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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 | Vol. 115, No. 15 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢

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Commission proposes sculpture By JESSIE STENSLAND

Staff reporter

Artists rendering by Rebecca Hunt

A noted Oregon artist will be releasing the Kraken in downtown Oak Harbor, possibly by the end of summer. The city’s arts commission and staff worked out an agreement with metal sculpture Bill Hunt to build a copper-andsteel sea monster attacking the Nautilus submarine. If the City Council agrees, the sculpture will be placed at the intersection of Pioneer Way and City Beach Street.

Cac Kamak, senior planner, said the commissioner wanted the sculpture to be unique and to make a big impact. He said they will get their wishes on both counts. “They wanted a meaningful piece that will draw people downtown,” he said. “They wanted something a little outside of the box.” It’s going to be big. Hunt said the work will stand about eight feet tall and will be about eight feet in diameter, so it will be hard to miss.

Taking reins of Ebey’s Reserve

North Whidbey dog breeder accused of running puppy mill By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

A North Whidbey dog breeder was recently cited for an alleged violation of the state’s four-year-old law aimed at preventing puppy mills. It is the first time the law is being applied to a case on Whidbey Island. Matthew Hernkind, owner of Matt’s Great Dane Ranch, pleaded not guilty in Island County District Court this week to violating the dog breeding law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2010. The law makes it illegal to have more than 50 dogs capable of breeding and over the age of six months. It also dictates requirements for taking care of the pooches, including cleanliness, temperature, size of cages and the ability for the animals to exercise. Carol Barnes, the county’s animal control officer, inves-

By JANIS REID and NATHAN WHALEN Staff reporters

Kristen Griffin said she is “uniquely suited” to appreciate island living and the historic significance of Whidbey. Griffin began her position as the new manager of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve last week. The Trust Board searched for months for the right candidate. Griffin, who grew up on Mercer Island, said that island living has been a theme of her life. “I just can’t believe how fortunate I am,” Griffin said. “I feel so lucky to be here. This is one of the most beautiful and significant locations in Washington state.”

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OH bowlers earn historic victory

Photo by Janis Reid/Whidbey News-Times

Kristen Griffin is the new manager for Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve.

Oak Harbor High School’s bowling varsity No. 1 team not only won the state championship last weekend, but it became the first high school squad in the United States to ever win four consecutive state championships. The Wildcats dominated the competition at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place. Oak Harbor was the only school to qualify two teams for the tournament, and the varsity No. 2 team also picked up a title, winning the second division. See the full story on page A9 of today’s Whidbey NewsTimes for more details on Oak Harbor’s historic win.

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Whidbey News-Times, February 19, 2014