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Island County to hold public meetings on transportation

  • Feb 15, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Feb 18, 2014 at 8:52AM

Island County residents will be able to offer comments about the county’s transportation services in February. The county is hosting three public meetings to gather input for the update to the transportation element of its comprehensive plan.

Clinton man's death ruled a saltwater drowning

  • Feb 15, 2014 at 1:00PM

The Island County coroner confirmed that a body discovered on a beach near Possession Point State Park last Thursday belonged to 35-year-old Brandon Smith of Clinton. The cause of death was accidental saltwater drowning, said Island County Coroner Robert Bishop

Moratorium on executions reopens wounds for mother of serial killer's victim

  • Feb 15, 2014 at 4:00PM updated at 9:54PM

If Shawn Johnson were alive today, she would be looking forward to the birth of her twin granddaughters in about two weeks. This promise of new life, however, helps to ease the pain of her absence for Johnson’s mother, Margaret Dettman. The retired, 72-year-old woman lives in an Oak Harbor trailer park with her other daughter and son-in-law and tries to focus on the good in life while she lets go of the hurt and anger.

Coroner says inmate died from cirrhosis

  • Feb 15, 2014 at 4:00PM

A longtime Whidbey Island resident fell sick at the Island County jail and died at the hospital Sunday, Jan. 26. Gregory McBride, 56, was remanded to the jail in Coupeville from district court on a driving while license suspended case Jan. 22, according to Undersheriff Kelly Mauck.

Ignoring arrests flies in face of transparent judicial system in U.S. | Publisher's column

  • Feb 15, 2014 at 4:00PM

Two recent articles drew some particularly emotional reactions from some readers. The first was a Jan. 28 article about the arrest of Coupeville deputy marshal Hodges Gowdey III. Gowdey, 44, was charged with unlawful imprisonment and witness tampering in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred in 2007. Gowdey was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail and put on administrative leave.

Help steer president's decision on pipeline

  • Feb 16, 2014 at 10:00AM

“Thou shall not pass!” was the Oglala Sioux and First Nations’ response to the State Department’s determination that the Keystone XL pipeline would not contribute to climate destabilization nor endanger the Oglala aquifer.

Help steer president's decision on pipeline

  • Feb 16, 2014 at 10:00AM

“Thou shall not pass!” was the Oglala Sioux and First Nations’ response to the State Department’s determination that the Keystone XL pipeline would not contribute to climate destabilization nor endanger the Oglala aquifer.

Oak Harbor sends 8 to Mat Classic | Wrestling

  • Feb 16, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Feb 18, 2014 at 10:25AM

All seven Oak Harbor High School boy wrestlers who qualified for the regional tournament finished in the top four of their classes and secured trips to the state meet, Mat Classic XXVI, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, at the Tacoma Dome.

5 Wildcats qualify for state meet | Swimming

  • Feb 16, 2014 at 12:50PM

Led by 100-yard butterfly champion Caley Powers, the Oak Harbor High School swim team finished third in the district meet at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, and qualified five individuals for the state meet.

Navy to conduct high alert exercise beginning Tuesday

  • Feb 16, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Feb 18, 2014 at 8:53AM

Starting Tuesday, an unauthorized people may attempt to enter Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and the Navy is planning to be ready for them. The Navy’s annual Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield, conducted at NAS Whidbey Feb. 18-28, is a series of readiness exercises conducted at Navy bases across the United States. The exercises are designed to ensure that the base is ready to respond to threats.

Trending: Oak Harbor wins fourth straight state title | Bowling

  • Feb 16, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Feb 18, 2014 at 10:25AM

How good is the Oak Harbor High School bowling team? Let's take a look…

Island County department heads differ on impact of re-adding Friday hours

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 8:59AM

Several Island County department heads say that they can open to the public on Fridays with little to no financial implications. However, others claim the answer may not be that simple. During a recent roundtable discussion of department heads, several said that they would have the ability to open immediately without additional expenses or staffing.

