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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.

Coupeville voters pass pair of school levys

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:29PM

Central Whidbey voters gave Coupeville schools two thumbs up Tuesday. Two levies proposed by the Coupeville School District appear to be passing with the approval rates over the 60 percent mark.

Woman reports radioactive stalker, stomach noise | Island Scanner

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:47PM

Oak Harbor Police The following items are selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Tuesday, Feb. 4 At 8:41 a.m., a caller reported she believes she was shot at while driving on State Highway 20. Her windshield was damaged. Wednesday, Feb. 5 At 8:34 a.m., an East Whidbey Avenue resident reported a woman came into the yard and stole a cat. At 3:50 p.m., a caller reported a propane tank was stolen from a Northeast O’Leary Street location.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office takes over Gowdey investigation

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:36PM

An investigation into a Coupeville deputy marshal has been turned over to a detective with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, according to Oak Harbor Police Chief Ed Green. Hodges Gowdey, a 13-year veteran of the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office, was charged in Island County Superior Court on Feb. 11 with unlawful imprisonment and witness tampering. The instances are charged as domestic-violence-related crimes.

House bill could aid mental health laws

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:16PM

Joel Reuter, 28, was shot and killed in a standoff with Seattle police July 5 after he fired a gun at police from his Capitol Hill apartment’s balcony, earlier telling a 911 operator “zombie police officers” were outside. Reuter had a history of mental illness since he was a college sophomore, but did not qualify for involuntary commitment under Washington’s Involuntary Treatment Act. His parents, Doug and Nancy Reuter, had tried unsuccessfully to get him detained for evaluation.

The Navy is between a rock and a hard place

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 9:00AM

It appears that the Navy is now caught between a rock and a hard place. The Navy has not flown at Outlying Field Coupeville more than a couple of times since May 2013, lending very strong credence to the observation that they do not really need to use the outdated, encroached upon, World War II emergency landing strip.

Newspaper should start rant column

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

In response to the letter, “Wait until the trial before reporting story,” I know, I know, you guys want to give everyone the feeling that their opinion counts, but how about we leave the morons out?

Camano double-shooting suspect wounded by police after chase

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

Detectives are investigating a double shooting on Camano Island connected to a high-speed pursuit that ended in gunfire in Mukilteo Sunday, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. The suspect, who was shot multiple times by police, and one of his alleged victims were reported in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday morning, according to the Everett Herald.

Promise of risk-free results in punitive, costly regulations| Sound Off

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 11:00AM

Where there is life, there is risk. That’s not some insightful quotation, it’s just a fact. We’re exposed to risk from the moment we get up in the morning – slip and fall, dog bite, traffic accident, lightning strike. We can manage risk, we can minimize risk, but we cannot eliminate it.

Art purchase a waste of money | Letter to editor

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 1:00PM

Here is the City of Oak Harbor again spending our money when we have other more important bills to pay. Last week, in the Whidbey News-Times, an article I read said that the citizens of Oak Harbor will have to pay for the mistakes that the city council made on the remains of ancient burial site on Pioneer Way. So, the city decided to increase our taxes to pay for their mistake.

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