Spencer Webster

Spencer posted 105 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Concerns linger over funding plan for Freeland sewer system

OAK HARBOR — Island County officials continue to debate how soon, and how much, money the county should devote to building a new sewer system for Freeland.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:45pm

Bones found on Bush Point beach not human

Island County Coroner Robert Bishop said Thursday morning the bones found last week on the beach near Bush Point are not human remains.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:34pm

Activist recounts arrest in Nigeria

FREELAND — At times, it was like one big joke.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:35pm

Navy’s new Growler is almost home

OAK HARBOR — The Navy’s latest jet, the EA-18G Growler, will arrive in skies over Whidbey Island in little more than a week.

  • May 24th, 2008 8:00am

Gas hits $4 per gallon

FREELAND — Gas prices topped $4 per gallon on the South End this past week and drivers were not happy.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:36pm

Commissioners pass timeout for Freeland

COUPEVILLE - Island County commissioners unanimously passed a one-year timeout Monday on development proposals that could conflict with Freeland’s new growth plan.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:37pm

Driver pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash case

COUPEVILLE - The woman accused of killing a beloved community volunteer in a drunk driving crash last year pled guilty to one charge of vehicular homicide in Island County Superior Court Tuesday morning.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:38pm

Randi Shelton pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

The woman accused of killing a beloved community volunteer in a drunk driving crash last year plead guilty to one charge of vehicular homicide in Island County Superior Court Tuesday morning.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:38pm

Researchers look for answers on declining hummingbird population

LANGLEY — Imagine sipping nearly 100 to 200 pounds of sugar water through a narrow straw every day. Now imagine flapping your arms more than 50 times per second and flying a distance of 300 to 500 miles.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:39pm

Hospital district defers bond ballot for 2008

A ballot measure to renovate Whidbey General Hospital won't make it onto the ballot this year.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:39pm

Clinton community wants the state to act on traffic issues

CLINTON — A decade of broken promises by the state Department of Transportation about fixing traffic problems in Clinton has some residents hot under the disc brakes.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:39pm

School district hosts Navigation 2020 community meeting

South Whidbey School District will receive $1 million less from the state next year as student enrollment continues to plummet.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:40pm

Construction of new Langley fire station is ahead of schedule

New station expected to open in September.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:40pm

‘Men in Kilts’ to raise money for family

FREELAND - It won’t be Milan or even Edinburgh, but South Enders will get to see the latest in kilt fashion trends during an upcoming fundraiser event.

  • May 7th, 2008 8:00am

County revises its environmental review of Camp Casey proposal

Seattle Pacific University has more work to do to pass muster with the county on its development plans for Camp Casey.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:41pm

Clinton paving project starts with sidewalks and ramps

Work began this morning on improvements along Highway 525 in Clinton.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:42pm

Peacock calls Greenbank woman’s yard home

GREENBANK — When two peacocks and five peahens wandered onto a Greenbank homeowner’s spacious yard one Saturday earlier this month, she enjoyed their extravagant presence.

  • May 3rd, 2008 8:00am

Thieves continue to target South End homes

The string of home burglaries that started earlier this year on the South End appears to be continuing. Within the past week, there have been seven reports of burglaries or vehicle prowling incidents at homes in Clinton, Langley and Freeland.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:42pm

Freeland residents upset over plan for storage warehouse

COUPEVILLE — It’s nothing but a small grassy lot at the foot of Freeland Hill right now. But if Terry Otey of Freeland gets his proposed project approved, the narrow lot near the Freeland Library could become a warehouse and storage facility.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:43pm

State official to review Clinton safety troubles

Island County Commissioner Phil Bakke has gotten the state's attention with his recent letter that blasted the state Department of Transportation over traffic safety in Clinton. Paula Hammond, the state’s transportation secretary, has agreed to take a look at the issues and visit Clinton for herself in a few weeks.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:44pm

County narrows search for polluters

FREELAND — Island County doesn't know precisely where the pollution is coming from that's fouling Holmes Harbor, but officials said they have narrowed their focus to four areas within Freeland as the likely problem areas.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:44pm

Another life lost

In August 2001, at the age of 21, Bewley joined the ranks of the Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal technicians as his father Ronald and brother J. Patrick witnessed his proud moment. But friends and family in Hector, a tiny town in central Arkansas, are now mourning the loss of Bewley. The sailor was killed in action on Nov. 8 in Salah ad Din province, Iraq; the sixth sailor assigned to Whidbey who had died in the war.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:19pm

Nichols Brothers files for bankruptcy

Company could get sold at auction Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 proceedings at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Washington on Friday, Nov. 16.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:17pm

Clinton woman helps cancer patients as a Chemo Angel

CLINTON — Clarence may have gotten his wings, but some angels don’t need wings to do their good work. Take Roberta Tarr for instance, who works as a Chemo Angel.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:15pm

Bayview students get close-up look at science at Hutch High

SEATTLE — Most days, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle is a nonprofit biomedical-research institution. Last week, though, the research center added teaching teens to its duties when it hosted “Hutch High.”

