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- Aug 25, 2013 at 9:00AM
A recent report on surveys from the June Central Whidbey OLF Coupeville meeting indicates responses were split. The actual surveys say differently. The overwhelming majority of responses from Central Whidbey residents showed they wanted the OLF closed and/or Growlers. This report was skewed by the inclusion of preprinted responses received from outside Central Whidbey following newspaper reports about the meeting. They seem to have been organized by former County Commissioner Mac McDowell and others.
- Aug 24, 2013 at 8:00AM
Going to the ocean as a child was always a lot of fun. While my father flew kites, my brother and I would play in the sand, look for sea shells and test our limits on how far we went out in the surf. My mother would lay on a blanket, snoozing or reading a book. We went at least once a year, if not more. My dad bought his first kite when I was just an infant.
- Aug 26, 2013 at 10:00AM
Several elementary school students spent the past two weeks building a connection to deceased veterans who fought in World War I. They are pouring through archives and other sources to find out all the biographical information about Island County veterans who served in World War I. The youngsters are participating in a history camp sponsored by the Island County Historical Society, the Whidbey Island Daughters of the American Revolution and the Janet Enzmann archives.
- Aug 25, 2013 at 10:00AM
Officials from the Washington State Department of Transportation want residents’ opinions on how a proposed construction project will affect Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Plans currently call for the closing of the intersections of Old Smith Prairie Road and Parker Road with Highway 20. Traffic on Parker Road would be funneled over to Morris Road where it would intersect with the highway. The three intersections are located between Island Transit’s headquarters and Outlying Field and are within the confines of the reserve. A public meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Commons at Coupeville Middle and High School.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 9:06AM
Around 170 people gathered at the Ferry House over the weekend to help preservation efforts within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. They enjoyed a “Picnic on the Prairie” Saturday that raised money for the Ebey’s Forever Fund, which is a pot of money that pays for preservation projects on the hundreds of historic buildings located within the reserve. Although a tally is still underway, it looks like organizers will raise around $15,000, said Kyle Waterman, executive director of the Friends of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, which organized the picnic.
- Aug 24, 2013 at 10:00AM
Whidbey General Hospital leaders are taking steps to ensure employees follow state laws during an election season where voters will decide whether to approve a $50-million bond that will finance an expansion and updating of the hospital’s campus. That bond is appearing on the November ballot and needs to pass by a 60 percent supermajority. Trish Rose, spokesperson for Whidbey General Hospital, said during a recent hospital commissioners’ meeting that she sent information to staff about how they can inform people of the proposal.
- Aug 24, 2013 at 10:00AM
Volunteers promoting a ballot measure for a bond to finance an update and expansion of Whidbey General Hospital are focusing their efforts on North Whidbey Island. The Friends of Whidbey General Hospital, a volunteer group tasked with promoting the $50-million bond, recently formed and conducted a campaign kickoff at Coupeville Town Park. Around 30 people came together to gather signs to post throughout the island, learn specifics about the bond and answer questions.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 8:52AM
A historic barn in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve is getting a much-needed facelift thanks to the help of a handful of college students and volunteers. Students participating in the University of Oregon’s Pacific Northwest Field School visited Ebey’s Landing last week to install a cedar shake roof on the Comstock Barn, which is located off Engle Road south of Coupeville. Shannon Sardell, director of the Pacific Northwest Field School, said the barn is a significant part of the reserve’s historic landscape and, until recently, was at risk for demolition.
- Aug 22, 2013 at 1:18PM
The Whidbey Island Radio Control Society will use the Navy’s Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville, Aug. 23, 24 and 25 for their annual Jets over Whidbey event featuring jet powered remote control model aircraft. The public may attend this event as guests of The Whidbey Island Radio Control Society. Potential guests should check in at the booth set up and run by Whidbey Island Radio Control Society at the OLF entrance. The event is not sponsored, endorsed, or organized by the Department of the Navy or Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
- Aug 16, 2013 at 3:32PM
Editor, We’ve heard endless sides to endless arguments when it comes to Outlying Field and jet noise versus what others call the sound of freedom.
- Aug 16, 2013 at 3:31PM
Editor, This was the first year I have experienced the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival as a merchant.
- Aug 16, 2013 at 3:31PM
This weekend the public has an opportunity to get inside one of Central Whidbey’s oldest buildings.
- Aug 19, 2013 at 9:00AM
After months of searching, the Board of Commissioners for Whidbey General Hospital has a replacement commissioner.
- Aug 17, 2013 at 9:00AM
Leaders for the Port of Coupeville are looking for a few good applicants. The port formally started looking for someone to replace Jim Patton after his contract expires at the end of this year.
- Aug 18, 2013 at 9:00AM
David Haney, who recently retired from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office, came up with an interesting way to kick off his retirement. He is spending the summer volunteering as a deckhand on a tall ship that visited Coupeville last weekend.
- Aug 16, 2013 at 3:21PM
After spending years organizing protests calling for the freedom of orca Lolita, Shelby Proie got to see the marine mammal’s original home for the first time Aug. 8. She participated in a ceremony organized by the Orca Network that commemorated the Penn Cove Orca Capture.
- Aug 16, 2013 at 2:51PM
As of today, Aug. 17, Island County's burn ban in place will be relaxed from the total burn ban put in place July 31.
- Aug 16, 2013 at 8:00AM
Oak Harbor’s Andy Wyman won the half-marathon at the second annual Race the Reserve in Coupeville Saturday, Aug. 10, and his triumph wasn’t the only success story.
- Aug 13, 2013 at 9:23AM
Volunteers will gather this evening to kickoff the campaign to promote Whidbey General Hospital's $50 million bond to fund expansion and upgrades.
Chipping in: Washington youth visit Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve to spruce up historic buildings
- Aug 5, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Aug 12, 2013 at 2:37PM
More than three dozen high school students from across Washington state visited Whidbey Island in July to get a hands-on lesson in historic preservation.
- Aug 9, 2013 at 4:19PM
Get your cabers ready to toss. A group of Scottish-minded people will get their large poles ready to hurl when they participate in the annual Highland Games, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Greenbank Farm.
- Aug 11, 2013 at 9:00AM
Coupeville Marshal’s Office responded to the following calls:
- Aug 10, 2013 at 9:00AM
Island Transit Executive Director Martha Rose achieved a dream last month. She got to take the first swing to demolish the transit agency’s former headquarters building. Rose manned an excavator in mid-July to kick off the demolition for the building that had been emptied now that the new headquarters building is pretty much complete.
- Aug 9, 2013 at 3:53PM
Coupeville is gearing up for a weekend of fun and creativity with the annual Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival. The event is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 in downtown Coupeville.
- Aug 9, 2013 at 3:52PM
Hospital officials were looking for a simple way to comfort some of their youngest patients and Lions Club members on Whidbey Island found a way to help.
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