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- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Editor, We need everyone’s support to continue to improve Whidbey General Hospital. That means we need to understand exactly what Whidbey General means to us. It means ambulances, EMTs, emergency department — the only one on the island for both Navy and civilians alike — clinics, doctors, nurses, technicians, labs, diagnostic imaging, education programs, birthing center, surgery, cardiac rehab, cancer care, physical therapy, hospice — pretty much all medical care on Whidbey Island is provided by your public hospital district.
- posted Oct 31, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Wildcat United won the middle school cross country league championship meet at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon Monday, Oct. 28.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Editor, It appears Michael Monson is a bit upset again with the community of Oak Harbor trying to sustain itself. Yes, Jets=Jobs and jobs=tax revenue, jobs=freedom and jobs=democracy. Jets=protecting your rights. We can go on.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM
The Take the Boo Out of SBA Loans event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at Trader Village, Building B at 390 NE Midway Boulevard.
- posted Oct 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Walking around the parking lot, a pack of zombies made their way to Midway Boulevard, dragging their feet as they walked. “We look more like a family than we ever have,” Arianna Basoco said. More than 200 zombies walked their way down Midway Boulevard Saturday, Oct. 26. The level of participation took everyone by surprise. “We didn’t know what to expect,” said Kathy Reed, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We’re well over our goal of a hundred people at this point.”
- posted Oct 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM
The Coupeville High School soccer team wrapped up its season with a pair of home losses.
- posted Oct 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM
The Oak Harbor High School swim team defeated Monroe 111-57 Monday, Oct. 28, finishing the regular season 9-2 and undefeated (4-0) against Western Conference 3A North division opponents.
- posted Oct 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Everett High School's 1-0 win over visiting Oak Harbor in soccer not only snapped the Seagulls' eight-match losing streak but also ended the Wildcats' hopes of qualifying for the district tournament.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Big plays on both sides of the ball lifted the Oak Harbor Cougars of the midget division of the North Cascade Youth Football League to a 16-14 win over Anacortes in the quarterfinals of the league tournament Saturday, Oct. 26, at Fort Nugent Field.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM— updated Oct 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Oak Harbor's John Rodeheffer was the boys individual champion at the Western Conference 3A cross country championships at South Whidbey High School Saturday, Oct. 26.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM
An admirer of the region’s beautiful waterfalls, William “Billy” Wolf set out alone July 5 on his motorcycle. That afternoon, Wolf lost control of his bike, slid into a ravine, hit a log or rock and went over his handlebars. He broke his neck, injuring his spine which rendered him paralyzed. As he lie paralyzed face down somewhere in the North Cascades, Wolf said he prayed that God would either take him, or someone would find him.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM
The injury bug and King's took another bite out of the Coupeville High School football team in the Wolves' 28-0 loss in Shoreline Friday, Oct. 25.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Whidbey Island Bank will no longer be headquartered in Oak Harbor following a merger with Olympia-based Heritage Financial Corporation. Washington Banking Company, the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, and Heritage Financial jointly announced Wednesday the signing of an agreement for the “strategic merger.” Coupeville resident Al Sherman said he was surprised by the news, but cheered the impressive growth of the bank over the past decade.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Editor, We have seen the “just vote yes” signs everywhere for the hospital bond. We have seen the reasons given by the hospital administration for increasing our property taxes, but we have not seen any direct, measurable facts given to support this request. They have not supplied any facts or figures to back up any of their claims.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Editor, I’m ashamed. Last week, I attended the Leauge of Women Voters forum. The event included school board candidates. When the subject of bullying in our schools came up, candidate Bill Burnett said it is a “silly issue” that is basically made up by educators and parents.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Friends of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve will host its sixth annual Community Potluck, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the historic Crocket Barn off Fort Casey Road. Bring a favorite culinary delight to share with neighbors and please bring your own utensils and plates. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM
In 1945, Laurin “Bud” Zylstra brought home dozens of American, German and Japanese artifacts upon returning from his service during World War II. Zylstra, of Oak Harbor, is one of many Whidbey Island residents who donated items that now comprise the PBY Memorial on Seaplane Base in Oak Harbor. The growing memorial is hoping to continue expanding with the help of additional donations from the Whidbey Island and surrounding communities.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Residents can weigh in on the public participation plan for the county’s fish and wildlife conservation efforts at the Island County commissioners’ regular Monday board meeting. Public comment will begin no earlier than 6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Senior Planner Brad Johnson said the update to the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas was originally supposed to be completed in 2005 as part of the state-mandated Comprehensive Plan update.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Marysville-Pilchuck High School’s football playbook centers around main character Austin Joyner, but the Tomahawks added another page – Killian Page – to the script to defeat Oak Harbor 39-21 Friday, Oct. 25, at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM
The Navy has rescheduled public meetings for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or SEIS, for the home basing of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The draft SEIS addresses the potential environmental effects of home basing P-8A squadrons at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The Navy will host two open house public meetings. They are 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at North Whidbey Middle School, 67 N.E. Izett St., Oak Harbor.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM
An 18-year-old man whose alleged threatening emails to an employee at North Whidbey Middle School caused a lockdown earlier this month was charged with a felony, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Charles S. Ferguson in Island County Superior Court Oct. 14 with one count of harassment — threats to kill. If convicted, he could face from three to eight months in jail under the standard sentencing range.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM
During the last seven weeks we have taken a look at various pathways people choose in their pursuit of God. If you are like me, I have walked more than one pathway throughout my life with varying results. Some paths I may not again take. Others I’ll walk weekly, if not daily. The concept was developed by writer Gary Thomas in his book, “Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God.”
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM
The Oak Harbor youth football senior division team continued its undefeated season with a 33-8 thumping of Lakewood in the quarterfinals of North Cascade Youth Football League tournament Saturday, Oct. 26, at Fort Nugent Park.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM
Oak Harbor Middle School students had the opportunity to meet a former student turned successful author last week. “Remember this day, and keep it in your head for a long time because you might be the second OHMS author,” said Alice Mikos, an OHMS teacher librarian. Brittany Geragotelis returned to her former school on Oct. 18 to speak to students about becoming an author.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Editor, Over the past year, I’ve come to know Lucas Yonkman well. After seeing Lucas’ exchange with the Oak Harbor City Council, wherein an attempt was made to disarm him, a law abiding, legal, concealed weapon carrier and trained army infantry veteran, I had a feeling there was more to come from him. I saw how he maintained his composure and acted with professionalism, poise, class and restraint. I quickly realized that this man had an opportunity to positively impact his community.
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