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NAS Whidbey says gunfire not aimed at whales: Group claims recent small arms practice harms orcas

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 8:00AM

A whale watching group claims that routine training by the Navy endangered whales that were expected to be swimming in waters off of Whidbey Island. The Navy maintains no whales were in danger. The Navy was conducting routine small firearms training near base Tuesday morning, the schedule of which is announced each month, according to Mike Welding, public affairs officer for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Oak Harbor City Council adopts ban on aggressive panhandling

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 8:00AM

It’s now a crime to aggressively panhandle in Oak Harbor. Members of the City Council adopted an ordinance Tuesday night that makes it a misdemeanor to obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic or to aggressively panhandle, which is defined as begging “with the intent to intimidate or coerce another person into giving money or goods.”

Coupeville artist Roger Purdue dies

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 8:00AM

Roger Purdue, a popular Coupeville artist, educator and pilot, died early Sunday morning from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. Purdue, who once worked as a teacher in the Oak Harbor School District, was a prolific artist. His work can be seen throughout Central Whidbey. The salmon wheel at Island County Museum and the whale wheel at the Coupeville Wharf are among his creations.

Island digest: Second Street project in Langley underway

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 9:00AM

The Second Street project in Langley began Jan. 21. The $2.2 million project is scheduled to last 100 working days and finish in early June. Parking will be available on surrounding streets, the Langley United Methodist Church, Island Church of Whidbey and the park-and-ride lot on Cascade Avenue.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen outlines 2014 agenda: OLF closure is not ‘in the cards’

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 9:00AM

Now that Congress has finally passed a budget, federal legislators can now get down to business, Congressman Rick Larsen said this week. Larsen outlined the next steps for Congress in the coming year and answered questions about local issues during a sit-down Thursday with the Whidbey News-Times. “The big picture that we’re dealing with in Congress is that the budget deal that we came to in December mostly put a halt now to the ‘shut the government down, keep it open, shut the government down, keep it open’ routine we’ve gotten into,” Larsen said.

Wildcat Battalion dominates again | JROTC

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 11:51AM

The second divisional high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps competition of the season ended like the first – Oak Harbor High School dominated the awards ceremony.

Oak Harbor Police hope long sentences will take a bite out of crime

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 2:38PM

Four men known for dealing drugs in Oak Harbor received lengthy prison terms over the last month. Michael K. Koepke was sent away for 11 years and eight months. Brent E. Lambert receive a sentence of six years and eight months. Scott A. Chamberlin got five years and eight months. Kevin T. Rollyson got an even 10 years. Police officers said they hope that taking the dealers off the streets not only means fewer drugs circulating in the community, but a slow down in property crimes.

Ward inducted into Hall of Fame

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 7:00AM

Former Oak Harbor High School football coach Dave Ward was inducted into the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Saturday, Jan. 25.

Training, testing EIS now available: Public meeting will be held at Oak Harbor High School

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 8:00AM

The Navy has released an environmental impact statement focused on Navy training and testing that occurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. This EIS is not related to the ongoing studies for the P-8A Poseidons, which will be completed in May, or the EA-18G Growlers which just started in July. “We’ve been doing Navy training for some time now and this study helps us to continue that training,” said Lianne Nakahara, Navy Region Northwest public affairs specialist

New year brings with it new lifestyle goals | Faithful Living

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 9:00AM

While much of the nation contends with the inconveniences of extreme cold, many of us have been drawn outside this week by the sunshine and mild temperatures. If you are a gardener, no doubt you’ve ventured out to assess your flower beds and garden plots. I’m seeing a mess of spent annuals. I’m also seeing great promise, fueled by last year’s seed catalogues.

Study reveals groundwater contributed to massive slide at Ledgewood

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Jan 31, 2014 at 10:46AM

Homeowners still living near the massive landslide area in Ledgewood are wary as more pieces of the bluff continue to slough off. Ralph Young, a resident living near the landslide site, said a large piece of the bluff broke away last month. “We were concerned it’ll slide again,” Young said.

Perhaps county should condemn properties | Letters

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, I am confused. The group Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve sues the Navy because the jet noise is unbearable and claims an EIS was flawed. The president of COER gets angry when a real estate agent discloses he had, in fact, initialed noise disclosure informantion during his property transaction.

