Nathan Whalen

Port candidates talk Greenbank Farm contract

Several candidates for the Port of Coupeville butted heads over the operations of the Greenbank Farm. The League of Women Voters held a candidate forum Oct. 8 where disagreements come to light about recent decisions concerning the Greenbank Farm Management Group’s oversight of the publicly owned asset.

Supporting business is supporting community

For Lynda Eccles and Vickie Chambers, running organizations focused on helping Coupeville’s economic future is more than just business. Eccles, who serves as the executive director of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, said her job is a fine balance between promoting her “dynamic” membership and promoting tourism.

Greenbank Farm solar project sees new life

A half-complete solar energy project at the Greenbank Farm looks to be moving forward again. Kelly Keilwitz, owner of Whidbey Sun and Wind, approached the commissioners for the Port of Coupeville Wednesday with a plan to eventually finish the project while helping local nonprofits at the same time.

School board looking at renewing two levies

The Coupeville School Board is looking to ask voters early next year to re-approve two levies that brings in millions of dollars a year into the district.

Bond would bring needed space

In terms of facilities, Whidbey General Hospital is facing stiff competition from its neighbors. Neighboring hospitals in recent years have poured tens of millions of dollars into upgrading its facilities.

Whidbey General Hospital faced with nearby competition

In terms of facilities, Whidbey General Hospital is facing stiff competition from its neighbors. In recent years, nearby hospitals poured tens of millions of dollars into upgrading their facilities. Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett almost two years ago opened a 700,000-square-foot addition at its Colby Campus while Island Hospital in Anacortes completed upgrades in 2007 and 2012. In recent years, nearby hospitals poured tens of millions of dollars into upgrading their facilities. Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett almost two years ago opened a 700,000-square-foot addition at its Colby Campus while Island Hospital in Anacortes completed upgrades in 2007 and 2012.

Island County ballots are in the mail

Voters will again have a chance to participate in the process. The Island County Auditor’s Office next week will mail out just a bit more than 50,000 ballots next week for the Nov. 5 general election. Island County Deputy Auditor Michele Reagan said the ballots should be mailed on Oct. 16, but the statute allows for the ballots to be mailed out by Oct. 18.

Ballots head to voters next week

The Island County Auditor’s Office next week will mail out more than 50,000 ballots next week for the Nov. 5 general election. Island County Deputy Auditor Michele Reagan said ballots should be mailed on Oct. 16, but the statute allows for the ballots to be mailed out by Oct. 18.

Student athletes learn the ropes on CPR safety

Dozens of student athletes last week got a lesson in how to provide life-saving treatment in the event someone collapses. Firefighters and EMTs from Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue, South Whidbey Fire/EMS and Whidbey General EMS showed athletes competing for Coupeville Middle and High School the basics of performing CPR and how to use the automatic external defibrillators that are available on school district property.

Chamber hosts discussion on hospital bond

Nearly 20 Coupeville business leaders got a look Tuesday morning of a proposal to expand and update Whidbey General Hospital.

School board to talk future levies

The Coupeville School Board will consider placing up to two levy proposals on the ballot in early 2014.

Bringing technology into the classroom

Thanks to a voter-approved tax levy, the Coupeville School District has spent more than $1 million upgrading computers in the classroom. Voters nearly four years ago approved a technology levy that gave the school district $300,000 a year.

Relays and huge pumpkins highlight harvest festival

The final Coupeville Farmers Market of 2013 features a celebration. Relay races and a giant pumpkin contest are just some of the highlights of HarvestFest, which takes place during the Coupeville Farmer’s Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the community green located behind the Coupeville Public Library. “It’s great fun and a chance for customers to appreciate the market,” said market manager Peg Tennant. HarvestFest marks the completion of the market’s 35th consecutive season. HarvestFest relays, which also benefit Gifts from the Heart food bank, features teams competing in a series of races that Tennant is currently keeping under wraps. As for what kind of races, Tennant said she is keeping that a “deep, dark secret.”

Coupeville food bank serves elementary kids

Several Coupeville Elementary School students will be taking more than homework and books home on weekends. The Gifts from the Heart Food Bank is starting a program to ensure some students have food to get through the weekend.

Food bank expanding to serve elementary

Several Coupeville Elementary School students will be taking more than homework and books home on weekends. The Gifts from the Heart Food Bank is starting a program to ensure some students will have food to get through the weekend.

Boats show artistic nature

The streets of Coupeville had a distinct nautical theme Saturday. Numerous hand-built boats popped up throughout the historic town to participate in Coupeville’s newest festival.

More shooters take aim at Central Whidbey club

More and more shooters are coming to a club near Outlying Field to hone their skills. The Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association, which is nestled on property on Safari Street between Outlying Field and the Island Transit headquarters campus on State Highway 20, has enjoyed a membership boom in recent years.

Trust creates new preserve

Thanks to the help of state dollars, federal dollars and resident donations, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust acquired acres of land on Central Whidbey Island that is home to an old-growth forest as well as a federally threatened plant.

Port of Coupeville hires new director

A new face will soon be running the day-to-day operations of the Port of Coupeville. After a round of interviews, the commissioners for the Port of Coupeville named Tim McDonald as executive director for the small port district that oversees operations at the Coupeville Wharf and Greenbank Farm.

Two injured after SUV cause four- car wreck

A multi-vehicle collision just before 11 a.m. Monday resulted in two people being sent to the hospital. Washington State Patrol reported that a line of cars had formed in the northbound lane of State Highway 20 as a result of utility work taking place in the San de Fuca area.