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Whidbey Island Digest

  • Dec 24, 2013 at 10:00AM

State considers lift on shellfish ban; sixth-graders study water quality; two take seats on school board; talk of selling 1950 fire truck tabled

North Whidbey community serves up holiday favorites

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 8:00AM

In the spirit of the holidays, the Whidbey News-Times collected favorite recipes for holiday desserts and dishes from an assortment of community members who bring cheer to the kitchen.

Liaison to Santa Claus: Oak Harbor post office employee makes it his mission to get local letters to Santa into the right hands

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 8:00AM

It’s a job that Dan Miller has proudly held for 20 years. Santa’s messenger. “I make sure letters get to Santa Claus,” Miller said. He’s the liaison to Santa in the northern reaches of Whidbey Island.

Soroptimist’s Tree of Hope keeping holidays bright for those in need on Whidbey Island

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 8:00AM

Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor’s Tree of Hope is helping local families again this year. The program has more than 950 children enrolled and, at one point, only had about 500 of them sponsored. The community since rallied to fill the remaining sponsorships. “We’re still getting last-minute sponsors who want to help out,” said Rose Freitas, Tree of Hope co-chairwoman. “That’s how great this community is.”

Asking Santa to bring some very important gifts | Publisher's Column

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

Dear Santa, I’m writing to you this year from Whidbey Island. I moved here in February after spending the previous 13 years as publisher in Yelm. My wish list this year is a little different than when I was in Yelm.

Huffer finishes 10th at PNS championships | Youth swimming

  • Dec 26, 2013 at 8:47AM

Emily Huffer placed in all six of her events at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Washington State Senior Short Course Championships Dec. 19-22 at Federal Way.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane ... it’s, a UFO over Whidbey Island?

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 11:21AM

A perfectly reasonable couple say they saw a Christmastime UFO in the skies over Whidbey Island last week. Evidence suggests that the unidentified object was likely not an ungulate-drawn sled driven by the fat man of wintertime lore. The timing was wrong, the color was wrong and no jingling bells were heard. “I immediately thought about Santa, but it’s too early,” Christine Laing said with a laugh. She is a resident of the Sierra neighborhood off West Beach.

Sense of direction draws those closer to their faith | Faithful Living

  • Dec 26, 2013 at 8:00AM

For as long as I can remember, my husband and I have played “The Direction Game” and it’s executed like this: Stand in the middle of a building and point to a landmark outside. Next, point where you believe north and south are located. Nearly always my husband and I point in opposite directions, especially at various points along our meandering Whidbey Island. To my chagrin, I have never proved Matt wrong. Not once.

When trees turn to mulch on Whidbey Island

  • Dec 26, 2013 at 9:00AM

It’s possible the Christmas tree that’s standing in your living room will be around Whidbey Island for years to come. Just in a different form. Habitat for Humanity of Island County is teaming up with Pioneer Tree Service & Landscaping to collect and recycle Christmas trees on Whidbey Island.

Island Business

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 8:00AM

New Year’s Day 5K Resolution Run and polar plunge; Oak Harbor’s Shop Local promotion continues; Job vacancies in Washington expected to double by spring

No right to complain if noise was here first | Letters

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, I agree with the letter from Don Grove. I was born and raised on the island and have since moved away. I grew up with the sound of freedom and 90 percent of the time the noise didn’t bother me. But, like Mr. Grove says, the Navy has been on the island way before most of the citizens have lived there. But this type of thing is typical for a lot of people that like to complain.

Group is focusing its effort on wrong target | Letters

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, Thankfully, the front page article in the Dec. 11 issue of the Whidbey News-Times supplied some badly needed information about the Navy OLF controversy. The article articulated several important facts, including the following: in 1992 Island County adopted a noise disclosure ordinance to ensure that home owners are informed of what to expect, and that in certain areas noise levels from aircraft may exceed 100 decibels; Island County real estate agents currently provide home buyers in certain zones with a noise disclosure notice stating that persons may be exposed to a significant noise level from airport operations, and; the Navy has an existing document recommending that residential development not occur within certain zones with an annual average level of 65 decibels.

Emerson will not seek re-election

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 10:23AM

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson has announced that she will not run for re-election next year. Emerson represents Island County's District 3, which comprises Camano Island and North Whidbey Island.

12th man for the job: Seahawks fans planning rally at Deception Pass

  • Dec 28, 2013 at 1:00AM

Jason Park considers his blue and green Seattle Seahawks bracelet among his most treasured possessions. There’s a sentimental attachment because it was made by his stepdaughter. But its value steeped in superstition far outweighs all others. Park has worn the bracelet for every home Seahawks game the last two seasons, but couldn’t find it last Sunday when Seattle lost to the Arizona Cardinals for its first home loss in two years.

