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- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM— updated Nov 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is getting a bump in funding from the city next year. Last week, members of the City Council unanimously approved a renewal of the tourism services contract with the chamber. Under the agreement, the chamber receives lodging tax funds earmarked for tourism-promoting efforts.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM— updated Nov 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM
An Oak Harbor woman is facing charges after allegedly hitting an accident victim's remains on Interstate 90 in Montana. Wyran V. Young, 31, was charged with failure to remain at the scene of a fatal accident in Sweet Grass County, and tampering with evidence.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM— updated Nov 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM
The community is invited to a memorial service Saturday at Oak Harbor High School for the Goheen twins. Janesah Danae Goheen, 17, passed away Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She succumbed to 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 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Natasha Masterson and her 8-year-old son J.J. were among the proud supporters at the Oak Harbor Veterans Day parade Saturday cheering on both veterans and those in active duty. Her husband, Petty Officer Brian Masterson, was carrying one of the fallen hero banners. Their son was excited to see his father in the parade. “J.J. is super proud of his daddy,” Masterson said. “He’s the most patriotic kid you’ll ever meet.”
- posted Nov 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM— updated Nov 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM
The Navy's rescheduled public meetings for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or SEIS, for the home basing of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft are Wednesday, Nov. 13. The Navy will host the open house public meetings 5-8 p.m. at North Whidbey Middle School, 67 N.E. Izett St., Oak Harbor.
- posted Nov 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM
The second of twin girls involved in a Oct. 31 collision in Skagit County has died. The Washington State Patrol reported Monday that Janesah Goheen, 17, of Oak Harbor passed away at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
- posted Nov 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM— updated Nov 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Spurred by an eighth-place finish by junior Jonalynn Horn, the Oak Harbor High School girls cross country team finished 11th in the state 3A cross country meet at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course Saturday, Nov. 9.
- posted Nov 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Running out of surprises, the Oak Harbor High School volleyball team finished second to Ferndale in the District 1 3A tournament Saturday, Nov. 9, at Glacier Peak High School.
- posted Nov 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Suffering its first loss of the season, the Oak Harbor youth football senior division Wildcats fell 22-14 to Sedro-Woolley in the North Cascade League championship game at Mount Vernon High School Saturday, Nov. 9.
- posted Nov 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Marissa Morris and Mollie Briddell qualified for the state swim meet and led Oak Harbor to a fourth place finish in the district finals at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Saturday, Nov. 9.
- posted Nov 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM
It was fun for about a half a quarter. Oak Harbor scored first but Mount Si scored often to roll to a 40-7 win in a quad-district playoff game at Wildcat Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 9.
A scout’s honor: Oak Harbor teenager leaves lasting gift to community’s veterans with Eagle Scout service project
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM
To attain the highest rank possible as a Boy Scout, Brandon Mackin needed to come up with an idea for his Eagle Scout service project. While a member of different troops in other parts of the country, Mackin noticed that most American Legion posts had fire pits to hold flag retirement ceremonies. However, a trip to American Legion George Morris Post 129 in Oak Harbor revealed no such fire pit.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM— updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM
The group opposing flight operations at the U.S. Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville will hold a meeting on Central Whidbey later this month. Citizens for Ebey’s Reserve said it will be focusing on jet noise and its effect on public health. The meeting is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM— updated Nov 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM
Island County commissioners voted Wednesday to postpone a moratorium on new marijuana-related businesses for a second time. In a rare moment, Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, a Democrat, and Commissioner Kelly Emerson, a conservative Republican, agreed to hold off on adopting the moratorium because staff and resident questions remained unanswered. Commissioner Jill Johnson dissented, saying she was ready to move the moratorium forward as-is.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM— updated Nov 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Four people were injured in two suspected DUI accidents in the Oak Harbor area over the last two days, according to the Washington State Patrol. Monday night, Coupeville resident Ruben Barajasmares, 43, was driving a 2004 Nissan pickup east on Ault Field Drive when the car spun out of control and struck a telephone pole near the intersection with Summit Boulevard, according to a State Patrol report.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM— updated Nov 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Residents in the City of Oak Harbor will pay 1 percent more in property taxes next year. For the owner of a home worth $225,000, that equates to an extra $5.38 a year in property taxes. City Council members approved the tax hike Wednesday night after a lengthy discussion about the budget despite the urging of Mayor Scott Dudley to reject the increase.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM— updated Nov 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM
A message written on the white board summed up the group’s sentiments: “Who helps us? We do!” Those gathered at Oak Harbor Library Tuesday night also seemed to agree on another statement written on the board: “More planes, more noise, more pollution, more taxes, fewer jobs.” The open forum, organized by the Concerned Island County Citizens, provided information on jet noise and pollution on tables around the room and a chance for open discussion.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM— updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:55 AM
Editor, In his Nov. 3 blog, even Joe Kunzler, an OLF proponent, concludes that the 2002 jet noise notice is basically a whitewash that has been duping folks into buying a pig in a poke. Keeping in mind that the duped total way more than a few outliers, he suggests that the county role back its current cover-up and go back to its 1992-2001 notice. Joe is letting his conscience show, but he needs to understand that notice wasn’t much more than another whitewash with a different tint.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM— updated Nov 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM
Editor, On Sept. 22, a fisherman from Bellevue, fully dressed with backpack and hip waders, was washed off of the beach at Ala Spit and into the bay. He was in the water approximately 15 minutes and close to death when he washed up on our beach.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM— updated Nov 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM
An Oak Harbor man accused of causing an accident that killed a teenager and seriously injured her twin and another girl turned himself in on an arrest warrant Thursday, according to a detective with the Washington State Patrol. Troopers found no indication that Ira Blackstock, 53, was drinking prior to the crash, but his blood will be tested after field sobriety tests showed signs of possible impairment from medication or drugs, said Craig Cardinal, a detective with the Washington State Patrol said.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM
Yet another employee in a management position was fired this week from Oak Harbor City Hall. Mayor Scott Dudley said Cheryl Lawler, the city’s human resources manager, was terminated Tuesday afternoon after she declined to continue working on a temporary, contract basis. City Administrator Larry Cort, who’s currently on vacation in Paris, sent a notice to council members about the firing on Election Day.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM
The second time is the charm when it comes to passing the Whidbey General Hospital general obligation bond. On election night, the 45 people gathered at Ciao exploded with elation once the first election results were posted, initially showing 61.75 percent voter approval. The bond passed with a 61.44 percent approval, giving it the supermajority it needed.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM
K.C. Pohtilla jokes that one of her biggest roles during one of Oak Harbor’s biggest holiday events is playing the role of spoiler. “I cover up the TV so nobody can watch the football game,” Pohtilla said. Pohtilla is one of the coordinators busy preparing for the 12th annual North Whidbey Community Harvest on Thanksgiving.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM— updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:56 AM
Oak Harbor resident David McNeely passed away Aug. 10 at the age of 71. That didn’t stop him from winning a seat on the cemetery district board. And he didn’t just win. McNeely earned 58 percent of the vote against still-living candidate Lee Koetje.
- posted Nov 9, 2013 at 9:06 AM
Jake Tumblin rushed for 315 yards, but it was the one yard he sacrificed that was the most memorable in Coupeville’s 54-0 feel-good win over visiting Chimacum Friday, Nov. 8, that brought a feel-good finish a frustrating season.
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