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NCIS agents nab Oak Harbor man in Craigslist drug bust

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

Special agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service teamed with detectives from the Oak Harbor Police Department for a Craigslist drug bust in October. Matthew Czarnik, 51, of Oak Harbor man, was caught in the online sting operation, according to court documents. He was charged in Island County Superior Court Dec. 2 with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Vikings' depth too much for Oak Harbor | Swimming

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 9:17AM

Three Oak Harbor High School swimmers won two events, but Lake Stevens used its depth to defeat the visiting Wildcats 98-82 Thursday, Dec. 19.

Wildcats win double-dual match | Wrestling

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 9:30AM

One was close, one was a rout and both were wins for the Oak Harbor High School wrestling team in a double-dual meet at Mount Vernon High School Thursday, Dec. 19.

Games postponed because of snow

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 1:56PM

The Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school basketball games scheduled for tonight (Friday, Dec. 20) have been postponed because of snow.

Whidbey Island Scanner

  • Dec 21, 2013 at 7:00AM

The following were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department:

Oak Harbor city eyes building on Pioneer

  • Dec 21, 2013 at 9:00AM

Oak Harbor is banking on an office building purchase to facilitate sewer plant improvements. Following a lengthy executive session Tuesday, the Oak Harbor City Council voted to enter into a purchase and sales agreement with Whidbey Island Bank. If all goes according to plan, the city will purchase the Whidbey Island Bank 35,000-square-foot building and parking lot on Pioneer Way for $2.6 million. The new sewer treatment plant will be built in the spacious back lot, which borders Windjammer Park.

Island County officials say real estate agents responsible for proper noise disclosure

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 23, 2013 at 10:51AM

Planning Director David Wechner told the Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday that some real estate agents are not giving out both of the county’s required noise disclosure statements. Disclosure of jet noise levels during the sale of a home has become a point of debate in the wake of a Central Whidbey group’s lawsuit against the Navy in July over increased jet noise at Outlying Field Coupeville.

Attack on Christian values is a low blow | Publisher's Column

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 9:00AM

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve certainly has a right to voice an opinion. The group has the right to file a federal lawsuit if members believe they’ve been wronged, and they did just that. However, COER can’t expect that everyone will agree with their position, or that others might not hold an opposing viewpoint. Case in point, Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, a staunch proponent of the Navy and its presence on Whidbey Island.

EDC study: Navy base area’s top employer for Island County

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 9:00AM

An economic impact study completed by the Island County Economic Development Council this month shows the impact Whidbey Island Naval Air Station has on area economies. The base contributed $726 million dollars in salaries to Island County’s economy in 2011 and $15 million to Skagit County’s, according to the study. The study was requested by in August by Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson.

Level 2 sex offender moves to Whidbey Island

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 10:00AM

A Level 2 sex offender will be living on the 1600 block of Zylstra Road on North Whidbey, the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported. Christopher E. Culter, 29, previously lived in Cowlitz County, where he committed his crimes. He has a history of repeatedly sexually assaulting his sisters when they were young children.

Group organizes Christmas gathering in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Dec 24, 2013 at 10:49AM

The thought of someone spending Christmas Day alone tugged a little on Ryan Wallin’s heart strings. As secretary of a group that tackled charitable causes, Wallin was struck with an idea after he was asked what services were offered during the holidays around Oak Harbor for those who needed it most. After taking a quick mental inventory, Wallin realized most days were covered except for one big exception.

3 Wildcats earn titles in Morin tournament | Wrestling

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 8:42AM

Three individual champions led the Oak Harbor High School wrestling team to a fourth-place finish in the 12-team Graham Morin Invitational at Squalicum High School in Bellingham Saturday, Dec. 21.

Driftwood assault earns Oak Harbor man life in prison without parole

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

An Oak Harbor man who got high on methamphetamine and hit a stranger on the head with a piece of driftwood pleaded guilty to his “third strike” last week. Eric P. Raster, 31, will never be a free man again, barring an act of God or a governor. Against the advice of his attorney, Raster pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in second degree and one count of assault in the fourth degree.

Naval Hospital Oak Harbor expanding, improving services

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

With new P-8 Poseidon squadrons expected to arrive at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the base hospital is expanding and improving services, according to base officials. Primary changes include closure of the hospital’s Urgent Care Center, expansion of the Medical Home Port Primary Care Center, upgrades to the birthing center and the addition of a 24-hour nurse hotline.

Whidbey General earns award

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital’s Home Healthcare Department earned a 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The award recognizes top-performing facilities that achieve the 95th percentile of performance in patient satisfaction, employee engagement, physician engagement or clinical quality, according to a press release.

North Whidbey road closure

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

During the installation of a petroleum pipeline for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station down Torpedo Road, there will be road closures affecting area residents. Torpedo Road and Regatta Drive will be temporarily shut down from Crescent Harbor Road to Highway 20. Homeowners will be allowed access to their homes. The work will begin Jan. 6 and is estimated to last eight weeks.

NORAD reports an increase in activity at the North Pole

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 11:18AM

North American Aerospace Defense Command reports that satellites are in place to track Santa Claus during his annual yuletide journey. Satellite images have already shown an increase in activity at the North Pole. The images appear to show many short men and women in colorful outfits lugging packages wrapped with ribbons and bows, NORAD reports.

Holiday disaster doesn’t dampen spirit for Oak Harbor teacher

  • Dec 24, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 10:48AM

It’s not every day a queen bed departs dry land and sets sail into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Such a vision would be unimaginable for most. Not for Alex Thierry. About a year ago, just one week before Christmas, his bed floated away.

Military once again is getting the shaft | Letters

  • Dec 24, 2013 at 9:00AM

Editor, Rep. Rick Larsen loves to spout off how he totally supports the military, particularly those bases and personnel in his congressional District, which of course is where we all live. Yet, given the opportunity to show his support, he does the exact opposite. In the current budget bill, which he so proudly voted for, is the provision reducing military retirees cost of living allowance, or COLA, by 1 percent each year.

Island County Sheriff's scanner

  • Dec 24, 2013 at 9:00AM

The following incidents were gathered from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office:

Whidbey Island Digest

  • Dec 24, 2013 at 10:00AM

State considers lift on shellfish ban; sixth-graders study water quality; two take seats on school board; talk of selling 1950 fire truck tabled

North Whidbey community serves up holiday favorites

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 8:00AM

In the spirit of the holidays, the Whidbey News-Times collected favorite recipes for holiday desserts and dishes from an assortment of community members who bring cheer to the kitchen.

Liaison to Santa Claus: Oak Harbor post office employee makes it his mission to get local letters to Santa into the right hands

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 8:00AM

It’s a job that Dan Miller has proudly held for 20 years. Santa’s messenger. “I make sure letters get to Santa Claus,” Miller said. He’s the liaison to Santa in the northern reaches of Whidbey Island.

Soroptimist’s Tree of Hope keeping holidays bright for those in need on Whidbey Island

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 8:00AM

Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor’s Tree of Hope is helping local families again this year. The program has more than 950 children enrolled and, at one point, only had about 500 of them sponsored. The community since rallied to fill the remaining sponsorships. “We’re still getting last-minute sponsors who want to help out,” said Rose Freitas, Tree of Hope co-chairwoman. “That’s how great this community is.”

Asking Santa to bring some very important gifts | Publisher's Column

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

Dear Santa, I’m writing to you this year from Whidbey Island. I moved here in February after spending the previous 13 years as publisher in Yelm. My wish list this year is a little different than when I was in Yelm.

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