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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.

Father's Day tribute: Coach shares love for sports

  • Jun 15, 2014 at 6:00AM

If you grew up in Oak Harbor at the time of my youth, in some ways, my father was your father.

Rape suspect discovered hiding in North Whidbey woman's yard | Audio clip

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Jun 18, 2014 at 10:50AM

North Whidbey resident Darcy Zook got the scare of a lifetime when police caught a suspect in a brutal rape and kidnapping case hiding in an orchard just outside her door Saturday. Zook said her neighborhood on Moran Beach Lane was swarming with law enforcement officers from five different agencies as they searched for a suspect. Things started getting a little terrifying when a K-9 officer from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office came to her door; he said he had seen a man in a hoodie run across the road and go to her house.

Letter inaccurate and filled with mistruths | Letter

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 4:20PM

Editor, Maryon Attwood’s letter on June 14 is rife with untruths and misconceptions. The U.S. Department of Defense budget is not “well over 50 percent of the federal budget.” It is 18 percent, while both Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are larger, together comprising more than 50 percent of the federal budget. Most Naval aviators and flight officers do not make $120,000 a year.

Island County to cover fair’s electrical upgrades

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 1:00AM

State-required electrical upgrades at the Island County Fairgrounds will be paid for by Island County. The $8,789 reimbursement was seen as a victory for the Island County Fair Association, the nonprofit organization that produces the annual Whidbey Island Area Fair in exchange for the use and management of the 12.8 acres. However, the bulk of the fair association’s request — $18,841 to expose the ceiling of the Pole Building’s dining room — was not funded.

Crabbing season begins July 3 around Whidbey Island

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 1:00AM

Harvesting season for delectable Dungeness and red rock crab begins July 3 around Whidbey Island. Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 — all of the waters surrounding the island — open to recreational harvests Thursdays through Mondays each week through Sept. 1. In a news release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rich Childers, shellfish policy lead for the agency, said recent test fisheries show that Dungeness crabs remain abundant throughout Puget Sound.

Oak Harbor merchants adding car show on Fourth of July

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

In an effort to attract more visitors to Pioneer Way on the Fourth of July, Oak Harbor’s downtown merchants are adding a car show to the mix. Anyone with a slick car or motorcycle they’d like to show off is invited to participate in the Motorized Classics show, organized by the Downtown Merchants Association. From 2-5 p.m. July 4, cars will be allowed to park on Pioneer Way as long as they’re registered in the show. There are more than 90 parking spaces available with room elsewhere if needed, said Kathy Collantes, who’s running the event and is a broker at Go Realty on Pioneer.

Make-A-Wish fundraiser appreciated | Letter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, I would like to thank the K-Kids at Crescent Harbor Elementary School for their support of Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington. The K-Kids is a local organization sponsored by the Oak Harbor Kiwanis group. The kids put on an end of the year sock hop to raise money the program.

Author should think before she writes | Letter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, This letter is in direct response to the writer of the letter entitled, “Don’t military familes get enough services?” The short answer to that question is a resounding “NO!” I should preface my response by saying this letter is the second rendering of my response because I was so thoroughly disgusted and agitated when I read your letter, I knew my initial one could not be published as written.

Students tell about city’s diverse culture through interviews

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

Finishing up their multicultural unit, second graders at Oak Harbor Elementary presented their Digital City of Stories projects just before the end of the school year. The project included four videos of them interviewing members of the various cultures in Oak Harbor. The military, Mexican, Filipino and Netherlands cultures were explored in these videos, which totaled a 39- minute run-time.

No, service people don’t get enough | Letter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, Reading the letters in Saturdays edition of the Whidbey News-Times, I saw Maryon Attwood’s letter of righteous indignation of a flight demonstration for a family day cruise on the USS Nimitz. I am taking a leap here and guessing that, other than trying to close the base, Ms. Attwood doesn’t interact with the Navy or its flying.

Field Day gets Oak Harbor kids hopping

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

It’s the time of year when schools are wrapping up and students are getting itchy to celebrate the start of summer break. In celebration, Oak Harbor’s elementary schools held their own bash, Field Day. Field Day is a day at the end of the school year during which students get to play outside and take part in a variety of activities. During the past few years, physical education teachers at each of the elementary schools teamed up to host Field Days, running the events with the help of parent volunteers.

Boat crowd excites organizer | Business Chatter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

When Michelle Curry agreed last year to organize hydroplane races in Oak Harbor this summer, she knew she was facing a tight deadline and some uncharted waters. First, she had never attended a hydroplane race before. Yet she was now in charge of the Oak Harbor Hydroplane Races. “Not even Seafair,” said Curry, a real estate loan officer at People’s Bank in Oak Harbor. “My first race was the first weekend of September last year in Spanaway down at nationals. I wanted to see exactly what I had gotten myself into.”

Writer’s objection to Family Day is mean | Letter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, I am simply amazed at Maryon Attwood’s characterization of the USS Nimitz Family Day event as “an extravagant use of public military funding to provide entertainment for a picnicking crowd.” This “picnicking crowd” is typically comprised of families — spouses, children and parents of sailors attached to the sponsoring command, in this case the USS Nimitz and its embarked air wing.

Oak Harbor School District seeking more subs

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

For administrators in the Oak Harbor School District, summer isn’t a time for rest and relaxation. The district’s human resources department, led by Executive Director Kurt Schonberg, will be hard at work. With about 130 possible substitutes currently in a pool the district can draw on, Schonberg said he wants to hire about 30 more. “I think if we got around 160 subs, I think that would probably meet our needs,” Schonberg said.

The pot is calling the kettle black | Letter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, The pot is calling the kettle black. The people of Ebey’s Reserve are complaining about the Navy spending a few bucks to entertain the dependents of men and women returning from deployment.

Friends’ focus is on prairie preservation | Letter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, I recently became a board member of the Friends of Ebey’s, and as the newest member of the board, I would like to clarify The Friends of Ebey’s mission. “Friends” is the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. We are a board of volunteers working together to raise funds to promote and facilitate preservation, as well as education and outreach projects as requested by the Trust Board.

Doesn’t seem worthy of police blotter | Letter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, Why would a female flasher raise alarm? It seems like a thing to celebrate and not put in the police blotter. James Sloan Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor contractor appears in print, online ads for Home Depot

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 3:00AM updated at 9:40AM

Jason Linson isn’t ready to quit his day job just yet. As the owner of his own small construction company, Linson likes working for himself and producing the sort of results that lead to more jobs. But after getting a taste of life as a pampered photo shoot model, Linson can still dream.

Blackface is always offensive no matter how it’s portrayed | Editorial

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 5:00AM

Wearing blackface is offensive to any reasonable person. When the person wearing the blackface is a political candidate, the act is doubly offensive. When the candidate is oblivious to the fact that blackface is offensive — well that’s just ignorance beyond imagination. David Sponheim, a candidate for state representative, says his video depicting President Barack Obama in blackface wasn’t intended to be offensive.

Turtle, otter, raccoon raise havoc | Island Scanner

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 5:00AM updated Jun 19, 2014 at 10:57AM

Oak Harbor police The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Monday, June 2 At 1:03 p.m., a Southeast Pasek Street resident reported that a man asked her to buy Ramen noodles and later stood in her driveway, smiling at her. Thursday, June 5 At 6:22 a.m., a caller reported that a woman defecated in the bushes on Southwest Barlow Street.

State rep. candidate: Obama parody video required putting on blackface

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 10:32AM

Island County Democrats say they won’t support Sponheim

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