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Coupeville pair earn all-league volleyball honors

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

When the Cascade Conference announced its all-league teams recently, two Coupeville athletes were among those honored. Senior Bessie Walstad and sophomore Hailey Hammer, both middle blockers, were selected for the all-conference second team in volleyball. Walstad, who was an honorable mention choice in 2011, said, “It was a good way to go out my senior year. If was definitely a goal, and it would have been sad if I hadn’t been at least honorable mention.”

Orca tours draw off-island visitors

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

After six years of offering summer tours of Deception Pass by boat, Brett Ginther and Terica Taylor of Deception Pass Tours decided to offer a gray whale tour this spring. After getting positive feedback, they decided to add a weekly orca-watching excursion to their offerings. Passengers have been thrilled.

Coupeville residents raise money for school

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 9:00AM

Mary Michell, left, accepts a check for $270 for the Readiness to Learn Foundation from Margaret Bogardus and Nancy Galamb of CamBey Apartments in Coupeville. The two women spearheaded an effort to raise money for this organization in their apartment complex because of concerns about the shortage of supplies available to low-income students at Coupeville Elementary School. The organization helps provide children from low-income families with school supplies at the start of each school year.


  • Nov 22, 2012 at 9:00AM

In the Viewpoints section on page 4 of the Nov. 15 issue, an incorrect letter was printed under the name of Maury and Julie (Christensen) Fielding. The correct letter text appears in this week's issue. We regret the error.

Town approves curbside recycling

  • Nov 29, 2012 at 1:22PM

Mandatory curbside recycling was ushered into Coupeville Tuesday to the tune of “yeahs” and clapping from town council members.

Thrailkill named parade grand marshal

  • Nov 29, 2012 at 1:23PM

For the first time ever, Coupeville’s annual Christmas parade will have a grand marshal when it rolls down Main Street at 4 p.m. Saturday. While some argue the annual event just seems to magically come together each year, most understand it takes more than holiday magic to pull it off. Because of that, the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce – which is in charge of the Christmas parade now – has chosen longtime parade organizer Carol Thrailkill as the event’s first grand marshal.

Bishop resigns from school board postion

  • Nov 29, 2012 at 1:23PM

The Coupeville School Board will be looking to fill a vacancy in January. At Monday’s board meeting at Coupeville Elementary School, board president Kathleen Anderson read a letter from at-large board member Carol Bishop, who submitted her resignation effective Dec. 15.

Greening of Coupeville a unique event

  • Nov 29, 2012 at 1:00PM updated at 4:15PM

“We all know Coupeville is a very unique and special place and the Greening of Coupeville events make it even more so,” said Lynda Eccles, executive director of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce. As in years past, a cheerful atmosphere will greet those who venture downtown for the two-day celebration that begins with a concert on Friday, Nov. 30 and wraps up with the annual Christmas parade and holiday tree lighting the evening of Saturday, Dec. 1.

Senior Spotlight: Pelant strives to excel in school and soccer

  • Nov 30, 2012 at 1:00PM

Coupeville High School senior Luke Pelant knows what he wants to do with his life but hasn’t yet settled on where he’ll learn the skills for his dream career. Pelant, 18, wants to be a forensic engineer. A person in that profession visits crime or accident scenes and reconstructs what happened, then provides that professional expertise in court cases.

Problem stems with hospital, not doctor

  • Nov 29, 2012 at 1:30PM

This is in reference to your article “Former ER director stripped of privileges,” (Examiner, Nov. 21). Whidbey Island Public Hospital District hired Dr. Mark Borden to be the director of the emergency department. The hospital obviously felt Dr. Borden to be a highly qualified and competent doctor specializing in emergency care or the hospital would not have hired him.

CHS grads continue athletic careers in college

  • Nov 29, 2012 at 1:31PM

Several Coupeville High School graduates continued their athletic efforts on the collegiate stage this fall. Kyle King, a transfer from Eastern Washington University, wrapped up his college cross-country career at the University of Oklahoma where he placed 36th in the Big 12 championship meet Oct. 27. His top finish was 15th at the Virginia Invitational Sept. 22.

Don't forget about the Snowman Art Contest

  • Dec 3, 2012 at 4:54PM

The snowman drawing ran in the Nov. 29 issue of the Examiner. You can either tear that out and decorate it, or you can print out a copy of the drawing from our website, The best entries will win some SWEET prizes!!!

Petition aims to end Outlying Field flights

  • Dec 5, 2012 at 9:44AM

An online petition last week aims to shut down the U.S. Navy’s flight practice airstrip in Central Whidbey. Launched Saturday, the petition seeks to end all Navy flight operations at the Coupeville Outlying Field, particularly touch-and-go maneuvers that are often conducted at night and require repeated approaches.

