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Whidbey burglary victims up in arms over lack of arrests

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Feb 23, 2014 at 12:14PM

Omer Lupien was one of about 40 burglary victims to show up at a special meeting with law enforcement officials Thursday night. Lupien said he and a friend had $12,000 worth of tools stolen last Halloween while they were putting up a pole building on Zylstra Road on North Whidbey.

Should art be safe, or is it better to challenge thinking? | Publisher's Column

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 3:00PM

The sculpture of a large octopus proposed for downtown Oak Harbor — a piece being referred to as a “Kraken” — is certainly fulfilling one objective of good art — it has people thinking and talking about it. I’ve gone back and forth in my opinion about this particular piece. I feel differently about it at different times. And I kind of like that.

Island County offers first look at pot regulations

  • Feb 23, 2014 at 9:00AM

A proposed Island County ordinance would regulate the appearance of marjuana-related businesses and their land to ensure they don’t “disrupt the character” of surrounding areas. The draft ordinance was released by county staff this week to be reviewed by Island County commissioners and the public.

Retired teacher continues to educate about visual arts

  • Feb 23, 2014 at 3:00PM

There’s a certain beauty to the forms and straight lines that make up Richard Nash’s home on North Whidbey. Concrete was used to create angular paths, walls and water gardens that are lined by hardy native bushes, grasses and bamboo.

Powers leads Wildcats at state meet | Swimming

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 8:52AM

Senior Caley Powers collected the best two finishes for Oak Harbor High School at the state swim meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Langley man sought on child rape charges

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 11:36AM

A 23-year-old Langley man accused of child rape is wanted on a $300,000 arrest warrant, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Michael Jelinek Feb. 6 in Island County Superior Court with three counts of rape of a child in the third degree. Under the charge, Jelinek is accused of having sex with someone who’s at least 14 but less than 16 years old.

Vester, Cramsey-Behnke place 3rd in state tournament | Wrestling

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 11:15AM

Jahleel Vester reached his goal and Amber Cramsey-Behnke earned some revenge at Mat Classic XXVI, the state wrestling tournament, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, at the Tacoma Dome.

Whidbey General Hospital audit reveals payroll problems

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 11:27AM

Several employees at Whidbey General Hospital are seeing some smaller paychecks as a result of a problem in a new payroll system. In a report released Feb. 18, state auditors reported hospital officials did not have adequate controls over payroll to safeguard public resources. The result of that condition caused the hospital to make $183,000 worth of overpayments to employees, the report said.

Paraglider crashes into trees near Fort Ebey

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 10:19AM

A bruised ego was the only injury sustained by a paraglider from Bothell who crashed into trees near Fort Ebey Wednesday. Pete Blyzka, who has been paragliding for five-and-a-half years, was gliding above the coast line at Fort Ebey State Park Wednesday morning when he encountered blustery weather. “It just blew me back over the trees,” he said.

Current usage doesn’t diminish need for OLF | Letter

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:34PM

In an attempt to address Cate Andrews’ letter about the Navy flight schedule, there could be any number of reasons the Navy has not been bouncing at Outlying Field Coupeville — no aviators in that part of their flight training, more simulator use, who knows? They have been doing some limited flying on the north end where I live and it has been quiet here also.

Holistic health fair deemed a ‘big success’

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:41PM

North Whidbey’s first Holistic Health Fair was a big success. More than 50 people attended this free event in January, and members of the public consulted with and sampled mini-treatments from over a dozen practitioners with a wide variety to choose from, including nutritional supplements, acupuncture, aromatherapy, CranioSacral therapy and talks on essential oils, hypnotherapy and therapeutic touch.

County Sheriff's Department to manage Coupeville law enforcement

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:14PM

There’s a new sheriff in town. The Island County commissioners approved a contract Monday empowering the sheriff’s office to run the Coupeville Marshal’s Office.

Review law on flying Old Glory | Letter

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:15PM

I find it appalling, not to mention a violation of U.S. Code, that some businesses and residents in Oak Harbor consider it appropriate to fly their “12th Man” flags positioned above their American flags on their outdoor flag poles in the days leading up to and after this year’s Super Bowl.

Nike in stove stinks up neighborhood | Island Scanner

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 1:50PM

Island County Sheriff The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, Feb. 14 At 3:03 a.m., a Cherry Street resident reported that her car was stolen. At 10:09 a.m., a Wilson Road resident reported an ongoing problem with a neighbor’s German shepherd coming into her yard and baring its teeth.

