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Blythe Hawley steps into South Whidbey Fire/EMS commissioner role

South Whidbey Fire/EMS recently seated a new member on its board of commissioners. Freeland resident Adrienne Blythe Hawley assumed the commissioner role at the start… Continue reading

 

Langley’s rabbit discussion returns; Port weighs options

Concerns over diseases and rabbit hole liability has brought back Langley’s bunny discussion. The Fairgrounds Advisory Committee, the group overseeing the property’s transfer to the… Continue reading

 

Langley settles lawsuit; mayor takes issue with claim

The City of Langley last week paid $15,000 to settle a lawsuit by Langley resident John Norby over alleged breaches of the state’s Public Records… Continue reading

 

Police: Suspect, 28, taped himself beating a homeless man

A 28-year-old Oak Harbor resident is facing a felony assault charge after he videotaped himself beating up a homeless man, court documents state. Jon M.… Continue reading

Goosefoot gives out $88,000 to nonprofits

Ten Whidbey Island nonprofit organizations are the beneficiaries of Goosefoot Community Fund’s first official grant cycle. Goosefoot awarded close to $88,000 in grants. The Goosefoot… Continue reading

Sea Float Scramble brings about 1,000 scavengers to Langley

One-of-a-kind glass orbs and wishing stones littered Seawall Park in Langley Saturday morning, but if you blinked you might have missed a chance to take… Continue reading

Property owners give trail-saving effort a timeline

In July, Langley resident Shelley Ackerman launched efforts to prevent a trail system near her home from being sold, logged and developed. After months of… Continue reading

Uptick in sightings reassures whale experts

The Southern Resident orcas are making their way back to the shores of Whidbey Island after a summer and early fall hiatus. They’re going to… Continue reading

Freeland couple welcomes Whidbey’s first 2018 baby

A Freeland couple welcomed Whidbey Island’s first baby of 2018 hours into New Year’s Day. Ford Ellis Williams was born at 8:39 a.m. in his… Continue reading

Langley City Council asks for climate change action

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s carbon fee-and-dividend proposal did not get the Langley City Council’s stamp of approval on Tuesday night at city hall. Instead, the… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.

County commissioner calls prosecutor ‘snake,’ liar

Tensions boiled over Wednesday when Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks asked the Island County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire an outside attorney for… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.

2017: A year in review

So long, 2017. Monday is the start of a new year. It’s unclear what’s in store for 2018, but if it’s anything like this year,… Continue reading

Polar bears dive into new year at Double Bluff

It was a chilly yet refreshing jump into the new year for participants in the 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge on Monday at Double Bluff… Continue reading

From left, Elijah Lisenby, Kenna Kooyman and Fia Cooper-Ewing practice using small drones during winter Sea Cadet training at Camp Casey. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’ at recent winter training camp

Sea Cadets from all over the country gathered last week at Camp Casey to immerse themselves in Navy culture. The winter training at the Whidbey… Continue reading

From left, Elijah Lisenby, Kenna Kooyman and Fia Cooper-Ewing practice using small drones during winter Sea Cadet training at Camp Casey. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Lodging tax committee asks for money back

Island County awarded grants to 13 nonprofits to promote tourism using lodging tax fund in 2017. The process for awarding these grants was different this… Continue reading

Skagit Valley College moves to LMS

Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center is on the move again. The local college recently relocated from South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus to the… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth budget set at $272 million

Additional patients forecast at hospital, clinics

Rapists, crashes, fires among top read stories of 2017

It was a busy year for the South Whidbey Record. Its staff reached nearly 500,000 online readers during the year logging more than 1.4 million… Continue reading

Sound Waters University: turning education into action

A popular one-day university for all things environmental is returning to South Whidbey in February 2018, but it comes with a slight wrinkle. Sound Waters… Continue reading

Plan to refurbish story pole at fairgrounds taking shape

For generations, the indigenous “story pole” has towered over the main entrance of the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds. After years of aging and decreasing stability, plans… Continue reading