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- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:00AM
Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson doesn’t like bullies and she isn’t going to be blindly loyal to her political party. If that hadn’t already been made clear by her record during her first two weeks in office, the freshman Republican commissioner dispelled any misconceptions about how she plans to approach her job, and deal with harsh criticism from fellow party members, during an Old Goats-Fully Informed Voters luncheon on South Whidbey this past Friday.
- Jan 21, 2013 at 8:51AM
The Northwest Navigator will print its final weekly edition on March 29, 2013. After that final edition, there will no longer be an official or authorized Navy print newspaper for Commander, Navy Region Northwest, or our Installations: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Station Everett, Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Magazine Indian Island. The Northwest Navigator consistently won numerous top awards for production and reporting, and has helped tell the Navy story to tens of thousands of Sailors, family members, retirees, veterans and community members around the Region and around the world. The decision to stop publication was made as a Navy-wide cost-savings measure.
- Jan 19, 2013 at 10:00AM
This is my last editorial as the editor and publisher of The Whidbey Examiner, Coupeville and Central Whidbey’s hometown newspaper. I’m returning to the field of public relations, having recently accepted a position at the Washington Department of Revenue in Olympia. It’s going to be hard to leave the newspaper – and the many friends I’ve made – here in Coupeville. But for me, it’s time for a new challenge.
- Jan 19, 2013 at 9:00AM
Kids have a unique way of looking at things. Some of their perspective has been captured in a new book, “Coupeville: Through the Eyes of its Children,” a collection of photographs taken by children of the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club. The project was the brainchild of Coupeville Boys and Girls Club Program Director Jo-Ellen Fischbach and was made possible by a grant from the Coupeville Festival Association. Fischbach said this was a great project for Coupeville kids to get involved with.
- Jan 20, 2013 at 10:00AM
All things must eventually come to an end and this week it was Prairie Center Red Apple’s old gas pumps. That chapter in the town’s history was literally sealed Tuesday with a blurp and gurgle as workers topped off the store’s three underground gas tanks with concrete. “We just couldn’t be competitive,” said Ken Hofkamp, the store’s owner for the past 40 years.
- Jan 19, 2013 at 12:00PM
Planning is underway for the eighth annual Whidbey Island Farm Tour, set to take place Sept. 21 and 22. Dedicated to continuing community support of our island agri-businesses, the Farm Tour highlights a diversity of farms across the island.
- Jan 20, 2013 at 10:00AM
The following items were selected from reports made to the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office:
- Jan 19, 2013 at 10:00AM
Members of the Coupeville School Board of Directors have appointed Glenda Merwine to fill the seat vacated last December by longtime school board member Carol Bishop. Merwine is a familiar face to many, having served as the principal of Coupeville Elementary School and as the Director of Student Learning for the Coupeville School District. She has spent her career in public education and told board members during a brief interview at Monday evening’s board meeting that she would relish a spot on the board.
- Jan 18, 2013 at 10:00AM
Larry Kwarsick has pleaded guilty to falsifying city records in Langley and will spend two weeks in jail next month for the crime, but he still has a job in Coupeville and will be earning $50 an hour. On Tuesday, the Coupeville Town Council agreed to terminate Kwarsick’s existing contract as town planner, an action he requested last month, but then agreed to rehire him to provide interim consulting services while officials search for a permanent replacement.
- Jan 17, 2013 at 12:50PM
A building on Coupeville’s Front Street with nearly 150 years of history is about to begin a new chapter. In a deal closed late last year, Seattle businessman-turned-property-investor Thom Kroon purchased the John Robertson Building from Fairway America, LLC., a hard-money group based out of Portland, Ore.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Jan 14, 2013 at 7:13PM
Cathie Estes lives alone. She’s 68-years-old, legally blind and in a wheel chair. Life isn’t easy for her. Everyday things, from getting a midnight snack to simply reading mail, are real challenges.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 12:00PM updated Jan 14, 2013 at 7:07PM
The fire that preceded the sinking of the Deep Sea crab boat in Penn Cove last spring has been determined to be the result of arson, according to a report released by the state Department of Natural Resources today.
