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Low tides prompts February ferry cancellations on Port Townsend/Coupeville route

  • Jan 17, 2014 at 2:59PM

Washington State Ferries announced Tuesday the cancellation of several February sailings on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route due to low tides.

Whidbey's Beach Watchers gearing up for Sound Waters

  • Jan 20, 2014 at 10:00AM

For anyone wanting to learn more about Puget Sound, Beach Watchers is holding a one-day university with 65 classes Feb. 1. Sound Waters, now in its 19th year, was started after the first Beach Watchers organization was formed. The program is a Washington State University Extension service which brings volunteers together to educate the public about Puget Sound.

Whidbey's Island Transit settles into new facilities

  • Jan 19, 2014 at 10:00AM

Today’s Island Transit looks a lot different from the entity that formed in 1987 with five buses and 20 employees working out of a former auto shop that contained two maintenance bays and one restroom. The publicly-funded transit entity currently has more than 200 vehicles and more than 140 employees who recently moved into a new headquarters facility that was mostly paid for by a federal grant. That headquarters is located on Highway 20, south of Coupeville near the Pacific Rim Institute and Outlying Field.

Navy EIS comment period extended

  • Jan 18, 2014 at 10:00AM

In response to a number of requests, the Navy is extending the scoping period for the Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growlers. Comments are now being accepted until Friday, Jan. 31. Purpose of the extension is “to ensure all surrounding communities have ample opportunity to provide input,” Navy officials said in a prepared news release.

Port of Coupeville closes beach access by wharf

  • Jan 17, 2014 at 2:41PM

Due to safety concerns, leaders for the Port of Coupeville chained off a Front Street entry point to the beach. The stairs near the port office by Coupeville Wharf were recently blocked. People can still walk down to the beach by using the Front Street deck, located next to the Knead and Feed. “The stairway is falling apart and it’s not safe to go down there,” said Tim McDonald, executive director for Port of Coupeville. He added parts of the concrete stairs have broken, the sand underneath is washing away and there’s nothing anchoring the stairs. There is also a large piece of wood blocking the stairs and hampering people’s access to the shore.

Many stars shine in Wolves' win | Girls basketball

  • Jan 16, 2014 at 9:35AM

Buoyed by an impressive all-around game, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team got back to its winning ways with a 48-19 victory at Granite Falls Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Wolves stumble in second half | Boys basketball

  • Jan 16, 2014 at 8:52AM

The third-quarter blues have haunted the Coupeville High School boys basketball team all season; the latest verse came in a 79-52 loss to visiting Granite Falls Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Cancellations announced at Keystone Harbor due to tidal conditions

  • Jan 14, 2014 at 11:29AM

Washington State Ferries announced Tuesday the cancellation of several February sailings on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route due to low tides.

Wolves knock off Mount Vernon Christian | Boys basketball

  • Jan 13, 2014 at 4:33PM

After a night when little went right, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team got back on track with a 50-47 nonleague win over visiting Mount Vernon Christian Saturday, Jan. 11.

Failure at foul line hurts Wolves | Girls basketball

  • Jan 13, 2014 at 4:31PM

Foul shots are a reward for an opponent's mistake, but the Coupeville High School girls basketball team failed to take advantage of those opportunities in a pair of home losses last weekend.

Kicking the habit this year | Rock Doc

  • Jan 12, 2014 at 10:00AM

Thirty years ago I was a light smoker. What can I say? I liked the effect nicotine had on my brain. Once I was hooked, I even liked the smell of tobacco smoke. Then there was the ritual. I enjoyed lighting up with others, sharing a match, having a few minutes to talk together. But I also realized smoking was a dangerous habit. After several failed attempts to quit, I was able, for some reason, to go cold turkey and finally be done with tobacco. There were some difficult days and restless nights, but I made it and have been free of my nicotine dependence for a long time.

Coupeville man shares struggles, trip

  • Jan 14, 2014 at 10:00AM

As he shares his adventures bike riding to the Arctic Circle, Patrick Rodden is currently facing a different challenge. He spent more than a year recovering from injuries sustained in a 15-foot fall while he was putting the finishing touches on the renovation of his South Whidbey home. That accident took place two years after he made his trek, which drew the attention of regional media. As to what caused the accident, he’s not really sure.

COER starts jet noise complaint line

  • Jan 13, 2014 at 10:00AM

Citing a lack of trust for the Navy’s public input hotline, the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve has created its own jet noise complaint hotline. The Navy resumed touch-and-go operations Monday, Jan. 6, at Outyling Field Coupeville. Residents in the area have complained about the increase in the number of operations at OLF in recent years. COER sued the Navy in July and is calling for a closure of OLF. “When the planes resume flying over our homes, schools, and hospital, we’ll be ready to take complaint calls,” said Michael Monson, COER president.

