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Letter: We’re not willing to sacrifice our future for Keystone pipeline

  • Feb 14, 2014 at 2:59PM

Editor, “Thou shall not pass!” was the Oglala Sioux and First Nations’ response to the State Department’s determination that the Keystone XL pipeline would not contribute to climate destabilization nor endanger the Oglala aquifer.

Opinion: Let’s hear it for the good ol’ damp and dark

  • Feb 14, 2014 at 3:02PM

I think this time of year on the Rock gets a bad rap. People are prone to use a lot of words that start with “D” to describe it. Damp, dark, dank, dreary, dour, drizzly, depressing.

Elementary school cheerleaders joined high school comrades for a halftime performance

  • Feb 14, 2014 at 3:05PM

Their stature was small but their smiles were big. Coupeville High School cheerleaders of the future performed at halftime of the CHS girls basketball game Friday, Feb. 7.

Blaine bounces Wolves from district | Girls basketball

  • Feb 15, 2014 at 8:11AM

Emotionally spent after a tense, thrilling win the night before, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team fell at Blaine and out of the district tournament 50-40 Friday, Feb. 14

Hospital board swears in new seat

  • Aug 19, 2013 at 9:00AM

After months of searching, the Board of Commissioners for Whidbey General Hospital has a replacement commissioner.

Open house scheduled for construction project

  • Feb 15, 2014 at 10:00AM

An open house is scheduled to inform residents about road construction that will prompt the temporary closure of the intersection at Zylstra and Hastie Lake roads.

Comstock Barn in Ebey's Landing gets a new lease on life

  • Aug 23, 2013 at 8:52AM

A historic barn in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve is getting a much-needed facelift thanks to the help of a handful of college students and volunteers. Students participating in the University of Oregon’s Pacific Northwest Field School visited Ebey’s Landing last week to install a cedar shake roof on the Comstock Barn, which is located off Engle Road south of Coupeville. Shannon Sardell, director of the Pacific Northwest Field School, said the barn is a significant part of the reserve’s historic landscape and, until recently, was at risk for demolition.

Ebey's picnic brings in money for preservation

  • Aug 23, 2013 at 9:06AM

Around 170 people gathered at the Ferry House over the weekend to help preservation efforts within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. They enjoyed a “Picnic on the Prairie” Saturday that raised money for the Ebey’s Forever Fund, which is a pot of money that pays for preservation projects on the hundreds of historic buildings located within the reserve. Although a tally is still underway, it looks like organizers will raise around $15,000, said Kyle Waterman, executive director of the Friends of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, which organized the picnic.

Whidbey Working Artists Tour includes Coupeville artist who transforms salvaged wood

  • Aug 23, 2013 at 9:57AM

Jim Short can create a lot of things with his hands. Just not miracles. He figures he’ll make a dent, but doesn’t expect to move mountains as he prepares to unveil the workshop where he performs his woodturning magic. He’s one of 31 artists participating in the Whidbey Working Artists Summer Art Studio Tour, which runs on back-to-back weekends beginning Aug. 24-25.

Annual vacation sparks memories of new home | Some perspective

  • Aug 24, 2013 at 8:00AM

Going to the ocean as a child was always a lot of fun. While my father flew kites, my brother and I would play in the sand, look for sea shells and test our limits on how far we went out in the surf. My mother would lay on a blanket, snoozing or reading a book. We went at least once a year, if not more. My dad bought his first kite when I was just an infant.

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:

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:

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.

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.

Audit finds Whidbey General Hospital overpaid its staff $180K

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 2:29PM

State auditors are critical of the way Whidbey General Hospital officials handle the payroll system. In a report released Tuesday, auditors said hospital officials “did not have adequate controls over payroll process to safeguard public resources.” Because of this problem, Whidbey General Hospital made $183,211 in overpayments to hospital employees and staff accrued 22.73 hours in unearned time off, according to the report.

Whidbey General Hospital needs to tighten reins on pay protocol | Some Perspective

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:08PM

An audit report released Tuesday by the state auditor’s office reveals Whidbey General Hospital overpaid its employees more than $180,000 in 2012. According to the report, auditors concluded that hospital officials didn’t have adequate control over the payroll process. This undoubtedly comes as a shock to voters who, in November, approved a $50 million bond for the hospital to expand and renovate its aging facilities.

Whidbey Conservation District election canceled

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:18PM

Because the incumbent was the only to one apply and meet the requirements, she was automatically reelected to her position as a Whidbey Island Conservation District board member. Incumbent Wendi Hilborn, who co-owns Penn Cove Farms — a custom dairy operation on Central Whidbey Island, met the requirements to run for another term, according to information provided by the Whidbey Island Conservation District.

Whidbey Conservation District election canceled

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:18PM

Because the incumbent was the only to one apply and meet the requirements, she was automatically reelected to her position as a Whidbey Island Conservation District board member. Incumbent Wendi Hilborn, who co-owns Penn Cove Farms — a custom dairy operation on Central Whidbey Island, met the requirements to run for another term, according to information provided by the Whidbey Island Conservation District.

High winds ground boats, cancel ferry

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:22PM

The sailboat Slacker Jack was found grounded near Oak Harbor a day after a Coast Guard crew rescued five people from its pitching deck Saturday, said Petty Officer Third Class Jordan Akiyama, a Coast Guard spokesman. “The owner is working with contractors to salvage the vessel,” Akiyama said. The rescue that happened on the 34-foot sailboat was among several weather-related problems caused by a winter storm that moved through the region Saturday.

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.

Whidbey Art Trail accepting 2014 members

  • Feb 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Whidbey Art Trail, now in its fourth year, has opened its membership application process for the 2014 season. Membership offers many benefits, including a full page on the Whidbey Art Trail website with links to the artists’ websites, full-color brochure that will be placed on ferries, and in visitor centers, chambers of commerce, galleries and various businesses throughout the island, and distinctive roadside signage.

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