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:14pm

Navy honors sailor killed in Iraq

OAK HARBOR — He had the go-get-’em gusto of a professional wrestler, set off by the wild whiskers of a mountain man or a rock-n-roll rebel like Elvis. A somber crowd of sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island gave a tear-filled farewell Tuesday to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Bewley at a memorial service in the Navy’s base movie theater.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:14pm

Nichols hires back workers

Work restarts on new tugboat Nichols rehired 50 of its employees Friday night and put them back to work Monday morning on Baydelta Maritime’s tugboat, company officials said.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:12pm

Residents rally to fight proposal

GREENBANK — Neighbors of Rempel Brothers Concrete, Inc. are protesting the company’s proposed expansion of mining operations. Residents of the Wildwoodview Acres neighborhood south of Ledgewood Beach warn the proposed 100-acre gravel pit could contaminate the aquifer that supplies drinking water. They are also angry that Island County told nearby property owners about the proposal during a long holiday break, giving residents little time to respond to the company’s application for the pit.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:12pm

Commissioners OK Freeland growth plan

FREELAND — Island County commissioners unanimously voted to designate Freeland an urban area after a public meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church Monday night.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:11pm

Chiropractor organizes ERGO Day

A Clinton computer store is hosting ERGO Day today, which will include a lecture and day-long market of ergonomic furniture and other computer accessories.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:10pm

SWHS teen killed while crossing Highway 525

A 15-year-old Greenbank teen was hit by a car and killed while on her way home from Christmas shopping Saturday afternoon. Tonya Scriven, a sophomore at South Whidbey High School, was trying to walk across Highway 525 near Greenbank Farm when she was hit by a car driven by a Coupeville man.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:10pm

Bayview School student wins logo contest

FREELAND — A Bayview School student is the winner of the design contest for Saratoga Community Housing’s new logo. The Saratoga Community Housing, a community land trust project, is so new that it didn’t have a logo.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:09pm

Blaze claims home

FREELAND — A fire that ignited in a garage raged through an adjacent Freeland home, destroying it and many of the homeowner’s possessions. The Dec. 19 fire also displaced the house’s owner, Don Binder, who is now living at a nearby hotel.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:09pm

Newsletter raises concerns in school district

South Whidbey School District officials are scrambling this week to knock down criticism that its classrooms and bathrooms are dirty because of cutbacks in the hours for custodians for the Intermediate and Primary schools.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 5:04pm

Another Lost Summer

FREELAND — It could be a long while before hikers can freely enjoy the beach again at South Whidbey State Park. Park officials said last week they don’t know when the beach will be reopened after a federal grant they thought would pay for repairs was spent on disaster relief in California. The closure will mark the second summer the popular stretch of sand along Admiralty Inlet will be closed.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:53pm

Board pauses to consider resignation

BAYVIEW — Bayview School students have started a petition drive to keep Scott Mauk as director of their school. But it may not be enough to keep the popular leader of Bayview School in place. Mauk is deeply dissatisfied with the status quo in his role as teacher and director for the alternative school and said he still plans to step down from the director position.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:52pm

Firefighters, EMTs and others win awards at fire district banquet

FREELAND — Firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other personnel from Fire District 3 were recently recognized by their peers for outstanding service to the community.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:52pm

Fight in Freeland leads to knife wounds

A fight at a Freeland home last week between five men left some of the combatants injured with knife wounds and others with cuts and bruises.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:52pm

Shipyard is on the rebound

New CEO says Nichols Brothers is now at capacity

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:51pm

Fire burns wall, books of Bayview guest home

BAYVIEW — A fire broke out in a guest home of a Langley couple Thursday morning, but quick thinking by the owners of the property prevented serious damage.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:51pm

Putney Woods celebration is today

PUTNEY WOODS — After months of hosting post-digging work parties, marking and verifying trails and beautifying the main entrance, the Island County Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen will offer tribute to the trail system’s namesake, Gary Putney, at a ceremony this morning.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:51pm

Volunteers needed on upcoming projects Habitat for Humanity kicks off home-building project in Greenbank A HOME OF OUR OWN

GREENBANK — It’s just a modest rectangle of concrete rimmed by trees.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:50pm

Local man arrested after foiled break-in attempt

A Langley man was arrested Sunday as a suspect in two attempted burglaries of Langley businesses, Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg said Monday.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:50pm

Search-and-rescue dog teams find missing California woman

A visitor from California spent a night lost in the woods near Clinton and was found by search and rescue dogs the next day.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:49pm

Local activist detained by Nigerian military

A well-known Langley-based activist has been detained with four filmmakers in Nigeria and is currently being held by Nigerian authorities.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:49pm

County signs will go to the dogs in Freeland

FREELAND — It’s not quite like winning at Westminster, but soon your family dog may have a shot at fame and glory.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:48pm

Appeal puts county and Freeland cityhood supporters on hold

An appeal of the growth plan for Freeland has put Island County officials in a holding pattern.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:48pm

Langley man released in Nigeria

Joel Bisina, a Nigerian citizen and Langley resident, has been released from Nigerian custody along with four Seattle-based filmmakers.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:48pm

Blaze is deemed as accidental

LANGLEY — A Langley house went up in flames around noon Wednesday while the owners weren’t home and was destroyed by the fire and the smoke it created.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:47pm

Bisina and film crew win release

LANGLEY — A Langley man and four Seattle-based film-

  • Jun 25th, 2008 4:47pm