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- Jan 19, 2013 at 12:00PM
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.
- Jan 20, 2013 at 10:00AM
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.
- Jan 19, 2013 at 9:00AM
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.
- Jan 19, 2013 at 10:00AM
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.
- Jan 25, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 3:49PM
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.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:00AM
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.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:00AM
The following items were selected from reports made to the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office:
- Jan 25, 2013 at 12:00PM
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.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:00AM
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.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 9:00AM
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.
- Jan 25, 2013 at 9:00AM
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.
- Jan 26, 2013 at 9:00AM
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.
- Jan 25, 2013 at 1:00PM
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.”
- Jan 26, 2013 at 1:00PM
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.
- Jan 27, 2013 at 10:00AM
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.
- Jan 26, 2013 at 11:58AM
Coupeville High School basketball player Aaron Trumbull suffered a concussion during Friday night’s home game with Archbishop Murphy and was taken to Whidbey General Hospital, but “should be okay,” according to head coach Anthony Smith.
- Jan 31, 2013 at 9:38AM
The Coupeville Planning Commission's next meeting has been cancelled, town officials announced today.
- Jan 31, 2013 at 5:31PM
Missing several key players, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team was no match for Sultan and Archbishop Murphy last week. The Turks tripped the visiting Wolves 71-27 Tuesday, then Coupeville returned home Friday after six road games to fall 68-28 to ATM.
- Jan 31, 2013 at 5:32PM
The Coupeville High School girls basketball team suffered two losses last week, each covering a different set of emotions. The Wolves fell 30-27 in a heartbreaker to visiting Sultan Tuesday and then picked up positive vibes in a 78-42 loss to first-place Archbishop Murphy in Everett Friday.
- Jan 31, 2013 at 5:35PM
The geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) has a funny name and its appearance often elicits embarrassed laughter, but Washington’s biggest clam means big money to the Department of Natural Resources and fine eating, particularly for wealthy devotees in China.
- Jan 31, 2013 at 5:36PM
Curbside recycling on Whidbey Island may get scrapped before getting started. On Monday, the Island County commissioners agreed to revisit last month’s landmark decision to require Island Disposal, the county’s licensed garbage hauler, to roll out a curbside program for customers in Langley and rural parts of Whidbey Island sometime this year.
- Jan 31, 2013 at 5:37PM
Restoration of one of the oldest known Native American canoes in Washington is nearing completion and Island County Historical Society officials have high hopes the artifact will soon be on display inside the Coupeville museum.
- Jan 31, 2013 at 5:38PM
I’ve been in a fog for the last week. I’m not just talking about the dense wall of mist that’s been surrounding Whidbey Island on a regular basis, but a fog known as “Megan should have gotten her flu shot.”
- Feb 4, 2013 at 8:59AM
There is a change to scheduled Field Carrier Landing Practice operations for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station based aircraft at the Outlying Field in Coupeville this week.
- Feb 7, 2013 at 11:35AM
A section of eroding bluff along NE Front Street in Coupeville that is threatening a sidewalk is believed to be stable for now but the situation will continue to be monitored closely, town officials say.