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A bubbly bid farewell to a Langley employee at City Hall this week may be remembered more as an embarrassing blunder than a warm goodbye.
Island County may soon join the ranks of communities across the state that allow golf carts on public roads.
Lucas Jushinski has done it again. For the fourth time this year, the Freeland business owner has offered a South Whidbey-based community group a chance to raise some much needed capital with what are quickly becoming his signature grant offers. Like he’s done with two other non-profit organizations, Jushinski recently committed to matching up to $10,000 to boost a fundraising effort by the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center in Bayview.
If the money comes through, the Port of South Whidbey is getting into the fairground management business.
The Burnt Man was real. At 5 or 6, I had no reason to doubt the tale and believed in him absolutely. He haunted the woods above Double Bluff, and if I wasn’t careful he’d get me! It’s a family ghost story, one that was told to my sister and me around driftwood fires on the shores of Useless Bay. That was back when one could do such a thing without ending up in the police blotter.
If money makes a difference in races for political office, then it appears Island County District 3 Commissioner candidate Karla Jacks will have a hefty advantage over challenger Rick Hannold in next month’s general election.
South Whidbey’s orca community is mourning what appears to be the loss of a new calf. The Center for Whale Research confirmed that seven-week-old baby L120, the third known offspring of the 23-year old Southern Resident orca L86, was not with his or her mother when L pod was photographed recently in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Funicular — it’s as much fun to say as it is to contemplate, and it appears the concept is back on the table in Langley.
One of South Whidbey’s most wanted is in police custody this week.
It appears the South Whidbey Record still has what it takes to be a stellar newspaper. At the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest in Lake Chelan this past weekend, The Record took home 13 awards in news, photography and design. The paper also took third place in general excellence, a category that weighed us against other newspapers around the state with comparable circulations.
It’s been nearly a month since the armed robbery of Wells Fargo Bank in Clinton, and while police have yet to make an arrest detectives say they are making progress.
A health advisory that had approximately 90 homes in the Freeland area boiling drinking water since Saturday was lifted this week. Lehman Enterprises, Inc., a private water system operator on South Whidbey, rescinded the advisory Monday for users of the CAL Waterworks Water System, which services homes along East Harbor Road, including Pheasant Farm and Harbor Sands lanes, and Ravenridge and Beachwood drives.
Despite Island County Sheriff Mark Brown’s assertions to the contrary, South Whidbey residents insist the drug problem on the South End has reached “epidemic” proportions.
Cops and robbers, drugs and burglaries — it’s what everyone’s talking about. Or more precisely, it’s what everyone has been talking about, and not just over the past few months but for more than a year.
Ongoing property crime and its link to drug use have spurred community leaders to plan a public meeting in Langley next week.
Whidbey Island was put on the global map this summer, and it wasn’t accomplished with a sales pitch, expensive visitor information campaigns or pricey renovations of public facilities. It was done with good old-fashioned hard work and American ingenuity. A bit of community assistance helped pave the way, but the success of three young South Whidbey entrepreneurs at an international robotics competition in Romania this summer is really theirs and theirs alone.
A quiet and relatively new community-backed financing program, WILL offers islanders with insufficient or poor credit history a chance to secure low or even 0-percent interest loans. Lacking many of the requirements and hurdles common with banks, lending can be accomplished quickly and is contingent more on a great idea and a solid business plan than insufficient credit history.
Following through with a board consensus last month to study any fairgrounds management proposal carefully, Port of South Whidbey commissioners Tuesday agreed to seek county and state grants to fund an in-depth study.
Wells Fargo in Clinton was robbed Monday. The Island County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the bank was hit by a lone gunman. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, and in an unusual move used a bank employee’s vehicle as a getaway car.
A longtime South Whidbey pharmacist struggling with industry changes is considering a prescription for corporate ownership.
“Set the hook, set the hook,” yelled my maddened grandfather. Well, there was no third-time’s-a-charm in this case. I couldn’t have been more than 6, my pole was bent in half, the reel screaming and my feeble yanks to “set the hook” proved too much for him. With a mumbled “Here, let me help,” I was relieved of my burden and looked down to find my pole replaced with a net.
With ceremonial hardhats on their heads and golden shovels in their hands, six years of funding and permit hurdles seemed to melt away for a group of dignitaries at a recent groundbreaking ceremony in Freeland.
1914 was a big year for the world. Tensions in Europe were high, and the assassination of an Austrian archduke and his wife lit the match for what would become World War I, a bloody conflict that wrought death on a scale previously unimaginable. More than 15 million people died the globe over.
Greg Gilles is known throughout South Whidbey as a respected homebuilder.
