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Voter tired of political “dirt”

  • Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00PM

Political dirt poured out of my Whidbey Island mailbox last weekend, in the form of hit pieces denouncing State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen from something called the “Good Government Leadership Council” in Centralia. Candidate Barbara Bailey has to bear responsibility for these disgusting attack flyers that are so clearly disrespectful, no matter what party you claim as yours. There are no issues here, just attacks. Aren’t we tired of this? This is trash mail from the state Senate Republican PAC!

Keep Haugen at the helm

  • Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00PM

That Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen laid the wood to those Marine Union members whom she felt were chiseling the public is a tribute to the honesty and impartiality of this conscientious public servant. Capt. Haugen has run a tight ship for 20 years. Keep her at the helm.

Restoration plan is risky

  • Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00PM

Angie Homola’s Swan Lake Preservation Group wants to use Island County’s Shoreline “Restoration” plan to turn Boss/Swan Lake into a body of salt water, thus moving Puget Sound inland and seriously risking salt water intrusion into the fresh water wells of residents living in the vicinity of West Beach, including the area just south of where the Navy has just started drawing fresh water from wells to water the Navy Golf Course.

Top-down control will destroy our society

  • Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00PM

At a recent candidate forum, Island County Commissioner Price Johnson remarked that the Clean Water Utility tax had been crafted to mitigate previous cuts to the Law and Justice budget. The taxing utility was enacted administratively without a consenting vote by the citizens under the authority of RCW 36.89.080. That law dealt with storm water control, and monies could be “used only for” control measures.

We need a change in our commissioners

  • Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00PM

I have read glowing editorials and letters to the editor in the South Whidbey Record, the Whidbey Examiner, and the Whidbey News Times about our current Island County commissioners. One element of their tenure as commissioners that is not mentioned in these opinions is the fact that, through their actions, our current commissioners have not represented the land owners/property-tax payers. These folks are the majority of their constituents.

Haugen listens to the concerns of the people

  • Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00PM

I have known Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen for 37 years. We have worked together on education issues during all these years. I have gone to Mary Margaret for support for education bills and laws many times. She has always stepped up to the plate to support the local school district and its students.

You, too, can become a weather watcher

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:00AM updated Oct 19, 2012 at 10:04AM

WSU Island County Extension already has plenty of weather data volunteers, but there’s another group looking for more amateur meteorologists: the nonprofit Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, a nationwide volunteer organization that recently expanded to include Canada. NOAA and the National Science Foundation are major sponsors of the network.

Nationally-renown speaker to get 'Radical' on Whidbey parents

  • Oct 19, 2012 at 10:01AM

CNN columnist and popular teen-lifestyles and family advice author Vanessa Van Petten will offer Whidbey Island parents tips on understanding the world of teenagers, when she speaks at 7 p.m., Oct. 23 at South Whidbey High School. The event is free and open to the public, and it is co-sponsored by the Readiness to Learn Foundation and the Langley Middle School Parent Teacher Association. The South Whidbey School District is hosting the event.

Bailey aims to dislodge Haugen

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:00AM updated at 11:57AM

For the first time in two decades, state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen faces an uphill battle against an election opponent who can match her both in campaign dollars and name recognition. The 10th Legislative District Democrat was bested by 5 percentage points in the August primary election by Republican state Rep. Barbara Bailey. They were the only candidates on the primary ballot. The race is one of three Senate contests statewide that could tilt control of that body to Republicans. Bailey, 68, has made that prospect a centerpiece of her campaign.

Races raise cash for food bank

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:15AM

The fifth annual Coupeville Harvest Fest Relay Races – a fundraiser for Gifts from the Heart Food Bank – were a great success again this year, thanks to support from the Coupeville Farmers Market and the participating teams, organizers said.

County policy on beach access, lake questioned

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:40AM

The future of additional public beach access in Island County and salmon restoration at Swan Lake on West Beach Road in Oak Harbor remain uncertain. On Monday night, the Island County Commissioners heard comments from the public about these topics and other proposed changes in the draft Shoreline Master Program. The meeting was held at the Commissioners Hearing Room in Coupeville.

