Kyle Jensen

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Commissioners approve $2.7 million South Whidbey Fire/EMS budget

The South Whidbey Fire/EMS Board of Commissioners OK’d the 2017 budget with…

  • Nov 12th, 2016 2:00pm

South Whidbey’s own karate master

In Bayview just south of Highway 525, an unassuming banner that reads…

  • Nov 12th, 2016 9:29am

Langley police to start syringe log

At the request of the Langley City Council, the Langley Police Department…

  • Nov 12th, 2016 1:30am

Langley lights up for the holiday with ‘Light the Night’

Langley Main Street Association has begun its annual “Light the Night” project,…

  • Nov 12th, 2016 1:30am

Loose ram in Freeland was part of herd

The loose black ram, or herd of rams as it turns out,…

  • Nov 11th, 2016 6:00pm

Wednesday fire claims septic business’ garage

South Whidbey Fire/EMS had to use all of its firefighting resources Wednesday…

  • Nov 11th, 2016 4:00pm

South Whidbey School District prepares for natural disasters

The South Whidbey School District is doing its part to take steps…

  • Nov 9th, 2016 6:00pm

Furniture consignment store opens doors Friday

A different breed of consignment store with an English twist will open…

  • Nov 9th, 2016 2:00pm

A sustainable Thanksgiving; raising local, pastured turkeys on a Bayview farmstead

Just north of the Bayview Cash Store, a rafter of turkeys graze…

  • Nov 10th, 2016 11:24am

New business represents a step toward making Whidbey a destination for spirits

After meandering through the long and arduous approval process with the Washington…

  • Nov 10th, 2016 3:16pm

Freeland Subarea Plan, county comprehensive plan to be discussed at public hearing

For those who would like to give their input on the county…

  • Nov 8th, 2016 6:00pm

Island County to show off geographic information system

Earlier this year, several county departments launched new websites featuring geographic information…

  • Nov 5th, 2016 6:00pm

Decorate store fronts in Langley at Deck the Doors annual contest

The holiday season is around the corner, and with it returns Langley…

  • Nov 5th, 2016 2:00pm

Wage increases included in South Whidbey Fire/EMS budget

South Whidbey Fire/EMS’s 2017 budget will decrease 3 percent from last year,…

  • Nov 5th, 2016 12:00pm

Whidbey voters have until Tuesday to cast ballots

The Nov. 8 general election is Tuesday, and Whidbey voters have until…

  • Nov 5th, 2016 12:00pm

Whidbey churches give big to Western State Hospital

At Trinity Lutheran Church Tuesday afternoon, a dozen or so people were…

  • Nov 8th, 2016 7:26am

Second-to-last school district community meeting slated for tonight

The South Whidbey School District will hold its second-to-last community meeting tonight…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 8:00am

South Whidbey youth running program pulls kids from living rooms

It’s 4 p.m. on a Thursday on the Community Parks Trails. Typically, runners are sucking wind …

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 6:00am

Lending a helping hand for 35 years

For those who sit behind the front desk at Helping Hand of South Whidbey, making a…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 8:03am

Anglers sought for department of fish and wildlife committee

Members of the sport fishing community are being sought by the Washington…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 6:00am

Loose ram spotted in Freeland

A rogue black ram seen wandering around Freeland last week has South…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 12:28pm

A farewell to South Whidbey’s live cooking show

For five years now, South Whidbey has boasted its very own Johnny Carson…

  • Nov 3rd, 2016 11:52am

Refinancing of tax bond may save money for South Whidbey taxpayers

The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District recently completed the refinancing of its 2008 unlimited tax general obligation bonds, and it may have saved South Enders money. District staff said the refinancing achieved a total net saving of $101,951 for South Whidbey taxpayers.

  • Oct 25th, 2016 10:16pm

Mutts, owners strut stuff at annual Bayview Corner event

Scratch the traditional catwalk, the historic Bayview Corner was once again turned into a ‘dogwalk’ as pups strutted their paws and wagged their tails much to the crowd’s delight.

  • Oct 26th, 2016 5:02pm

South Whidbey Fire/EMS hires first female deputy chief

For the first time in its history, South Whidbey Fire/EMS has a female deputy chief. Wendy Moffatt, former EMS division chief, was officially promoted to deputy chief — one rank below chief — at the fire district’s monthly meeting on Thursday. In a short ceremony, district Commissioner Kenon Simmons took her old badge and presented her with a new one. Chief Rusty Palmer was also present, and noted that not only was Moffatt the district’s first female division chief but is one of just a few in the state.