Legislators have full slate in 2014 | Guest Column

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 8:00AM

A preview of coming attractions and distractions for lawmakers next year can be found in the pile of legislation awaiting them when they return to Olympia in January. There have been 59 bills filed early — 38 in the House and 21 in the Senate — dealing with specialty license plates and protecting hospital employees from violent criminals, as well as naming a state waterfall and ensuring natural disasters don’t shut down government. Here’s a sample of new laws House and Senate members are already pushing:

Port Townsend, Sierra Club criticize Navy over jet noise

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

The Sierra Club and the city of Port Townsend have both released comments criticizing jet noise produced by the Navy’s EA-18G Growler. On behalf of the Conservation Committee of the Snohomish Sierra Club, Chairwoman Rebecca Wolfe issued a letter to the U.S. Navy last week outlining the “established harms” caused by jet noise. The letter was written to be submitted as public input for the Environmental Impact Statement the Navy is currently preparing on the Growlers.

Gifts from the heart: Oak Harbor sisters cook up idea to help those from community in need

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

It was her oldest sister’s idea. And to Taylor Marrs, it was a good one. What better way for a 3-year-old to spend time than to sit at the kitchen table with her two big sisters and spread thick slabs of frosting on dozens of sugar cookies. Taylor was taking the job seriously, using a little extra force to apply sprinkles.

First Community Christmas event offered food, company to those in need

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

The quality of the first Community Christmas won out over quantity. Only about 40 people showed up for the first event on Christmas Day at the Odd Fellows Hall in Oak Harbor. However, the experience was “absolutely” a success, according to Melissa Riker, one of the event’s organizers.

Hot-shooting opponents stop Oak Harbor | Girls basketball

  • Dec 30, 2013 at 8:56AM

Two hot-shooting teams gunned down the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team in the Prostock Winter Classic at Mount Vernon High School Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.

Could Camano Island become county’s fourth city?

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 2:30PM

The City of Camano? To some, that has a nice ring. To others, not so much. While opinions vary, an effort is under way to incorporate Camano Island, and supporters hope that by 2015 island residents will be making many more decisions for themselves. “This is really about local control, getting people on Camano to have a bit more say on what happens at home,” said James McCafferty, a Camano resident and a member of the group working toward incorporation.

Oak Harbor High School Transition students collect food for local children

  • Dec 30, 2013 at 9:00AM

Even when temperatures dipped during the second week of December, the chill didn’t deter students from their prime directive. “It was really cold,” student Diamond Antoniou said. “My fingers were purple.”

2 more close games but no wins for 'Cats | Boys basketball

  • Dec 30, 2013 at 10:06AM

The Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team got close twice in a holiday tournament at Bellevue College last weekend but is still looking for its first win.

Don’t stand in front of the bus | Letters

  • Dec 31, 2013 at 7:00AM

After seeing the disgruntled group of Outlying Field Coupeville protesters pictured on the front page of a Seattle newspaper on Dec. 23 and reading a myriad of letters on the OLF topic, I wish to express some views of my own. It has become abundantly clear that the major issue is home values and not “noise.” Folks who bought homes in Admiral’s Cove did so because of a couple of reasons, very affordable prices as opposed to other areas and the great view of the Olympics and the sound. When my wife and I first moved here in 1980, one of the first areas we considered was Admiral’s Cove — very affordable, nice homes, great views. But our realtor said that it could be a very noisy area in that there is a Navy airfield nearby and to “come down here when the planes are flying.” The realtor told us that the home we were interested in had a $5,000 “bounty” she would be paid by the seller if she sold the home, apparently for that very reason, noise. Just the other evening I had a friend and former realtor tell me that one of the people that is always complaining in the Whidbey News-Times about the noise was in the process of buying a home in Admiral’s Cove in 1985. This realtor advised him that it was very noisy down there (around OLF and surrounding area), but the person bought a home there anyway because of the price and said “the noise wouldn’t be a big deal.” Apparently he has changed his tune.

Whidbey Island scanner: Woman reports daughter using her library card

  • Dec 31, 2013 at 8:00AM

The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department:

Whidbey Island Digest

  • Dec 31, 2013 at 8:00AM

Clinton bookstore shutters doors; Langley welcomes animation studio, youth donates clothes to mission; Greenbank agent earns award; superstructure heads to Seattle; Larson wins athletic challenge; Whidbey wine tapped as best; van crashes, damages cars; cold weather damages fields.

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