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Langley’s next four years will be guided by either a retired corporate executive or a nurse-turned home care business owner. Sharon Emerson and Tim Callison want Langley’s votes, and have made themselves known over the past year. Whoever is voted in next month will face a string of challenges. Aging infrastructure and roads, a desire to see ever more tourism and commerce, residents’ worries over cost of living and utilities bills, and economic development are ahead of the new mayor, a four-year position that pays $55,000 a year plus benefits.
A quick look at the Langley mayoral candidates’ positions on some pressing issues in the city
Fear is present in at least some small way in all of Allegra Rose Brown’s works of art. In her upcoming Friday, Oct. 23 installment and one-night show, “Underneath the Doghouse,” Rose Brown’s paintings, sketches and kinetic sculptures depict the 38-year-old woman’s recollections of life on Whidbey Island. There are scenes of the Island County Fair rides like the Scrambler, the discontinued barnyard scramble — derided as the source of Langley’s rabbit population problem.
Rene Neff considers herself fortunate. She’s a retired teacher, a Langley city councilwoman, former art gallery owner, wife, mother and a soon-to-be three-time grandmother. And she survived a horrific diagnosis of cancer in both of her breasts back in 1988 as a 38-year-old mother of a fifth-grade son and twin second-grade girls.
Deborah Livesey found her voice even as she lost the ability to speak. The 63-year-old Clinton woman wrote a book about family and the secrets kept from and between siblings and parents. But Livesey could not just sit down and type up a chapter, a word, or even a letter. Livesey has multiple sclerosis, a degeneration of the nervous system. Essentially, Livesey’s beautiful mind — one that creates stories about a daughter dealing with the pains of her past and the repercussions in the present — is trapped in a frail and increasingly uncooperative body.
Clinton is likely to stay much as it is today for at least the next two years.
Something’s been brewing in Langley, and it has nothing to do with a funicular, rabbits or mayoral races.
Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies. It’s about all some people talk about in Langley these days, even in the hallowed halls of City Hall during Monday’s city council meeting.
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.
Whidbey General Hospital hopefuls make affiliation plans clear, Langley mayoral candidates say ‘no’ to funicular, ‘yes’ to diversifying economy
Six people hoping to fill three positions in the general election this November answered a string of questions during a forum hosted by The Record on Wednesday night in Langley. Before a crowd of about 70 people at Langley United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, four candidates for two spots on the Whidbey General Hospital board of commissioners and the two Langley mayoral candidates responded to inquiries about their leadership style, what they want to improve and change, and where they want to take their respective agencies in the coming years.
Despite a handful of “for lease” signs that dot Highway 525, a group of a dozen people is vigorously working to spark growth in Clinton.
Only a few steps into the Wilbert Trail at South Whidbey State Park, Ida Gianopulos is already rooting through the decaying matter of a fallen tree trying to find any sign of fungi.
Election season is ramping up with the first of three October forums taking place on the South End on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Hosted by The Record, candidates in three contested positions will answer questions from Record editor Justin Burnett and from the audience.
Amid discord and disagreement between Langley City Hall and the planning advisory board over how much land was needed for growth, the city council agreed Monday to wait for clarification on several points from county experts before making a decision.
With the city, port and school district waiting to declare a course of action on what some fear is a runaway rabbit population, it appears regular citizens are willing and ready to become Velveteen vigilantes.
Retired Army man gears up for cross-country walk to draw attention to veterans’ struggles
DjangoFest Northwest, one of the premier gypsy jazz festivals in the country, is still going on with evening performances tonight, Saturday and Sunday, in addition to daily workshops and impromptu "djams" around Langley.
The Langley City Council’s priorities for the 2016 budget shared a handful of small tasks and noticeably omitted some of the major lingering issues.
The sounds of plucked guitars, thrumming bass and tinny snare drums, plus accordions, piano and plenty of horns will wash over Langley as DjangoFest Northwest returns for its 15th year.
Getting fireworks restricted was a uniformly endorsed topic during Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson’s informal chat with constituents in Clinton on Thursday.
The lives and times of stars and celebrities are commonplace today.
