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Changing tax allocation takes collective voice | Letter to the editor

  • Mar 2, 2014 at 9:00AM

I had sent an email to Mayor Scott Dudley expressing my concern about the proposed art work. Your article says the art work will be paid out of a utility tax, which infuriated me and apparently a lot of Oak Harbor citizens. I was surprised and delighted when I received a phone call from Mayor Dudley on Sunday afternoon responding to my email.

Oak Harbor City Council OKs Kraken

  • Mar 2, 2014 at 10:00AM

Members of the Oak Harbor City Council had no reservations about unleashing the Kraken downtown. Last week, the council unanimously approved a $33,000 contract with an Oregon-based sculptor to create an eight-foot metal octopus-like monster attacking the Nautilus submarine. Councilwoman Tara Hizon and Councilman Bob Severns were absent. The unique thing about the work of art will be tentacles. Two sets of tentacles will appear to emerge from the pavement and wrap around walk signals on either side of Pioneer Way at the Southwest City Beach Street intersection.

Off-with-their-heads approach not working | In Our Opinion

  • Mar 2, 2014 at 1:00PM

The fallout from Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley’s spate of firings continued this week as his former executive assistant settled a wrongful termination claim for $182,500. The exact amount Dudley’s actions have cost the city and its insurance provider is a matter of debate, but what’s clear is that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been wasted and it has affected the city’s ability to attract talented employees. Renee Recker and her attorney Chris Skinner argued that Dudley violated state and federal protections for ailing and disabled people.

Failing to use Naval Hospital impacts jobs | Letter

  • Mar 2, 2014 at 3:00PM

First, let me say that I am grateful for the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. Their sacrifices allow me the freedom to write this letter. The Tricare health benefit extended to our active duty personnel, retired service members and their eligible beneficiaries is excellent: Free for active duty service members and their beneficiaries under the Prime benefit — managed care — and very affordable for retirees and their family members at $45.64 a month.

Oak Harbor man airlifted to Harborview following Crosby Road crash

  • Mar 2, 2014 at 7:08PM

George Bernard Churchill, 69, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a one-car accident earlier today on Crosby Road in Oak Harbor.

Serving up hope: Spin Cafe offers place to eat, chat for those in need in Island County

  • Mar 3, 2014 at 10:29AM

Scott Sayre lifts a spoon from a steaming pot of potato, broccoli and bacon soup, takes a sip and senses something isn’t right. “You can taste the bacon,” Sayre said. “Let’s put a little more broccoli in there.” Sayre was one of six volunteers busy preparing meals in the kitchen of the Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church Thursday. Sachie Sutterluey and Hidemi Dettman stood side by side, chopping broccoli and mixing raisins for broccoli salad.

Now’s Time to offer opinions on county fair | Letter

  • Mar 3, 2014 at 10:23AM

Area Fair what you think of the fair and its future. Go to and share your opinion.

Commissary cuts unlikely to alter shopping habits in Oak Harbor

  • Mar 3, 2014 at 10:15AM

Imminent cuts to commissary discounts likely won’t change military families’ spending habits because other local grocers are already competitive, say some North Whidbey residents. Stephanie Decker, whose husband is in the Navy, said she already shops at other grocery stores for good deals.

20 prep athletes earn all-league honors

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 9:08AM

Fifteen Oak Harbor and five Coupeville athletes received recognition when their respective conferences announced the all-league teams this week.

Oak Harbor digs up plans for abandoned pools

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 10:15AM

The irony isn’t intentional. Archaeologists are digging pits all over the parking lot behind the Whidbey Island Bank on Pioneer Way as city officials pray that they don’t find bones, fossils or anything that might waylay the project. At the same time, the city hopes to buy fake fossils and place them under sand in a wading pool located just feet away from the site so that kids can play archaeologist in a giant sandbox.

Local businessman injured in car crash

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 9:39AM

Oak Harbor resident George Churchill, a well-known and longtime businessman in the community, was seriously injured in a one-car accident Sunday afternoon.

Prep athletes receive letters, awards

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 9:21AM

Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school winter athletes received varsity letters and awards recently. Here is a list of the recipients:

County meeting turns into scold-fest

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Mar 7, 2014 at 2:44PM

For publicly reprimanding Treasurer Ana Maria Nunez Monday, Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson drew fire from her fellow commissioners. Commissioners scolded Johnson, saying she acted unprofessionally and made a “spectacular display” of the issue.

Decision gives whale advocates new hope

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 9:35AM

A 20-year quest to bring home Lolita, the last of seven orcas captured from Penn Cove decades ago, has resulted in a small but significant victory.

Opinion: Seattle, King Co. officers could learn from Whidbey Island’s law enforcement

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 10:13AM

They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the street, but that’s not always so, particularly when it comes to Whidbey Island first responders.

Letter: Wonn Road lawsuit is democracy at its best

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 10:15AM

Editor, Just about one year ago, Island County finally filed its lawsuit against property owners on either side of Wonn Road, which had a public beach access since before statehood in 1889.

Letter: Is concerned about children losing hearing

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 10:14AM

Editor, When I moved to Oak Harbor in 1982, I knew there was a Navy base here. My cousin who was stationed here during World War II told me he flew planes under Deception Pass Bridge. What I didn’t expect was that planes would be flying over my house.

OHscars raises $8,500 for fireworks

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 8:00PM

Toppins Frozen Yogurt took home top honors as Business of the Year Friday during the annual Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

Coupeville barn converted into state-of-the-art studio

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 7:00AM

Five years ago, Megan Wise stared at a neglected red barn in her backyard and saw an eyesore. Her husband Mike Wise saw an opportunity.

Gardeners workshop focuses on island newcomers

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 8:00AM

One fact gardeners must realize on Whidbey Island is that the island isn’t the same from one end to the other.

Letter: Flinstone car represents Oak Harbor history

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, Recently, Editor and Publisher Keven Graves questioned in his column why Oak Harbor has a Flintstone car. Maybe it is time for the paper to do a story on the history of the Flintstone Freeway and the car.

Hearings on turbine plan start Thursday

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 9:00AM

The Island County hearing examiner will listen for two days to arguments regarding permits for a proposed tidal turbine pilot project in waters off Whidbey Island.

Man, 25, charged with assault by blow torch

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 9:00AM

An Oak Harbor man with a history of mental illness and substance abuse problems is facing a felony charge for allegedly menacing his father with a blow torch last month, according to court records.

Letter: Creating new plan an exciting opportunity

  • Mar 8, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, The fairgrounds in Langley is a wonderful community owned property with a rich history and great potential.

Burning popcorn leads to alarming meeting on EIS

  • Mar 8, 2014 at 9:00AM

A burnt bag of popcorn caused a minor disruption during a public meeting on Navy testing and training in the Northwest.

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