Nathan Whalen

Nathan posted 93 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Coupeville’s Purdue honored for artwork

A longtime Coupeville artist and educator was honored for his work with the Penn Cove Water Festival.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013 5:00pm

Volunteer from Whidbey helps Sandy victims find housing

Whidbey resident Teresa Ellis left home Monday morning to help people on the East Coast recover from Hurricane Sandy.

  • Feb 19th, 2013 9:52pm

Forty-five years of manning the polls

A lot has changed since Dodie Hanby started working at the polls.

  • Feb 12th, 2013 10:47pm

Three intersections become one on Central Whidbey

In response to public concern, the Washington State Department of Transportation, working with Island Transit and Island County, unveiled plans to alter three intersections on Highway 20 near Outlying Field and Island Transit’s headquarters.

  • Feb 12th, 2013 10:33pm

Greenbank investigation results to be unveiled

Months after allegations were made about the Greenbank Farm Management Group, some elaboration could be coming.

  • Feb 8th, 2013 11:54pm

Port moves for more commercial land at Greenbank Farm

Months after hashing out a conservation easement to protect the Greenbank Farm, leaders from the Port of Coupeville are filing paperwork to alter the zoning of the farm to better match the conservation easement.

  • Feb 1st, 2013 11:39pm

Island Transit antenna helps emergency services

About a dozen or so neighbors living near Island Transit on Central Whidbey came to a meeting with questions about a new antenna planned as part of its new headquarters.

  • Jan 29th, 2013 10:24pm

Several solutions considered for Cranberry Lake poop problem

Months after a popular swimming hole in Deception Pass State Park was shut down due to contamination, park officials are trying out creative solutions to the problem.

  • Jan 26th, 2013 12:13am

Informal juggling club provides laughs and dexterity for Whidbey Island

Amid the instruments and musicians practicing, another group of people were at an Oak Harbor music store doing something a bit different.

  • Jan 2nd, 2013 12:56am

Film theaters go the way of the buggy whip on Whidbey Island

The year 2012 did not bring the end of the world, but it is the end of film at Whidbey Island’s movie theaters.

  • Dec 28th, 2012 11:09pm

Port of Coupeville starts work with extra dough

Leaders for the Port of Coupeville are figuring out how to best use an award that is nearly equal to the entity’s yearly tax collection.

  • Dec 18th, 2012 10:00pm

Young Whidbey riders earn first place | KUDOS

A group of 15 Whidbey-based equestrians earned high marks during a recent regional horse rally. Three five-person teams from the Whidbey Island Pony Club won their respective divisions with one winning an overall award during the Northwest Regional Showjumping rally held last month in Monroe, Wash. That event drew 26 teams from Washington and Alaska.

  • Dec 18th, 2012 9:54pm

Freeland accountant looks into Greenbank Farm finances

Port of Coupeville hired an accountant to investigate financial allegations made by a former chairperson of a volunteer committee.

  • Dec 15th, 2012 12:03am

Easement protects Greenbank Farm

Years of work to add another layer of protection to the Greenbank Farm came to fruition this week.

  • Dec 1st, 2012 4:47pm

Mounds of progress mark Island Transit project

The attention-catching mounds of dirt at Island Transit headquarters south of Coupeville will eventually come down.

  • Nov 19th, 2012 5:48pm

Coupeville port to surrender more than $350,000 worth of development rights

After months of work, leaders for the Port of Coupeville have a dollar amount for a conservation easement they want to place on the agricultural, recreational and environmentally sensitive lands at the Greenbank Farm.

  • Nov 16th, 2012 4:57pm

Habitat for Humanity of Island County introduces preservation program

Amid the houses built with the help of Habitat for Humanity, work is under way to help current homeowners struggling to maintain their home.

  • Nov 2nd, 2012 9:02pm

Traffic options near Parker Road throw a curve to Island Transit

Months after residents questioned the safety of proposed changes to the intersection of Parker Road and Highway 20, transportation officials are looking at making changes to the area.

  • Oct 26th, 2012 9:21pm

Accountant red-pencils the Greenbank Farm

After noting what she believes are problems with financial statements of the Greenbank Farm Management Group, a prominent Whidbey Island accountant resigned as chairperson of a volunteer group examining the operations of the publicly owned farm.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012 10:16pm

Intrepid elk finds its way to North Whidbey

A bull elk decided to explore Whidbey Island and residents are taking notice.

  • Oct 9th, 2012 9:42pm

County commissioners approve 1 percent tax hike

Island County property owners will see a slight bump in their property taxes in the coming year. In addition to approving the budget, the three-member Board of Island County Commissioners also approved a 1 percent tax increase to the county’s current expense levy, county roads levy and Conservation Futures Funds.

  • Oct 2nd, 2012 9:45pm

Sheriff adds officer in newly approved Island County budget

Sheriff Mark Brown has to look for a new corrections officer who would be willing to work for one year. The Board of Island County Commissioners approved a $67 million budget after a public hearing Monday night. That approval included funding for the single position, but Brown said it could be difficult to find someone willing to go through the academy before starting his work at the jail for a position that will last a single year.

