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Defaced bills appearing in Oak Harbor

  • Jun 11, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jun 12, 2014 at 10:44AM

No one is taking credit — or blame — for money stamped with anti-military messages being circulated in the community. A defaced $5 bill was brought to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s public affairs office as recently as Monday, according to Public Affairs Officer Mike Welding. An enlisted sailor turned in a bill with the words, “NAS Whidbey burns 24 million gallons of toxic jet fuel yearly,” Welding said.

Former Coupeville deputy's statements inadmissable in court

  • Jun 11, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jun 12, 2014 at 11:20AM

There’s nothing unusual about the police using a ruse against a criminal suspect. Such trickery can be “legal and appropriate,” said Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock. But, in interviewing Hodges Gowdey, a former deputy with the Coupeville Marshal’s Office, the Oak Harbor police tried to compel him to make statements through a faux internal investigation into a 2007 incident in which he allegedly handcuffed his girlfriend during a fight and later told her not to tell investigators about it.

Leete, Powers receive OHHS Athlete of the Year honor

  • Jun 11, 2014 at 8:00AM

Oak Harbor High School seniors Joanna Leete and Caley Powers combined to win 21 varsity letters and 14 first-team, all-Western Conference awards. It's easy to see why they were selected the school's Athletes of the Year for 2013-14.

Oak Harbor thumps Lake Stevens 11-1 | Legion

  • Jun 13, 2014 at 9:32AM

The Oak Harbor Legion baseball team broke a six-game losing streak by ripping visiting Lake Stevens 11-1 Thursday, June 12.

Oak Harbor, Langley program will allow kids to eat free

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 1:00AM

Kids on both ends of Whidbey Island will be able to get a free lunch for much of the summer as part of the Food Lifeline Kids Cafe program. As part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, meals and snacks will be available at no charge to children 18 years of age and younger attending programs in Oak Harbor and Langley.

Don’t take Public Health for granted | Editorial

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 1:00AM

Public Health is largely misunderstood. This is probably because the face of Public Health, what services it provides and how it pays for services have morphed dramatically over the years. But what hasn’t changed is the need to appreciate and financially support Public Health and its contribution to our community. What began as the military-focused Marine Hospital Service became the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service in 1902 in recognition of its expanding role in public health.

Oak Harbor man charged with child molestation

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 1:00AM

An Oak Harbor man is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl who was at his home visiting with other children, according to court documents. Myron T. James, 33, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court March 26 with child molestation in the third degree. A special agent with Naval Criminal Investigative Services investigated the case after the girl reported it to her parents this year.

It’s only illegal if it can’t be reissued | Letter

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, In response to defacing U.S. currency, it is only illegal when done with intent to render it unfit to be reissued. Anyone who has been passed one of these bills is well aware that they have not been rendered unusable. They are, in fact, very useable and in good shape.

Whidbey General Hospital offers summer program for teenagers

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 2:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital is looking for students interested in learning more about careers in health care. Students between the ages of 16-18 are eligible for the hospital’s “Summer Teen Exploration Program,” which runs the week of July 7 and the week of Aug. 8 at the Coupeville hospital.

Students prove that Broad View’s got talent

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 2:00AM

Broad View Elementary students tested their limits Thursday and tackled their fears of performing. “Let it Go,” the popular song from “Frozen,” resulted in a lively audience singalong during the elementary school’s talent show. With about 50 students, 10 Parent Teacher Association members and about 20 staff members participating, “Frozen” was a popular choice for acts, and were some of the biggest hits of the show.

NAS Whidbey partners with Whidbey General for surgery

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 2:00AM

Navy surgeons may now perform procedures at nearby civilian hospitals. Oak Harbor Naval Hospital entered into a partnership with Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville and Island Hospital in Anacortes. The Naval Hospital rolled out changes over the past year that included closure of the hospital’s Urgent Care Center, expanding its clinics, upgrading the birthing center and adding a 24-hour nurse hotline.

Why are we waiting to arm school officials? | Letter

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, What are we waiting for? In Toppenish, Wash., a new policy starting this fall enables kindergarten through 12th grade public school administrators to carry concealed firearms on school property to provide protection. Those who volunteer will be using their own weapons, will receive training from a certified private trainer and receive bullet-resistant vests.

Don’t military families get enough services? | Letter

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00AM

Editor, According to Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the base is assigning pilots and military aircraft to an aerial demonstration in the Strait of Juan de Fuca as part of a family day aboard the aircraft carrier the Nimitz on Friday, June 13. Although the types of aircraft are not mentioned, this seems an extravagant use of public military funding to provide entertainment for a picnicking crowd of invited guests barbecuing on the flight deck.

