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Island County’s 2014 beaver dam rules sprang a significant leak recently when a state regulatory board found they failed to protect critical areas as required by state law and were not based on best available science.
Ferry fare increases totaling 5 percent for vehicles and 2 percent for passengers over two years are proposed by the Washington State Transportation Commission. In a news release, the fare hikes would be staggered over time. The first increase would occur Oct. 1 this year with 2.5 percent for vehicles and 1 percent for passengers. That would be mirrored again in May 2016.
Deception Pass bridge will close to traffic for five consecutive nights beginning Sunday, July 12, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
South Whidbey’s own Evan Thompson has joined the South Whidbey Record as the editorial department’s newest reporter. Young, hungry and ready to write, the 21-year-old Clinton resident comes to the paper fresh from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in print/online journalism and intern experience at a host of dailies.