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- Sep 21, 2012 at 10:34AM
I moved to Whidbey Island in 1992. I had come yearly to teach workshops for the Coupeville Arts Center since the mid 1980s and fell in love with Whidbey. All of us who live here are aware of how lucky we are to have clean air and water, farmland and ocean vistas, low levels of crime and traffic congestion, and a constructive, involved, caring community. I have watched Island County government wrestle with the conflict between growth and conservation, and I know there are no easy answers. While I would like to keep every free space from being developed so that we all continue to enjoy every resource we currently enjoy, I know that is not possible.
- Sep 21, 2012 at 10:26AM
Re and I would like to thank everyone involved in the 2012 Megan McClung Memorial Run. This year’s run was in a new location, downtown Oak Harbor. The transition from NAS Whidbey to Oak Harbor was unexpected, but because of the full throttle response from the men and women who work for Oak Harbor we had a tremendously successful event. Immediately after Mayor Scott Dudley called us to offer the city’s support and sponsorship of the race, the roads, parks, police and administration went into high gear to design the 5 and 10K courses and have them certified in time for the event. The certification process became a major task, as qualified certifiers were hard to find during the summer months when they are off running in races and enjoying family time. However, we were certified!
- Sep 21, 2012 at 10:25AM
Here we go again. Jill Johnson-Pfeiffer watched all but one of Oak Harbor’s new-car dealerships disappear during her tenure as executive director of the Oak Harbor Chamber. As a county commissioner, she would “increase the tax base through economic growth.” Really?
- Sep 21, 2012 at 10:24AM
We want to thank Angie Homola for her hard work and common sense, which has resulted in a balanced county budget while retaining core functions like law and justice, public health, and infrastructure. Angie understands that unplanned development imposes greater costs on current homeowners and reduces their property values. Angie understands that we treasure our island quality of life and want to protect open spaces, clean water and wildlife, for ourselves and future generations. Angie understands that we want a transparent and accessible county government.
- Sep 21, 2012 at 10:23AM
I love good news. And the good news is that the new WAIF animal shelter is, at last, well on its way to becoming a reality. For those of us who have been waiting for this new shelter for so many years, decades in fact, the progress that’s been made toward the much-needed new one is very, very exciting. On land already purchased, the new shelter area is fenced with chained link, the building site cleared, the trail system in, the septic system in progress, and the multipurpose barn building due to be completed by volunteers in October.
- Sep 21, 2012 at 10:22AM
The Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012, sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), would give grants to states, local governments, and federal agencies to hire veterans as police officers, fire fighters, and workers in parks and other public lands. It would help veteran entrepreneurs and contractors and make it easier for veterans to qualify for professional licenses based on their military training. The cost would be $1 billion over the next five years.
- Sep 21, 2012 at 10:13AM
Coupeville resident Joanne Roomes, left, looks on as her mother, Mildred Eisenhauer, 101, signs the guest book at the Coupeville library’s 50th anniversary celebration Saturday at the Coupeville Farmers Market. The guest book and other items from the celebration will be placed into the wooden time capsule at right. Library enthusiasts were given an opportunity to say, “Why I Love My Library,” either on bookmarks or on paper “talking bubbles.” The time capsule will be stored in the library’s cupola to be opened at a future date.
- Sep 21, 2012 at 10:02AM
The voting period for this fall’s highly anticipated statewide General Election is about to begin, with Washington’s military and overseas voters being the first ones to receive and fill out ballots. Counties will send out roughly 50,000 General Election ballots to military and overseas voters by the Sept. 22 deadline. Many of these voters are expected to use the option of e-mailing or faxing back their completed ballot to their home county elections office. For the 2012 Primary Election, 50,456 ballots were issued to the state’s military and overseas voters.
- Sep 20, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Sep 21, 2013 at 10:00AM
The southeast side of Whidbey Island has been closed to the recreational harvest of all species of shellfish because of marine biotoxin concentrations.The closure area runs from Strawberry Point to Possession Point on the west side of Whidbey Island, including all of Holmes Harbor. Penn Cove west of Blowers Bluff on the north and Snakelum Point on the south is not included.Beaches on the west side of Whidbey from Admiralty Head south to Possession Point remain closed to all species of shellfish.
- Sep 20, 2012 at 11:06AM
Race Week always makes me feel anxious. No, I’m not talking about Indianapolis or Daytona prior to either of those famous car races. I’m talking, instead, about the week right before the date the weather forecaster’s picked as the first frost of the season, when your tomato plants are practically dripping with fruit – the green kind.
- Sep 20, 2012 at 10:19AM
The 24-hour patrol services provided by the Coupeville Marshal’s Office may have come to an end – at least for awhile. Within a three-month period, the town will lose 75 percent of its deputy force. Two members of the town’s police force have already left, and one has given notice that he will leave in mid-October. Deputy James Covert’s last work day was on Aug. 24, while Deputy Adrian Kuschnereit departed on Sept. 1 and Deputy Chris Peabody will leave next month.
- Sep 19, 2012 at 3:00PM
FREELAND — Daniel L. Torget died in the early hours Sunday morning after his car collided with a power pole on Fish Road. He was 21 years old.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 8:00AM updated at 10:04AM
Last week marked the conclusion of a series of meetings in which department heads and elected officials presented their proposed 2013 budgets to the board.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 8:00AM updated at 10:03AM
A state expert has reviewed Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson’s allegations that the board has run afoul of open public meeting laws and believes further investigation is warranted.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 8:00AM updated at 10:01AM
The library will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the Sno-Isle Libraries rural district from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Coupeville Farmers Market in the field next to the library at 788 NW Alexander St.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 8:59AM
The Coupeville High School soccer team lost 2-0 to Oak Harbor in its season-opening match Thursday, Sept. 6, at Mickey Clark Field.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 8:49AM
Garrett Arnold, the pastor of Living Hope Foursquare Church in Coupeville, suffered a spinal cord injury that will force him to use a wheelchair.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 7:00AM updated at 9:42AM
A sheep dairy in a bucolic setting near Clinton brings a new flavor of artisan cheese to Whidbey Island.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 9:01AM
The retreat is titled “First Write the Book; It’s All in the Craft,” will take place from Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 8:58AM
The Coupeville High School volleyball team struggled in its season and conference opener at Cedarcrest in Duvall Thursday, Sept. 6, as the Red Wolves won 25-21, 25-11, 25-14.
- Sep 14, 2012 at 8:52AM
For the third year in a row, the Coupeville Farmers Market played host to the Central Whidbey Nonprofit Fair, an event that showcases some of the many volunteer organizations that do so much for our community.
- Sep 13, 2012 at 8:50AM
It could have looked very different. Paved driveways could have led to single-family homes, with fences enclosing the whole water-view neighborhood. But instead, the commitment and dedication of community members and local nonprofit groups a decade and a half ago preserved the rolling, pastoral hills of Greenbank Farm for use by the public.
- Sep 7, 2012 at 11:53AM
Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm presents an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 to showcase the paintings of Wendy Wees and the handblown glass of Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell.
- Sep 7, 2012 at 11:49AM
The Central Whidbey Sportsman's Association is offering two more chances to attend classes in its series of shooter training and safety education classes.
- Sep 7, 2012 at 11:48AM
Any adult coping with the death of a loved one within the last two years is welcome to participate in ongoing grief support groups on Whidbey Island.
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