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Flashing speed signs aid in safety

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:07AM

When Lee James, a longtime resident of Coupeville, hears a loud bang, he knows right away what it is: a car accident has occurred on Highway 20 just north of Coupeville. A recent speed-limit sign upgrade near his home might help reduce these costly – and sometimes fatal – traffic encounters.

Two people charged in Ebey Bowl burglary

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:08AM

Two Oak Harbor residents have been charged in the Memorial Day burglary of Ebey Bowl in Coupeville. Prosecutors charged 34-year-old Jason M. Bowen in Island County Superior Court Oct. 18 with burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. He pleaded not guilty Oct. 18. Jasmine Seaward, 23, was charged Oct. 19 with burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. Her bail was set at $10,000 Nov. 5.

Local mussels star in research on pollution

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:09AM

On a recent sunny day, a group of volunteers were bundled up to insulate against the brisk winds that whipped across Penn Cove. The graduates of the 2012 class of Washington State University Island County Extension Beach Watchers dipped their gloved hands into bowls of cold water and pulled mollusk after mollusk out to take measurements. The mussels like it cool.

New ferry names released Tuesday

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:11AM

Washington State Transportation Commission announced Tuesday the names of two 144-car ferries currently under construction. Tokitae should begin carrying passengers in early 2014, and Samish may set sail in early 2015.

Spirited senior inspired by good teachers

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:12AM

Coupeville High School senior Danny Savalza is known for his upbeat school spirit, whether he’s playing on the Wolves football team or wearing his “Shaman Savalza” regalia to lead cheers at other school sports events. “I invented this character, ‘Shaman Savalza,’ as a goofy way to get people involved in cheering for our teams,” Savalza said. “I bought a red turtleneck nightgown at a thrift store and made myself a lampshade hat.”

Charlotte’s Bench touched our hearts

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:24AM

Most of our heart and soul still resides in Coupeville – and will forever. How profoundly grateful we are for the dedication of Charlotte's Bench. Only Charlotte could anchor her family and embrace a whole town as she did. Thank you all for giving the embrace back.

ACLU, not Navy, gets credit for public access

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:25AM

I’m a little puzzled by Josef A. Kunzler’s letter, “Thankful for protection NAS Whidbey provides.” (The Whidbey Examiner, Nov. 8) He credits the Navy with his ability to get public records. Actually, it was a statewide initiative by a majority of the voters that passed the state Public Disclosure Act. And if you have trouble with recalcitrant politicians providing those records, I seriously doubt that the Navy will help.

Check with your library for a good time

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:29AM

My gratitude to the Friends of the Coupeville Library. I attended the fabulous fabric cranes event. It was very educational and a very friendly atmosphere.

Thank you for passing the fire/EMS levy

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:34AM

On behalf of South Whidbey Fire and EMS, thank you to our community for supporting the levy lid lift for our volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. We worked hard to educate the community about the levy lid lift over the past year — but we also received an education along the way. We learned that we need to communicate with you on a regular basis —not just when we have a special need like the ballot question.

Beach access a big issue on Shoreline Master Plan

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:36AM

The first of two scheduled public hearings concerning a long-range shoreline planning document update for Island County was held in Coupeville last week, but how public beach access will be addressed remains unclear. It’s been one of the most talked about issues since drafting the shoreline master program update began in 2010 — a process required by the state every eight years — and it continued to be a point of disagreement for the public during Monday’s meeting with the Island County Commissioners.

Drug safety improved at WGH

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:37AM

Whidbey General Hospital pharmacy technician Cherie Post types in her password and swipes her finger across the reader. For the rest of her shift, the electronic device will accept Post’s fingerprint as a way to access the medications contained within the clear rectangular cabinet and she will not have to re-enter her passcode. This new system lets Post dispense the medications her patients need quickly — and accurately.

