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Blue Angels stop on Whidbey

The Blue Angels made a stop at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Monday morning on their way to participate in Seafair.

The famed airplanes spent about an hour and a half refueling before heading to Paine Field in Everett. Their presence was, of course, the talk of the Navy town for much of the day.

The Blue Angels are a highlight of Seafair. The group will perform three times over south Lake Washington this weekend. The planes will perform a practice show Aug. 1 from 1:20 to 2:30 p.m., then a full show Aug. 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and again Aug. 3 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Folks can watch them take off and land each day from the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Two Whidbey-based sailors, Meredith Ansley and Zackary Gruwell, were recently named members of the Blue Angels flight team.

Airlifted driver still recovering

A 23-year-old Oak Harbor man involved in a harrowing accident on Highway 20 July 22 is recovering.

A spokesperson at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said Tuesday that Charles Schmidtlein was in satisfactory condition. He was airlifted to the hospital a week ago.

The State Patrol had trouble identifying Schmidtlein, but released his name this week.

According to the trooper’s report, Schmidtlein was driving a 1990 Honda Civic southbound on Highway 20 and crossed the centerline near Hoffman Road. His car struck an oncoming 2007 Chrysler Sebring, driven by 62-year-old Clara Mortenson of Oak Harbor.

Mortenson and her 4-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries.

‘Right to know’ explored in public

The Oak Harbor Library will be the site of a special program tonight, July 30, dedicated to strengthening and improving the public’s right to know what their government is doing. The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Washington Coalition for Open Government will present a program with a panel of experts, including Assistant State Attorney General Tim Ford, the office’s open government ombudsman; Oak Harbor City Administrator Paul Schmidt; and state Rep. Toby Nixon, current president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

Rep. Barbara Bailey of Oak Harbor will moderate the discussion focusing on the state’s public records and open meetings laws.

The forum is free and open to all, and questions and comments from the audience are welcome.

The Washington Coalition for Open Government is a non-partisan, nonprofit group dedicated to strengthening and preserving sunshine laws.

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