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Wolf cross country runners put in summer work. (Photos courtesy Elizabeth Bitting)

Cross country endures in the age of COVID-19.

As things are currently shaping up, runners may be the only prep athletes allowed to compete this fall.

But, September’s still a long way off, and much can change.

Either way, neither the coronavirus or Whidbey’s spotty summer weather have slowed down the harriers.

While Coupeville High School looks for a new cross country coach, CMS running guru Elizabeth Bitting is keeping Wolf runners of every age busy flying across the prairie.

In week two of summer work, which just ended, Coupeville had eight runners submit mileage reports, with the group ringing up 86.6 miles.

That gives the Wolves a combined total of 201.4 miles so far.

Things get a new twist starting this week, as Bitting and Co. launch a virtual four-race series.

The Wolf coach sends out a set route to her runners, who then compete on their own and submit their times.

The deadline for race one is Saturday, July 11, with the results announced the next day.

Jodi Crimmins

Give Jodi Crimmins an hour, and she’ll pump your brain up.

The Coupeville High School grad, once the most-ferocious basketball player to ever pull on a Wolf jersey, has traded flying elbows o’ death for outdoors learnin’.

Now a Garden and Sustainability Teacher on Special Assignment for Oak Harbor Public Schools, Crimmins enters the computer matrix next Saturday, July 11 to give an online talk, “How School Gardens Empower Young People.”

Offered by the Sno-Isle Library system, the talk runs from 9-10 AM on Zoom, and is free to enjoy for all who sign up.

During her days as a Wolf, Crimmins was a rampaging force of nature on the basketball court, ripping down rebounds and thrashing anyone who entered her danger zone.

Off the court, she remains one of the kindest human beings the planet has ever produced.

Jodi, who played basketball under her maiden name of Christensen, married fellow CHS grad Jon Crimmins, and the duo raised two more Wolves, with son Aiden and daughter Maggie also making off with diplomas from their parent’s alma mater.

An alumni of Miriam’s Espresso, Jodi is now a state Science Fellow who “provides training on environmental literacy and sustainability projects, school-wide composting systems, and outdoor learning opportunities linked to the U.S. Department of Education National Green Ribbon Schools program.”

With her help, the Oak Harbor school district earned the 2019 Green Medalist Award from Washington Green Schools.

For info on registering for Crimmins talk, pop over to:

https://sno-isle.libnet.info/event/4442059?_ga=2.268914294.682625211.1593744160-1372806721.1593744160

Welcome to Ferryageddon.

If you were thinking of sailing to Whidbey Island in July, maybe step back, take a deep breath (from underneath your mask) and just say no.

Otherwise, get ready for deep, deep frustration.

A day after revealing several workers have tested positive for COVID-19, Washington State Ferries officials announced a reduction in service on two of the busiest routes.

The changes will be in place every weekend in July.

The Mukilteo/Clinton route, which is the busiest in the system, and the Edmonds/Kingston route, will both run just one boat, and not the normal two, on weekends.

In a news blurb released Wednesday, it was stated the move was “due to a shortage of available crew during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The dates affected are:

July 4-5
July 11-12
July 18-19
July 25-26

On those weekends, only the #1 sailings on the schedule will be used.

Washington State Ferries officials ask those wishing to sail to “plan ahead by checking schedules online and expect long waits if driving onto a ferry over each weekend, particularly during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.”

To Catch a Jackass

If you know the driver of this car, contact local law enforcement. (Photo courtesy Johnathan Walker)

Local authorities are interested in talking to the person responsible for a nasty hit and run accident.

The driver of the black car seen in the photo was allegedly speeding on West Beach Road Monday around 6 PM, then blew through a stop sign at Libby Road, colliding with another car.

The driver and a passenger then fled the scene on foot.

The car they hit suffered extensive damage, and both occupants were injured.

One suffered a fractured vertebrae and chest contusions, while the other has chest contusions and burns on her arms from the car’s airbags deploying.

If you have information on the owner of the car, please contact the Island County Sheriff’s Department (360-679-7310) or the Oak Harbor Police Department (360-279-4600).

The movies remain on pause. (Photo property Oak Harbor Cinemas)

My former home away from home will stay dark for a while longer.

With Island County now in Phase 3 of Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s four-phase reopening plan, Oak Harbor Cinemas is allowed to reopen, under certain guidelines.

But, for now, the show won’t go on.

The three-screen institution, which sits across from Dairy Queen, has been closed since March as the country deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Oak Harbor Cinemas released the following statement on Facebook Tuesday afternoon:

 

We are still closed due to increase in cases for COVID-19.

We feel it is prudent to not open too early based on the recent new Governor’s proclamation regarding mandatory masks when in public when you are unable to maintain six feet of distancing.

In addition, there are no new movies scheduled until July 31st with the release of “Unhinged.”

“Tenet” has been moved to Aug. 12 and “Mulan” has been moved to Aug. 21.

All three films were originally scheduled to be released between July 1 and the 24th.

As the COVID-19 new cases start another decline, we hope that other film companies will move up the dates to July or early August, but until then we are at their mercy so to speak.

Rest assured that when we do open you will see improvements to 100% of the cinema including new luxury motorized recliners, new rockers, new screens, speakers, amplifiers, bathrooms, floors, paint and carpets.

Plus we still have our beer and wine bar open for business.

We ask that you be patient and when we do open up you will see a clean, safe theater again and that you support us like you did prior to COVID-19.

We will serve you to the absolute best of our ability.

Thank you,

JS
Owner