Revenge of the mantids

Lots of folks are commenting about seeing praying mantises on the island these past few weeks. Rumor has it they are an invasive species and they’re eating hummingbirds! While the part about them being non-native is true, I’m hoping to dispel some of the sensationalist hysteria about their presence on the island by offering an alternate perspective for you to consider.

Photo by Cynthia Brast


Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands: September 26-October 2

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 204 calls from September 26 - October 3, 2018 including: A Lopez Island deputy responded to a report of a suspicious male in the village. When contacted, the suspect assaulted the deputy. The suspect was then arrested and booked into jail. Lopez Island Deputies arrested a subject after he forced his way into a Lopez Village business and assaulted an employee. The suspect also threatened to harm several employees with weapons. The subject was placed in jail to await a hearing. A Lopez Island resident who was out of town captured a trespasser on his video system. The property was checked and found to be secure.


Field Carrier Landing Practice at NAS Whidbey Island October 8 - 14, 2018

Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field, the week of October 8 – 14, 2018. No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations are scheduled for the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash. that week.

OLF Coupeville will be closed to jet aircraft traffic until the end of October, 2018, due to runway maintenance.

People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield.

Both runways at Ault Field are now open. If OLF Coupeville closes due to weather, Ault Field will become the backup airfield for OLF scheduled operations. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules.

Coupeville carrier operations


Ault Field carrier operations

Tuesday, October 9 Afternoon then Evening to Night

Wednesday, October 10 Morning then Evening to Night

Thursday, October 11 Evening

Friday, October 12 Morning to Afternoon

The FCLP and other carrier-based training tempos are driven by operational training requirements, and may fluctuate due to weather and maintenance.

NAS Whidbey Island remains open continuously to support flight operations and training. Schedules for OLF Coupeville and Ault Field will continue to be released weekly for community planning purposes. Comments, including noise complaints can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island’s comment line at (360) 257-6665, or via e-mail:

Comments regarding flight operations should note the time an event occurred, where exactly the event occurred and as much detail as possible about what was seen. We also ask that people leave their contact information for our tracking purposes. All other questions can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at (360) 257-2286.

The Navy’s OLF at Coupeville is a critical national security asset that provides essential training for Navy pilots based at NAS Whidbey Island to conduct safe and effective aircraft carrier flight operations around the world.



Oct. 3: Quiet Skies Over San Juan County protest on Lopez Island

PRESS RELEASE: For decades, Northwest Washington State communities have partnered with the Military in protecting our national security. Now, our communities are collateral damage of the Growler Jet program because of the incredible noise, pollution, and economic impacts. The latest proposal by the Department of Defense dramatically increases the number of Growler jets and flights - putting us all at risk. It’s time we stand up for our communities.

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