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Coupeville' Class of 2013 top 10 graduates

  • Jun 7, 2013 at 10:00AM

Coupeville High School’s Class of 2013 features two valedictorians who are both graduating high school with a 4.0 grade point average. Since two students finished with the same grade point average, 11 students comprise the Top 10.

All should pay for Island County law, justice funding

  • Jun 8, 2013 at 9:00AM

When fiscal times get tough, many of our government representatives choose to cut vital services such as fire and law enforcement. God forbid we should cut so-called social services or free bus services. Why not spread the financial support burden among all residents of Island County instead of always targeting homeowners through property taxes. All people in the county benefit from law and fire protection services, ergo all people should bear the costs of these vital services.

Coupeville's D’Almeida says she’s ready for new adventures | Senior Spotlight

  • Jun 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

Seventeen-year-old Amanda d’Almeida will share the podium with fellow valedictorian Thomas Lile at Coupeville High School’s graduation June 7. D’Almeida has attended Coupeville schools since her family moved here when she was 12. She’s been a 4.0 student all the way through middle and high school. Though she looked at several schools, d’Almeida has chosen Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., a private liberal arts college that offers a top biology program.

Coupeville High School senior earns not only diploma, but two degrees | Senior Spotlight

  • Jun 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

Thomas Lile will graduate from Coupeville High School on June 7 as co-valedictorian of the Class of 2013, and will accept diplomas for two associate’s degrees from Skagit Valley College on June 21. A Running Start student for the past two years, Lile has studied biology and physics engineering at SVC while also maintaining a 4.0 grade point average at Coupeville High School.

Coupeville Town Council looks at options for police force

  • Jun 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

Coupeville Town Council is continuing its exploration into what to do with the town’s marshal’s office. A workshop was held last week and council members revisited options for further review. There are three ways to look at staffing a police force, said Mayor Nancy Conard. It can be staffed based on how it’s always staffed, on a per capita basis or need basis.

An audit is a good way to start a morning | Some Perspective

  • Jun 9, 2013 at 9:00AM

Is it just me, or does anyone else get a little excited when they hear the word “audit?” Checking my email Monday morning, I was happy to find a notification from the Washington State Auditor’s Office saying a new audit report had been released. The report was from an audit recently completed on Town of Coupeville.

Ferry officials hold meetings on Whidbey Island

  • Jun 9, 2013 at 10:00AM

Officials from Washington State Ferries will hold a series of meetings on Whidbey Island throughout June. Those meetings will touch upon the implications of the 2013-2015 state budget, an update on new vessel construction, ferry performance measures and route specific issues. “I look forward to visiting the communities and hearing directly from our riders on the issues that affect their everyday travels,” David Moseley, WSDOT assistant secretary of the Ferries Division, said in a press release. “I always find this feedback valuable and it helps us when we consider making changes to the system.”

Coupeville's hand slapped over bonuses

  • Jun 9, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 9:29AM

Town of Coupeville got a slap on the wrists by the Washington State Auditor for how it distributed bonuses in 2011 and 2012. In an audit report released March 29, the auditor’s office noted the town paid its employees extra compensation which is not allowable per Washington State Constitution.

Island County museum hitches program to Coupeville High School senior’s wooden wagon

  • Jun 10, 2013 at 10:00AM

One high school student’s senior project is going to help the Island County Museum. Senior Ben Carlson spent most of his senior year designing and building a wooden wagon that is one-fifth scale of one that was used by settlers in the 19th century when they made their journey west on the Oregon Trail. That wagon will be donated to the museum, which will be used for education and outreach efforts.

Lawmakers hold forum in Oak Harbor

  • Jun 10, 2013 at 10:00AM

State Sen. Barbara Bailey, State Rep. Norma Smith and State Rep. Dave Hayes — all Republicans representing the 10th District — will provide a legislative update during a community forum scheduled for early June. The forum includes an update of the legislative session and special session that recently concluded.

Dr. Copenhaver leaves Coupeville soccer in good health

  • Jun 14, 2013 at 8:00AM

It would be safe to say Dr. Jim Copenhaver is Coupeville’s Dr. Soccer.

Hospital approves $50 million bond vote

  • Jun 14, 2013 at 3:42PM

Voters will decide this November whether to increase property taxes to fund a $50-million expansion of Whidbey General Hospital. Monday night, hospital commissioners voted to place the bond proposal on the general election ballot. The bond will pay for construction of a new wing at the hospital’s Coupeville campus.

Graduation honors close-knit class

  • Jun 14, 2013 at 3:41PM

Nearly 70 students spent their last moments together Friday. Coupeville High School’s Class of 2013, many of whom have been together since grade school, graduated Friday night during a ceremony at the high school gymnasium. Following the festivities, the graduates will head in separate directions. Some will attend college, while others will enlist in the military or head into the workforce.

Lost dog prompts police calls

  • Jun 15, 2013 at 9:00AM

The Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office responded to the following calls:

Hospital staff speaks out on long hours, low pay

  • Jun 15, 2013 at 9:00AM

A group of Whidbey General Hospital employees descended upon Monday’s hospital commissioner meeting to speak about the long hours they work, often days at a time with no days off or no vacation, and the less-than-average wages they earn.

Ferries eyeing gas tax

  • Jun 16, 2013 at 9:00AM

A gas tax being considered by the state Legislature could, if adopted, make the ferry system financially stable for more than a decade. David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division, met with Coupeville business leaders at a Tuesday morning chamber of commerce meeting, and highlighted a package of bills that he said would make the ferry system financially stable for the next 12-15 years. But that stability comes at a price.

Fraud, disorderly prompt calls

  • Jun 21, 2013 at 2:56PM

The Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office responded to the following calls:

Bag shop owner aims for designer education

  • Jun 21, 2013 at 2:58PM

Kimberly Hoctor made three sales before she even opened her Coupeville store last weekend. Women saw handbags in a window display and walked right in, excitedly ignoring the signs informing customers of her opening date.

Making History: Barnes places first at national competition

  • Jun 21, 2013 at 2:47PM

An impromptu parade took place early Monday night through local farms to celebrate a Coupeville High School student’s achievement at the National History Day competition.

Port of Coupeville doles out $10,000 for new moorage anchors

  • Jun 21, 2013 at 2:51PM

Leaders for the Port of Coupeville are trying to get the moorage buoys out on Penn Cove in time for the busy part of the boating season.

WGH board still seeking new member

  • Jun 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

Roger Case received a standing ovation June 10 during a Whidbey General Hospital board meeting for his years of service in public office.

Lions ready for annual garage sale

  • Jun 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

Coupeville Lions are gearing up for the club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Starting this week, club members are busy setting up what’s advertised as the “biggest and best” garage sale.

Visitors catch a rare glimpse of Camp Casey

  • Jun 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

There’s something mysterious about the Colonel’s House. The three-story, colonial-style home with gothic elements sits at the highest elevation on Camp Casey with an expansive view of Puget Sound.


  • Jun 28, 2013 at 3:37PM

Editor, This letter is in response to the Outlying Field meeting June 19 at the Recreation Hall in Coupeville.

Lost dog, leaky hot tub spark calls

  • Jun 28, 2013 at 3:44PM

The Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office responded to the following calls:

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