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NAS Whidbey Island SAR evacuates Orcas Island resident

A Search and Rescue team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station medically evacuated a diabetic heart attack victim from Orcas Island to Bellingham International Airport for further follow on transportation to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham Tuesday, Nov. 25. The poor weather conditions over the hospital with clouds below 100 feet above ground level forced [...]

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Whidbey Marines celebrate Corps 239th birthday

By Naval Aircrewman Operator 1st Class Ted J Mansikka CNATTU reporter Every year on Nov. 10, the Marines pause to celebrate the anniversary of the Corps. With a small contingent of Marines working at the Center for Naval Technical Training Unit Whidbey Island, they upheld this tradition by celebrating the Marines’ 239th birthday with a [...]

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Navy, congressman announce locations for two additional EIS meetings

The Navy will hold two additional open-house meetings for the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growler in Port Townsend and on Lopez Island. Meetings were held last month in Coupeville, Oak Harbor and Anacortes. The Navy said the move was made at the request of elected leaders, according to a Wednesday press release. [...]

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New energy program promotes competition, efficiency

By Chris Taylor NAS Installation Energy Manager The Tenant Energy Efficiency Program was recently developed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station to reduce energy costs at the command level. Its main goals are to decrease base utility costs by 10 percent, foster a “culture of efficiency” and leave each tenant’s facility better than before. The [...]

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Last parks free day Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day

The National Park Service and Washington State Parks are offering their last free day of the year Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. The National Park Service also offers a free annual parks pass to active U.S. Military and their dependents. This pass is a ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. The [...]

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Oak Harbor High School principal spends time on Navy aircraft carrier in San Diego

It’s a rare opportunity few civilians ever get to experience – a trap and catapult aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Oak Harbor High School Principal Dwight Lundstrom was one of a lucky few when he boarded a C-2 Greyhound out of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Oct. 20, 2014, to spend an [...]

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VAQ-139 jams for Valiant Shield 2014, earns first port call

By Lt.j.g. Tara Palmer VAQ-139 Public Affairs The Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron 139 (VAQ-139) participated in Valiant Shield 2014 off the coast of Guam in the Marianas Island Range Complex. Valiant Shield is a U.S. biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This training enables [...]

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Civil War veteran receives headstone

Janet Howard Zuvela’s grandmother never spoke of her family. She speculates that perhaps, buried somewhere deep in the annals of family history, lies a secret, a quarrel, or a figurative skeleton in the closet responsible for her grandmother’s silence. It was only four years ago that Howard Zuvela walked into her best friend’s kitchen and, [...]

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Auxiliary auction is Nov. 15

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary #7392 is holding its annual auction Saturday, Nov. 15. It will be 5-9 p.m. at the Oak Harbor VFW Post at 3037 North Goldie Road. The cost is $10 for singles and $18 for couples. There will be both a silent and a live auction. The group reports having many nice [...]

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Navy Wives Club cooks up a book

The key ingredient to a good cookbook is variety. That’s something Debbie Garcia knows well. Garcia is president of the Navy Wives Club of America Whidbey Island. The club recently created “What’s Cooking in Whidbey Island,” which members are selling to raise money for scholarships and charities. “We have a lot in here, really,” Garcia [...]

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Coalition aims to help vets

Island County will join with all Washington counties in the creation of regional coalitions to address a rising population of veterans in crisis. The number of veterans in crisis will continue to rise, according to Island County Veteran Services Coordinator Gerald Pfannenstiel. Roughly 26 percent of post-9/11 veterans have a service-connected disability compared to only [...]

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Veterans film to be screened at fundraiser

The award-winning film “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” tells a story of combat veterans healing from the scars of war. The Whidbey Veterans Resource Center, operating out of the American Legion Post 141, will be hosting a fundraiser and screening of the film at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Clyde Theater in Langley. “It’s really an [...]

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