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Coupeville Town Marshal's Office

  • Sep 21, 2012 at 10:36AM

The following items were selected from reports made to the Coupeville Town Marshal's Office: Sunday, Sept. 9 At 7:52 a.m., a caller reported a loose herd of 45 goats and a llama near the intersection of NE Otis and NE Sixth streets.

Nichols Bros. lands another ferry contract

  • Sep 21, 2012 at 10:41AM

There are a lot of smiling faces at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. Company officials last week announced the signing of the firm’s second $17-million contract this year with Seattle’s Vigor Industrial to build the superstructure of a new 144-car state ferry. The Freeland shipyard began work on the first boat earlier this year. Although it was unlikely that Nichols Brothers would not be working on the second ferry as well, there were no guarantees and CEO Matt Nichols was happy to confirm that the deal was finalized early last week. “Signed, sealed and delivered,” a smiling Nichols said in an interview Sept. 13. The two jobs combined, totaling $34 million for the small Whidbey firm, has allowed the company to hire an additional 100 workers and means steady work until the end of 2013, Nichols said.

Community Calendar

  • Sep 21, 2012 at 12:15PM

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

Correction for “Issues that Matter: Marriage Law Referendum 74, Be an Informed Voter” event

  • Sep 21, 2012 at 3:21PM

A calendar listing in the Thursday, Sept. 20 issue of the Whidbey Examiner for a Sept. 25 event at the Coupeville Library is incorrect. “Issues that Matter: Marriage Law Referendum 74, Be an Informed Voter” will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, not at the Coupeville Library. The Oak Harbor Library will host the same discussion program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in meeting room 137. The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. These events are free and open to the public. Call 360-675-5115 or go to sno-isle.org for information.

Small government is a matter of right priorities

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

At a recent Island County budget workshop, Sheriff Mark Brown asked for $1.4 million for more deputies and replacement vehicles. His request was met by sharp criticism from commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Angie Homola for not being sensitive to the needs of “other departments.” The sheriff’s job is to advocate for his department. He is the expert on law enforcement issues. To ask for less than he thinks is needed would be irresponsible. Public safety is his priority.

Thanks for supporting salmon barbecue

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

To our friends and neighbors in the Coupeville community and visitors (especially from the Walking Festival) thank you for supporting our work in the community by coming to our salmon barbecue. All the money that was raised goes right back into the community through our programs, projects, and grants.

Readiness to Learn thanks community

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

Readiness To Learn would like to thank its many supporters of the Back To School Program in Coupeville that serves Coupeville and Oak Harbor students.

Jill Johnson has a track record of leadership

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

I read with bemusement the letter that compared Angie Homola to Jill Johnson and concluded by saying that Jill Johnson has no proven track record of leadership. Jill Johnson was a big part of the driving force behind building the new Wildcat Memorial Football Stadium and the newly renovated Oak Harbor High School. It was her idea to change the address of the High School to “No. 1 Wildcat Way,” finding a creative solution that allowed the High School to change its address and not impact the surrounding neighbors.

Common sense decision, 20 years later

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

Many of us try to be informed voters. We have not routinely voted based solely on party lines; we vote for the candidate who best reflects and will support our principles and goals for our state and country. This year voters in the 10th District have the choice between two qualified candidates for state Senate. Mary Margaret Haugen, the incumbent, has served in state politics for 30 years, initially in the House of Representatives, then as a State Senator since 1993.

Johnson is a good choice for commissioner

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

Having served with Jill Johnson on several community boards and committees I have been impressed with how well she grasps and responds to an issue. She understands quickly what’s at stake and is able to process key points and articulate them clearly.

Sumi art and handblown glass share center stage

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

The Rob Schouten Gallery will hold an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at its Greenbank Farm location. Featured will be the work of respected sumi artist Angie Dixon, with her first exhibition of new work following a 10-year hiatus. This show combines the traditional expression of Asian brush and ink painting, also known as sumi painting, with Dixon's own expression that uses traditional materials in non-traditional ways.

Scarecrow corridor to begin

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

It’s time for an annual Coupeville spooky tradition: Scarecrow Corridor 2012. The theme for this year’s event is “Old Sea Captains.” Anyone can enter the contest.