Rose Shoemaker knows she gets plenty of long glances and odd looks when she rides atop her 13-year-old steed Evelyn.
A storm water retention pond in Langley found to have petroleum and barium contaminants in the sediment was recently pumped of its water.
A missed step was made up in the land swap transaction between Langley and owners of the Dog House Tavern with a public hearing Monday night.
Crafting and curating the look and feel of Langley may become the purview of the city’s Design Review Board sooner rather than later.
Colin Campbell knows how to make a splashy entrance.
Everyone has heard the complaint that nothing is made in America any more.
Sarah Holm beamed a bright smile while holding up her mighty, first-place winning fish at the Freeland Ace/Fishin’ Club Pink Salmon Derby on Saturday.
One of the gleaming jewels of Langley’s redesigned Second Street has a blemish, according to City Hall.
The smell is intoxicating in Sweet Mona’s, and wherever owner Mona Newbauer visits after work in her Langley chocolate shop.
Another name in memoriam will be included in the upcoming Langley Soup Box Derby.
Putting audio recordings of city council meetings online is on Langley’s list of things to do.
Langley city leaders were wondering this week how to permanently resolve long-standing conflicts between residents and a neighboring tavern.
LAKE, 10 years later: Olympia indie band with South Whidbey roots to perform 100+ songs during 12-hour set
Ten years later, LAKE has plenty to sing about. The indie pop band that sprung from Olympia’s music scene a decade ago is returning to frontman Eli Moore’s hometown for a free 10-year anniversary performance Aug. 22. LAKE will play every song from its 10 albums (seven published, three unreleased), an estimated 120 pieces, during a 12-hour marathon at Bayview Hall this Saturday.
The Dog House Tavern land swap deal is still on the table and is actively being pursued, Langley city leaders affirmed this week.
Overnight parking in Mukilteo recently took another step toward becoming reality — some day.
Bonnie Nichols likes her chances to claim a prize at the upcoming Freeland Ace Hardware/Fishin’ Club Pink Salmon Derby next Saturday.
A small and vocal crowd of Freeland residents let Island County planners know Thursday they wanted the smallest possible urban growth area boundary.
A different set of stars and bars drew the ire and attention of plenty of people at the Whidbey Island Fair parade Saturday.
A German woman’s compositions will be played in full on Whidbey Island with the first Luise Greger International Music Festival this month. Luise Greger, a German composer whose works from the early 1900s were discovered only recently in the past two decades, will receive a new life. She is featured in Brigham Young University’s list, The Sophie Project, of German-speaking women’s works. Deer Lagoon-area resident Elizabeth Derrig, Greger’s great-great granddaughter, organized the Aug. 14-15 festival in honor of her ancestor.
Lilly and Barry van Gerbig are taking a stand and an admittedly exciting and nerve-wracking risk by opening their store, Fair Trade Outfitters.
The signs that the 91st Whidbey Island Fair has begun are noticeable well before any waft of fried food, blaring tunes of stage music or shrieks of ecstasy from rides. Cars lined Camano Avenue/Langley Road, and the few paid parking lots were already smattered with cars before noon on the fair’s opening day on Thursday.
Hundreds of people flocked to the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley for the opening day of the Whidbey Island Fair on Aug. 6.
The discovery of pollutants in a Langley retention pond have put dredging plans in limbo and left city leaders with more questions than answers over their next step.
First, there were the whales, then the deer, then the rabbits. Now, Langley may have pigeon guillemots as one of its resident species to adore.
An unexpected hiccup in the Dog House renovation has the building owners calling foul, a city councilman apologizing for an overly difficult approval process and the mayor personally offended.
For its 103rd birthday, the Whidbey Island Fair is sticking with what works: food, farming, games, rides, music and a parade.
A couple dozen students got an in-depth, two-week lesson with Whidbey Children’s Theater Film Camp that started July 27 and wraps Aug. 7.
After the pink salmon season got off to a surprisingly early start, it has since come to a seemingly sharp halt around South Whidbey.
A county planner met with members of the Clinton Community Council this week to discuss two upcoming public meetings about the Island County Comprehensive Plan update.