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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 47 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢

Defaced bills appearing in Oak Harbor Anti-noise groups say they’re not behind anti-Navy messages

By JANIS REID Staff reporter

No one is taking credit — or blame — for money stamped with anti-military messages being circulated in the community. A defaced $5 bill was brought to the

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s public affairs office as recently as Monday, according to Public Affairs Officer Mike Welding. An enlisted sailor turned in a bill with the words, “NAS Whidbey burns 24 million gallons of toxic jet fuel yearly,” Welding said.

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Welding said he’s been aware of the currency circulating for the last few months. An image of another defaced bill surfaced online recently saying, “NAS Whidbey stop the Growler air war on citizens, move to SEE DEFACED, A10

Ex-deputy’s statements inadmissable in court By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

There’s nothing unusual about the police using a ruse against a criminal suspect. Such trickery can be “legal and appropriate,” said Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock. But, in interviewing

Hodges Gowdey, a former deputy with the Coupeville Marshal’s Office, the Oak Harbor police tried to compel him to make statements through a faux internal investigation into a 2007 incident in which he allegedly handcuffed his girlfriend during a SEE GOWDEY, A10

Photos by Justin Burnett/Whidbey News-Times

An anchor some believe is linked to the famous exploration of the Pacific Northwest by Captain George Vancouver is raised to the deck of a barge on Monday off Ledgewood.

Anchor believed historical brought to water’s surface By JUSTIN BURNETT Photos by Michelle Beahm/Whidbey News-Times

Top, students celebrate at the end of the walkway after receiving their high school diplomas at the commencement ceremony Monday night. Below, 309 graduating seniors gathered on the field of Wildcat Stadium to celebrate the achievement of completing high school. See full story and more photos on page A5. Also, log on to for an online slide show from Monday’s commencement.



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They cheered, then they wept. A long-submerged anchor believed connected with

Capt. George Vancouver and his famed exploration of the Pacific Northwest more than 200 years ago touched down on the deck of a barge off SEE RAISED, A8

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