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Members sought for weed board

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:42AM

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill two vacated positions on the Noxious Weed Control Board. The Board of County Commissioners appoints Noxious Weed Control Board members for four-year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Genealogical Society web site earns statewide honor

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:41AM

The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island recently won the 2012 Best in State award for its website. Forty societies competed for the honor, which was presented at the Washington State Genealogical Society’s annual convention in Port Townsend. Web designer Nancy Hepp of Clinton created the site’s design using sepia colored 19th and early 20th century photos, many from Genealogical Society members’ family collections.

Community to gather for Thankgiving Day feast

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:39AM

Friends, neighbors, families and visitors are welcome to join the 14th annual Community Thanksgiving potluck Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall at the corner of Alexander and Coveland streets. A traditional spread will be served buffet-style from noon to 2:30 p.m. or until the food runs out.

Beach access a big issue on Shoreline Master Plan

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:36AM

The first of two scheduled public hearings concerning a long-range shoreline planning document update for Island County was held in Coupeville last week, but how public beach access will be addressed remains unclear. It’s been one of the most talked about issues since drafting the shoreline master program update began in 2010 — a process required by the state every eight years — and it continued to be a point of disagreement for the public during Monday’s meeting with the Island County Commissioners.

Thank you for passing the fire/EMS levy

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:34AM

On behalf of South Whidbey Fire and EMS, thank you to our community for supporting the levy lid lift for our volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. We worked hard to educate the community about the levy lid lift over the past year — but we also received an education along the way. We learned that we need to communicate with you on a regular basis —not just when we have a special need like the ballot question.

New ferry names released Tuesday

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:11AM

Washington State Transportation Commission announced Tuesday the names of two 144-car ferries currently under construction. Tokitae should begin carrying passengers in early 2014, and Samish may set sail in early 2015.

Check with your library for a good time

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:29AM

My gratitude to the Friends of the Coupeville Library. I attended the fabulous fabric cranes event. It was very educational and a very friendly atmosphere.

ACLU, not Navy, gets credit for public access

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:25AM

I’m a little puzzled by Josef A. Kunzler’s letter, “Thankful for protection NAS Whidbey provides.” (The Whidbey Examiner, Nov. 8) He credits the Navy with his ability to get public records. Actually, it was a statewide initiative by a majority of the voters that passed the state Public Disclosure Act. And if you have trouble with recalcitrant politicians providing those records, I seriously doubt that the Navy will help.

Charlotte’s Bench touched our hearts

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:24AM

Most of our heart and soul still resides in Coupeville – and will forever. How profoundly grateful we are for the dedication of Charlotte's Bench. Only Charlotte could anchor her family and embrace a whole town as she did. Thank you all for giving the embrace back.

Two people charged in Ebey Bowl burglary

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:08AM

Two Oak Harbor residents have been charged in the Memorial Day burglary of Ebey Bowl in Coupeville. Prosecutors charged 34-year-old Jason M. Bowen in Island County Superior Court Oct. 18 with burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. He pleaded not guilty Oct. 18. Jasmine Seaward, 23, was charged Oct. 19 with burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. Her bail was set at $10,000 Nov. 5.

Flashing speed signs aid in safety

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:07AM

When Lee James, a longtime resident of Coupeville, hears a loud bang, he knows right away what it is: a car accident has occurred on Highway 20 just north of Coupeville. A recent speed-limit sign upgrade near his home might help reduce these costly – and sometimes fatal – traffic encounters.

Balance shifts following Tuesday’s election

  • Nov 7, 2012 at 12:00PM updated at 3:13PM

Island County residents elected some new faces, while keeping some familiar ones during Tuesday’s General Election. It appears that the partisan balance of the Board of Island County Board of Commissioners will shift with one of two Democratic commissioners losing in the Nov. 6 election, according to initial ballot results.

Lawyers provide free legal aid to those in need

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

She wanted to end the marriage. Her husband had become abusive – and she had three young children to protect. But hiring a lawyer would cost too much, and representing herself in court would have been almost impossible. English is not her native language, and the legal documents and court procedures seemed incomprehensible.

Community rallies to support injured pastor

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Life can change in an instant. That’s about how long it took to turn life upside down for Coupeville Pastor Garrett Arnold and his family. One moment he was trimming a hedge, the next he was dangling from the side of a 35-foot embankment in Ledgewood — having either slipped and fallen or the ground beneath him having given way — he’s still not sure which.

Memorial bench honors town’s ‘hot dog lady’

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

The wooden bench is tucked beside the Island County Historical Museum with a view overlooking Front Street and Penn Cove. It is the perfect spot for two friends, Vickie Chambers and Chuck Poust, to stop and reflect on the life of Charlotte Christensen, Coupeville’s beloved “hot dog lady.”

Coupeville rallies hard, but comes up short at end

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Spectators at the Coupeville/Chimacum football game at Port Townsend Saturday, Nov. 3, were treated to a track meet as the Cowboys won a wild one, 56-39. The game featured a handful of big-yardage plays, many courtesy of the Wolves’ Jake Tumblin. The junior wingback piled up 407 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. The game also featured a Coupeville rally that included three touchdowns in less than three minutes in the final period.

Island Transit needs a fire lane done right

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 2:00PM

Lighting is already an issue with the construction at Island Transit and I anticipate full involvement by Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve staff and the general public living around the transit facility in determining the level of acceptable light pollution from this large project. We need to know their lighting plan now, because their construction lighting is already polluting the night for up to a mile in all directions.

Thankful for protection NAS Whidbey provides

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 1:00PM

I want to take a moment as we near Veterans Day and sincerely thank our action heroes at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Especially this year with the cruel progressive agitation aimed directly at action heroes whose idea of public service is not pontification, but protection for all of us from terror and for our Constitutional way of life.

Chicken barn preserved thanks to grant support

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Bill and Janis (Barrett) Skubi stand with beaming faces next to the wooden structure. They completed restoration work on their wood-shingled brooder house with the help of a matching grant from the Ebey’s Forever Fund, and they said they couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. “We’re really pleased,” Bill Skubi said. “We really feel supported by the community.”

Author shares ‘One More Sunrise’

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Jack McPherson never intended to write a book, it just sort of happened. The longtime Coupeville resident recently self-published “One More Sunrise,” the story of two young military men with nothing in common but the bond they developed as prisoners of war in Vietnam. The book is fiction, although McPherson did draw on his experiences in Vietnam during his time in the Navy.

Truffle teams head to the woods

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Since moving to Whidbey Island 30 years ago, Maureen Murphy has been plucking chanterelles from the woods of South Whidbey. As a nature lover, horticulturalist and botanist, Murphy loves the experience of heading outdoors on a hunt for edible mushrooms. “To get out into the forest is a really beautiful experience,” Murphy said. “The smells, the fragrances are really potent after the first fall rain.”

Repairs help preserve Camp Casey history

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

For the overnight facility at Camp Casey Conference Center southwest of Coupeville, the future is looking bright. “We are very excited,” said Darrell Jacobsen, site manager for the conference center and Fort Casey Inn. The center recently began extensive renovations. For the past 56 years, Seattle Pacific University has cared for this piece of history, but this stewardship has not always been easy.

County conducting appraisals

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Appraisers with the Island County Assessor’s Office will soon be knocking on Coupeville doors for property inspections. County employees will be out until March 2013 assessing the quality and condition of homes and buildings.

Community Calendar

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

The following are some events happening on Whidbey. Here is your chance to learn a new skill, meet new people or just have fun!

Thank you, first responders!

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Coupeville Elementary School leadership students recently presented a banner of appreciation to the Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue in honor of National Fire Prevention Week.

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