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  • 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.

Senior seeks a life of service

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:44AM

When Amanda d’Almeida went to China last June to work in the Chao Yong orphanage outside Beijing, the experience changed the course of her life and brought her goals into sharp focus. D’Almeida joined 12 others from the Coupeville area on a non-denominational mission through the Living Hope Foursquare Church. Working with physically and mentally handicapped children in the orphanage, d’Almeida, 17, learned that she wants to be someone whose life means something to the poor and neglected of the world.

Pink propels Wolves to volleyball win

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:39AM

Pretty in pink. The Coupeville volleyball team looks good in pink, and what looks even better is a check in the “win” column. The Wolves edged Sultan 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-10) last Thursday, two days after losing 3-0 at South Whidbey.

Campaign mailers are not a joking matter

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:37AM

I thought this was a joke, but now it’s not funny any longer. For the third day in a row I’ve received campaign literature from Barbara Bailey’s campaign against Mary Margaret Haugen.

Responsible voters will re-elect Homola

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 8:35AM

I want to encourage fellow Islanders to vote for Angie Homola in the upcoming commissioners race. This dedicated public servant has done everything to deserve reelection, including balancing the budget in very lean times. Remember she did this partly by reducing her own travel allowance, salary and medical benefits. She also deserves great credit for bringing back a hydro-geologist to our county staff, which is an essential function for protecting our county’s drinking water.

Weed board needs volunteers

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

Volunteers are sought for four-year terms on the Island County Noxious Weed Control Board. Current openings are for District III, from Race Road to Freeland, and District IV, from Freeland south to Clinton.

Emergency planning workshop targets small businesses

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

Small business planning for unforeseen emergencies is the focus of a free workshop scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St. Representatives from local emergency planning and response organizations will provide a series of short presentations with information for small business owners and suggestions on how to learn more.

Take-back nets nearly 300 pounds of unwanted drugs

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

A recent drug take-back program in Island County brought in almost 300 pounds of prescription drugs. Three collection sites were allowed local residents to drop off unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications.


  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

In a story on page 6 of the Oct. 11 issue of the Examiner, the given name of the wife of Congressman Rick Larsen was incorrect. Her name is Tiia.

Burn ban comes to an end

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

Recent rainy weather has the Island County Sheriff’s Office to lift the ban on outdoor burning.

Wolves rebound for first win

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

The win was offensive – in a good way. After losing 2-1 in an Oct. 9 shootout at South Whidbey, the Coupeville soccer team exploded for three goals and snared its first win of the season 3-1 last Thursday over Sultan.

Wolves fly by Falcons to wrap up playoff spot

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

It sure feels good to beat those Falcons. The Coupeville High School football secured a playoff berth last Friday with an 18-13 win at South Whidbey.

Support helps families of gays understand, accept

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

Fourteen years ago, when their son Matt told them he was gay, Sharon and Jim Kabler initially had vastly different reactions. “I said fine, I’m okay with that,” Sharon Kabler said. “But my husband Jim wanted to throw the phone at the wall.”

Kessler, Grassman engagement

  • Oct 18, 2012 at 9:00AM

Carly Kessler and Cody Grassman have announced their engagement.

Two new teachers join Coupeville Elementary School faculty

  • Oct 15, 2012 at 10:08AM

Lisa Nguyen and Sean LeClaire join the faculty at Coupeville Elementary School this year. Nguyen will teach Special Education Preschool and LeClaire art and English Language Learning.

Coupeville School District welcomes six new middle school and high school teachers

  • Oct 15, 2012 at 10:12AM

With the retirement and relocation of several teachers at the end of last school year, the Coupeville School District welcomed six new middle school and high school teachers.

Linds robbery suspect charged

  • Oct 11, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2012 at 10:18AM

A 24-year-old Bremerton man accused of robbing a Coupeville pharmacy at gunpoint two years ago was finally charged with the crime, but remains in an Oregon prison, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged George Skurtu in Island County Superior Court Sept. 26 with first-degree robbery. Skurtu became a suspect in the Jan. 4, 2010 robbery after he and another man were arrested for armed robbery four days later in Dallas, Ore.

Admirals Cove weighs future of community pool

  • Oct 11, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2012 at 10:18AM

The gate has been padlocked and a red sign in the window says “closed.” The Admirals Cove Beach Club pool has closed for the season, but some in the community hope it’s closed for good. Other community members are hoping to rescue it from demolition.

Matthews challenges Larsen for Congressional seat

  • Oct 11, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2012 at 10:16AM

It wasn’t even a close call for U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen. He’s in favor of the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal in Bellingham for one reason – jobs. “Jobs are the driving force behind my whole campaign,” says the 2nd Congressional District Democrat who is seeking a seventh term in the House.

Hayes, Riggs vie for open Dist. 10 House seat

  • Oct 11, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Oct 15, 2012 at 10:16AM

The reapportionment of the 10th Legislative District left it much as it was before – a swing district evenly divided between Republican and Democratic voters. The race to fill the open House seat in the 10th features two civil servants from opposing parties.

Dedication earns honors for Booster Club mom

  • Oct 11, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2012 at 10:16AM

She works behind the scenes – she prefers it that way – but her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. District 1 (Western Washington school districts north of Seattle) of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently presented Coupeville’s Christy Kellison with the Dave DuVall Award for her dedication to CHS athletics. It didn’t take long for Kellison to get involved with the Booster Club after moving to Coupeville from Oregon in 2008. In 2009, she was named to its board and she has served as president for the past three years.

Homecoming 2012

  • Oct 11, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2012 at 10:16AM

Coupeville High School celebrates Homecoming 2012

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