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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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