Roy Jacobson

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St. Augustine’s gets ready to dedicate new church

St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church will dedicate its new addition next weekend, a 9,400-square-foot, two-story expansion that nearly doubles the size of the church’s facilities.

  • Jun 6th, 2011 4:00pm

Fire District 3 hopes new childcare option will bolster volunteer force

Island County Fire District 3 plans to establish a drop-in childcare facility where volunteer emergency responders can leave their children while they attend a department training session or race to an emergency.

  • Jun 5th, 2011 7:05pm

New pastor promises to continue forward-looking tradition

It’s déjà vu for Rev. Mary Boyd, who will have a homecoming of sorts when she becomes new pastor of Langley United Methodist Church in July.

  • Jun 3rd, 2011 5:16pm

UPDATE | Judge still in hospital after cycle crash

An Island County District Court judge remained in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Tuesday morning after being injured when his motorcycle collided with a deer on Highway 20 north of Coupeville early Sunday morning.

  • May 31st, 2011 11:38pm

Volunteer’s birthday gifts just keep on giving

Once a Hometown Hero, always a hometown hero.

  • May 30th, 2011 6:00pm

Duke LeBaron never met a local cause he didn’t like

Duke LeBaron moved to South Whidbey for good in 1986, and after that rarely found a reason to leave.

  • May 28th, 2011 6:00pm

McRae House is prime patient in Langley’s medical history

Neither volcano nor mudslide nor chilly thermostat have failed to dampen the resiliency of a roomy 1940s three-bedroom house on Edgecliff Road in Langley which remains a rich chapter of the city’s medical history.

  • May 28th, 2011 5:00pm

Langley merchant Virginia LaRue was a First Street legend

The Queen of Langley was scheduled to make a farewell trip through downtown on Friday afternoon.

  • May 28th, 2011 4:12pm

Poppy Girls highlight the annual bouquet of local Memorial Day events

Lindsay Feris relishes her role in ongoing Memorial Day activities on South Whidbey, being from a family steeped in military tradition.

  • May 27th, 2011 7:07pm

Talent show gets ready to roll in Langley

Tickets are on sale now for Good Cheer’s second annual fundraising extravaganza, “Mother of All Talent Shows Rides Again.”

  • May 25th, 2011 5:32pm

Future users of Trillium Woods get their say

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is shooting the works to gather as much public comment as possible about the future use of its latest acquisition, the 654-acre Trillium Community Forest north of Freeland.

  • May 26th, 2011 3:42pm

Seventy-five years later, the Clyde is still the picture of health

Blake Willeford remembers the day astronaut George “Pinky” Nelson stopped by the Clyde Theatre in downtown Langley to take in a movie. As the famous astronomer, who in his NASA career logged more than 400 hours in space, was fumbling to come up with the right change for a ticket, Willeford said he attempted to expedite the process.

  • May 13th, 2011 3:49pm

New full-day kindergarten to be offered by district

Kindergarten will have a new look in the South Whidbey School District next fall.

  • May 8th, 2011 11:14pm

McLeod House going strong despite being a ghost of itself

Living history? Check out the McLeod House in downtown Langley. “Maggie McLeod still haunts the halls,” said Fred Lundahl. “Sometimes jewelry that was in one place one day is in a different place another day.”

  • May 6th, 2011 2:10pm

Work picking up on Skagit Farmers Supply’s new $2.3 million store in Freeland

Foundation work is well under way on a new Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store in Freeland that is expected to boost the local economy and create 15 new jobs, company officials said Tuesday.

  • May 4th, 2011 10:00pm

Team of young underwater robot builders poised to make waves again

A team of five youngsters in grades five through eight are back in the pool again with a new gadget, practicing for another underwater robot competition this weekend.

  • May 5th, 2011 4:32pm

Water level in Deer Lake: Too much of a good thing

Even in a water wonderland there can be too much water. One of the wettest late winter and springs in island history has not only caused several large mudslides on the South End, but has swelled lake levels to the possible destructive point, officials said.

  • May 4th, 2011 6:38pm

Vandals strike at Putney, Saratoga Woods

Vandals damaged a portable toilet and an information kiosk at two nature preserves in the South End during the weekend.

  • May 3rd, 2011 11:52pm

Citizens’ advisory panel likely as sewer debate moves forward

A citizens’ advisory committee is expected to be formed to work with water and sewer commissioners to come up with a way to make sewers affordable — and palatable — to the community.

  • Apr 30th, 2011 10:00pm

A look back at the rise and fall of Whidbey’s fishing resorts

Bill Haroldson remembers the big one that got away during the glory days of Whidbey Island salmon fishing, when 30-pound kings were common.

  • Apr 30th, 2011 6:00pm

Whidbey effort to create new credit union meets first objective

A campaign to form a federal credit union on Whidbey Island has cleared its first hurdle, organizers said this week.

  • Apr 29th, 2011 11:43pm

UPDATE | Tributes flow for FD3’s longest-serving volunteer

Carl Simmons prided himself on being the first firefighter to roll.

  • Apr 27th, 2011 6:00pm

Coop tour will get people clucking with an up-close look at the world of chickens

Kelly Uhlig finds chickens irresistible, and thinks you will, too.

  • Apr 28th, 2011 5:40pm

South Whidbey event designed to help kids cope — and lend a hand

A plan to involve local school children in the effort to help victims of Japan’s deadly earthquake and tsunami is generating a rising tide of enthusiasm.

  • Apr 24th, 2011 6:00pm

Bush Point slide is the latest legacy of a soggy spring

One of the wettest months of March on record has claimed another muddy coup — a 100-foot-wide landslide on a bluff overlooking Admiralty Inlet that wiped out part of a county road.