The 16th annual Whidbey Island Highland Games at Greenbank Farm on Saturday began just as it should, under a blanket of fog and in a sea of plaid.
Pending Island Transit service reductions on South Whidbey will hit the community hard, and residents let department officials know it this week.
A near collision on Highway 525 this week left a motorcyclist injured and state police looking for the driver of the other vehicle. Described as a greenish or teal van or mini van, the vehicle was last seen heading north on Houston Road with two occupants, a driver and passenger wearing a red shirt, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Making good on an earlier threat of litigation, the Holmes Harbor Sewer District struck the legal war post this past week to settle an ongoing parking rights quarrel at a Freeland golf course.
South Whidbey is mourning the loss of a long-time community leader this week.
Langley resident and former Seattle mayor Paul Schell has died. His death was announced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and reported by the Seattle Post Intelligencer Sunday morning, and later confirmed by Langley officials and family friends. He was 76.
In the midst of this past Saturday’s rush, Gerry and Angele Woolery looked at each other and knew the day had finally come.
Push came to shove over a parking squabble at a Freeland golf course this week, and the dispute, along with the fate of the fairways themselves, may soon be in the hands of the courts.
Hay farming is in full swing on Whidbey Island, as seen here in Langley this week.
A career fireman found out what it’s like to be rescued this week after a morning crab pot check turned into a life-threatening emergency.
Acquiring key shoreline properties in Glendale for public use will mean the removal of an existing concrete boat launch and an over-water pier.
A low-budget bust filmed on South Whidbey nearly 25 years ago, a tale of zombies, time travel and Arthurian knights, will re-debut in Bavview this weekend as a benefit for veterans. "Lemmings" will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at The American Legion South Whidbey Post 141 as a fundraiser for the veteran-focused organization.
The United States turned 238 this past Friday and, man, does South Whidbey know how to celebrate. We’re like countless other communities across the country in that we hold events on the Fourth of July, a day marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Also known as Independence Day, it’s a chance to reflect on the birth of our country, to break away from our daily lives and really think about where we came from and what it means to be an American.
The price tag for sewers in Freeland’s commercial core could hit $9.4 million, and monthly bills for customers may be the highest on Whidbey Island, according to preliminary cost estimates.
Boat launches, marinas and leasing land for a cell tower, but the Island County Fairgrounds?
A lot of words can accurately describe Gil Nyerges: teacher, artist, craftsman. To some Whidbey Island anglers, he’s a legend. But the 93-year-old Langley resident waves off such compliments. He maintains he’s just a guy who fell in love with fishing, a long time ago, on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. Armed with a 20-foot bamboo pole and a bit of line on the end — it had no reel — he learned from his father the basics of a past time he would later characterize as a “science,” an “art form.”
The MV Tokitaes entry into service will be delayed at least one week, ferry officials said Monday.
First they cheered, then they wept. The long-submerged anchor believed connected with Captain George Vancouver and his famed exploration of the Pacific Northwest more than 200 years ago touched down on the deck of a barge off Ledgewood late Monday. It was a moment of joy, but also one of closure, as it marked the end of six years of research, toil and obsession. “I’m pretty overcome right now,” said a teary-eyed Scott Grimm, moments after the anchor was recovered. “It’s been a long time.”
If it’s what a team of treasure hunters hope, an artifact connected with the Pacific Northwest’s most famous European explorer will leave the seafloor for the first time in over two centuries next week.
Education and possibility soared to new heights at South Whidbey Elementary School this week.
Graduation, it’s finally arrived. It’s what seniors have been waiting for, and what parents have secretly dreaded. Or, perhaps for some families it’s the other way around. Let’s just say it’s when kids become adults and it’s the time for parents to let go … wait, I might have that backwards again.
Whidbey Telecom announced it will cut 17 jobs from its roster this month.
It’s back. Following a one-year hiatus, the 17th 5K Chum Run kicks off this weekend and is expected to once again attract a cadre of participants, from hardcore athletes bent on personal glory to superhero-clad runners out for an afternoon of fun with friends.
A fire seriously damaged a secluded two-story Freeland home on Monday.
Theirs is a mission of peace, and some have been at it for more than a decade. Meeting at the Bayview Park and Ride every Saturday, rain or shine, they lobby for their cause. Many wave homemade signs with anti-war slogans, such as “Schools, not bombs,” or “War is not the answer.” One man holds a colossal wooden peace sign, a woman the American flag. Some chat happily with friends, others stand mute.
A stickleback and a whole lot of Western tent caterpillars don’t count, so the total for the day was one — a single cutthroat trout fry measuring barely one-inch long.