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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 55 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢

Race Week owner turning over wheel

Sailboats race in Penn Cove during last year’s Whidbey Island Race week.

Event changing hands after next week By JANIS REID Staff reporter

G

ary stuntz said he loves sailing both because of the freedom he feels on the water and the thrill of racing against other seasoned sailors. “The competition part is very good. … It takes a lot to win,” he explained.

Photo by Clear Ahead Marine Productions

SEE RACE WEEK, A10

NAS Whidbey opening gates this weekend Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is holding an open house and 5K run for the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Ault Field. A 5K run along the base’s flight line begins at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Aircraft displays include the EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, P-3C Orion and MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter, and two unmanned aerial vehicles, the Scan Eagle and an Integrator. There will also be other visual displays, guided bus tours, SEE GATES OPEN, A10

Candidates outline plans — if elected co. commissioner By JANIS REID Staff reporter

While candidates for Commissioner District No. 3 said they share a desire to help shape the future of Island County, their individual visions differ widely. The candidates — four Republicans and one Democrat — will compete for the top two slots in the Aug. 5 primary and advance to the general election in November. District No. 3 voters will select the two final candidates, but the winner will be selected in a county-wide vote. Republican Kelly Bagley, a quality assurance technician for Amazon, said his priority is bringing “joy” to Island County. Bagley said he learned this “joyful” model while he served SEE CANDIDATES, A10

Photo by Jessie Stensland/Whidbey News-Times

The Rev. Rilla Barrett, of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oak Harbor, stands inside the church last week. A disagreement over who owns the church property was settled without litigation earlier this month.

House divided no more Oak Harbor church settles property dispute By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

Members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oak Harbor celebrated a new beginning earlier this month. Ownership of the church property was finally settled after a schism in the congregation brought about a decade of uncertainty. The majority of the St. Stephen’s congregation, like many in other churches across the nation, voted to disassociate

from the Episcopal Church 10 years ago over differences in interpretation of the Bible; the tipping point for many was in 2003 when Eugene Robinson became the first openly gay, non-celibate bishop. Such actions led to lawsuits across the nation over the ownership of church properties. In Oak Harbor, however, a property dispute was settled amicably this month without litigation. Grace by the Sea, the Oak Harbor congregation that dissociated from the Episcopal Church in 2004, handed over the church property on Regatta Drive to the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and moved out. A much smaller congregation, whose members supported the ordination of the gay bishop and stayed with the SEE DIVIDED NO MORE, A8


Whidbey News-Times, July 16, 2014