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Hospital software cause bill struggles

  • Dec 15, 2013 at 9:00AM

Hangups in a new electronic records system caused delays in billings and reduced the amount of cash available at Whidbey General Hospital. Hospital officials said they are expecting to spend more than $7.5 million implementing an electronic records system provided by Meditech that originally went online in May.

Pay increase coming for food and clerical workers

  • Dec 14, 2013 at 10:00AM

Food service and clerical workers at Whidbey General Hospital got an early Christmas present. They are receiving a small pay increase thanks to a new three-year contract the Whidbey General Hospital Board of Commissioners approved during their Monday night meeting.

Seat open for historic preservation commission

  • Dec 14, 2013 at 10:00AM

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the Ebey’s Landing Historic Preservation Commission.

Wonky alarm cancels ferry sailing out of Coupeville

  • Dec 13, 2013 at 3:19PM

Ferry officials were forced to cancel a sailing Monday evening on the Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry route.

Fire truck riding Santa visits neighborhoods

  • Dec 13, 2013 at 3:17PM

Santa is trading in his sleigh for a fire engine. Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s Santa Mobile is winding its way through the district’s neighborhoods this month. It provides a festive way to celebrate the holiday season and inform residents about the fire district’s programs.

Coupeville schools get new phone numbers

  • Dec 13, 2013 at 3:15PM

Thanks to a technology levy, Central Whidbey parents will have a chance to contact their children’s teachers directly without having to go through a switchboard. The Coupeville School District recently spent approximately $25,000 to install a new phone system. The new system will tie into the one being used by the Oak Harbor School District and the City of Oak Harbor.

Crowds gather to celebrate holidays

  • Dec 13, 2013 at 3:14PM

Sub-freezing temperatures couldn’t put a chill on holiday spirit Saturday. Despite temperatures under 30 degrees, hundreds of people bundled up and braved the cold during the annual Greening of Coupeville celebration.

Good start, rough finish for Wolves | Boys basketball

  • Dec 12, 2013 at 11:49AM

After flying high in the first quarter, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team came crashing down in the second period in a 66-26 loss to visiting Cedarcrest Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Cedarcrest cruises by Wolves | Girls basketball

  • Dec 12, 2013 at 8:54AM

After the first four minutes not much went right for the Coupeville High School girls basketball team in its 77-27 loss at Cedarcrest Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Blogger latest victim in spree of South Whidbey burglaries

  • Dec 12, 2013 at 9:00AM

A well-known South Whidbey community activist and blogger became a victim in a string of burglaries that’s hit the area in recent weeks. Carolyn Tamler and her husband returned to their Freeland home after a short vacation Dec. 2 and realized they had been burglarized after walking into their bedroom. Two jewelry boxes were missing as well as four of her husband’s watches.

Work helps Coupeville to 1st win | Girls basketball

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 11:45AM

The Coupeville High School girls basketball team's willingness to work paid early dividends as the Wolves defeated visiting Meridian 46-34 Saturday, Dec. 7.

Borderites beat unsteady Wolves | Boys basketball

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 12:46PM

First-game nerves contributed to a slow start for the Coupeville High School boys basketball team in its 84-50 loss at Blaine Saturday, Dec. 7.

New WAIF director settling in

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 9:00AM

Leaders for Whidbey’s animal shelter tapped the Midwest to find a new executive director. Charles Vreeland started his tenure Nov. 4 as executive director for the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation.

County approves event regs

  • Dec 8, 2013 at 9:00AM

Island County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance last week that allows permitting for events on agricultural properties. The policy applies to events taking place on advertised properties for uses such as weddings, reunions, graduations and food events for a fee or otherwise commercial use that may include more than 50 attendees. It is not the county’s intent to regulate private parties hosted by property owners, the ordinance states.

Coupeville group claims OLF is ‘non-essential,’ flights resume

  • Dec 7, 2013 at 9:00AM

A Coupeville-based group that sued the Navy in July over jet noise is claiming that Outlying Field Coupeville is not as essential as the Navy claims. The Navy suspended touch-and-go operations at OLF Coupeville in May, but plans to resume in January in a more limited capacity than in recent years.

Navy beefs up OLF security; closes Maylor trail

  • Dec 7, 2013 at 9:00AM

More than 1,000 large cement blocks connected by thick cable are being installed around the perimeter of the Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville.

Coupeville couple catches restaurant

  • Dec 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

Years toiling in the restaurant industry paid off for one Coupeville chef. Tyler Hansen, who recently moved to Whidbey Island, is the new owner of the Oystercatcher, a cozy little bistro located in downtown Coupeville.

Some obscured lumps of coal found on generous rock of plenty

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 1:53PM

We ate a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner last week at the Oystercatcher restaurant in Coupeville. Chef-owners Joe Scott and Jamie Sastre, who are about to leave us for the wilds of Asheville, N.C., outdid themselves with everything from soup (creamy celery root blended with kale) to salad (local greens with apples, pickled figs and feta) to roast turkey (heritage breed grown in Ephrata with sage stuffing and local braised vegetables) to nuts (pecan tart with sour cream sorbet).

Letter: Grateful for caring Coupeville visitor

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 1:47PM

Editor, Thank you kind gentleman for coming to my rescue. Under embarrassing circumstances I met Max from Lancaster, Pa., in town as a tourist, taking a break from visiting his kid stationed on Whidbey.

Port comp plan amendment considered

  • Dec 7, 2013 at 1:00PM

The Island County Planning Commission is reviewing a comprehensive plan amendment that tweaks the zoning of the Greenbank Farm.

Public stays mum on 2014 town budget

  • Dec 7, 2013 at 1:00PM

Coupeville Town Council unanimously passed a $5.1 million budget for 2014 last week. Changes to the budget include a 5 percent cost of living increase for employees, which was something Mayor Nancy Conard said was a priority this year.

Festivities abound at Greening of Coupeville

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 1:12PM

The arterials of Coupeville will fill with festive-minded visitors eager to enjoy a holiday celebration Saturday. A full slate of events is on tap for the annual Greening of Coupeville, which takes place Dec. 7 throughout the historic town.

Festival association awards $30K in grants

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 1:05PM

Organizers of the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival reached new heights of community giving. With the recent awarding of approximately $30,000 in grants, the Coupeville Festival Association topped $800,000 worth of support benefiting the community over the 49-year history of the festival.

Armed robber hits Bayview gas station

  • Dec 5, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 12:06PM

The Valero gas station in Bayview was robbed by a masked gunman Wednesday night. According to the Island County Sheriff's Office, a white suspect wearing a black ski mask, a woodland camouflage jacket and pants robbed the Highway 525 station with a shotgun at about 8:40 p.m., Dec. 4.

Winter prep preview | Coupeville boys basketball

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 10:00AM

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team has more experience and greater depth than the past few seasons. The question is, will that result in more wins?

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