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Whidbey businesses compete for holiday shoppers

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

First red. Then white. Now green. For Whidbey Island communities trying to entice customers to their local businesses by offering prizes, the competition has grown stiffer this holiday season. People visiting local businesses now have a chance to snag tickets to win cash or prizes when they go shopping in Coupeville, Langley and Oak Harbor.

Hospital defends against invasion of the “superbugs”

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital — and its patients — have been very lucky. So far deadly “superbugs” resistant to all antibiotics have not set-up shop in this facility and the hospital is committed to keeping it that way, said Shannon Wolfe, infection prevention specialist at WGH.

Dead birds destined for D.C.

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

Driving along Boon Road, Matt Klope spots a large, dead bird on the side of the road. He pulls his truck over, steps out to take a closer look, then grabs his gloves and a plastic bag to scoop the barred owl up. Once tagged, he puts it in his truck. Back at his home south of Oak Harbor, Klope puts the carcass into a large freezer filled with dead birds, where the owl will remain frozen in time until he has a chance to pull it out and put his taxidermy skills to work.

Correction

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 9:00AM

In the Viewpoints section on page 4 of the Nov. 15 issue, an incorrect letter was printed under the name of Maury and Julie (Christensen) Fielding. The correct letter text appears in this week's issue. We regret the error.

Coupeville residents raise money for school

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 9:00AM

Mary Michell, left, accepts a check for $270 for the Readiness to Learn Foundation from Margaret Bogardus and Nancy Galamb of CamBey Apartments in Coupeville. The two women spearheaded an effort to raise money for this organization in their apartment complex because of concerns about the shortage of supplies available to low-income students at Coupeville Elementary School. The organization helps provide children from low-income families with school supplies at the start of each school year.

Seal numbers are strong

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

It’s that time of year again. Harbor seal pups have left mom to begin foraging on their own, and unfortunately for some of these small, furry creatures their time swimming in the Salish Sea will be short. The Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network asks that people contact them if they spot a dead seal pup, or any stranded marine mammal, for that matter.

Orca tours draw off-island visitors

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

After six years of offering summer tours of Deception Pass by boat, Brett Ginther and Terica Taylor of Deception Pass Tours decided to offer a gray whale tour this spring. After getting positive feedback, they decided to add a weekly orca-watching excursion to their offerings. Passengers have been thrilled.

Thanks for the support

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

Please allow me to take this opportunity to say thank you to the folks of Whidbey Island — particularly South Whidbey! Thank you for your ongoing support of South Whidbey’s Parks and Recreation District. We have achieved a lot in the six years I’ve been at the helm of the district and I am so proud of the facilities and programs we now offer the community.

Bench touched our hearts

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

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.

With the election behind us, it’s time to be thankful

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

Thanksgiving is this week, and I’ve been thinking about the many things I’m thankful for. Family, friends, good health, a full refrigerator, a roof over my head, a good job, a great community – those are all on the list. And there are a lot of other things to be thankful for, as well.

DUI emphasis starts today

  • Nov 21, 2012 at 8:15AM

As the Washington Traffic Safety Commission announces the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign, drivers are urged to plan ahead. As part of the campaign, extra officers will be canvassing roadways starting Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 1, 2013 throughout Skagit and Island counties searching for impaired drivers.

Former ER director stripped of privileges

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

The Board of Commissioners of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District terminated the medical staff membership and clinical privileges of Dr. Mark Borden last week. The decision went into effect immediately effect. Borden is the former emergency department director at Whidbey General Hospital.

Town plans budget hearing Tuesday

  • Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

Winter is fast approaching and that means two things. The weather is getting colder and the Town of Coupeville is close to adopting its budget for next year. Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard said the proposed $4.9 million budget for 2013 is balanced and maintains staffing and services at their current levels.

Island time

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 9:08AM

Seals enjoy the afternoon sunshine as they lounge on a floating platform at the mussel farm operated by Penn Cove Shellfish. According to owner Ian Jefferds, the seals chow down on the fish in the area and don’t bother the mussels. The platforms give the seals a nice, safe place to haul out and rest.

Local mussels star in research on pollution

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:09AM

On a recent sunny day, a group of volunteers were bundled up to insulate against the brisk winds that whipped across Penn Cove. The graduates of the 2012 class of Washington State University Island County Extension Beach Watchers dipped their gloved hands into bowls of cold water and pulled mollusk after mollusk out to take measurements. The mussels like it cool.

Volunteer turns basketball coach

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:48AM

His job title is new but his presence isn’t. David King, after helping with the Coupeville High School girls basketball team since 2003, is now the new head coach of the program. He takes over this fall after Jackie Bykonen resigned after two years at the helm.

Drug safety improved at WGH

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:37AM

Whidbey General Hospital pharmacy technician Cherie Post types in her password and swipes her finger across the reader. For the rest of her shift, the electronic device will accept Post’s fingerprint as a way to access the medications contained within the clear rectangular cabinet and she will not have to re-enter her passcode. This new system lets Post dispense the medications her patients need quickly — and accurately.

Spirited senior inspired by good teachers

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:12AM

Coupeville High School senior Danny Savalza is known for his upbeat school spirit, whether he’s playing on the Wolves football team or wearing his “Shaman Savalza” regalia to lead cheers at other school sports events. “I invented this character, ‘Shaman Savalza,’ as a goofy way to get people involved in cheering for our teams,” Savalza said. “I bought a red turtleneck nightgown at a thrift store and made myself a lampshade hat.”

Honoring veterans

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:59AM

Bill Ethridge of Oak Harbor presents the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag at the Veterans Day Commemoration at the Island County Courthouse Monday in Coupeville. The event was sponsored by the Central Whidbey Lions Club and the Town of Coupeville.

Community Calendar

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:51AM

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

Register now alumni games

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:49AM

Registration is now open for the 2012 Tom Roehl Turkey Bowl. Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 at Coupeville High School’s Mickey Clark Field, the event raises money for the Tom Roehl Scholarship, named in honor of the former Wolf coach. A six-on-six co-ed division and a five-on-five mens division are planned. Teams are guaranteed three 30-minute games.

Fit meets fun at Hula Hoopla

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:47AM

Moving, shaking and wiggling has never been so much fun. Hula Hoopla, the fourth annual health fair to be held at the Coupeville Elementary School will show kids – and parents, too – that getting fit doesn’t have to feel like a bore or chore.

Sign up for the Gingerbread Challenge

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:45AM

Local residents are invited to take part in the Gingerbread Challenge, a gingerbread contest sponsored by The Whidbey Examiner. Previous years’ entries have included traditional gingerbread houses along with hand-shaped gingerbread cookies and even a colorful gingerbread ferry.

No two gardeners have the same approach

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:43AM

There are two types of people in the world. The first type whisks the dirty Thanksgiving dishes away to be scrubbed and stacked before the gravy has a chance to congeal on the plates. The second type leaves the cleanup ‘til morning, believing a heinous job is better tackled with a cup of strong coffee and a good night’s sleep — especially when it comes to desiccated turkey carcasses and marshmallow-encrusted yams.

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.

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