  • Oct 2nd, 2012 9:41pm

Clinton, Coupeville ferry service may see reductions | Corrected

As the state budget process gets rolling, reductions on Whidbey’s ferry routes are being considered. Washington State Ferries was asked by the governor’s office to come up with $5 million in budget cuts for the upcoming biennial budget. Ferry officials submitted their proposal to the governor’s office last week. Officials are proposing to reduce two-boat ferry service to one-boat ferry service on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville route for four weeks in the spring and four weeks in the fall. They also propose eliminating late-night service on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo route.

  • Sep 28th, 2012 2:42pm

Clinton, Coupeville ferry service may see reductions

As the state budget process gets rolling, reductions on Whidbey’s ferry routes are being considered. Washington State Ferries was asked by the governor’s office to come up with $5 million in budget cuts for the upcoming biennial budget. Ferry officials submitted their proposal to the governor’s office last week.

  • Sep 25th, 2012 9:37pm

Appraisal for Greenbank Farm conservation easement begins

Work is starting on a crucial piece of information needed for a conservation easement at the Greenbank Farm. Commissioners for the Port of Coupeville, which owns the Central Whidbey farm, approved a $9,000 contract recently with Edmonds-based Terra Valuations to conduct an appraisal of the farm’s property.

  • Sep 25th, 2012 9:38pm

Parks look to lawmakers for funding

With Discover Pass revenues coming in far below what was predicted, Washington State Parks officials are looking to the legislature for more taxpayer dollars. Without the extra funding, more jobs in the park system could be at risk. The department already made reductions that cost the jobs of more than half of state park staff members on Whidbey Island.

  • Aug 31st, 2012 11:12pm

State Parks begin card machine trials at Fort Casey

Buying a pass to visit state parks is getting easier.

  • Aug 28th, 2012 9:21pm

Fall lands Coupeville pastor in Harborview Medical Center

Pastor Garrett Arnold is spending his wedding anniversary in Harborview Medical Center recovering from injuries he sustained in a serious fall Friday afternoon.

  • Aug 21st, 2012 9:51pm

Seattle’s Best Coffee founders return to Whidbey

The founders of Seattle’s Best Coffee will be returning to Coupeville where their business got a start.

  • Aug 17th, 2012 4:00pm

Island Transit envisions pedestrian tunnel

Pedestrians and bus riders may have a safer way to cross Highway 20 on the eastern edge of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

  • Aug 14th, 2012 9:23pm

Honkers close beach to swimmers

A group of Canada geese recently caused the closure of a popular swimming hole on North Whidbey Island. Island County Public Health announced earlier this month that the western part of Cranberry Lake, located on the Whidbey Island side of Deception Pass State Park, is closed to swimming until further notice.

  • Aug 14th, 2012 9:17pm

Transit highway changes ruffle nearby residents

Residents living on the edge of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve are concerned proposed changes to an intersection will make driving conditions on Highway 20 even more dangerous.

  • Aug 10th, 2012 10:40pm

Groundskeeper works to preserve Greenbank Farm’s history

At one time the Greenbank Farm was home to more than 100 acres of loganberries, which made it the largest grower of the raspberry/blackberry hybrid in the country.

  • Aug 1st, 2012 7:00pm

Ragnar Relay racers raise safety concern in Coupeville

Two spots of congestion that took place in Coupeville during a popular relay race is prompting concerns about runner safety.

  • Jul 27th, 2012 10:49pm

Loganberry Fest features vault demo

Equestrian Crossing will be holding demonstrations on vaulting, which is similar to gymnastics on a horse, and hippotherapy, which is a form of physical therapy that utilizes movements of horses.

  • Jul 20th, 2012 11:32pm

Sunken Penn Cove boat boosts port coffers

The sinking of a crab boat in Penn Cove turned into an unexpected windfall for the Port of Coupeville. The Deep Sea, a 128-foot crab boat, sank in mid-May near the shellfish farm in Penn Cove.

  • Jun 26th, 2012 10:39pm

Daytime cut allows late ferry sailings across Admiralty Inlet

Temporary tweaks in the sailing schedule will allow for late-evening trips on the ferry route across Admiralty Inlet on the weekends.

  • Jun 19th, 2012 9:09pm

Greenbank 9 sought for farm review

A process is starting that could change how the Greenbank Farm is operated.

  • Jun 1st, 2012 9:22pm

State cooks up new rules for small bakers

The days of Fido begging for a tasty snippet of bread are ending as small-scale bakers producing out of their homes will have to develop a plan to limit kitchen access of young children and pets.

  • May 4th, 2012 10:45pm

Coupeville port may copy South Whidbey

When it comes to handing out money to community projects, at least one Port of Coupeville commissioner thinks the Port of South Whidbey may have a better approach.

  • Apr 20th, 2012 10:09pm

Whidbey’s 4-H coop tour is for the birds

The Bassett family built a nice home for their chickens and they want everybody to see it. Their light blue chicken coop, complete with a large observation window, will be one of the coops featured in the third annual Whidbey Island Coop Tour, which is sponsored by the Rock’n Doodle 4-H Poultry Club

  • Apr 19th, 2012 6:00pm

Electric charging stations advance on Whidbey

The town of Coupeville is paving the way for electric cars. The Coupeville Town Council approved rules for allowing the installation of charging stations, which would benefit electric vehicles traveling through town.

  • Mar 30th, 2012 11:28pm

Whidbey grocery stores stock up as liquor law changes approach

Booze will soon start flowing out of some of South Whidbey’s largest grocery stores in June, leaving the fate of traditional small liquor stores in question.

  • Mar 26th, 2012 3:58pm