Justin Burnett

Oak Harbor woman escapes injury in Highway 20 crash

An Oak Harbor woman may have narrowly escaped serious injury Friday, June 25, when her vehicle veered off the roadway and nearly collided with a power pole.

Pioneer Way one-way design plans debuted

At a public workshop designed to gather community input this week, Oak Harbor residents got their first glimpse and a chance to comment on the aesthetic designs being laid down for SE Pioneer Way, which is set to become a one-way street in 2011.

Burying power lines may cost Oak Harbor $2 million

The Oak Harbor City Council has agreed to spend up to $2 million from its own coffers to help pay for a portion of the controversial Pioneer Way Improvement Project that city officials had been hoping would be funded with local and state grant funds.

Man rescued from Deception Pass Bridge may face prosecution

A Mill Creek man may be facing charges from the Island County Prosecutor’s Office following a rescue from Deception Pass Bridge Friday that involved at least five public agencies and cost local taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Oak Harbor City Council splits on public meeting issue

Over the objections of two Oak Harbor City Council members and an official from the state Attorney General’s Office, the council has approved meeting policies that may violate the Open Public Meetings Act.

Judge rules Oak Harbor not to blame for marina roof destruction

An Island County District Court judge has denied an Oak Harbor man’s claim that the city of Oak Harbor was liable for damages sustained to his 32-foot powerboat in a January windstorm. Judge pro tem Amy Dempsey ruled Thursday, June 10, that the city was not at fault and denied 73-year-old Dennis Behrman’s claim for $1,807 on the grounds that he waived any right to compensation when he signed a lease agreement to moor his vessel at the Oak Harbor Marina.

Whidbey nonprofit starts offering financial aid for prescription drugs

North Whidbey residents struggling to pay their medical bills now have a new financial resource. On June 1, the Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey, a newly formed nonprofit organization serving residents living north of Coupeville, began distributing financial aid to people who can’t afford to pay for prescription drugs.

Oak Harbor jail beds may be for rent

The city of Oak Harbor may soon be in the business of importing prisoners from off island. Oak Harbor Police Chief Rick Wallace brought a contract before the City Council Tuesday that, if approved, would allow the Oak Harbor jail to begin receiving inmates from Anacortes on a daily basis.

Blaze damages 107-year-old home north of Oak Harbor

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters participating in a training burn Saturday got some extra experience when the exercise ended and the real thing began.

83 graduate from Coupeville High School

The Central Whidbey community swelled with pride Friday, June 11, when 83 Coupeville High School seniors collected their diplomas at the class of 2010’s commencement ceremony. Clad in robes of black with red stoles, the triumphant class marched into the school’s gym to the thunderous applause of the hundreds of family members and friends that had gathered to witness and celebrate the momentous occasion.

Oak Harbor student is first to graduate in 3 generations

Like many Oak Harbor High School seniors set to graduate next Monday, Ally Tennial is glowing. And she has special reason to be. When she receives her diploma next week, she will become the first person in her family to do so in three generations. Sweetening the occasion is the fact that in the fall she will go on to attend Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

Oak Harbor’s public meeting rules still under fire

The Oak Harbor City Council is expected to vote on rules that will formalize its standing committee meeting policies next week, but the proposal still raises concerns from a state Attorney General’s Office official.

North Whidbey Relay for Life teams fight cancer

Three years ago, Oak Harbor resident Ginny Walters got just about the worst news a person can get. A doctor diagnosed the lower abdominal pains she was feeling as ovarian cancer. While not as common as breast cancer, the disease is no less deadly. In 2009, it claimed about 14,600 lives, according to the National Cancer Institute’s website. Although Walters, 56, has been cancer free for some time, she will never forget getting the news.

Fire claims truck-camper in Central Whidbey

A Central Whidbey man is lucky to still have a house today following a fire Tuesday evening fire that nearly claimed his home. Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to a call at 7:08 p.m. for a trailer fire at a home off Highway 20 and S. Quail Trail Lane. They arrived on scene to find the smoking remains of a truck-camper and a frantic Tom Kieffer.

Wizards return to Whidbey

It was hugs, kisses and a few tears of joy this past weekend with the return of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s electronic attack squadron VAQ-133 after a six-month deployment to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq.

Oak Harbor considers utility rate hike for new plant

To help pay for a new $70 million wastewater treatment facility, Oak Harbor residents will likely see annual increases on their monthly utility bills over the next eight years. At a May 27 workshop, the City Council was briefed on a comprehensive rate study proposing increases in each of the city’s four utilities – sewer, solid waste, stormwater, and water – to help cover the cost of the new facility.

Noted Coupeville mariner rescued from Penn Cove

A well-known Coupeville mariner was rescued from the frigid waters of Penn Cove Thursday evening after falling off his sailboat.

Oak Harbor council OK’s contract with EnviroIssues on 4-3 vote

To help mitigate the impacts of the Pioneer Way improvement project, the Oak Harbor City Council has conditionally approved a $60,098 contract with a Seattle based consulting firm.