714-pounder squashes competition

  • Oct 17, 2012 at 11:18AM

Results from the 17th annual Whidbey Island Giant Pumpkin Contest are in, and two Coupeville residents came out on top this year.

Ballots on their way to Island County voters

  • Oct 17, 2012 at 3:00PM updated Oct 18, 2012 at 9:24AM

Check your mailbox! If you are a registered voter in Island County, your ballot is on its way and should arrive within the next day or two. Approximately 46,000 General Election ballots were mailed out by Island County Auditor Sheilah Crider on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Learning Center targets homeschooled students

  • Oct 17, 2012 at 11:21AM

There’s a lot of learning going on in a very small space in downtown Coupeville. Educator Patrick Shanahan opened Coupeville Learning Center at the beginning of September at 6 N.W. Coveland St. in the former Whidbey Examiner office, offering a variety of learning experiences for students, whether they are enrolled in public school or are being home-schooled.

Roundabout considered for Parker Road

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:38AM

Months after local residents questioned the safety of proposed changes to the intersection of Parker Road and Hwy. 20, transportation officials are looking at new options.

Mutt Strut and Apple Day set for Saturday at Bayview Corner

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:04AM

Goosefoot, Bayview Farm and Garden, and the Bayview Farmers Market host Apple Day at historic Bayview Corner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, featuring the annual Mutt Strut dog parade and costume contest. Staff from Bayview Farm and Garden will be hand-pressing apple cider and hosting an apple-tasting experience.

Scarecrow mural attracts swarms of shutterbugs

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:34AM

A 7-foot interactive mural recently appeared on Front Street – a new addition to complement Coupeville’s autumn celebrations. The festive painting depicts two scarecrows standing by a fence surrounded by pumpkins, sunflowers, a black and gray tabby cat, and a “Welcome to Coupeville” sign.

Examiner staff earn top honors in statewide newspaper contest

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:13AM

The Whidbey Examiner earned Third Place honors for General Excellence in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest. The Examiner also earned First Place for special sections for the Whidbey Island 2011 Farm Guide.

Special delivery

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:12AM

Ashley Manker, left, and Danae Gallahar, employees of Kim's Cafe on the Coupeville Wharf, helped members of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association distribute pumpkins to decorate Front Street earlier this month.

Volunteers survey residents about water quality issues

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:11AM

A group of people working to protect Puget Sound wants Whidbey residents to fill out a short online survey by Sunday, Oct. 22. “Enjoying clean water is critical to our island way of life, and we’d like to understand more about what people know about water quality issues and how to better provide information to people who love our island,” said Robin Clark of the Whidbey Education, Communication and Outreach Network.

Burning campfire; jackknifed semi-truck

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:06AM

The following items were selected from reports made to the Coupeville Town Marshal's Office:

Community Calendar

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:02AM

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

Bypass route planned

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:54AM

An accident on Hwy. 525 between Houston Road and Race Road in Central Whidbey would shut down north and southbound traffic, essentially cutting the island in two. With no alternative route to bypass the highway, north-south traffic would be brought to a standstill. Parents trying to get their kids to soccer practice would be stuck waiting for the wreckage to be cleared. Island Transit passengers would be delayed as they wait aboard their buses.

Torchlight Parade set

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:52AM

Get your costumes ready! The fifth annual Halloween Torchlight parade is set for Saturday, Oct. 27. “It’s a safe way to celebrate the holiday,” said Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association Executive Director Vickie Chambers, who will be dressed as Marge Simpson as she greets the crowd at the end of the parade route by the foot of the Coupeville Wharf.

Whidbey weather watchers keep their eyes on the skies

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:46AM

Every morning at 8 a.m., come rain or shine, Jack Marian dutifully records the precipitation from the past 24 hours and the current temperature at his home on West Beach Road. And he has done so for at least the past 15 years.

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