Community to gather for Thankgiving Day feast

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:39AM

Friends, neighbors, families and visitors are welcome to join the 14th annual Community Thanksgiving potluck Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall at the corner of Alexander and Coveland streets. A traditional spread will be served buffet-style from noon to 2:30 p.m. or until the food runs out.

Genealogical Society web site earns statewide honor

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:41AM

The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island recently won the 2012 Best in State award for its website. Forty societies competed for the honor, which was presented at the Washington State Genealogical Society’s annual convention in Port Townsend. Web designer Nancy Hepp of Clinton created the site’s design using sepia colored 19th and early 20th century photos, many from Genealogical Society members’ family collections.

Members sought for weed board

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:42AM

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill two vacated positions on the Noxious Weed Control Board. The Board of County Commissioners appoints Noxious Weed Control Board members for four-year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement.

No two gardeners have the same approach

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:43AM

There are two types of people in the world. The first type whisks the dirty Thanksgiving dishes away to be scrubbed and stacked before the gravy has a chance to congeal on the plates. The second type leaves the cleanup ‘til morning, believing a heinous job is better tackled with a cup of strong coffee and a good night’s sleep — especially when it comes to desiccated turkey carcasses and marshmallow-encrusted yams.

Sign up for the Gingerbread Challenge

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:45AM

Local residents are invited to take part in the Gingerbread Challenge, a gingerbread contest sponsored by The Whidbey Examiner. Previous years’ entries have included traditional gingerbread houses along with hand-shaped gingerbread cookies and even a colorful gingerbread ferry.

Fit meets fun at Hula Hoopla

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:47AM

Moving, shaking and wiggling has never been so much fun. Hula Hoopla, the fourth annual health fair to be held at the Coupeville Elementary School will show kids – and parents, too – that getting fit doesn’t have to feel like a bore or chore.

Volunteer turns basketball coach

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:48AM

His job title is new but his presence isn’t. David King, after helping with the Coupeville High School girls basketball team since 2003, is now the new head coach of the program. He takes over this fall after Jackie Bykonen resigned after two years at the helm.

Register now alumni games

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:49AM

Registration is now open for the 2012 Tom Roehl Turkey Bowl. Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 at Coupeville High School’s Mickey Clark Field, the event raises money for the Tom Roehl Scholarship, named in honor of the former Wolf coach. A six-on-six co-ed division and a five-on-five mens division are planned. Teams are guaranteed three 30-minute games.

Community Calendar

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:51AM

The following are some events happening on Whidbey. Here is your chance to learn a new skill, meet new people or just have fun!

Honoring veterans

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:59AM

Bill Ethridge of Oak Harbor presents the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag at the Veterans Day Commemoration at the Island County Courthouse Monday in Coupeville. The event was sponsored by the Central Whidbey Lions Club and the Town of Coupeville.

Island time

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 9:08AM

Seals enjoy the afternoon sunshine as they lounge on a floating platform at the mussel farm operated by Penn Cove Shellfish. According to owner Ian Jefferds, the seals chow down on the fish in the area and don’t bother the mussels. The platforms give the seals a nice, safe place to haul out and rest.

Dead birds destined for D.C.

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

Driving along Boon Road, Matt Klope spots a large, dead bird on the side of the road. He pulls his truck over, steps out to take a closer look, then grabs his gloves and a plastic bag to scoop the barred owl up. Once tagged, he puts it in his truck. Back at his home south of Oak Harbor, Klope puts the carcass into a large freezer filled with dead birds, where the owl will remain frozen in time until he has a chance to pull it out and put his taxidermy skills to work.

Town plans budget hearing Tuesday

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

Winter is fast approaching and that means two things. The weather is getting colder and the Town of Coupeville is close to adopting its budget for next year. Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard said the proposed $4.9 million budget for 2013 is balanced and maintains staffing and services at their current levels.

Former ER director stripped of privileges

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

The Board of Commissioners of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District terminated the medical staff membership and clinical privileges of Dr. Mark Borden last week. The decision went into effect immediately effect. Borden is the former emergency department director at Whidbey General Hospital.

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