Fairgrounds to host Scarecrow Day

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

’Tis the season for silly scarecrows. Celebrate autumn and the approach of Halloween and Thanksgiving by handcrafting a unique scarecrow at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. The second annual Scarecrow Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

Enjoy Harvest Happening to support art

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 9:00AM

Harvest Happening, this year’s annual fundraiser for the Pacific NorthWest Art School, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.

Staffing stalls ferry sailings

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

On Sunday, Sept. 23, the Washington State Ferries cancelled four sailings on the Coupeville-Port Townsend route. The reason: The crew did not show up for their watch as they were unaware that the hours had changed. Sunday was the first day of the new fall sailing schedule.

PT-Seattle foot ferry planned

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

A new passenger-only ferry route between Port Townsend and Seattle could reduce the number of tourists passing through Whidbey Island en route between the two cities. The ferry, which would be operated by the Port of Port Townsend, could be in operation as soon as next spring. Current plans call for three round trips a day on weekdays, with an extra round trip on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Early-morning gardener; teens on roof

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

The following calls were reported by the Coupeville Town Marshal’s office:

Town council supports Citizens Ignited mission

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

The group Citizens Ignited against Citizens United has scored another victory. The Coupeville Town Council approved a resolution unanimously supporting a Constitutional amendment to regulate corporate political spending and campaign financing at its meeting Tuesday night – a move that Citizens Ignited championed.

Greenbank seeds organic future

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

Amid the work training farmers for a life in agriculture is a project that could be a boon to organic farmers on Whidbey Island. The Greenbank Farm is home to an Agriculture Training Center that teaches farmers how to establish and operate a successful farm. As part of their studies, several students and teachers are developing varieties of organic seeds catered to thrive on Whidbey Island.

Ferry captain bids farewell to Keystone route

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

Semi-trucks exiting the ferry let out loud horn blasts to mark a special day. Cars honked their horns and people waved at the bridge as they drove into the Port Townsend terminal. They were honoring Washington State Ferries’ Capt. Mark Haupt, a long-serving ferry captain who piloted the Kennewick between Port Townsend and Coupeville for the last time Sept. 13.

Getting by with a little help from her friends

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

As a documentary filmmaker, Kathleen Jo Ryan has braved the rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon several times to tell the stories of people facing that life-changing experience. Now she’s staying closer to home, and using her gifts to tell a new story about herself and her art. She’s enlisted the help of family and friends to launch a new venture, Kathleen Jo Ryan and Friends Studio/Gallery in the former location of artist Ann Wilson’s Coupe d’Art at 902 N.E. Center St. in Coupeville.

Mental health program targets people in crisis

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

With her lifelong depression deepening, Hayley turned to alcohol and drugs to numb her pain. Then she tried to bring her pain to a permanent end. But Hayley’s very serious attempt at ending her life failed. Now, after weekly counseling and monthly psychiatric appointments, Hayley (not her real name) says she is more content with her life. This vivacious woman has been sober and clean for eight months.

Art school plans interactive sculpture

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

It takes a village to support art education. That’s what the founders of Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville believed when they started the school in 1986. Their backgrounds in art were diverse but they had a common goal: an art school that embraced multiple disciplines and brought students of all ages, respected instructors and masters together in an atmosphere of collaboration and learning.

Museum faces more budget cuts

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

Rick Castellano, executive director for the Island County Historical Society and Museum has just met with each of the Island County commissioners to talk about next year’s budget – and the future could look grim for the institution that preserves local history.

Berries may return to Greenbank Farm

  • Sep 27, 2012 at 10:00AM

Berries could once again be an abundant fixture at the Greenbank Farm. The owners of a small Central Whidbey farm are hoping to lease land from the publicly owned farm so they can plant berry bushes that will comprise a U-pick operation open to the public. Five Acre Farm, on Hwy. 20 between Coupeville and Greenbank, wants to lease 7.5 acres of land and plant rows of loganberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries on the farm of the one-time largest loganberry producer in the United States. The small farm would also request an option to lease an additional 7.5 acres.

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