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Esvelt looks to continue Wildcats' success | Wrestling

  • Nov 24, 2013 at 2:00PM

Pay it forward. Peter Esvelt takes over the Oak Harbor High School wrestling program this winter from Mike Crebbin, who resigned after eight years at the helm.

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve jet-noise forum looks at health effects

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 8:00AM updated Nov 27, 2013 at 10:44AM

Frustration was apparent Tuesday as more than 100 people gathered to hear health professionals talk about the effects of jet noise on adults and children. After the presentations, a microphone was passed around to allow audience members to comment and ask questions. Occupational Specialist and Registered Nurse Karen Bowman warned of the impact of overexposure to extreme noise levels.

Johnston trains with national soccer team

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 8:00AM

Oak Harbor High School freshman Mary Johnston has been selected by the United States Soccer Federation to its U-14 training camp at the national training site in Carson, Calif, Nov. 23-30.

Oak Harbor runners help Washington win BorderClash

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 11:43AM

Three Oak Harbor High School athletes joined forces with the best cross country runners in the state of Washington to defeat the Oregon all-star teams in the 15th annual BorderClash Saturday, Nov. 23.

Replacement process for empty seats may be legally indefensible | Guest Column

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 7:00AM

When Everett Democrat Nick Harper abandoned his state Senate seat earlier this month, you might have thought voters would be the ones to pick his replacement. You’d have been right 100 years ago. Not today. Washington’s original state constitution required that special elections be held to fill vacancies in the House or Senate. A change enacted in 1929 shifted the state to an appointment process and put county councils in charge of finding suitable successors from any political party.

Not all residents near OLF received noise disclosure | Letters

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, I am responding to the Nov. 14 letter from John Close, which presumes that Outlying Field neighbors all received some form of noise disclosure, and that even if such disclosure was insufficient, exercise of due diligence would have made prospective buyers aware of the potential noise the Growlers produce. Not true on either count. A third of buyers, like us, saw/signed no disclosure document. We first learned of the existence of such documents this year.

Beautiful, but now a liability for the county | Letters

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, Ala Spit is one of my favorite places on Whidbey Island. I went there with my son and we talked about cool places to build forts for his little green army men. It’s a really cool place, no doubt. But like others, I have noticed that the tides have wreaked havoc on the spit, and if a person is not aware of the tidal directions they could find themselves in a bit of trouble. What some people may be unaware of is how fast the water overtakes the land.

Fans can back Streubel for football honor

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 7:43AM

Local football fans can help Coupeville's Nick Streubel become the Everett Herald's Defensive Player of the Year by casting votes for the Wolf lineman.

Whidbey News-Times editor no better than the name-callers | Letters

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, Concerning your piece about the “Mean Girls,” why did you choose to label them “Tea Party supporters,” especially the anonymous ones? Is there any evidence to support this label?

Whidbey Island digest

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 8:00AM

Nichols Bros. wins 3 new contracts; sixth-graders solve math challenge; trust plans invasive plants workshop; ‘Hearts’ in search of volunteers; comments taken on Coupeville budget, and more.

Oak Harbor City Council says no to cuts in pay, benefits

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 12:22PM

Members of the Oak Harbor City Council won’t be cutting their own benefits nor moving forward with a process to change elected officials’ salaries. After last week’s council meeting, Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley said he wasn’t surprised his cost-cutting proposals got little traction from council members. They feel “entitled,” Dudley said.

Annual Oak Harbor Community Harvest dinner a tribute to founder

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 1:33PM

Coordinating a feast that serves an entire community is no small task. Jack Stiltz tackles that role every Thanksgiving in Oak Harbor with the support of a dedicated core group of organizers and an army of volunteers. And he said he still draws inspiration from another man he called his best friend. Keith Bartlett is still heavy on his mind.

Oak Harbor merchants ready for Small Business Saturday shoppers

  • Nov 28, 2013 at 8:00AM

When looking for holiday gifts this weekend, shoppers can stay close to home. Small Business Saturday follows the traditional shopping day of Black Friday and island residents are encouraged to participate. “Everyone should turn out and support small businesses,” said Kathy Reed, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Americans need to be thankful for what we have | Guest Column

  • Nov 28, 2013 at 8:00AM

It is human nature to take things for granted. When you’ve always had something, when it’s been around your entire life, it’s only natural to overlook it, to think it will always be here. But that’s not the case, and this time of year reminds us to be appreciative of what we have. I’m not talking about creature comforts like plentiful electricity, clean water, electronic gadgets or the family car.