Couple's love remains strong through Pearl Harbor and beyond

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 2:50PM

Of all the ornaments in Martha Martin’s home, there’s one that holds dear sentimental value. Protected in a glass casing is an empty bottle of perfume with a tiny cloth bouquet of flowers still attached. Although neither emit a fragrance, they evoke powerful memories. “He was very big on giving gifts,” Martin said, referring to the man sitting across the room from her bearing a large grin.

Let public officials pay for own mistakes

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 2:53PM

I’m frustrated that our elected officials keep screwing up then making us, the taxpayers, pay for their mistakes. Example — the tunnel project in Seattle and the Highway 520 bridge/Interstate 90 interchange. Lawmakers want to raise the gas tax 10 cents to 20 cents per gallon to pay for it.

Citizens shouldn’t have to pay for bones fiasco | Letter

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 2:52PM

I just finished reading the article in the Whidbey News-Times about who’s going to pay $3.4 million to lawyers and archeologists for playing with bones found along Pioneer Way. Property owners, naturally. But, I believe this is a nonexistent problem hatched by lawyers and the Oak Harbor City Council to squeeze more money out of taxpayers.

Oak Harbor man accused of filing fake divorce papers

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 2:46PM

A Navy man is facing a felony charge for allegedly trying to file fraudulent divorce paperwork in Island County Superior Court earlier this year, according to court documents. Thomas Mayhew, 34, allegedly forged his wife’s and a judge’s signatures on the documents because he wanted to marry his girlfriend in Las Vegas, Nev., the police report alleges. Prosecutors charged Mayhew Feb. 7 with one count of offering false instrument for filing or record and one count of forgery.

Oak Harbor boy's bond with dogs featured on TV commercial

  • Feb 19, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 4:44PM

As Max lays sprawled on the living room floor, Bruce hovered above and let out barks that reverberated across the room. For Bruce, a Newfoundland just shy of a year old, it was clearly play time. Max remained motionless except for an occasional paw stuck into the air to pacify the overgrown puppy. In time, he would comply, but only on his terms.

North Whidbey dog breeder accused of running puppy mill

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 11:28AM

A North Whidbey dog breeder was recently cited for an alleged violation of the state’s four-year-old law aimed at preventing puppy mills. It is the first time the law is being applied to a case on Whidbey Island.

It's time to add back Friday hours | In Our Opinion

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 11:36AM

Struggling to stay afloat amidst unprecedented revenue losses and subsequent staff reductions, in 2009 the Island County Board of Commissioners scaled back services by closing select departments to the public on Fridays. It was a prudent move at the time, designed to provide remaining and overburdened employees with time to catch their breath and make a dent in an ever-increasing backlog of work.

Arts Commission proposes 'Kraken' sculpture for downtown Oak Harbor

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 11:27AM

A noted Oregon artist will be releasing the Kraken in downtown Oak Harbor, possibly by the end of summer. The city’s arts commission and staff worked out an agreement with metal sculpture Bill Hunt to build a copper-and-steel sea monster attacking the Nautilus submarine.

Player evaluations begin this weekend | NW Little League

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 9:08AM

North Whidbey Little League will hold evaluations for all players ages 9 and above this weekend.

Karla Jacks will govern in a collaborative way

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 9:00AM

Our good friend and long-time Camano Island resident Karla Jacks is running this year for the Island County Commissioner District No. 3 position representing Camano Island and North Whidbey.

Griffin takes helm as Ebey's Reserve manager

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 10:00AM

Kristen Griffin said she is “uniquely suited” to appreciate island living and the historic significance of Whidbey. Griffin began her position as the new manager of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve last week.

Whidbey grower now offers organic seeds

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 10:00AM

Gardeners will have a new source for seeds cultivated to thrive in Whidbey’s climate. Deep Harvest Farm located on South Whidbey Island is offering a varieties of organic vegetable seeds at Bayview Farm and Garden located in Langley.

Can relate to Living article about Newfies

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 10:00AM

I just read Saturday’s Island Living article, “Instant Bond.” I have had two Newfies and both were exactly as Ms. Becker describes hers. They are described as gentle giants, and that is the truth.

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