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Smith Island not a replacement | Letters

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, Vincent Hagel is to be commended for his “out of the box” thinking about relocating the OLF to Smith Island in his Oct. 23 letter. There is, however, one teensy-weensy problem. That is, Smith Island is part of the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

We the people need to wake up | Letters

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, I find it interesting, or should I say frightening, that anyone who is a responsible citizen of this great country could say, “Congress is doing fine.” Really? The last time I checked, this is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Clinton woman held on $50,000 bail

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

A Clinton woman is facing charges in connection with a series of crimes she allegedly committed on South Whidbey Nov. 9 while under the influence of drugs, court documents indicate. Karlyn J. Romain, 39, was charged in Island County Superior Court Nov. 13 with attempting to elude, harassment (threats to kill), reckless driving, hit and run, fourth-degree assault, malicious mischief in the third degree, DUI and resisting arrest. A judge ordered Romain held Nov. 12 in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Court upholds child rape conviction for Oak Harbor man

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

An Oak Harbor man convicted in the rape and assault of a 21-month-old child lost on appeal. In an unpublished opinion dated Nov. 18, the State Court of Appeals affirmed Ryan A. Stephenson’s conviction for first-degree rape and assault of the child in the first degree. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Eric Ohme was happy with the ruling. He handled the case against Stephenson, 28, in a 2012 trial so disturbing that jurors were offered mental health counseling afterward.

Whidbey Island Digest

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

Pickup driver cited in highway crash; S.W. Port hit with unexpected costs; cchool board goes to fall conference; WGH agrees to cover EMS costs; master gardeners seek new students

Coupeville schools putting levy requests on February ballot

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

Central Whidbey voters will be asked early next year whether to continue local funding for Coupeville schools. The Coupeville School Board last week approved sending two levies that will bring in millions of dollars to the district. Voters will consider the two replacement levies during a special election set for Feb. 12. “We want to stress that this is a replacement levy,” board President Kathleen Anderson said “It’s the same as what ran four years ago.”

Oak Harbor man, 21, accused of injuring boy, 3, who suffered ruptured spleen

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

A Navy man is charged with assaulting a 3-year-old child and causing a life-threatening internal injury, court documents state. The suspect is also being investigated in connection with an infant’s injuries. The baby sustained a depressed skull fracture, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office.

Insurer argues bones unearthing isn’t covered for Oak Harbor

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 2:43PM

An insurance company filed a complaint for declaratory relief in U.S. District Court this week against the City of Oak Harbor and an engineering firm. Travelers Insurance argues that it has no obligation to provide coverage to the city or Perteet, Inc. in connection with the Swimomish Tribe’s lawsuit against the two entities. The civil action is a new wrinkle in the ongoing and costly saga involving the desecration of a Native American burial ground during the Pioneer Way construction project in 2011.

Coupeville resident sharing his passion for trains

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 11:00AM updated at 2:45PM

Walking into the basement of Jack Tingstad’s house is like taking a trip back in time. Trains traverse the old railroads of Colorado, making their way through mining towns. “It’s a great hobby, especially in the Northwest during the winter,” Tingstad said. Tingstad will host his 13th model railroad open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at his home on 508 Broadway St. Tingstad has volunteered at the food bank for 10 years, and asks those coming to see the trains bring a donation for Gifts of the Heart food bank.

Oak Harbor schools flood Help House with food donations

  • Nov 27, 2013 at 12:40PM

Jean Wieman could hardly believe her eyes when she saw a bright yellow school bus approach bulging inside with boxes of food. “I kept going, ‘Is that stacked with food? That’s a lot of food,” she said. When she was told it was only the first of two buses stuffed with food, her jaw dropped.

Navy says ‘maybe’ to Oak Harbor city sewer project partnership

  • Nov 30, 2013 at 9:00AM

Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley didn’t get the answer he was expecting this week from Navy officials, but he did manage to ruffle some military feathers. Navy and Oak Harbor officials met Monday to talk about whether the base will become a customer of the city’s planned sewage treatment facility. The Navy’s answer was less than definitive: maybe.

There are plenty of options to shop locally this holiday season | Editorial

  • Dec 1, 2013 at 7:00AM

By starting the consumer shopping frenzy called Black Friday a day early, several large retailers are being criticized for eating away at Thanksgiving Day, a traditional time for family gatherings, feasting and reflection, Whidbey residents can easily avoid the madness and keep the holidays merry by shopping on the island. Whidbey Island has an abundance of unique shops and is great for thoughtful gift items all season long.