Whidbey Island residents navigate Obamacare

  • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:55AM

Until this past September, when he was laid off from his information technology job, Rob Rodgers and his family of four were covered by health insurance. After he lost his job, he turned to the Washington Health Plan Finder in search of coverage available under the Affordable Care Act. Similar to national reports, he didn’t have much success. “We tried the website and had a horrible, horrible time,” Rodgers said. AFTER ATTENDING a public meeting on the Affordable Care Act held by the Island County Opportunity Council last year, Rodgers and his wife were able to connect with staff and get signed up for one of the low-cost health plans through the Health Plan Finder.

Sewer loans to save Oak Harbor millions

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 3:44PM

The City of Oak Harbor received the green light to obtain a low-interest loan of state and federal dollars to help fund the new sewage treatment plant. Borrowing money for sewage treatment may not seem sexy, but Finance Director Doug Merriman said the low interest rate of 2.7 percent will save the city about $6.1 million in interest payments over the life of the financing period.

Crime solved: Langley’s mystery weekend comes to a close

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 9:58AM

Langley’s 30th annual mystery weekend came to a close Sunday, as residents and out-of-towners cracked the case of “The Deadly Deed.” More than 1,000 people joined fictional detective I.B. Fuzz to solve the murder during the 30th Langley Mystery Weekend sponsored by the Langley Chamber of Commerce. The complex story, by Loretta Martin, wove together 24 characters as suspects in the murder of fictional Italian citizen Carmelo Geaherdelli.

Oak Harbor trash fee unfair to many | Letter to the Editor

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00AM

Does anyone besides me feel that the demand we pay a minimum of $19.90 to the city of Oak Harbor to pick up our garbage is unjust, un-American and just plain wrong? I take a lot of stuff to recycle and don’t generate even one full can a month. At the facility on Old Oak Harbor Road, the most I ever paid was $14.50. Usually it’s $11 and that’s for several months. I have a metal can to keep out rats, and, yes, it gets icky.

Island County law library struggles to remain open

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00AM

The county’s law library is asking the county to grant them $3,200 to cover a 2013 deficit and approve an increase in filing fees from $17 to $20. Librarian Tom Karras has also offered to reduce his hours by five per week, which would reflect a savings of $4,000 per year in the library’s budget. In previous years, Karras accepted a cut in pay to assist the library.

Oak Harbor School Board includes member who offers different view

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 10:04AM

As the clock approached 8 p.m. Monday night, Reilly Richards remained focused on the matters at hand. It would have been easy to drift into thought about Advanced Placement chemistry and other homework that was waiting for her at home. It might have been easy to dwell on the weariness from an alarm clock that had sounded at 5 a.m. earlier that day to wake her.

Oak Harbor woman accused in burglary on Zylstra Road

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00AM

An Oak Harbor woman is accused of burglarizing a home on Zylstra Road, which has been a hotspot for residential burglaries over the past six months or so. A number of residents and property owners in the Zylstra Road area of North Whidbey contacted the Whidbey News-Times about recurring problems. One woman said she cruises the area at night in search of possible burglars.

Compromise may be closing Island County offices on Wednesdays | Letter to the Editor

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00AM

With regard to the closure to the public of certain Island County offices on Fridays and the push to reopen them, maybe there is room for compromise. If the office staff has found it useful and efficient to close one day a week, move the day to Wednesday.

Oak Harbor to save millions on sewer loans

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00AM

The City of Oak Harbor received the green light to obtain a low-interest loan of state and federal dollars to help fund the new sewage treatment plant. Borrowing money for sewage treatment may not seem sexy, but Finance Director Doug Merriman said the low interest rate of 2.7 percent will save the city about $6.1 million in interest payments over the life of the financing period. What’s more, the $11.46-million loan is just for one year of the project and city officials plan to apply for the loan throughout the multi-year project, so the savings could balloon.

Happy reunion for Oak Harbor coffee shop owner

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 3:26PM

It’s rare to find Tina Carman without a smile. As a small-business owner in a world of coffee shops big and small all around her, Carman goes about her day offering not only a hot drink but a warm expression.

Promised appeal was more of a sales pitch | Letter to the Editor

  • Mar 1, 2014 at 9:00AM

My wife and I are one of the hundreds of families affected by the Navy’s pronouncement that we will no longer be able to see the primary care providers we have seen for years, if not decades. My former physician and I have developed a level of communication and intimacy over the years that cannot be replicated by a doctor who knows nothing about me and who may or may not be around the next time I need care.

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