Nathan Whalen

Coupeville schools putting levy requests on February ballot

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.”

Port of Coupeville approves McDonald’s employment arrangement

The next month or so will be a time of transition for the Port of Coupeville. A new executive director will take the helm of the district in December and a new commissioner will start his term in January. The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville this month approved an employment arrangement for Tim McDonald, who will start his tenure as executive director Dec. 1.

New shelter one step in WAIF’s goal for expanding service

If fundraising goes as expected, stray animals caught on Whidbey Island could have a new home. Officials with the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation are raising money and constructing a new campus. Nearly $2 million has been raised and leaders are looking to collect another $1.8 million to pay for construction of a new 8,700-square-foot- building on 9.8 acres of land located across the street from the current shelter near Coupeville.

Two Coupeville school levies head to voters in February

Central Whidbey voters will be asked to decide 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 scheduled for Feb. 12, 2014.

Hospital folks begin planning expansion

Now that voters have spoken, hospital officials are beginning to plan the expansion of Whidbey General’s Coupeville campus.

Hospital folks begin planning expansion

Now that voters have spoken, hospital officials are beginning to plan the expansion of Whidbey General’s Coupeville campus.

Coupeville hosts veterans recognition

Dozens of patriotic residents took some time Monday to honor the men and women who served this country.

Coupeville alum makes a difference

Jessica Boling is making a difference in Africa. Boling, who is a 2003 graduate from Coupeville High School, recently visited Cameroon as part of a research project under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship.

Boys and Girls Club: fundraising for a new home

In the past six years, the number of youth using programs at the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club has skyrocketed. So much so that leaders of the nonprofit are raising money to pay for a new building. Thanks to a donation from the Stuurmans Family, the organization has the land to construct an 8,000-square-foot building at the end of Birch Street in Coupeville.

McDonald

New director ironing out contract with Coupeville port commission

With a new executive director taking the helm of the Port of Coupeville in December comes a new employee arrangement, prompting officials to find a bit more money in the budget. Tim McDonald, the one-time Island County health director, was named executive director last month of the small port district. Since then, he worked with port staff to prepare an employment arrangement.

McDonald

Engineer to eye Greenbank Farm sewer issues

Port of Coupeville leaders say they’re concerned the septic system at Greenbank Farm may need to be redesigned. The Washington State Department of Health attached a string of conditions to a permit for the farm’s large, onsite sewer system, prompting the Port of Coupeville to hire an engineer to come up with modifications to ensure it functions without being a threat to public health or the environment. The system was originally installed by the farm’s previous owner, Chateau St. Michelle, with the hopes of transforming the farm into a public event facility, said Port of Coupeville Executive Director Jim Patton.

Friends of Whidbey General makes its final push for bond

Volunteers with the group promoting the proposed Whidbey General Hospital bond are making a final push to get people to vote. Members of the Friends of Whidbey General Hospital are getting on the phones and calling voters to encourage them to cast their ballots. Whidbey General Hospital leaders are asking voters to approve a $50 million bond funding construction of a new wing at the hospital’s Coupeville campus.

New port director may cost more

With a new executive director taking the helm of the Port of Coupeville in December comes a new employee arrangement, prompting officials to try and find a bit more money in the budget.

Hospital to sell two properties

Two Whidbey General Hospital properties that aren’t being used will soon be sold off. Hospital commissioners recently declared two resident properties surplus, one on Echo Loop in Oak Harbor and the other on Highway 525 in Freeland. The hospital has to go through a public process to sell each property.

Former hospital doctor suggests new direction

With Whidbey General Hospital asking voters to approve a bond to pay for an expansion, one critic is arguing for hospital leaders to try something different. Mark Borden, one-time hospital emergency room physician turned staunch Whidbey General critic, thinks it would be a godsend if the hospital would partner with a larger company, such as Providence Health and Services.

Bowen says failed project aids in ability to help port

References to a failed sustainable development made by a Port of Coupeville candidate are raising concerns from the port’s incoming executive director. Those concerns arose after Tim McDonald, who will start as port director Dec. 1, wanted to find out more about candidate Dick Bowen’s experience.

Coupeville resident and Port of Coupeville candidate Dick Bowen talks about a past business deal in Montana.

New Port of Coupeville director questions candidate record

A sustainable development mentioned by a Port of Coupeville candidate publicly is eliciting concerns from the port’s incoming executive director. Those concerns arose after Tim McDonald, who will start as port director Dec. 1, wanted to find out more about candidate Dick Bowen’s experience. He said he discovered Bowen was involved with Aspen Trails Ranch, a proposed 325-residence development just outside Helena, Mont, which was a project that spurred litigation and eventually fell through, according to news reports.

Coupeville resident and Port of Coupeville candidate Dick Bowen talks about a past business deal in Montana.
Oak Harbor resident David Lura walks through the fog near the high school Thursday while picking up litter along the road. Fog is expected to persist through the weekend.

Heavy fog blamed for accidents, ferry delays on Whidbey Island

The blanket of fog that persisted over Whidbey Island this week was a factor in car accidents, reduced operations at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, delayed ferries and it affected sporting events. When it’s foggy, Washington State Trooper Mark Francis encourages motorists to reduce speed and increase following distance while driving during foggy conditions. He said heavy fog was a factor in a Whatcom County accident Oct. 22 that killed two people on State Highway 548.

Oak Harbor resident David Lura walks through the fog near the high school Thursday while picking up litter along the road. Fog is expected to persist through the weekend.

Celebrating Survival: Move in wake of cancer diagnosis a ‘leap of faith’

As Dee Giordan prepared to move to Whidbey Island 10 years ago, she wasn’t expecting to learn she had breast cancer.

CPR-performing scarecrow stolen from display

Coupeville has one less scarecrow lining its streets this week after someone stole a festive display aimed at eduction. Someone between the evening of Oct.7 and the morning of Oct. 8 walked away with Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s entry for the 2013 Scarecrow Corridor contest.