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- 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 2:31 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.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM— updated Nov 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM
When the state football playoffs begin for Oak Harbor High School at home at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, the Wildcats will attempt to do something no team other than Bellevue has accomplished the past two seasons — defeat Mount Si.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 2:29 PM
Incumbent candidates in the race for Oak Harbor City Council will keep their seats following Tuesday’s election as Councilman Joel Servatius extended his thin lead. Opinions vary, however, on whether there’s meaning in the numbers when it comes to the tense relationship between the council and mayor. Among the four candidates for whom Mayor Scott Dudley campaigned, only Councilman Jim Campbell won. Dudley said the vote was not a referendum on his leadership, but the product of hard work on behalf of incumbents.
- posted Nov 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM
She believed in her team's talent. The trick for Oak Harbor High School volleyball coach Kerri Molitor was to get her players to share the feeling.
- posted Nov 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM
It sometimes still feels a little surreal for Mike and Tricia Miller. At sunrise some days, they’ll step outside with a cup of coffee in hand and can scan acres of farmland and gaze at a magnificent view of Crescent Harbor at the end of a downward slope. It can be hard to believe sometimes that this is their property and their home.
- posted Nov 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Some may have scoffed when Oak Harbor High School volleyball coach Kerri Molitor said her team, winners of only five of 15 matches, had the talent to defeat any team in the league and had a shot at making the state tournament.
- posted Nov 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM
When asking someone where they got their accessories, it might be surprising when they say the Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. “It’s one of the best kept little shopping secrets,” said Michelle Suggs, hospital gift shop manager. “Every nook and cranny is filled here.” The gift shop has always been run by volunteers, and the profits are collected by the WGH Auxiliary and used to help the hospital purchase equipment it needs. The funds raised have gone to help purchase the new Breast MRI scanner, and also improve the birth center.
- posted Nov 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM— updated Nov 7, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Events are planned locally in recognition of Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The second annual Veterans Day Parade is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 and is estimated to last 45 minutes. The parade is the brainchild of local veteran Terry Lacey. After attending a similar event, Lacey said he decided Oak Harbor should produce one as well.
- posted Nov 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Peoples Bank hired Jes Walker-Wyse as the bank’s Oak Harbor Financial Center branch manager Walker-Wyse has more than 13 years of financial services and retail management experience. She graduated from Skagit Valley College with an associate’s degree and is a U.S. Navy Veteran, formerly stationed at Whidbey Island.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM— updated Nov 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Tempers flared during a public hearing Monday as several residents expressed their dislike of a proposed six-month moratorium on new marijuana distribution and production businesses. As a result, Island County commissioners voted to table the action until a work session Wednesday, Nov. 6. Several business owners, some of whom are already producing medical marijuana, told the commissioners they believe that the proposed moratorium on new businesses would put Island County behind the rest of the state, causing them to miss out on key application deadlines.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM— updated Nov 6, 2013 at 6:04 PM
The offspring of Trudy Sundberg glow over the idea of a lecture series named on her behalf. During a gathering in August that celebrated the life of Sundberg, a close friend announced that a memorial fund was created, making way for what will be known as the Trudy J. Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series. The plan is to bring a prominent speaker to Whidbey Island once a year and build other events around the visit. The idea evoked joy from Sundberg’s family, yet also just a hint of sadness.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM
With a new executive director taking the helm of the Port of Coupeville in December comes a new employee arrangement, prompting officials to find a bit more money in the budget. Tim McDonald, the one-time Island County health director, was named executive director last month of the small port district. Since then, he worked with port staff to prepare an employment arrangement.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Editor, Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey thanks everyone who attended or bought tickets to our Oct. 21 Fiesta. We were grateful for a beautiful evening with Marty Malloy playing Spanish-style guitar while Scott Fraser and his team at Fraser’s Gourmet served up a delicious Spanish-themed four-course meal for our guests.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM
Some might think it’s no-shave November, but at the Oak Harbor Fire Department, it was ‘Stachetober last month. During the entire month of October, firefighters grew out their mustaches to raise money for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Wounded Warrior Foundation. The foundation provides assistance and support for active-duty and veterans who are wounded, injured or ill, and for their families.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM
With the holiday season just around the corner, Veterans Day is a time for us to pause and take a moment to recognize the sacrifices others have made so that we may enjoy our freedoms. Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11 and, starting this weekend, there are several ways you can honor American military veterans and the victims of all wars. Not surprisingly, Whidbey Island is home to many service veterans. In a patriotic show of respect, Oak Harbor is holding its annual Veterans Day parade at 2 p.m., Saturday along Midway Boulevard and Pioneer Way.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM
Editor, Major historical moments sometimes pass almost unnoticed. We witnessed not only a major breakthrough in addressing tensions in the Middle East, but perhaps a major breakthrough in how our planet might better address lawlessness and crisis. Surprisingly it was not national governments that instigated the change, but ordinary people across the globe are forcefully calling for diplomacy and the rule of law rather than military intervention in addressing the crime of the use of chemical weapons.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM
Editor, Lynne Vagt and I used to be neighbors, I live in England now. I count myself privileged to know Lynne, an exemplary mother, hard working, involved in her church and community. Not many people could hold a candle to Lynne.
- posted Nov 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM— updated Nov 7, 2013 at 11:31 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, 43-year-old Coupeville resident Ruben Barajasmares 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, the State Patrol reported.
- posted Nov 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM
Oak Harbor voters support the incumbent members of the City Council, according to the first count of ballots, released as short time ago by the Island County Auditor's Office. It was also a good night for Whidbey General Hospital as the bond proposal appears to be passing.
- posted Nov 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM
The Oak Harbor senior division youth football team rallied to defeat Bellingham Red 18-16 in the North Cascade League tournament semifinals at Mount Vernon High School Saturday, Nov. 2, to snag a berth in the championship game.
- posted Nov 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM— updated Nov 4, 2013 at 5:17 PM
For the fifth consecutive year, the Oak Harbor High School girls cross country team qualified for the state meet by placing third at the district championships at Lakewood High School Saturday, Nov. 2.
- posted Nov 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM
Editor, I need to share my observations of a long lifetime of U.S. citizenship regarding the malfunction of our current government that sent military people all over the world to fight and die in an attempt to justify and replicate our way of democratic governing.
- posted Nov 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM
The Coupeville High School football team scored 21 points against one of the Cascade Conference's top defenses Friday, Nov. 1, unfortunately, it couldn't stop one of the league's best running backs as Sultan rolled by the Wolves 54-21 at Mickey Clark Field.
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