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July has gotten off to a rough start for the Washington state ferry system.

COVID-19 has made it difficult to fully staff boats, and the system’s busiest route by car traffic — Clinton to Mukilteo — has been reduced from two boats to one boat every weekend this month.

Now comes word a ferry may have collided with a whale Monday not far off the Mukilteo dock.

Puget Sound Express, a whale-watching company, sighted a pair of humpback whales in the area and communicated with nearby ferries.

There are differing reports on whether the incoming ferry actually made contact with the whale, and, if so, how injured the humpback was.

Responding to a story by Q13 Fox, the Washington State Ferries official Facebook page issued a statement Tuesday morning.

“We know two whales surfaced off the starboard bow of Tokitae near Mukilteo terminal, and were moving right to left.

“They came up so close to the ferry there was no time to stop or slow.

“We are working with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to review the video and photos to determine what happened and if our vessel hit the whale.

“Anyone who sees an injured whale should contact our West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-866-767-6114.”

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Sylvia Arnold hugs husband Garrett after being gifted her grandfather’s 1949 Chevy truck, lovingly restored by local volunteers. (Photos courtesy Garrett Arnold and Jerry Helm)

Not quite road ready at this point…

Sylvia hugs Collin McGinness, who helped spearhead the project.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone in Coupeville who doesn’t like Sylvia Arnold.

She puts the friend in friendly, and has positively affected more people in our community than you can count.

Sylvia led the CHS cheer program for two decades-plus, and remains the only Wolf coach to win a team state title in any sport.

But her time on the sidelines, in the huddles, and bringing the pep 24/7/365, is most remembered for how inclusive she was.

There were years where Sylvia’s cheer squad had far more athletes than the football team did, and she welcomed girls (and boys) from all avenues of life.

There are a lot of cheerleader stereotypes, and she happily, merrily broke them all.

If you showed up and worked, you were one of her kids, and not just for that season, but for life.

Sylvia’s positivity, her love of others, and her genuine care for all she meets has colored every part of her life, from cheer to her work with her church, Living Hope on Whidbey.

Wanting to give something back, to show her a blessing for all she has done, a group of Whidbey residents, led by Collin McGinness and Darrell Jacobsen, started a seven-year project which paid off this week.

Putting together a team of workers, the duo shepherded the restoration of a 1949 Chevy truck which originally belonged to Sylvia’s Grandpa Engle.

In the words of those involved, it became “more than a renovation, it became a labor of love.

“A story that exemplifies the good in people, giving selflessly, to say “Thank you!” to someone who has given much of herself to bless others.”

“The open road is a’callin’.”

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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:


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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).

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Owen Dennison (Photo property Island County Sheriff’s Office)

A search is on for Coupeville’s Planning Director, who has been missing since the morning of June 23.

Owen Dennison has worked for the town since 2016.

The press release from the Marshal’s Office:


The Coupeville Marshals Office is asking the public’s help locating 62-year old Owen Dennison.

Owen was last seen on the morning of June 23, 2020, in Coupeville.

His cell phone was pinged and was located in his office along with several personal belongings.

Owen’s family says that it is abnormal for him not to return home and are worried about his welfare.

Owen is 5’7″ 155 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

He may be driving a black 2013 Ford Focus hatchback, Washington license plate ALM5473.

Anyone with information regarding Owen is asked to contact Marshal Shawn Warwick via the ICOM dispatch center at 360-679-9567 or via e-mail at tips@islandcountywa.gov.


UPDATE (6/24 at 5:55 PM):

Family provided a more recent photo and believe Dennison may have been headed to the Rialto Beach area.


UPDATE (6/24 at 7:34 PM):

Sheriff’s Office reports Owen has been found safe and is with his family.

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