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- posted May 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM
As any child can tell you, the Mesozoic Era ends with the extinction of the dinosaurs. Most geologists think the cause of that extinction was the impact of an enormous meteorite that hit the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. As the theory goes, the impact was so large it led to global changes in the composition of the atmosphere. Smoke and dust raised by the collision blocked the sun’s light for a time, making temperatures drop and plants die off. Many species of both plants and animals didn’t live through the crisis, as parts of the food web simply fell apart.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM— updated May 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM
Kathy Baxter wasn’t necessarily looking for a major construction project when she decided to buy a home on Central Whidbey last summer. Although she did have an idea in mind of what she wanted, she said she didn’t think she would find it. Two weeks later and her dream home popped up and was within her price range.
- posted May 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM
Four individuals and four relay teams from Coupeville High School qualified for the tri-district track meet after qualifying at the district meet at Lynden Christian High School Friday, May 10.
- posted May 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Coupeville High School's Amanda d'Almeida finished third in the 1A Northwest District tennis tournament Thursday and Saturday, May 9 and 11, at South Whidbey High School, just missing a berth in the tri-district tournament.
- posted May 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Coupeville High School's Austin Fields and Christine Fields both qualified for the tri-district golf tournament with top-five finishes in the district meet at the North Bellingham Golf Club Thursday, May 9.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM
An eight-member budget committee formed to examine the upcoming budget for the Coupeville School District. They will hold a public meeting at the end of the month to discuss the pending budget. School officials don’t have a dollar amount yet for next year’s budget. They are waiting for information from the state Legislature. They aren’t expecting many changes from the previous year’s budget.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM
Editor, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about people who you, as readers, rarely see or even come in contact with. But they are every bit as important to the production of this newspaper as anyone. Those are your newspaper delivery people. Often, they are a blur in the night. Delivering your paper while you sleep. Delivering in all kinds of weather and the occasional deer crossing the road.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM
People interested in serving in elected office have to file their candidacy next week with the Island County Auditor’s Office in order to get on the ballot. Local offices will highlight the November general election in 2013. The Coupeville Town Council, the Coupeville School Board, Port of Coupeville, Whidbey General Hospital and the all of the junior taxing districts will have seats up for election this year. Many of those entities have more than one seat up for election.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 2:17 PM
I wish to express my outrage at the Arlene’s Flowers political cartoon illustrated by Milt Priggee of Oak Harbor in last week’s Whidbey Examiner. Mr. Priggee depicted Jesus as an evil horned thug. I have noticed that, more and more, it is seemingly becoming acceptable to mock Jesus Christ. Sadly, it is somewhat expected to come from the main-stream media these days. Not only is it despicable and insulting when this is done in the larger publications, but when it happens right here in our small-town community and approved by our local newspaper editors and their publisher, well what gives?
- posted May 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM
Everyone has an opinion. I may not agree with your opinion and you may not agree with mine, but that’s what makes this society so great. We can have a healthy debate on a topic and agree to disagree.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM— updated May 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM
One-hundred-year-old Leone Argent has lived on her property near Coupeville since she was 7. A group of volunteers visited the former school teacher Saturday to make sure her home stays in good shape so Argent can continue to live there. They were a handful of the more than 100 volunteers participating in the Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers workday Saturday.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM
Three gun enthusiasts are forming a group on Central Whidbey Island to provide a supportive, encouraging environment for women interested in learning every aspect of shooting. The Well Armed Woman Whidbey Island Chapter is looking for members. The group is holding its first meeting and shoots 2-4 p.m., on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 12 at the Central Whidbey Sportsman’s Association located at 973 Safari Lane near Outlying Field.
- posted May 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM
The Coupeville High School softball team finished conference play with a 4-1 loss at Sultan Thursday, May 9, and will now look to make a run through the district tournament.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This year’s theme is Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care. There are 200 nurses, certified nursing assistants, emergency department technicians and Health Unit Coordinators at Whidbey General.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Madison Tisa-McPhee recorded the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles to lead the efforts of the Coupeville High School track team at the district preliminaries Wednesday, May 8, at Lynden Christian High School.
- posted May 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM
Hot one day and cold the next. Coming off a 20-hit performance last Friday, the Coupeville High School softball team could manage only two in an 8-0 loss to visiting Granite Falls Tuesday, May 7.
- posted May 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM— updated May 7, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Whidbey Island Post Offices will be sponsoring its “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday, May 11. Residents are encouraged to leave donations of non-perishable food in their mailboxes by 8 a.m. Saturday. Mail carriers will pick up the donation and return it to your local food bank. P.O. box customers can drop their donations in collection bins placed at their local post office.
- posted May 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM— updated May 7, 2013 at 7:52 AM
After dropping the first game of the double header 11-2, everyone got involved in Coupeville's 17-8 win in the second game against Archbishop Murphy Friday, May 3, in Everett.
- posted May 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM
In the latest chapter of a squabble that has lasted for several months, a Greenbank resident is asking that commissioners for the Port of Coupeville repay legal costs associated with an incident that took place in February.
- posted May 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM
The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville will provide some legal cover Wednesday for the Greenbank Farm Management Group. The elected board of commissioners will extend the lease the port has with the private organization for the commercial properties at the publicly owned farm until June 3, 2015.
- posted May 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM
Last November, Sen. Barbara Bailey (R-Oak Harbor) was elected to Washington Senate District 10, representing all of Island and parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties. She carried a hair under 53 percent of the vote while ousting long-time Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen. In that same election, Referendum 74 regarding same-sex marriage was approved in Island County by a hair under 53 percent of the vote.
- posted May 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM
Editor, We’ve lost a naturally gifted leader. I was so sorry to see the resignation of Laura Blankenship from the Port. And for there to be a subtle insinuation of negative motives shows only that you don’t really know Laura.
- posted May 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM— updated May 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM
The pastoral landscape of Whidbey Island was the scene Wednesday of something that hadn’t been seen for years. Rather than the tractors that dot the landscape of rural Whidbey Island, one man was using two fairly large horses to do some similar work.
- posted May 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM
Editor, Port of Coupeville commissioners Marshall Bronson and Benye Weber should repay the public funds spent and wasted as a result of the false statements they made at the port’s Feb. 13 public meeting.
- posted May 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM
Coupeville Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Coupeville United Methodist Church, 608 N. Main St.
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