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SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 53 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢

Simple living or simply illegal? OH cites woman for living in business; Dena Royal says city is retaliating for complaints By JANIS REID Photo by Janis Reid/Whidbey News-Times

Business owner Dena Royal stands outside her Pioneer Way shop, where she also lives.

Staff reporter

An Oak Harbor woman is fighting to continue living in the back of her Pioneer Way business.

City of Oak Harbor officials maintain that Dena Royal, owner of Whidbey Island Yarns, cannot live in the back of her business because it’s against the city’s building code. Royal said that her “studio” apartment is similar to others in the commercial district and that the city is retaliating because of her many complaints about a lack of police enforcement. Royal received a citation Tuesday from David Anderson, who works SEE BATTLE ROYAL, A20

Council hires new attorney By JANIS REID Staff reporter

Nikki Esparza said she decided to become an attorney at age 6 while watching a 1960s courtroom drama. But a crush on TV character Perry Mason, a clever defense attorney, was just the impetus of her future career. “I went to law school because I wanted to make a difference,” Esparza said. Oak Harbor City Council voted Tuesday to name Esparza, 36, the new city attorney starting Aug. 1. “This position is giving me the opportunity to serve the public and hopefully make a difference,” Esparza said. After Mayor Scott Dudley fired two city attorneys in SEE HIRED, A2

Quick thinking helped minimize crash injuries By MICHELLE BEAHM Staff reporter

Two people were injured in a motorcycle versus car accident on State Highway 20 Wednesday afternoon just south of Coupeville. The accident occurred at approximately 3:49 p.m. when the driver of a car slowed to turn left from the highway onto Parker Road, yielding to oncoming northbound traffic. The driver, Megan Manker, 46, of Coupeville, saw the motorcycle approaching from behind and didn’t think it would stop in time, so she started accelerating forward to try to avoid an accident, according to a report prepared by SEE CRASH, A2



Photo by Janis Reid/Whidbey News-Times

Aislinn McShane, 7, puts on shoes and a life jacket before she roams around atop the trimaran sailboat her family moved into Monday. Mark McShane, right, and his wife, Rebecca, said boat living has been their dream for a long time.

At home on the harbor Oak Harbor family’s backyard is the sea

By JANIS REID Staff reporter


ebecca and Mark McShane moved into their new home Monday: the 40-foot trimaran

Weekly DraWings:

SweetHaven docked at the Oak Harbor City Marina. If just the two of them isn’t enough, there’s more … They also moved their daughter, Aislinn, 7, two sons, Macallister, 6, and Finnegan, 4, and 3-year-old shitzu pomeranian named Penelope onto the three-hulled sailboat.

“For them it’s like they get to camp every night,” Mark McShane said. The two large cabins above the settees provide sleeping quarters for the family. The couple installed a compact wood burning stove in the kitchen to heat the small space in the winter months. SEE DREAM, A20

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