  • Oct 24th, 2016 6:45pm

Helping Haiti: volunteers staff clinics following hurricane

As Linda Jacobson peeks inside her travel suitcase, she sifts through bags filled with…

  • Nov 4th, 2016 4:24pm

Variety of plants, landscapes on view at new nursery in Clinton

Facing extensive competition, nurseries on the South End have to bring something different to the ..

  • Oct 31st, 2016 5:12pm

Island County’s toad protection lacking, state board rules

Island County needs to do a better job of protecting the western toad, a state board recently ruled. The Growth Management Hearings Board again found the county’s comprehensive plan is out of compliance with state rules regarding habitat protection of the western toad, which is a candidate for listing as a state species of concern.

  • Oct 18th, 2016 10:02pm

Storm doesn’t live up to forecast, South Whidbey ‘lucky’

It was the storm that never was. The past weekend’s storms saw high winds and a large amount of rainfall, but it’s fair to say it wasn’t as big as many of the area’s TV stations anticipated. The storm, which was made from the remnants of Typhoon Songda, had all the makings for a potentially “historic event” and had South Enders scrambling to gather their survival necessities.

  • Oct 18th, 2016 9:40pm

Whidbey candidates face off at forum in Freeland

Congressional, senate and county commissioner candidates duked it out Thursday night over a plethora of issues, leaving some competitors with what appeared to be bad blood as congressional district 2 candidates Marc Hennemann and Rick Larsen walked away without shaking hands.

  • Oct 18th, 2016 1:42pm

Whidbey braces for Saturday storm

Generators, lanterns, batteries and other emergency supplies were difficult to find this week, being quickly picked by residents preparing for today’s big storm. Shelves in hardware stores like Ace in Freeland were stripped bare as early as Thursday afternoon with people readying themselves for the storm University of Washington Meteorologist Cliff Mass said had “the potential to be a historic event.”

  • Oct 14th, 2016 11:12pm

Whidbey braces for Saturday storm

Generators, lanterns, batteries and other emergency supplies were difficult to find this week, …

  • Oct 31st, 2016 5:08pm

Good Cheer fills empty bowls, stomachs at Empty Soup Bowl Night

Bowl by bowl, loaf by loaf, Good Cheer worked to make sure nobody on the South End went to sleep hungry on Sunday.

  • Oct 14th, 2016 2:33pm

‘November’ brings election season chaos to WICA stage

Regardless of what side of the political spectrum on which you stand, it’s been an absurd year in politics. And Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) has tapped into the current state of American politics to bring its audience a timely play that ensures laughs, catharsis and possibly an uncomfortable moment or two: David Mamet’s “November.” The tongue-in-cheek play opened up this past Friday. Showtimes are scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 22.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 9:30pm

Bayview barber keeps retro alive, one cut at a time

At a tiny storefront off Highway 525 in Bayview, a barber pole spins only three days a week. Inside the small shop stands a single barber chair tended to by a single hair stylist — owner Jeffrey Wood.

  • Oct 7th, 2016 11:03pm

Langley arcade provides venue for youth, nightlife

As the sound of guitar riffs and crashing symbols come and go, a seemingly out-of-place noise can be heard amidst the jamming — retro pinball machines clinking and whistling. Welcome to The Machine Shop in Langley, a pinball arcade that houses antique machines from the ’60s and ’70s. But this isn’t your average arcade. It’s also Langley’s newest venue for rock music and a rising favorite among young people.

  • Oct 10th, 2016 3:33pm

Greenbank residents honored after helping with chainsaw accident

Call it coincidence, fortune or fate, Eric Vasilyev owes his life to a handful of skilled Good Samaritans. He’s a lucky man and he knows it. The 20-year-old Snohomish man was removing a tree with a chainsaw at Lagoon Point this past March when he lost his balance. The result was a deep cut to his right arm. Fortunately for him, he was in the right neighborhood. Five residents with various professional backgrounds and the necessary skills to help slow the bleeding rushed to his aid. Their actions most likely saved his life.