Coupeville approves tight 2013 budget

  • Dec 6, 2012 at 10:00AM

Times are still tough and with uncertainty about state funding next year, town staff are going to have to forego an immediate pay raise in 2013, the Coupeville Town Council decided last week. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the five-member council unanimously approved the 2013 budget in a 4-0 decision. Councilwoman Dianne Binder was the only person not to vote as she was out of town on a pre-excused absence. As noted by Mayor Nancy Conard, the $5.8 million budget is largely “status quo” as it’s only slightly larger than the $5.7 million plan that was adopted this time last year for 2012.

Thumbs up on ferry reservations

  • Dec 8, 2012 at 10:00AM

The Washington State Ferries’ vehicle reservation system is working as officials had hoped, decreasing traffic backups and dramatically dropping the rate of reservation “no-shows.” “Our main goal (with the reservation system) was to spread out the demand so we could manage more customers overall,” said Brian Churchwell, Vehicle Reservation System deputy program manager. “And the system caught on right away,” he continued. “With us offering 50 to 60 percent reservation availability this summer, all our reservation spaces filled up.”

Two vie for Coupeville School Board seat

  • Dec 6, 2012 at 10:00AM

Members of the Coupeville School District Board of Directors were faced with a tough decision last week: who to choose as the student board member to serve for the next year. Two well-qualified applicants submitted cover letters, resumes and several letters of recommendation from staff and faculty members. They faced board members for a public job interview.

Santa visits Central Whidbey aboard lighted fire truck

  • Dec 6, 2012 at 10:00AM

Santa and his helpers are touring Central Whidbey this month aboard a decorated fire truck, delivering candy canes and fire-safety information to local residents.

’Twas the Night Before Fiscal Cliff

  • Dec 7, 2012 at 8:00AM

‘Twas the night before Fiscal Cliff, and throughout the land, Democrats, Republicans were taking a stand. Their positions unwavering, intractably firm, With donkey-like stubbornness or entrenched pachyderm. But the public were hopeful all snug in their beds,

Island County to auction delinquent land

  • Dec 7, 2012 at 10:00AM

The Island County Treasurer will be auctioning up to 59 parcels of land to the highest bidder at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Island County Commissioner’s Hearing Room, 1 NE Sixth St., Room B102, Coupeville. The parcels are being sold due to non-payment of 2009 and prior property taxes. Island County Superior Court ordered the treasurer to sell the property on Nov. 26.

Coupeville boy aids in charity letter-writing project

  • Dec 7, 2012 at 10:00AM

Coupeville third-grader Jonathan Carroll knows a thing or two about wishes and he’d like to share the joy this holiday season. Jonathan wants to help grant wishes for seriously or terminally ill children by helping to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and he hopes lots of people on Whidbey Island will join in the effort.

Habitat for Humanity of Island Countyexpands reach with two retail stores

  • Dec 8, 2012 at 10:00AM

“People like helping Habitat for Humanity,” said Sandra Stipe, manager of the nonprofit organization’ retail store in Freeland. “Habitat has hit on a good formula of helping people and having fun while we’re doing it,” she said with a smile. The store, which opened in late 2011, occupies the building vacated last fall by Skagit Farmers Supply and offers affordably priced furniture, mattresses, building materials, plumbing fixtures and appliances – all donated by Whidbey Island residents.

Submit now for 2013 Whidbey Island Almanac

  • Dec 8, 2012 at 10:00AM

The 2013 issue of the popular Whidbey Island Almanac published by Whidbey Island's three community newspapers is in the works. The Almanac includes everything newcomers to the island need to know – and a lot of things old-timers didn't know or have forgotten.

Conservation easement protects Greenbank Farm

  • Dec 8, 2012 at 10:00AM

Years of work to add another layer of protection to Greenbank Farm came to fruition last week. The Board of Island County Commissioners approved a $335,000 conservation easement for the agriculture, recreational and environmentally sensitive land located at the publicly owned farm. The easement is funded by Conservation Futures Funds awarded by the commissioners in 2011.

Coupeville High School's Leo Club equals leadership, experience, opportunity

  • Dec 9, 2012 at 10:00AM

A new club at Coupeville High School has come in like a lion. Or perhaps Lion with a capital “L” would be more appropriate, since the Coupeville Lions Club is behind its creation. “This is the opportunity for students to engage in servicing the community, just like the Lions Club,” said John Kohlmann, Leo Club advisor and Coupeville Lion.

Garden club decks Coupeville doors with wreaths

  • Dec 9, 2012 at 10:00AM

Holding to tradition, members of the Coupeville Garden Club worked to keep the ho-ho-ho spirit alive and well in Coupeville last week. Gathering at the group’s greenhouse at the middle school Monday and Tuesday, members crafted nearly 20 festive wreaths for the decoration of two public facilities around town.

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