Monson’s disclosure spin reflects his character | Letters

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, An opportune moment lost is how I view Michael Monson’s “worthless piece of paper” spin effort regarding the noise disclosure Form 22W, which he has long denied signing.

Disclosure not worthless, but lacking some clarity | Letters

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, It appears Michael Monson is now in backpedal mode after reading his many complaints and informing the public he never saw or signed any kind of document informing him of “significant” noise possible at the property he purchased.

New disclosure needs additional protection | Letters

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, Had a friend who went hiking with a buddy in the Yukon. The sign on trail said, “Beware of bears, they can be dangerous.” Short story, bear killed his buddy. Later, my friend found out that a bear(s) on that trail over the prior month had seriously mauled two other hikers.

Citizens of Ebey's Reserve goes after Growlers

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jan 31, 2014 at 10:18AM

The Coupeville-based group that filed a federal lawsuit against the Navy over jet noise in July is now demanding the EA-18G Growlers be completely removed from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. “Growler jets, with their low-level training operations, have no business on Whidbey Island or in any other populated and environmentally sensitive area,” according to COER President, Michael Monson.

Oak Harbor levy dollars put into action

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:21AM

Inside Che Edoga’s classroom, all eyes are locked to a crude-looking device navigating through a tabletop maze. Students surround the table, watching as the unit rolls slowly and turns, collecting cardboard tubes along the way with two prongs that catch them. The route is all pre-programmed by Edoga’s students at Oak Harbor Middle School. No remote controls are allowed.

Travel, event planning business opens in downtown Oak Harbor

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:32AM

If you look up at the second level of a building in historic downtown Oak Harbor, you might see a silhouette of a wolf. “I love wolves,” Iris Gutman said. “He’s guarding my business.” Gutman started Oak Harbor Travel and Event Planning a year ago out of her home and just moved into an office on 801 S.E. Pioneer Way.

Help bring local history to the pages of your newspaper | Publisher's Column

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:22AM

A community newspaper is a historical record. With every edition of the Whidbey News-Times, events are recorded for posterity. On a regular basis, as I unlock my office door, there is someone poring through the back issues of the newspaper, furiously taking notes. At times I fear it is forgotten — even by those of us in the newspaper business — that our responsibility goes beyond reporting the news of the day.

‘Happy guy’ becoming a familiar face along Highway 20

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:33AM

Driving by on a weekday, you’ll see a guy smiling with a sign in front of Louie-G’s Pizza. He’ll give you a wave as you’re waiting for the light to turn green at the intersection of State Highway 20 and Pioneer Way. “I just wave at people and they wave back,” Demetrice Wall said. “You wave at someone random that you don’t even know and they wave back.”

Coupeville schools seeking support for levies

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:23AM

Coupeville School District has two proposals on the Feb. 11 ballot. The first request is for renewal of the maintenance and operations levy, which will bring in $2.24 million each year for four years. That money accounts for nearly one quarter of the school district’s revenue, according to school district officials.

Focus on feathers: A field trip with Whidbey Audubon Society offers closer look at birds as well as an education from experienced leaders

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:35AM

As the fog lifted from West Beach parking lot at Deception Pass State Park, bird watchers pulled spotting scopes out of their cars and headed for the beach. “This is the perfect light this morning,” Jo Reeves said. It was around 9 a.m. on Saturday, and they were all there to try to spot the red throated loons that would be arriving soon.

'Weird' win helps Oak Harbor remain in playoff race | Boys basketball

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 10:08AM

"It was a weird game," Oak Harbor High School boys basketball coach Mike Washington said about his club's 49-36 win over Everett High School at Everett Community College Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Comeback win nets Wildcats division title | Wrestling

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 11:09AM

Oak Harbor High School wrestler Jacob Dugin didn't know anything about the Everett wrestler he was about to face.

'Cats can't connect in 2nd half | Girls basketball

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 11:35AM

After a strong first quarter and a decent first half, the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team couldn't connect after halftime and lost 70-26 to visiting Everett Wednesday, Jan. 29.

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