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June 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

2 NAS Whidbey sailors drown while kayaking

The Associated Press OAK HARBOR — The Island County Sheriff’s Office says two enlisted men from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station were not equipped for cold and windy waters when they went halibut fishing from kayaks off the island and drowned. Detective Ed Wallace says they were in 10-foot, open, lake kayaks, wearing jeans and shorts…

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March 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Crew of crashed Whidbey Island-based Navy jet identified

The three crew members of a Whidbey Island-based Navy jet that crashed in Eastern Washington yesterday have been identified as Lt. Valerie Delaney, 26, of Ellicott City, Md., Lt. William McIlvaine III, 24, of El Paso, Texas and Lt. Cmdr. Alan Patterson, 34, of Tullahoma, Tenn. The crew of Electric Attack Squadron 129 were…

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December 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

State park on Whidbey Island closed after dogs attack hikers

The Associated Press COUPEVILLE, Island County– Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island has been closed as rangers try to locate two aggressive dogs that bit a man and caused a woman to lock herself in a park restroom for safety. Park manager Jon Crimmins tells KIRO-TV that the dogs were incredibly aggressive when he encountered…

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November 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Ferry captain oversleeps, causing a Whidbey Island delay

Early-morning commuters leaving Whidbey Island were delayed at least 20 minutes Wednesday morning because a ferry captain overslept. The captain was supposed to pilot the Kittitas, but overnighted aboard the Cathlamet, which left the Clinton dock on Whidbey Island at 4:40 a.m.When the Cathlamet’s crew noticed the Kittitas captain on their boat, the Cathlamet turned back…

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June 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Whidbey Island man charged in his wife’s slaying

The Associated Press COUPEVILLE, Island County– A 62-year-old Whidbey Island man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife. The body of 53-year-old Kathie Ann Baker was found Saturday in woods near the couple’s Greenbank home. She had been beaten and strangled. The Daily Herald reports that Island County prosecutors allege Robert Allan…

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June 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Fishing boat rises from bottom of Penn Cove

Updated 3:46 p.m. From Staff Reporter Jayme Fraser: COUPEVILLE, Whidbey Island — A derelict fishing boat that sank in Penn Cove off Whidbey Island last month was raised to the surface today, a promising development for the island’s world-famous mussel beds, which have been shut down since the boat caught fire and went down. At…

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May 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Fuel spill closes Penn Cove for shellfish harvest

WHIDBEY ISLAND – The state Department of Health has closed all commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting in Whidbey Island’s Penn Cove because of  an oil spill from a sunken crab boat. The closure, effective immediately, is the result of tests that showed contamination as the diesel fuel reached mussel beds. Also today, divers plugged a leak…

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