  • Apr 23rd, 2011 3:56pm

Korean visitors tour Record, News-Times newsroom

The offices of the Record and the Whidbey News-Times took on an international flavor this week with the visit of two South Korean media representatives.

  • Apr 21st, 2011 3:21pm

Buddhist stupa is nearly complete

A major Tibetan Buddhist symbol of peace, tranquility and posterity will be blessed this week at Earth Sanctuary east of Freeland.

  • Apr 21st, 2011 10:08pm

Fire district takes another look at its Bayview headquarters plan

Island County Fire District 3 officials are rethinking their long-considered plan for a new headquarters and training facility at Bayview.

  • Apr 22nd, 2011 2:39pm

Skagit Valley College to cut classes in Clinton

Skagit Valley College will scale back it’s Clinton branch in the fall, eliminating several on-site classes and emphasizing online study, a school official said this week.

  • Apr 16th, 2011 5:04pm

Tickets now on sale for South Whidbey Schools Foundation gala

If you want to go to bat for local schools, here’s a chance to step up to the plate and take a big swing. The annual fundraising gala of the South Whidbey Schools Foundation will be next month. Donations go to help fill the district’s budget shortfall caused by the lingering sour economy and declining enrollment.

  • Apr 15th, 2011 10:09pm

Port, fair go after federal grant for commercial kitchen in Langley

Local food vendors can stand the heat — they just need a…

  • Apr 14th, 2011 2:29pm

Runaway dogs rescued from old lube pit in Clinton

Roxie and Tucker got more excitement than they bargained for when they flew the coop for a night on the town in Clinton.

  • Apr 13th, 2011 4:33pm

UPDATE | Freeland sewer plan put on hold ‘indefinitely’

A plan to form a local improvement district (LID) to finance a $40 million sewer system for Freeland was submerged for now by its own financial weight, officials acknowledge.

  • Apr 9th, 2011 10:06pm

No word yet on federal funding for a new fireboat for South Whidbey

They’re still waiting to hear about a new fireboat, but the budget shortfall is under control and a new name is on the horizon, Island County Fire District 3 Chief Rusty Palmer said this week.

  • Apr 10th, 2011 5:03pm

Arson suspected in Maxwelton motor-home fire

Someone apparently torched an abandoned motor home in the Maxwelton Valley on Wednesday night, officials say.

  • Apr 7th, 2011 7:28pm

Search continues for Clinton bank robber

The search is still on for the man who robbed the Clinton branch of Whidbey Island Bank on March 22.

  • Apr 6th, 2011 5:28pm

Port of South Whidbey urged to get in the Mukilteo parking business

Curt Gordon sees an opportunity on the other side of the water to help island commuters and overnight visitors.

  • Apr 7th, 2011 3:20pm

Restoration of Glendale Creek moves forward

The first phase of a three-pronged project to restore Glendale Creek to make it more salmon-friendly will be presented to Island County commissioners next week.

  • Apr 3rd, 2011 7:36pm

Langley hopes improved road markings will coax more people to town

You CAN get there from here, and Langley hopes snappier road signs will help point the way.

  • Apr 2nd, 2011 4:43pm

Let the sun shine in: Kids study sustainability with solar oven

Students in Kathy Stanley’s combined second- and third-grade class at South Whidbey Elementary School are learning about sustainability firsthand this school year.

  • Mar 31st, 2011 2:36pm

UPDATE | Ferry terminal work wrapped up, construction company to get bonus

Crews working to upgrade the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal completed the bulk of their work this past weekend, eliminating the need for a third closure planned for the weekend coming up, ferry officials said Monday.

  • Mar 30th, 2011 6:13pm

Brainpower propels South Whidbey team to state tournament

The six members of South Whidbey Elementary School’s Destination ImagiNation team hope their performance will propel them into the competition’s national finals later in the year, with a chance to win a lot of money.

  • Mar 30th, 2011 6:17pm

Good Cheer wins an award for its volunteer program

Good Cheer Food Bank has received $5,000 and a special award for its volunteer program from Western Washington’s largest hunger relief organization.

  • Mar 28th, 2011 5:56pm

Updated subarea plan seen as Freeland’s foundation

The updated plan is in place. Development regulations are on the horizon. Can sewers be far behind?

  • Mar 27th, 2011 6:00pm

Long ferry ride to Clinton is money in the bank for local businesses

It wasn’t so great for travelers, but it was dynamite for business. The first round of ferry detours from Clinton to Edmonds and back this past weekend served up 90-minute waits between boats and plenty of pizza and burgers on the Clinton shore.

  • Mar 24th, 2011 4:19pm

Budget-cuts demonstration draws a crowd in Clinton

There was a crowd of many ages, signs of protest, four police cars — and, best of all, no rain.

  • Mar 19th, 2011 3:58pm

Heavy rains lead to Maxwelton Beach flooding

The water has to go somewhere, and a lot of it late this week was in the Maxwelton Valley.

  • Mar 19th, 2011 3:59pm

Near-miss car accident at Glendale Road raises a hole lot of questions

A young driver from Sequim was lucky this past weekend while trying to find his way near Glendale, residents say — he and his car might have landed in a 25-foot-deep hole.

  • Mar 18th, 2011 11:41pm

Slides continue in beleaguered Whidbey Shores neighborhood

Smaller mudslides continued through the night Monday in the wake of a large slide this past weekend that blocked East Point Drive, hit two houses and damaged two vehicles in the Whidbey Shores waterfront neighborhood north of Langley.

  • Mar 16th, 2011 4:39pm

Meerkerk Gardens in Greenbank prunes staff to battle economic pinch

A projected 20-percent decline in revenue has forced Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank to reorganize, board president Robert Boehm said Monday.

  • Mar 16th, 2011 5:35pm