  • Oct 4th, 2016 9:03pm

Candidates square off at South Whidbey Record forum

Some questions are just off limits, several Whidbey commissioner hopefuls decided at a election forum in Clinton on Monday.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 9:49pm

An excuse to fly: thrill, freedom, burgers

For many Whidbey Islanders, the trip to Port Townsend involves waiting in grueling lines and on the ferry, but for pilots it’s just another chance to grab a “$100 burger” in 15 minutes.

  • Sep 30th, 2016 11:05pm

Freeland inventor drives innovation, stewardship with pile removal device

Sometimes the most difficult situations have seemingly simple solutions.

  • Oct 2nd, 2016 2:56pm

Greenbank couple brings new faces to Kiwanis in leadership roles

A Greenbank couple will make Kiwanis history this weekend when they assume leadership roles within the international organization. Ron Myers will become the first Whidbey man to serve as governor of the Pacific Northwest Region, an area encompassing several states, and his wife Linda Myers will become the first female president of Kiwanis of South Whidbey, an organization with roots that stretch back 48 years.

  • Sep 30th, 2016 2:36pm

State money likely for South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District campground

After months of drawing up preliminary design plans and applying for grants, it looks like South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District will score more than $200,000 to help fund the construction of campgrounds at Community Park.

  • Sep 27th, 2016 9:24pm

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District says ‘no’ to proposed trail pick-up policy

Not all animals are created equal, the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District decided this week. At least not when it comes to their poop. After a month of hearing why and why not horse owners should be required to pick up dung on Community Park trails like other animal owners, district commissioners decided it was not a big enough issue to draft and adopt new policy for equestrians.

  • Sep 24th, 2016 4:00pm

Lone Lake fish ‘die off’ estimated at 1,000

On the shores of Lone Lake, the small waves caused by the whipping wind have brought a smelly issue to the surrounding land: dead rainbow trout — lots of them. The rotting fish, which number in the dozens in some areas of the shore, line the entirety of the lake. Concerned anglers, many of whom see Lone Lake as a prime spot for fishing, reported the situation to the state spurring an investigation. Officials from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Ecology visited the lake on Monday to determine the cause of the issue.

  • Sep 24th, 2016 12:11am

Nostalgic wordsmiths prep for Spellathon in Clinton

Spelling is an important facet of life, not an important faucet of life. Just ask Greenbank resident Dot Read.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 11:11pm

South Whidbey musicians feel spirit of Django Reinhardt

It’s that time of year again when an international collection of musicians takes over Langley, but it’s not only off-islanders who will be strumming their guitars on stage and in café corners. DjangoFest Northwest has brought members and fans of the gypsy jazz community from across the globe to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) for 16 years.

  • Sep 21st, 2016 6:06pm

Businesses, artists leave no Whidbey Rock unturned

When Scott Darnell started painting rocks and hiding them in various places across Whidbey, he never imagined nearly 14,000 people would embark on an island-wide scavenger hunt to find them. Now, some Whidbey businesses and organizations are trying to take advantage of the game’s popularity.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 11:47pm

Annual gun show to fire off this weekend in Langley

An assortment of firearms, from antiques and collectibles to the controversial AR-15, will be featured at the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club’s annual gun show this weekend. The Sportsman’s Sale and Gun Show, an event that’s been held for more than 30 years, kicks off with the “Saturday Night Special,” an evening of discount pricing on guns. The arms sales session, which runs from 7-9 p.m., features guns from local dealer stock, consignment firearms and private sellers. A second day more geared towards sportsmen follows on Sunday with an array of sporting, fishing, hunting, target shooting, reloading items and firearms.

  • Sep 17th, 2016 12:08am

Freeland sound engineer masters the art of music

In a little cabin tucked away in the woods east of Holmes Harbor, rock stars are made. Crammed with equipment and wailing musicians, it’s from this hideaway recording studio that a man known for his “big ears” and uncanny ability to perfect raw tunes has been helping bands make their way to stardom for nearly 20 years.

  • Sep 16th, 2016 11:32pm

Fire destroys home near Langley

A manufactured home was destroyed by fire today, killing two dogs and displacing the resident. According to Mike Cotton, deputy chief with South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the blaze began at 12:30 p.m. in the Wheel Estates community off Bayview Road. The sole tenant, an unidentified woman, escaped but her black lab and a small terrier were not so fortunate.

  • Sep 14th, 2016 12:14am