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Practice call to 911 was a ‘big mistake’ | Letters

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 8:00AM

Editor, This week, I was telling and showing my 5-year-old granddaughter how to use a telephone to call 911. I explained how the police, fire department or medical ambulance would respond to a call. I first explained how the operator would respond with “what is your emergency” and they would help her get help.

Can you hear? ‘Legion’ is bringing the boom | Letters

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 8:00AM

Editor, If you can hear the 12th man roar and the “legion” is bringing the “boom.” That means another victim has wandered

Wildcats zap Chargers, finish Wesco season unbeaten | Wrestling

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 8:31AM

After beating Everett, their biggest rival, earlier in the week, the Oak Harbor High School wrestlers suffered no letdown Thursday, Jan. 30, when they blasted visiting Marysville Getchell 66-15 to finish the Wesco 3A North season undefeated.

Island Scanner: man reports being harassed on Facebook

  • Feb 1, 2014 at 8:00AM

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office:

Inslee seems to be test-driving messages | Guest Column

  • Feb 2, 2014 at 9:00AM

Gov. Jay Inslee’s call to raise money for schools by closing tax breaks put the education funding debate back in the laps of lawmakers this week and in the conversation with voters this fall. Inslee’s plan to generate $200 million in new taxes by eliminating or revising seven exemptions is a slimmed down version of the billion-dollar plus tax package rejected by a Republican-led majority in the Senate a year ago.

Settlement reached for 2010 Anacortes refinery explosion litigation

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 1:09PM

Families of seven workers, including two from Oak Harbor, who were killed in the 2010 explosion at Tesoro’s Anacortes oil refinery, have settled a lawsuit against the oil companies. Attorney David Beninger said the families of the seven workers killed, as well as an injured contractor, will split the approximately $39-million settlement from Tesoro, Shell Oil and Equilon. The court will decide how the money is divided.

Tryouts begin for Babe Ruth baseball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 10:21AM

Tryouts for the 2014 Babe Ruth baseball season will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 3-7 at the Clover Valley Park field.

Sultan sails in 2nd quarter, stops Wolves | Boys basketball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 10:22AM

Three solid quarters can't always erase one weak one. The Coupeville High School boys basketball team found that out at Sultan Friday, Jan. 31, losing 79-67.

Oak Harbor drops 2 over weekend | Girls basketball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 11:30AM

Shorecrest and Ferndale each scored in double figures in every quarter to hand the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team a pair of losses over the weekend.

Realty agents, builders urge Island County officials to add Friday hours

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 11:42AM

Builders and real estate brokers are asking Island County to reopen offices on Fridays, saying the current policy hurts their industries. Island County commissioners decided to cut office hours in December 2009 to give employees extra time to finish work after deep budget cuts reduced staff. Closure of the planning department has been particularly troublesome to real estate brokers and builders who experience a domino effect of delays as the result of an unissued permit.

Seahawks fans recognize another big window of opportunity

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Feb 5, 2014 at 6:23AM

It’s a rare day when a customer walks into Pat Beach’s dive shop in Oak Harbor and recognizes his name or his face. And that’s the way Beach prefers it. “Being recognized is not my thing,” Beach said. After retiring from football in 1993 after a 12-year NFL career, Beach decided three years later to open Whidbey Island Dive Center and retreat about as far away from the game as he could.

Missed free throws doom Wolves | Girls basketball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 11:05AM

Basketball is a complicated game, but sometimes the reason for a win or loss can be pinned on one variable. The Coupeville High School girls basketball team need look no further than the free throw line to zero in on the primary factor in its 42-39 loss to visiting Sultan Friday, Jan. 31.

Boost in business: Seahawks’ presence has made this no ordinary Super Bowl for stores looking to meet demand

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Feb 5, 2014 at 6:21AM

Connie Arroyos couldn’t fill the balloons fast enough. Just moments after she completed her balloon bouquet, it was snatched up. But it wasn’t just any bouquet. Most anything blue and green has disappeared fast at the Whidbey Party Store in Oak Harbor this week in preparations for Super Bowl XLVIII. Any Super Bowl matchup is traditionally a popular occasion for a party. But with the Seattle Seahawks involved Sunday, the impact has been felt at the cash registers of retail outlets on Whidbey Island.

Wildcats, M-P meet tonight with playoff berth on line | Boys basketball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 12:56PM

The Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team can clinch a playoff spot with a win over visiting Marysville-Pilchuck tonight (Monday, Feb. 3) at 7:15. A loss, however…well, let's just say the postseason picture gets fuzzy.

Coupeville turns over policing duties to Island County sheriff

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 5:00PM

Coupeville Marshal Lance Davenport will hand over his tin star, metaphorical as it may be, to Sgt. Rick Norrie on March 1. The Town Council unanimously voted Tuesday to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Island County Sheriff’s Office to run the struggling marshal’s office.

Coupeville native reflects on past 101 years

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 7:00PM

In 1994, Leone Argent helped her son put a new roof on her home. She was 81 years old at the time, moving trusses and doing what needed to be done. After that, she said she retired from roofing. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Argent turned 101.

Revitalization in works for Island County Fairgrounds

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 12:00AM

A proposal to make the Island County Fairgrounds more viable calls for the demolition of more than half of the facility’s 27 buildings. The swine/cat barn, dog kennels and many more would all be torn down to make way for newer, more efficient structures, according to a plan developed by fair officials, local government representatives and a consultant.

Island County Sheriff scanner: People in woods making weird noises, throwing pinecones

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office:

Oak Harbor Kmart closing doors in late April

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Feb 5, 2014 at 6:26AM

Oak Harbor’s Kmart is closing its doors for good in late April, according to a company spokesman. Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holding Corp, said a total of 68 employees, mostly part-time and hourly workers, will lose their jobs. And another commercial property will sit empty in the city.

Include sound recordings in home sales | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, There is a huge difference between reading decibel numbers on the page and hearing the shattering roar of the Growlers overhead. I mean, how loud are “decibels” anyway? How “significant” is a warning about significant noise? You just can’t know until you experience it with your own ears.

Obamacare may provide you with ear plugs | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, To all you folks out there complaining about the noise from Outlying Field Coupeville, I think I have the perfect solution — You all should call the White House and ask the genius in the oval office if Obamacare will cover the cost of ear plugs for the entire family.

Washington's 44 points not enough; Wildcats lose | Boys basketball

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 2:48PM

Oak Harbor High School's Drew Washington blistered Maryville-Pilchuck for 44 points, the second highest single-game scoring performance in school history, but the visiting Tomahawks somehow escaped with a 75-67 win Monday, Feb. 3.

Fishin’ Club alive and well | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, The Fishin’ Club of Whidbey Island is healthy, growing and more than 100 members strong. Our club was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit, family oriented educational club that serves the community. We are proud to grant college scholarships every year.

‘Yes’ vote ensures kids a brighter tomorrow | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, As our family starts our 20th year of calling Coupeville home, we ask that you please support the two levies for the Coupeville School District currently on the ballot. Our children have received the best Coupeville has to offer.

Raising the minimum wage is a flawed idea | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, This is an open letter to Congressmen Rick Larsen. “I am writing this letter in response to your newsletter of Jan. 28. Like so many other positions you take on important issues affecting our country, you have this one dead wrong. Your position in support of increasing the minimum wage is the worst thing you could do to an economy struggling to gain traction and recover.

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