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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012 | Vol. 113, No. 97 | | 75¢

Middle schooler struck by truck By NATHAN WHALEN Staff reporter

A 13-year-old girl is recovering from injuries sustained after being hit by a pickup truck Friday morning in front of North Whidbey Middle School. At approximately 7:50 a.m. the girl was walking in a crosswalk across Whidbey Avenue when she was struck. The Ford pickup truck was

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Coupeville residents Michael Ferri, left, and Jim Sherman apply for a marriage license in Coupeville Thursday, the first day that Referendum 74 upholding same-sex marriage went into effect.

Marriage Equality

Same-sex couples gather Thursday for new licenses By JUSTIN BURNETT Staff reporter

Thirty years ago, Jim Sherman’s life changed forever. He was working for the state of California and living in a church rectory in San Francisco, Calif., when he was convinced by a friend to attend a spiritual group for gay men. There he met Michael Ferri. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight. The two sat next to each other but in a confusing case of mistaken identity, Ferri thought Sherman was involved with a mutual friend and that he had been cheating on him with an anonymous doctor. Later, when Ferri was asked if he wanted to give Sherman his number, his impression of the man sunk and he thought, “the nerve.” Of course it was all soon cleared up and the two hit it off. “That’s how it started and we’ve been together ever since,” Ferri said. Just not legally. While their relationship has withstood the test of three decades, their commitment will become official for the first

time this Sunday when the two men, along with nine other couples, marry in a private ceremony in Langley. Many of those couples, including Sherman and Ferri, were at the Island County Courthouse Thursday morning making history as the first gay couples to purchase marriage licenses on Whidbey Island. Referendum 74, which was passed this November and upheld same-sex marriage in Washington, went into effect Thursday. According to the Seattle Times, more than 200 couples were in line at the recorder’s office in King County at midnight to get their marriage licenses. Although Island County was far less busy, Langley residents Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess, one of the most famous gay couples in the country, added to their legacy by becoming the county’s first couple to get a marriage license. Their story has been made famous by a major motion picture that detailed Cammermeyer’s legal challenge of her See EQUALITY, A11

being driven by a 46-year-old Oak Harbor man. He was making a left turn from Izett Street onto Whidbey Avenue when the girl was struck, said Oak Harbor Police Chief Ed Green. The driver heard a scream and discovered what happened when he stopped, he said. See Hit A8

Online petition targets OLF in Coupeville By JUSTIN BURNETT Staff reporter

An online petition that aims to shut down the U.S. Navy’s Outlying Field on Central Whidbey garnered more than 800 signatures in less than one week. Launched Saturday, the petition seeks to end all Navy flight operations at the landing strip, particularly touchand-go maneuvers that are often conducted at night and require repeated approaches. To find the petition, visit oup-to-take?source=c. fwd&r_by=1538397. “I’m shooting for 10,000, but I’m happy with 500 in less than 48 hours,” Ken Pickardsaid, in an interview Monday evening. “People are tired of this. They are beyond tired.” Pickard is a lifelong Coupeville resident and the petition’s creator. He was

also one of the key figures who worked to create Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve more than 30 years ago. Attempts to reach Whidbey Island Naval Air Station officials directly for comment for this story were unsuccessful, but base commander Capt. Jay Johnston did release a statement earlier this week. “This is the first I’ve heard of a petition,” Johnston wrote. “We maintain an open dialog with local officials in Coupeville and Island County and we will continue to discuss any noise issues in the future with them.” Located off Highway 20 just a few miles South of See OLF, A2

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