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- posted Jan 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Among the recommendations concerning the future of the Greenbank Farm, a volunteer group said the Port of Coupeville should consider selling the publicly owned farm. The eight-member volunteer group released its recommendations last week concerning the future operation of the Greenbank Farm. The group first recommended that the Port of Coupeville shouldn’t extend the current contract with the Greenbank Farm Management Group, which is set to expire March 31, 2014.
- posted Jan 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM
Just a little more than one month after an online petition was started to stop flight operations at Coupeville’s Outlying Field, residents are seeing response. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island extended the olive branch this week, showing it wants to work with the community.
- posted Jan 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM
As Dave Coleburn from Predators of the Heart wheeled cages and more cages into Coupeville Library Friday, the meeting room filled with children wiggling with excitement to see what was inside. The library program Animal Encounters promised snakes, a skunk and other scaled and furry creatures, but the families were in for a surprise.
- posted Jan 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM
Second-half adjustments helped the Coupeville High School girls basketball team to a 39-33 win at Granite Falls Friday. Coupeville, trailing 21-14 at the break, “heard loud and clear” the halftime message from coach David King. The Wolves made adjustments in attitude, effort and execution in the second half, King said, and the result was the Cascade Conference win.
- posted Jan 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM
Once again the Coupeville High School boys basketball team played a strong first quarter, but once again it wasn’t sufficient to secure a win as the Wolves fell 72-46 to visiting Granite Falls Friday, Jan. 4. Coupeville trailed by only three, 17-14, after the first quarter and was still in it at halftime, down 35-24.
- posted Jan 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM
It's over.The Coupeville High School boys basketball team defeated host Mount Vernon Christian 51-41 Saturday, Jan. 12, to erase a 33-game losing steak. The last game of the streak came a night earlier when the Wolves lost to Cedarcrest 71-28 in Duvall.
- posted Jan 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM
A building on Coupeville’s Front Street with nearly 150 years of history is about to begin a new chapter. In a deal closed late last year, Seattle businessman-turned-property-investor Thom Kroon purchased the John Robertson Building from Fairway America, LLC., a hard-money group based out of Portland, Ore.
- posted Jan 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Larry Kwarsick has pleaded guilty to falsifying city records in Langley and will spend two weeks in jail next month for the crime, but he still has a job in Coupeville and will be earning $50 an hour. On Tuesday, the Coupeville Town Council agreed to terminate Kwarsick’s existing contract as town planner, an action he requested last month, but then agreed to rehire him to provide interim consulting services while officials search for a permanent replacement.
- posted Jan 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Members of the Coupeville School Board of Directors have appointed Glenda Merwine to fill the seat vacated last December by longtime school board member Carol Bishop. Merwine is a familiar face to many, having served as the principal of Coupeville Elementary School and as the Director of Student Learning for the Coupeville School District. She has spent her career in public education and told board members during a brief interview at Monday evening’s board meeting that she would relish a spot on the board.
- posted Jan 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM
The following items were selected from reports made to the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office:
- posted Jan 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Planning is underway for the eighth annual Whidbey Island Farm Tour, set to take place Sept. 21 and 22. Dedicated to continuing community support of our island agri-businesses, the Farm Tour highlights a diversity of farms across the island.
- posted Jan 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM
All things must eventually come to an end and this week it was Prairie Center Red Apple’s old gas pumps. That chapter in the town’s history was literally sealed Tuesday with a blurp and gurgle as workers topped off the store’s three underground gas tanks with concrete. “We just couldn’t be competitive,” said Ken Hofkamp, the store’s owner for the past 40 years.
- posted Jan 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM
Kids have a unique way of looking at things. Some of their perspective has been captured in a new book, “Coupeville: Through the Eyes of its Children,” a collection of photographs taken by children of the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club. The project was the brainchild of Coupeville Boys and Girls Club Program Director Jo-Ellen Fischbach and was made possible by a grant from the Coupeville Festival Association. Fischbach said this was a great project for Coupeville kids to get involved with.
- posted Jan 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM
This is my last editorial as the editor and publisher of The Whidbey Examiner, Coupeville and Central Whidbey’s hometown newspaper. I’m returning to the field of public relations, having recently accepted a position at the Washington Department of Revenue in Olympia. It’s going to be hard to leave the newspaper – and the many friends I’ve made – here in Coupeville. But for me, it’s time for a new challenge.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM— updated Jan 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM
The financial sacrifice of a few was the gain of all Central Whidbey recently when nearly 250 acres of farm and wetland were forever protected from the threat of development. Late last month, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust wrapped up conservation easements on five properties within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, totaling about 90 acres of farmland.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson doesn’t like bullies and she isn’t going to be blindly loyal to her political party. If that hadn’t already been made clear by her record during her first two weeks in office, the freshman Republican commissioner dispelled any misconceptions about how she plans to approach her job, and deal with harsh criticism from fellow party members, during an Old Goats-Fully Informed Voters luncheon on South Whidbey this past Friday.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM
The following items were selected from reports made to the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office:
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Vendor applications for the 2013 Bayview Farmers Market are now available online at the market website, www.bayviewfarmersmarket.com. The opening bell for the island’s biggest farmers market will ring at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM
About a dozen or so neighbors living near Island Transit in Central Whidbey came to a meeting with questions about an antenna officials want to install as part of its new headquarters. Island Transit officials want to install a 40-foot antenna behind the agency’s new maintenance facility. The new antenna will help improve communications with the transit system’s buses, and improve communications between emergency services.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM
There have been two recent articles related to the Outlying Field in Coupeville, each attesting to the urgency of the need to continue the important pilot training that takes place there. There seems to be an underlying message, in these articles, that people may not acknowledge, understand, or care, just how essential this training is.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM
I know that some of you are upset by the noise of the planes flying, landing and taking off from the Outlying Field, whether they are Growlers or Prowlers, it matters not. When I heard the sound last week on a beautiful, sunny day, I was reminded of another sunny day not too many years ago.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM
As an avid hiker and mountain biker I have been accosted too many times recently at our state parks by aggressive dogs not on their leash. Please be aware that I will be carrying bear spray at all times and will not hesitate to use it against aggressive dogs.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM
Members of the Coupeville Elementary Leadership Club have had a great lesson in community service. The group helped organize a food drive in December for Gifts From the Heart Food Bank. This was the second year the fourth-and fifth- graders, who belong to the leadership club, took on the community service project. According to club supervisor and Coupeville Elementary teacher Jon Gabelein, students nearly doubled the amount of food collected last year and surpassed their goal for this year. “They did so well, they almost doubled the goal,” he said. “They collected 1,813 items this year. The goal was 1,500 for the school. Last year they collected 1,041 items.”
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM
The firefighting crew at Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue grew by three last week — temporarily, at least. The winners of the annual Fire Safety Week drawing contest — fourth-grader Mimi Rose, second-grader Mason Peabody and kindergartener David Somes — got a VIP ride from Coupeville Elementary School to the station on a fire truck, where they were given a tour of the station and treated to a lunch of pizza, fruit and ice cream.
- posted Jan 23, 2013 at 1:27 PM
A gentle giant that goes by the name Thunder has a predilection for treats. He sniffs them out and rummages through coat pockets with his nimble equine lips until he gets what he’s after. It’s a big change in personality for the 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.