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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 57| WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢

Whidbey crews fighting Carlton wildfire By MICHELLE BEAHM Staff reporter

Five North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters traveled last week to help battle the Carlton Complex Fire in north-central Washington. The Carlton Complex Fire is now the largest wildfire in Washington state history, having affected 336 square miles, as of Saturday. The fire was ignited on July 14 after lightning strikes started a few smaller fires that ultimately merged into one. Photo by Janis Reid/Whidbey News-Times

During last weekend’s open house at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Lt. Dan Wood, an electronic counter-measures officer, explains the capabilities of the EA-6B Prowler, parked behind him.


Whidbey Island Naval Air Station welcomes public By JANIS REID

N Staff reporter

early every building has a story. And more than 1,600 civilian visitors were given a rare glimpse of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Saturday. The base held an open house and 5K race for the



public on Saturday. “It’s important for us to hold events like this to show the public the full gamut of what we do at NAS Whidbey Island,” said Public Affairs Officer Mike Welding. Hangar 5, known as “Haviland Hangar,” is named in memory of Cmdr. William Haviland, the second commanding officer of the air station, according to Tony Popp, community relations assistant for the base. “The hanger was built in the early 1950s and underwent a multimillion dollar, three-year renovation recently for the new EA-18G Growler and is the new home to the commander of the electronic attack wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, who oversees all 14 Growler squadSEE BASE, A5


County OKs $30,000 for fairground maintenance Island County commissioners approved $30,000 for maintenance of the Island County Fairgrounds Monday, although management of the property remains uncertain. During last week’s work session, commissioners agreed the best course was to find a contractor to manage the Island County fairgrounds for one year. Monday’s vote to put some “placeSEE FUNDS, A5

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Whidbey News-Times, July 23, 2014  

July 23, 2014 edition of the Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey News-Times, July 23, 2014  

July 23, 2014 edition of the Whidbey News-Times