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OH forging ahead with new sewage plant without Navy By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

It appears Oak Harbor will be building the city’s new sewage treatment plant without the assistance of the U.S. Navy. Base officials did not meet a city-set Monday deadline to commit to the multi-million-dollar project, so the city

council agreed to forge ahead alone during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. “It’s not really a decision. It’s just the option we are left with,” Councilwoman Tara Hizon said. CITY OFFICIALS sent the Navy a letter just before Christmas, explaining that they would have to go forward SEE PLANT, A8


Navy can’t make firm commitment to partner on sewage treatment plant.

ICSO nabs armed homicide suspect

By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office caught an armed murder suspect after a dramatic chase down the middle of Whidbey Island Tuesday night State troopers tried to stop the stolen pickup with a spike strip near the Greenbank Store, but the suspect continued driving on the rims, causing sparks and pieces of the vehicle to fly at the SEE PURSUIT, A20

Alcohol, drugs a nonfactor in Oct. 31 fatal crash

Photo by Jessie Stensland/Whidbey News-Times

Joshua Adams appears in Island County Superior Court Wednesday after allegedly leading deputies on a chase down Whidbey Island. He’s suspected of killing his father in Whatcom County.

The man accused of causing the accident that killed twin sisters from Oak Harbor last Halloween night was not intoxicated at the time of the accident, according to his attorney. Toxicology results show that Ira Blackstock, 53, of Oak Harbor was “completely clean” at the time of the accident, Coupeville attorney Charles Arndt said this week. Prosecutors charged Blackstock in Skagit County Superior Court Nov. 6 with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. Janeah Goheen, a 17-year-old Oak Harbor resident, died at the scene of the Oct. 31, 2013 accident on State Highway 20 near Anacortes; her twin sister, Janesah Goheen, was injured and passed away at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Their friend, Alysha Pickler, 18, of Oak Harbor, suffered a concussion. Detective Craig Cardinal with the Washington State Patrol told the Whidbey News-Times in November that troopers found no indication that SEE TOXICOLOGY, A8

Chambers’ wager over Super Bowl will benefit charity By RON NEWBERRY Staff reporter

It’s on. Oak Harbor now has a couple of friendly wagers going with a suburb of Denver, Colo., on the Super Bowl. The first bet started between the chambers

of commerce for Oak Harbor and Parker, a town about 20 miles from Denver. The second came Friday when Parker’s mayor, Mike Waid, phoned Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley, to introduce himself and share pleasantries. “I recommended we have a side wager,” Dudley said. “I encouraged him to come up

with something he didn’t mind losing.” Dudley said he loves the idea of getting behind the Seattle Seahawks as they gear up for Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Dudley is so passionate about the team that he is going to the Super Bowl himself.

“It’s always good to have connections,” he said. Oak Harbor’s friendly banter with Parker all started in cyberspace. Jeff Pleet, a financial adviser based in Oak Harbor, was feeling good about the SEE CHAMBERS’ WAGER, A20

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Whidbey News-Times, January 25, 2014  
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January 25, 2014 edition of the Whidbey News-Times