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Just as we remove the final pages from our 2001 calendars, so too we remove more hunting and fishing seasons from our bountiful opportunities. While the year is coming to a close, it does not mean all is lost here in the Evergreen State. Many hours afield can still be enjoyed by those willing to work at it.
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Special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have been scurrying around North Whidbey, following up tips of suspicious activities, since Sept. 11.
Plans are being made to close the North Whidbey Physicians Clinic in Oak Harbor following a revelation by the Washington State Auditor’s Office.
Island County residents can provide Christmas gifts to local businesses and fellow citizens simply by shopping at home.
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Getting into the spirit of the Christmas season will also mean contributing to a good cause this weekend. The third annual Festival of Trees will take place from Friday, Nov. 30 until Sunday, Dec. 2, with proceeds benefitting two Oak Harbor non-profit organizations. Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Island County and Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse each received about $24,000 last year from the three-day event, and both are hopeful that the community will turn out once again to show its support. Festival of Trees will take place at the Oak Harbor Elk’s Lodge at 155 NE Ernst Street, beginning with a silent auction at a gala event Friday evening. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., attendees of the black-tie event will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dancing while bidding to purchase the dozen decorated trees, nine wreaths and more than 20 other auction items donated by the community and Whidbey Island businesses.
They’ve become such a fixture during the Christmas season, that it would be easy to just overlook them. But theirs is a very important job, and one that many people might not understand, said one Oak Harbor volunteer.
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For the second time in a week, a group of Whidbey Island residents confronted Island County officials to air their concerns about the county’s current policy of spraying roadside weeds with what they deem harmful industrial pesticides.
A group of Oak Harbor volunteers and business leaders that banded together to provide a Thanksgiving meal to any community member that needed or wanted it, report the event went extremely well.
I looked around the table this Thanksgiving and what I saw really did my heart good. It matched, in fact, a vision that originated Sept. 11 when I had carefully built deep within my heart a mental picture that included every person who sat before me this Thanksgiving. While I knew it would be some weeks before that picture would become reality, we had planned this event well in advance and I knew I could depend on my family because we have never failed to be a family.
Election results in Island County have been tallied and certified, bringing to a close a handful of local races that went right down to the wire.
A 24-year-old Clinton man who threatened his wife with a loaded rifle will be spending the next nine months in the county jail.
Island County was a county before the Washington was a state. The first boundaries were set in 1853. Mostly through the efforts of Col. Ebey, representative from Thurston County, Island County became a county in its own right on Jan. 22, 1853, and included Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and San Juan and the county seat was Coveland.
Permits issued by the Island County Health Department will cost more come next year, as county commissioners approved an across-the-board rate increase of 8 percent for all environmental health services.
Upchurch Scientific of Oak Harbor has a new member in its holding company.
Lana Labuda attacked Whidbey Environmental Action Network (WEAN) and myself in her Nov. 17 “Soundoff” column for attempting to protect Blue Flag Iris on Grasser’s Hill and (presumably) the 25 other native plant species we believe are at risk of extinction from Whidbey Island. Her column contains numerous factual errors.
Worms? Oak Harbor’s early birds this week didn’t care about worms. They were looking for deals, and there were plenty of them as the Christmas shopping season officially began.