Oak Harbor Middle School student recognized for super artwork

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00AM

Superheroes will be descending upon Oak Harbor for the Fourth of July. Special Needs from the Heart is organizing and hosting a Super Hero 5K fundraiser for the morning of Independence Day to raise awareness — and funds — for Early Childhood Education.

Attributed quotes about defaced bills misleading | Letter

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00AM

Editor, Please reference the Whidbey News-Times article, “Defaced bill appearing in Oak Harbor,” published on June 11. Reporter Janis Reid called me wanting to know what I knew about the defaced money being passed around protesting the Navy.

Thanks for making Grad Night a success | Letter

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00AM

Editor, I would like to extend my congratulations to the Oak Harbor High School graduating class of 2014. Also, kudos to the faculty, parents, individuals, sponsors and anyone who participated in making the Grad Night party a success.

Poppy paradise: Coupeville couple’s garden reveals a passion for poppies and a love for water features

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00AM

As much as Don and Vickie Sullivan admire the colorful sea of poppies poking from their garden beds, there’s a part of them that wishes nature could have delayed this spectacular show a little while longer. Watching what they guess are 10,000 poppies in near, partial or full bloom is a sight to see, and the Sullivans just hope that a good portion continue to display their beauty two weeks from now.

Portion of Hastie Lake Road will close for improvements

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00AM

A portion of Hastie Lake Road will be closed for several weeks this summer to improve visibility in an area with a history of traffic accidents. A stretch of road along Hastie Lake east of Zylstra Road will be lowered to allow west-going drivers to better see oncoming traffic, according to Public Works Director Bill Oakes. Construction is expected to begin June 30, with the road closure starting July 7.

Public Health ailing from uncertain funding

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00AM

Island County’s Public Health Department is suffering from symptoms that seem to be part of a statewide condition — unpredictable funding and rising costs. To help remedy the situation, Island County leadership is taking a closer look at public health programs during upcoming budget talks. “We’ll have a conversation about if we want to have dedicated funds (for Public Health),” said Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson.

Identity thieves targeting mail on Whidbey

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00AM

A rash of mail thefts have occurred on Whidbey Island in recent weeks, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown warned that thefts are being reported island-wide, but are concentrated on the south end of the island. The thieves may be targeting specific mail, he said.

Chief: Oak Harbor needs new fire station

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 4:00AM

Since becoming chief of the Oak Harbor Fire Department, Ray Merrill has pushed to improve the city’s public fire protection classification. Merrill said the fire department has made strides, but that the city should make one big investment to bring the rating down. A new fire department building is needed in the growing southwest area of the city, he said.

Home-grown success: Whidbey Coffee owner is content to keep it local

  • Jun 13, 2014 at 3:08PM

His iPad is a constant whirl of activity. Dan Ollis keeps the device handy for communication on the fly. As president of a buzzing coffee company with 122 employees, he’s often on the go, figuring that his office is as much in the front seat of his black Chevy Tahoe than at any chair behind a desk. “I’m in the people business,” Ollis said.

Coupeville's top athletes also quality citizens

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 6:00AM

Perhaps in the case of Breeanna Messner and Nick Streubel, the name of the award should be changed. The senior pair were selected Coupeville High School’s Athletes of the Year for 2013-14, but the impression they left on their coaches goes far beyond their success in sports.

Masked men, female flasher raise alarm | Island Scanner

  • Jun 14, 2014 at 6:00AM

Island County Sheriff The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Tuesday, May 27 At 12:12 p.m., a Lake Drive resident said that her middle-aged neighbor was exposing herself and “flipping (me) off.” Wednesday, May 28 At 5:59 p.m., a caller reported seeing a kite surfer go down at the mouth of Penn Cove. At 6 p.m., a caller reported that a man was busting out the windows of a bus shelter with a sledge hammer on State Highway 20 at Banta Road.

If you spot lonely Harbor seal pups look, don’t touch | Harbor Highlights

  • Jun 15, 2014 at 1:00AM

Do you watch animal videos online? Yeah, me too. I also gain great joy from taking care of a variety of pets on our property. I’m equally drawn to wildlife and June is particularly fruitful here in the Pacific Northwest. Watching baby birds fledge, “Junior Camper” bunnies hop along the edges of the grass, and marine mammal babies rest along the shoreline pull at my heartstrings. This time each year, my husband, Matt Klope, a career biologist and trained volunteer for the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network, gives me the “Share the Shore” talk regarding the unbelievably cute Harbor seal pups.

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