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Hospital General Hospital leaders take informational route concerning bond

  • 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.

Group forms to promote Whidbey General Hospital bond

  • 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.

No sympathy shown for those living near Outlying Field | Letters

  • 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.

Burglaries, car accidents and more reported | Coupeville blotter

  • Aug 25, 2013 at 9:00AM

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

Comments sought for Parker Road highway project near Coupeville

  • 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.

Get ready for some roadwork through town | Town Talk

  • Aug 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

Coupeville residents will see some road work in the next few weeks. We have been very fortunate in securing grants to pay the majority of the costs for the following projects:

Intermittent road closures scheduled in Ebey’s Landing

  • Aug 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

Motorists will experience intermittent road closures next week on Hill Road and portions of Ebey Road located south of Coupeville. Hill Road will be closed from the intersection of Ebey Road to the intersection of Engle Road. Ebey Road will be closed from the intersection of Cook Road to Hill Road.

Port to consider cash machine at Coupeville Wharf

  • Aug 26, 2013 at 10:00AM

Visitors to downtown Coupeville might find an easier time trying to find a cash machine in the future. Officials for the Port of Coupeville are considering a plan to place an ATM on port property. The small port district received a proposal from Premier Merchants Group, based in Kearney, Neb., to place the cash machine in the breezeway of the Coupeville Wharf.

Students build connection to World War I vets

  • 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.

Island County commissioners to address community concerns over shoreline plan

  • Aug 26, 2013 at 10:00AM

Island County commissioners now have the community feedback on a proposed Shoreline Master Plan. The comments were gathered during a public hearing in May and presented to the commissioners last week by the state Department of Ecology. The commissioners must address any concerns and submit solutions to the state Department of Ecology by a deadline of Sept. 23.

Storm wreaks havoc on Port of Coupeville floats, wharf

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 2:00PM

Repairs keep piling up for the Port of Coupeville. The small port district owns the Coupeville Wharf and the Greenbank Farm, both of which are 100 years old, and repair projects needed to keep the historic buildings safe are adding up. The latest project emerged last week after a wind storm blew through Whidbey Island. The blustery weather damaged the moorage floats and the deck and moorage tubs located at the Coupeville Wharf.

Proposed law could shift farm costs

  • Feb 23, 2014 at 10:00AM

A proposed change to a law aimed at preserving farmland and open space could result in higher taxes for some Washington property owners, including in Island County. House Bill 2306 would expand a tax classification on land actively used for agriculture, timber production or undeveloped open space. While property tax is generally assessed on the market value of a parcel, the state’s Open Space Taxation Act allows land to be taxed at a lower rate based on its current use, such as farming.

A brisk walking pace is better for your health | Roc Doc

  • Feb 23, 2014 at 10:00AM

One of the things my mutt from the pound and I like to do together is go on long walks. Sometimes on weekends Buster Brown and I stroll at the bottom of the Snake River Canyon where dogs can be off-leash (as Mother Nature intended). There’s a 6-mile walk in the canyon we like to do: me limping along in a straight line, Buster ranging over a wider area of ground sniffing for wildlife. Closer to home, there is a 6-mile loop around town we enjoy.

Coupeville Lions honors students of the quarter

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

Coupeville Lions Club recently honored Breeanna Messner and Brett Arnold as the Coupeville High School Students of the Quarter. The high school seniors were selected by the school staff. Messner is the daughter of Robert and Aimee Bishop. She has been involved in student government, is co-president of the National Honor Society with a 3.9 GPA, was on the cheer staff and participated in basketball, volleyball and softball.

Coupeville Lions auction nets $30,000

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Coupeville Lions Club’s annual scholarship was a big success Saturday, netting the club more than $30,000. For nine years, the Coupeville Lions have put together the annual auction and dinner to raise money to fund scholarships for qualified Coupeville High School applicants. Scholarships range between $500 and $1,000.

Bomb threat prompts Tuesday evening cancellations of Keystone ferry route

  • Aug 28, 2013 at 10:34AM

A bomb threat at the Port Townsend ferry terminal forced the ferry run across Admiralty Inlet out of service for more than three hours Tuesday night. Ferry officials canceled sailings at around 5 p.m. after the threat against the Port Townsend terminal came in. Marta Coursey, spokeswoman for Washington State Ferries, said in an email the Washington State Patrol conducted a canine search of both the Port Townsend and Coupeville terminals to ensure they were clear of any threats. The United States Coast Guard conducted a helicopter flyover and provided an escort for the last round trip of the evening before they cleared the ferry for service.

Whidbey grower starts selling organic seeds

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 2:00PM

Gardeners will have a new source for seeds that should thrive in Whidbey’s climate. Deep Harvest Farm located on South Whidbey Island is offering a selection of organic vegetable seeds at Bayview Farm and Garden located in Langley. Nathaniel Talbot, owner of Deep Harvest Farm, has been developing organic seeds since he was a student at the farmer training center located at the Greenbank Farm. He has 20 varieties of vegetable seeds he has available for sale at the south end garden center.

New owners take on Coupeville's Back to the Island

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 10:00AM

There’s a new face running one of the businesses on Coupeville’s historic Front Street. Pati Schmakeit recently bought Back to the Island, a small boutique located next door to the Penn Cove Gallery. Back to the Island sells clothes and novelties popular with tourists and neighbors alike. She had a casual journey to becoming a business owner.

Washington State Parks schedule free days

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 10:00AM

Washington State Parks will offer free days where visitors won’t have to display a Discover Pass when visiting a state park.

SST helps Coupeville athletes prepare for school season

  • Aug 30, 2013 at 11:00AM

Scoreboards indicate the final results of Coupeville High School athletic events, but not all the wins come entirely from game-day effort. Most likely, some victories can be traced back to the work the athletes put in during their sessions in the weight room.

Small jets soar over Whidbey

  • Aug 30, 2013 at 3:25PM

Jets were flying last weekend at Outlying Field. The installation, known as the place Navy pilots practice touch-and-go landings before deployment, became the three-day home for a group of radio-control airplane enthusiasts.

L&J levy pulled from November election

  • Aug 30, 2013 at 3:30PM

One commissioner’s recognition of the county’s recuperating finances has led the board to pull the law-and-justice levy from the November ballot.

Letter: Race support shows amazing community

  • Aug 30, 2013 at 3:37PM

Editor, The organizing committee of Race the Reserve 2013 would like to thank the more than 70 volunteers and the many business sponsors who were essential to the amazing success of this year’s half-marathon, 10K and 5K on historic Ebey’s Prairie.

Whidbey woodworkers gather for Woodpalooza

  • Aug 30, 2013 at 3:32PM

When Freeland resident John Shinneman first meets with a client to discuss a piece, nothing exists except for an idea and some rough lumber.

Students will pay more at lunchtime

  • Aug 31, 2013 at 10:00AM

Students will have to bring a little more cash when buying lunch in Coupeville schools. The Coupeville School Board Monday night approved a 25-cent increase for the lunches offered in schools.

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