deck at their Camano Island home without first obtaining a county permit.
- posted Nov 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Five Running Unlimited Fitness athletes qualified for the regional championships through their efforts at the Junior Olympic Association Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 16, at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Several Whidbey Island businesses made their mark in KING-5’s Evening Magazine The Best of Western Washington awards. El Cazador Mexican Grill and Catina won Best Mexican in the Great Meals category, and owner Natasha Rodriguez said she couldn’t be happier. She attributed the success to all the customers who’ve supported the restaurant all these years. “Our long-time customers who are like family to us helped spread the word,” Natasha Rodriguez said.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Oak Harbor Windermere branch hired Mike Tenore as its new manager. “I’m ecstatic to be able to join the Windermere team here in Oak Harbor,” said Tenore. “Their commitment to service and to the local community is nothing short of amazing. That coupled with my love of helping brokers deliver the best possible client experience makes us a perfect match.”
- posted Nov 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM
The Air Force is getting a new long range bomber. Oak Harbor High School senior Drew Washington agreed Wednesday, Nov. 13, to play basketball for the United States Air Force Academy.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM— updated Nov 18, 2013 at 8:34 AM
When the Island County Board of Commissioners approved a moratorium on recreational marijuana this week, Commissioner Kelly Emerson said she would make herself available by phone to vote on the controversial issue. That phone call never came, and the action passed 2-0. Emerson, who represents Camano Island, has been increasingly absent or non-participatory at public meetings in recent months. Throughout her term, she has been criticized for her work ethic, has missed meetings, abstained from votes and simply remained silent.
- posted Nov 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Two weeks ago the Oak Harbor High School volleyball team was in eighth place in the Western Conference standings. Today it is the sixth best 3A team in the state of Washington.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM
An Oak Harbor woman and her father are accused of trying to conceal evidence after they ran over the body of a pedestrian who was hit and killed by a semi truck in Montana, according to court documents. Wryan V. Young, 31, and her father, Westley L. Young, 50, were both charged in Park County with tampering with physical evidence for allegedly washing blood and human remains off their truck at a car wash, according to Park County Attorney Brett Linneweber.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM
During Nov. 18-24, the Island County Economic Development Council will sponsor free workshops covering business plans, resources, financing and insurance. EDC Director Ron Nelson will kick off the first workshop on Monday by talking about starting tools for writing a business plan, gathering information and what to do next.
- posted Nov 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM— updated Nov 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM
When Oak Harbor wrestlers return to the mat room Monday to begin another season, the man normally greeting them at the door, Mike Crebbin, will be missing.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Despite an ongoing debate about jet noise, particularly at Outlying Field Coupeville, residents expressed broad support at a forum on the possible installation of several additional P-8A squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The squadrons would be in place by 2016. Even members of the Coupeville-based group Citizen’s of Ebeys Reserve, which filed a federal lawsuit over jet noise at OLF Coupeville, expressed support for relocation of the P-8A squadrons to Whidbey.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Top-ranked Southridge moved one step closer to the state volleyball title by rolling by Oak Harbor 3-0 in the quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 15, at Saint Martin's University in Lacey.
- posted Nov 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM
The Oak Harbor High School volleyball team continued its hot streak by defeating Eastside Catholic 3-2 in the opening round of the state tournament Friday, Nov. 15, at Saint Martin's University in Lacey.
- posted Nov 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM— updated Nov 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM
There’s a house on Midway Boulevard filled with the memories of when Oak Harbor was a small town filled with oak trees, tracts of open land were used as ballfields by neighborhood children and just about everybody knew one another or was related. The little, yellow house doesn’t have a name, like many other historic homes on Whidbey Island, but its history tells the story of a family, as well as a community. Family members are holding an open house Sunday, Nov. 17, to allow the community to tour the recently renovated home. The gathering is 1-3:30 p.m. at 580 S.E. Midway Blvd.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Editor, Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge no. 39 held its annual Nordic Fest, and what a good crowd we had. We sincerely thank our Whidbey Island friends, neighbors and visitors, who came from far and near, for their enthusiastic support of our 14th Annual Nordic Fest. You made our day great in so many ways.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Editor, When did we stop taking responsibility for our own actions? Why are we always looking to blame others for our misfortunes, either real or perceived? This is the case of the so-called Citizens Of Ebey’s Reserve. The COER want to blame the jets for their alleged misfortunes, yet refuse to acknowledge their own responsibilities for moving here, in the first place.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Editor, On Nov. 5, the Whidbey General Hospital bond was approved with 61.53 percent of the vote. Support was widespread up and down the island—the bond received majority approval in 33 out of 37 precincts and in several precincts, it garnered more than 75 percent. Sincere thanks to the many bond supporters, particularly the Friends of Whidbey General Hospital, who worked hard to educate the public and spread awareness of this measure.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Editor, Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley wants to spin the outcome of this election as not being a referendum on him, but rather the result of “campaigning, campaigning hard.” Since the mayor personally campaigned at least as hard as any of the actual candidates, even going door-to-door in his attempt to defeat the City Council members with whom he has differences, perhaps it was about how he campaigned, with distortions, untruthfulness and attempts to discredit those whom he cannot fire.
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