Island County keeps futures funds, with stipulations

  • Dec 1, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 2, 2013 at 8:12AM

Island County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of continuing the conservation futures program after hundreds of residents contacted them in support over the last week. More than 100 people attended the Monday meeting giving nearly two hours of public comment. All but a few speakers favored the continuation of the conservation futures levy. Many said they’d like to see an increase to the tax, which costs property owners roughly $35 per year and is expected to bring in $679,814 in 2014.

33 years of Reno: Macaw parrot loved by generations of Oak Harbor residents

  • Dec 1, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Dec 2, 2013 at 8:35AM

Customers at Island Pet Center will no longer see a friendly face at the back of the store. Reno, the macaw parrot, died Tuesday, Nov. 19. “I was 15 and half years old when I took her out of the box for the first time,” said Brian Knoll, Island Pet Center owner. Reno has been a prominent figure at the store for 33 years. The store opened 36 years ago.

OHHS alumni run for leading college cross country teams

  • Dec 2, 2013 at 8:28AM

Three former Oak Harbor High School runners helped their college cross country teams finish in the top 10 in the nation to highlight the athletic efforts of local graduates at the collegiate level this fall.

Reminder: Growler study open houses Dec. 3-5 at Whidbey NAS

  • Nov 27, 2013 at 12:27PM

The Navy plans three public scoping meetings early next month to obtain public input on an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS for EA-18G Growler operations at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

North Whidbey Park and Rec board passes budget, increases fees

  • Dec 2, 2013 at 9:00AM

After two budget workshops and two meetings, the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District Board of Commissioners passed its 2014 budget. The board approved a 10 percent fee increase to all programs, except for pool rentals and swim school. Fees for swim school were raised by 20 percent 18 months ago, while other programs fees hadn’t increased since 2006.

Oak Harbor woman injured in rollover accident

  • Dec 2, 2013 at 10:30AM

An 18-year-Oak Harbor woman suffered a serious injury in a rollover accident on North Whidbey Saturday morning. Kylee Hancock-O'Brien was traveling south on Monkey Hill Road in a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer and drifted off the road, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Why are taxpayers funding swim team? | Letters

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, North Whidbey Aquatic Club is the only North Whidbey youth athletic team with a fullsalaried coach funded by the taxpayers. The pool board seems to understand that the subsidy they give to their NWAC and masters family members and friends is only about 30 percent of the $40-$60 each property owner is assessed for the North Whidbey park and recreation tax levy.

Adopting a pet is a commitment | Letters

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, I’m about to rescue my fifth stray cat, a young neutered male, since moving here in 2009. I have found the stray and feral cat situation here out of control. WAIF has an excellent spay and neuter program and they are a wonderful organization. I do have a theory and it doesn’t involve just blaming the military.

Need to take look at commenting system | Letters

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, Recently I made a personal decision to stop using Facebook. I have a problem with a company this size that affects so many people that you cannot contact. Recently, Facebook locked my page until I agreed to a privacy policy change. I did not want to agree to this without speaking to someone from Facebook.

’13 Caregiver Conference a great success | Letters

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, During this special season of giving thanks, we would like to acknowledge the sponsors, vendors, presenters and participants for their support of the 2013 Caregiver Conference, “Caregiver Safety Nets.” These donations made the conference experience a very rewarding one for our caregivers, who play such an important role in the lives of their loved ones and their community. Caregivers on Whidbey Island are fortunate to have the support of so many community agencies, businesses and individuals.

Whidbey Island digest

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 9:00AM

South Whidbey measles scare unfounded; port director’s employment agreement approved; digital attendance OK’d by south end parks board; South Whidbey students gather food for needy; city of Langley considers number of officers; Island Consort starts inaugural season; one-way road in Coupeville proposed to deal with erosion.

Whidbey Island scanner

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 9:00AM

Tuesday, Nov. 26 At 3:11 a.m., a caller reported a Dumpster on fire at a North Oak Harbor Street location. Monday, Nov. 25 At 9:03 a.m., a caller reported a car accident on Highway 20.

Winter prep preview | Oak Harbor boys basketball

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 12:00PM updated Dec 5, 2013 at 7:48AM

The big question heading into the 2013-14 boys basketball season for Oak Harbor High School is whether the Wildcats can continue the success of last winter.

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