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News-Times Whidbey SPORTS GIRLS WIN FINAL HOME MATCH A10 SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 36 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢ Oak Harbor, tribe settle bones dispute By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter The ordeal that began when a worker noticed a human bone in a pile of dirt during the Pioneer Way construction project in 2011 may finally be reaching a conclusion. Members of the Oak Harbor City Council unanimously adopted settlement agreements with the Swinomish Tribe during a special meeting Tuesday. The tribe will receive a two-acre piece of city property and $2 million from the insurance providers for the city and three contractors. City Councilman Bob Severns and Councilwoman Beth Munns were absent from the meeting. The Swinomish filed a lawsuit against the city and the contractors involved in SEE SETTLEMENT, A22 DOWNTOWN DILEMMA Photo by Janis Reid/Whidbey News-Times Briana Morales, Marion Deguzman and their son, Orion Deguzmen stroll around a somewhat vacant downtown Thursday. Attracting shoppers proving to be a challenge By JANIS REID Staff reporter Recent business closures are putting a spotlight on the struggles some merchants say they are facing in Oak Harbor’s historic downtown. During the past month, waterfront Mexican restaurant Mi Pueblo closed, Kakies Bakery shuttered its doors just over a year after opening them, Angelo’s Cafe closed, followed most recently by Cameron’s Cafe in the Old Town Mall. “We’ve got a beautiful historic downtown district that’s been beautifully redone,” said Kathy Reed, executive director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. “I just think somehow we are missing the boat in terms of getting people in there who can pull business to them.” LAST YEAR also saw the closure of Mike’s Mini Mart, Michael John’s Trading Post, the Armed Forces YMCA and Whidbey Furniture. Long-time tenant Island Drug relocatSEE DOWNTOWN, A24 Assisted Living and Memory Care Community 1040 SW Kimball Drive | Oak Harbor, WA. 98277 (360) 279-0933

Whidbey News-Times, May 03, 2014

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