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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.”

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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

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A Washington state ferry idles in the water during happier times. (Sarah Kirkconnell photo)

Multiple workers on the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry run have tested positive for COVID-19.

The route, which is the busiest in the state in vehicle traffic, has already been running with just one boat, and not the normal two, the past two weekends.

For a complete report, pop over to the Everett Herald:

COVID-19 outbreak strikes Mukilteo-Clinton ferry workers

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Ja’Kenya Hoskins catches some air last spring. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Do we let them ride the bus home or make them walk?” CHS track coaches (l to r) Randy King, Bob Martin, and Neil Rixe ponder the answer. (Brian Vick photo)

They were primed to chase school records and vie for state titles.

Longtime Coupeville High School track and field guru Randy King and his hardy band of assistant coaches had a substantial group of athletes ready for a new season.

Then, the COVID-19 pandemic erased the 2020 spring sports season.

While they won’t get a chance to set PR’s and try to punch their ticket to the big show in Cheney, we can still take a moment to honor the Wolves who were making the commitment to track excellence.

The team that would have been was…

 

Girls:

Mercedes Anderson
Megan Behan
Aurora Cernick
Camryn Clark
Ja’Kenya Hoskins
Ja’Tarya Hoskins
Taygin Jump
Ryanne Knoblich
Mallory Kortuem
Mikaela Labrador
Carolyn Lhamon
Sophie Martin
Claire Mayne
Trinity McGee
Cristina McGrath
Alana Mihill
Abigail Ramirez
Jessica Ross-McMahon
Lucy Sandahl
Maylin Steele
Maya Toomey-Stout
Bella Velasco
Raven Vick
Willow Vick

 

Boys:

Aiden Anderson
Reiley Araceley
Isaiah Bittner
Dominic Coffman
Koa Davison
Nathan Farnworth
Jaden Goodrich
Josh Guay
Lucious Halstead
Joven Light
Jean Lund-Olsen
Logan Martin
Alex Murdy
EJ Okaruru
Christopher Ruck
Ben Smith
DJ Stadler
Sean Toomey-Stout
Alex Wasik
Kai Wong

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Coupeville’s stadium will light up April 17 to honor senior athletes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

UPDATE:

This event has been postponed at all sites until the Governor’s Stay at Home order is lifted.

 

The lights will blaze one more time for Coupeville High School senior athletes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced school closures and cancelled spring sports, but the Wolves and their counterparts across the region will still be honored.

And it’s going to come in a unique fashion, as schools plan to turn on their stadium lights Friday, April 17.

The event starts at 8:20 PM (20:20 military time), and lights will remain on for 20 minutes.

During this time, seniors and their families are encouraged to drive by and honk, while remaining in their vehicles at all times.

 

PS — If you leave your vehicle, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, wearing a Hazmat suit, will tase you, bro. 

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

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