Maribeth Crandell, an environmental health specialist with Island County Public Health, takes a water sample at Freeland Park in September.  - Justin Burnett / The Record

Shellfish protection district here to stay

  • Oct 7, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Oct 8, 2015 at 10:34AM

Despite the temporary opening of shellfish harvesting in Holmes Harbor this spring, the first in nine years, it doesn’t appear the area’s designation as a shellfish protection district will go away any time soon.

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Report in wake of Island County Jail death calls for staffing increases, additional reforms

  • Oct 7, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Oct 8, 2015 at 6:41PM

Implementing an expert's recommendations for improving the operations of the Island County jail will come with a high price tag. However, many of the proposals in the report were implemented weeks or even months ago at a significant cost, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown.

Public voices support for non-lethal options at Langley bunny meeting

  • Oct 7, 2015 at 11:00AM updated Oct 8, 2015 at 10:11AM

If public sentiment were to hold sway, falconry might be out as an option to address Langley's rabbit problem. During a public meeting to discuss possible solutions Tuesday evening at the Island County Fairgrounds, few if any people voiced support for using birds of prey as a tool to dent the city's rabbit population. Instead, most seemed to favor more passive and nonlethal approaches, such as using fencing and sprays to keep rabbits away from homes and gardens.

Hark back to a time of classics with Island Consort

  • Oct 7, 2015 at 6:00PM

A chorus of strings, woodwinds, voices and a harpsichord will resound through the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation this Saturday during the season opener for Island Consort.

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