- Jan 14, 2013 at 3:48PM
It's over.The Coupeville High School boys basketball team defeated host Mount Vernon Christian 51-41 Saturday, Jan. 12, to erase a 33-game losing steak. The last game of the streak came a night earlier when the Wolves lost to Cedarcrest 71-28 in Duvall.
- Jan 11, 2013 at 11:53AM
Sound Publishing has named Keven R. Graves executive editor and publisher for the Whidbey Newspaper Group, which includes The Whidbey News-Times, the Whidbey Examiner and the South Whidbey Record, as well as the Crosswind, a monthly veterans publication. Graves is succeeding Kasia Pierzga in the role. Pierzga has accepted a public relations position with the Washington Department of Revenue in Olympia.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 3:39PM
Once again the Coupeville High School boys basketball team played a strong first quarter, but once again it wasn’t sufficient to secure a win as the Wolves fell 72-46 to visiting Granite Falls Friday, Jan. 4. Coupeville trailed by only three, 17-14, after the first quarter and was still in it at halftime, down 35-24.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 3:38PM
Second-half adjustments helped the Coupeville High School girls basketball team to a 39-33 win at Granite Falls Friday. Coupeville, trailing 21-14 at the break, “heard loud and clear” the halftime message from coach David King. The Wolves made adjustments in attitude, effort and execution in the second half, King said, and the result was the Cascade Conference win.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 3:36PM
As Dave Coleburn from Predators of the Heart wheeled cages and more cages into Coupeville Library Friday, the meeting room filled with children wiggling with excitement to see what was inside. The library program Animal Encounters promised snakes, a skunk and other scaled and furry creatures, but the families were in for a surprise.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 3:31PM
Just a little more than one month after an online petition was started to stop flight operations at Coupeville’s Outlying Field, residents are seeing response. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island extended the olive branch this week, showing it wants to work with the community.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 3:27PM
Among the recommendations concerning the future of the Greenbank Farm, a volunteer group said the Port of Coupeville should consider selling the publicly owned farm. The eight-member volunteer group released its recommendations last week concerning the future operation of the Greenbank Farm. The group first recommended that the Port of Coupeville shouldn’t extend the current contract with the Greenbank Farm Management Group, which is set to expire March 31, 2014.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 3:24PM
Community and school spirit seem to come naturally for Coupeville High School senior Jai’Lysa Hoskins, 17. A good student, a good athlete and a good role model, Hoskins has been chosen as the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club’s first ever Youth of the Year.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 3:22PM
In the wake of widespread community grumbling and a recent meeting with local and federal elected officials, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island leaders reinitiated a long-abandoned practice this week by releasing a flight schedule for the Navy’s small airstrip on Central Whidbey.
- Jan 9, 2013 at 9:27AM
Sound Publishing, the state’s largest community news organization, today purchased the Seattle Weekly. Details of the purchase were not disclosed. The Weekly, a freely distributed newspaper in Seattle and nearby cities, was purchased from Village Voice Media Holdings. The Seattle Weekly reaches over 200,000 unique print and digital readers every week with more than 1,500 outdoor news boxes and in-store racks throughout Seattle and nearby areas. It was founded in 1976 by Darrell Oldham and David Brewster.
- Jan 3, 2013 at 2:00PM updated Jan 8, 2013 at 11:04AM
January State officials reject a request to allow paragliding in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. The Port of South Whidbey approves an AT&T cell tower in Clinton. Penn Cove Water Festival gears toward native traditions. The annual festival works to focus on the island’s native culture.
- Jan 7, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 12:08PM
Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick emailed a brief letter of resignation to the city of Langley Sunday, with the effective date of his resignation today, Jan. 7. Kwarsick has been caught up in a legal tangle since admitting to falsifying a city document when he was planning director in 2011. It had to do with a relative’s land use permit.
- Jan 3, 2013 at 3:02PM
January The Cascade Conference and Coupeville High School came to an agreement to allow the Wolves to play a partial league football schedule in 2012, dropping the larger schools. Coupeville’s Dalton Engle signed a letter of intent to play college football for Montana Western University.
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