We have much to be grateful for on this Thanksgiving | Editorial

  • Nov 28, 2013 at 9:00AM

Each year, as individuals, many of us gather with friends and loved ones to give thanks for the incredible blessings in our lives. As a community newspaper, the Whidbey News-Times has much to be grateful for. First and foremost, we are grateful to exist in a free society, one in which the First Amendment protects everyone’s right to free speech.

Two Whidbey Island families forged on National Adoption Day

  • Nov 28, 2013 at 9:00AM

Four-year-old Madison wanted to know when she’d be able to join Lisa Knott’s family. “She’s been asking me for a year if she’s going to be my little girl,” Knott said. “I’m just glad now I can tell her ‘yes.’” Knott, her husband Keith, and their five other children took Madison into their home as a foster child two and a half years ago. The process of making her a permanent part of the family has been long, but it concluded Friday at an adoption ceremony in Coupeville.

Oak Harbor woman wrangles TV show

  • Nov 28, 2013 at 9:00AM

Oak Harbor resident Barbra West is riding back into rodeo competition again. West is one of the stars on A&E’s real life series “Rodeo Girls,” which follows five female barrel racers and their horses in competitions. The show premieres Dec. 11 and 12. Viewers will get to know all of their backstories and how rodeo influences their lives.

Smith Island not a replacement | Letters

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, Vincent Hagel is to be commended for his “out of the box” thinking about relocating the OLF to Smith Island in his Oct. 23 letter. There is, however, one teensy-weensy problem. That is, Smith Island is part of the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

We the people need to wake up | Letters

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, I find it interesting, or should I say frightening, that anyone who is a responsible citizen of this great country could say, “Congress is doing fine.” Really? The last time I checked, this is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Clinton woman held on $50,000 bail

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

A Clinton woman is facing charges in connection with a series of crimes she allegedly committed on South Whidbey Nov. 9 while under the influence of drugs, court documents indicate. Karlyn J. Romain, 39, was charged in Island County Superior Court Nov. 13 with attempting to elude, harassment (threats to kill), reckless driving, hit and run, fourth-degree assault, malicious mischief in the third degree, DUI and resisting arrest. A judge ordered Romain held Nov. 12 in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Whidbey Island Digest

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

Pickup driver cited in highway crash; S.W. Port hit with unexpected costs; cchool board goes to fall conference; WGH agrees to cover EMS costs; master gardeners seek new students

Court upholds child rape conviction for Oak Harbor man

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

An Oak Harbor man convicted in the rape and assault of a 21-month-old child lost on appeal. In an unpublished opinion dated Nov. 18, the State Court of Appeals affirmed Ryan A. Stephenson’s conviction for first-degree rape and assault of the child in the first degree. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Eric Ohme was happy with the ruling. He handled the case against Stephenson, 28, in a 2012 trial so disturbing that jurors were offered mental health counseling afterward.

Coupeville schools putting levy requests on February ballot

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

Central Whidbey voters will be asked early next year whether to continue local funding for Coupeville schools. The Coupeville School Board last week approved sending two levies that will bring in millions of dollars to the district. Voters will consider the two replacement levies during a special election set for Feb. 12. “We want to stress that this is a replacement levy,” board President Kathleen Anderson said “It’s the same as what ran four years ago.”

Oak Harbor man, 21, accused of injuring boy, 3, who suffered ruptured spleen

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM

A Navy man is charged with assaulting a 3-year-old child and causing a life-threatening internal injury, court documents state. The suspect is also being investigated in connection with an infant’s injuries. The baby sustained a depressed skull fracture, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office.

Insurer argues bones unearthing isn’t covered for Oak Harbor

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 2:43PM

An insurance company filed a complaint for declaratory relief in U.S. District Court this week against the City of Oak Harbor and an engineering firm. Travelers Insurance argues that it has no obligation to provide coverage to the city or Perteet, Inc. in connection with the Swimomish Tribe’s lawsuit against the two entities. The civil action is a new wrinkle in the ongoing and costly saga involving the desecration of a Native American burial ground during the Pioneer Way construction project in 2011.

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