NAS Whidbey gets $117 million for jet programs

  • Jan 12, 2014 at 10:00AM

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will receive more than $117 million for P8-A Poseidon and EA-18G Growler squadron programs The funding is part of the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama over Christmas. The act sets the policies and priorities for the Department of Defense.

Nominations sought for Coupeville chamber awards

  • Jan 13, 2014 at 11:00AM

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for our 2014 Excellence In Business Awards, sponsored by Whidbey Island Bank. Categories are: Business of The Year, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Business Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners of the 2013 Excellence In Business Awards were: Business of The Year: Whidbey Island Bank; Entrepreneurial Spirit: Lavender Wind; Business Leadership: Janice Vaughan; Lifetime Achievement: Coupeville Festival Association.

Coupeville Lions to host annual scholarship auction

  • Jan 13, 2014 at 10:00AM

Members of the Coupeville Lions Club is hosting its annual event that provides some help to high school seniors heading to college. The ninth annual Lions Club Scholarship Auction and Dinner takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge.

Public should have say in Coupeville police service | Letter to the editor

  • Jan 12, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, Right-on! The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, the Front Street merchants, the Whidbey General Hospital and residents of Coupeville should be given the opportunity to express their opinions on shifting control of the Coupeville police to the county sheriff.

Thanks for making museum flourish | Letter to the editor

  • Jan 12, 2014 at 9:00AM

Every time one of us walks or drives by the beautiful garden in front of the Island County Museum, please take the time to tip your hat, salute or just think happy thoughts about our own Coupeville Garden Club. In late fall of 2013, John Bachert and his flock of gardeners descended on our well-established (aka overgrown) drought-tolerant garden.

Not picking sides on OLF issue wise for town council | Some perspective

  • Jan 11, 2014 at 10:00AM

During a special meeting of Coupeville Town Council last week, Councilman Bob Clay expressed his frustration at the public’s perception of how the town is handling issues surrounding jet noise. The purpose of the special meeting was to approve a statement from the council for submission to the Navy’s environmental impact study of jet noise at Outlying Field.

Auditors find fault in Island Transit vehicle, fuel use

  • Jan 12, 2014 at 10:00AM

For the second time, state auditors question how Island Transit monitors staff use of take-home vehicles and fuel cards. According to an accountability audit report issued Dec. 30 by the Washington State Auditor’s Office, a finding was issued stating Island Transit officials “did not adequately monitor take home vehicles and fuel card use to ensure they are only used for official purposes.” Island Transit has 14 vehicles and fuel use cards designated for take-home.

First baby of 2014 born at Whidbey General Hospital

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 2:40PM

Brian and Kathryn Wilson were hoping to celebrate their five-year wedding anniversary with childbirth. However, he was a bit late and they welcomed their son, Cole Alan Wilson, on New Year’s Day. Cole was born at 1:03 p.m., Jan. 1 at the Whidbey General Hospital Family Birthplace. Cole weighed 9 pounds and was 20 inches in length at birth.

Blue wave crashes into Coupeville

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 2:35PM

Coupeville residents could hear the Blue Wave approaching before they could see it. More than 80 Seahawks fans marched down Main Street on Sunday, Jan. 5 to meet at the Coupeville Wharf, posing for a photo on the pedestrian bridge over Highway 20, and culminating in a photo at the wharf. By the time the band of fans reached the wharf, they’d grown to approximately 150 people. Teresa Besaw and Kory Dyer were the organizers behind the 12th Man Wharf event, as well as a Deception Pass 12th Man Pass last weekend.

Coupeville sends comments on Outlying Field EIS

  • Jan 11, 2014 at 9:00AM

Coupeville Town Council is asking the Navy to address concerns of health and financial risks to the town and residents when conducting its environmental impact study on jet noise at Outlying Field. In a letter, approved and sent last week, the council is asking the Navy to address impacts on sleep patterns, hearing and mental health of residents, hospital patients, senior citizens and visitors.

Ember prompts evacuation of Coupeville Middle School and High School

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 12:23PM

A burning ember simmering in a dust pile prompted the evacuation of Coupeville Middle and High School Wednesday afternoon. At approximately 1:30 p.m., maintenance supervisor Scott Losey was in the process of changing a belt in the air handling unit for the woodworking/metalworking building at Coupeville High School. He discovered a small ember and burning dust.

Strong 2nd half carries Sultan by Coupeville | Girls basketball

  • Jan 9, 2014 at 6:29AM

The Coupeville High School girls basketball team played a good first half, but Sultan played an even better second half to escape with a 40-37 win over the visiting Wolves Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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