Ben Watanabe

Minds combine to boost Langley economy

City leaders, business owners, residents and even a county commissioner put their heads together to find ways to improve Langley’s economic growth Tuesday.

Grieving Clinton family collects 500 PFDs after son’s drowning

The father and stepmother of recently drowned Elijah Spratt, 10, collected nearly 500 life jackets and personal flotation devices.

Freeland filmmakers soar to new heights

Seeing a yellow-rumped warbler chick waddle around like a wind-up toy is the highlight of a 53-minute movie on Whidbey Island’s birds for filmmaker and avid birder Craig Johnson.

Langley Passage reemerges after four-year hiatus

A plan for a hotly debated 20-home development in the Edgecliff neighborhood of Langley has resurfaced.

Group forms to fight fair plan | Opposition members say the proposal is moving too fast

A group opposed to the grand proposal for an overhaul of the Island County Fairgrounds wants the backers to slow their roll, scale back and seek more design input.

Quick lead fades slowly; Falcon boys hoops eliminated

Much like their mascot, the Mount Baker Mountaineers kept rising to South Whidbey’s challenges.

Francisco scrubs Langley First Street development project

In a phone interview with The Record from his vacation home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Richard Francisco said the six-story, mixed-use building plans are stalled. He chided the city’s leaders for wanting too much from him in studies and public meetings, and said that he was unwilling to scale back the project. “I’m through with Langley,” he said.

Rusch leaves Falcon boys soccer for chance at professional league

It was now or never for Ben Rusch. The Falcon girls soccer head coach and assistant boys soccer coach will take this spring to focus on his own soccer career.

SLIDESHOW | Extra-inning rally propels South Whidbey All-Stars

A rally in the eighth inning sent South Whidbey soaring in the winners bracket of the District 11 Little League tournament.

Paying it forward with coffee, snacks at South Whidbey Commons

South Whidbey Commons is a place for people of all generations to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. To help that cup be a little more accessible, the Commons has implemented a new tool: suspended coffee.

Archbishop Murphy runs over South Whidbey football 41-7

Archbishop Murphy had four rushing touchdowns and two returned interceptions to beat South Whidbey 41-7 Friday night at South Whidbey High School.

Firethorne signs to play volleyball at Central Washington

LANGLEY — With papers laid out before her, Linden Firethorne realized she was in a moment that two years ago didn’t seem possible. The South Whidbey senior was prepared to sign paperwork to attend Central Washington University on an athletic scholarship. Firethorne, a middle hitter, will be a member of the Division II Wildcat volleyball team next fall.

Langley city council supports temporary demolition ban

Nary a hand was raised in favor of the Dog House Tavern’s owners’ rights to tear down the century-old building at the Langley City Council hearing Monday. Hardly any opinions were entered into the record at the mandatory public hearing about the city’s emergency ordinance. Last month, in response to Dog House owners Charlie and Janice Kleiner’s inquiry about the process to take down the First Street building, Langley’s planning director and mayor supported a six-month demolition moratorium. The temporary ban specifically targeted the Dog House Tavern as one of the only buildings qualified as being on the National Register of Historic Places and located within the downtown area.

South Whidbey softball sputters at district tourney

Fighting for a spot in the tri-district softball playoffs, a late-inning meltdown broke South Whidbey’s sixth-inning lead against Lynden Christian.

Pregnancy Care Clinic reopens with new service director on South Whidbey

LANGLEY — Nancy Thompson puts in lots of work preparing for the arrival of little ones, even though the infants she helps are not hers.

Lower second round score bumps South Whidbey golfer Kaik near top half of 2A girls

Consistency carried Falcon girls golfer Jenna Kaik at the state 2A girls golf tournament May 22-23.

Kids from South Whidbey share their winter wishes, letters to Santa

LANGLEY — The Record visited with kindergartners at South Whidbey Elementary for some holiday cheer this year. South Whidbey’s youngsters were eager for the winter break, and more importantly, presents.

South Whidbey qualifies six for wrestling regional championships

DUVALL — For the first time in several years, South Whidbey has a district champion wrestler.

Langley welcomes whales in grand fashion

In any other setting, the no-show of honored guests is a total faux-pas.

Widow, Wahl Road neighbors testify in Douglas murder trial

The widow of Russel Douglas, who was murdered in December 2003, testified Wednesday in Island County Superior Court.