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They dreamed of snow on South Whidbey, and so it came to be

Many South Enders got what they hoped for when they woke up…

 

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                                A porpoise skeleton called “Maxine” was recently installed at the Langley Whale Center.

Porpoise skeleton at whale museum found on Maxwelton Beach

A porpoise skeleton exhibit was installed at the Langley Whale Center on…

 

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Clinton considers cycling future; proposed bike route could stretch from Deer Lake to ferry

South Whidbey cyclists and residents were given a glimpse into a more…

 

Island County OK’s $85.7 million budget for 2017

A pilot project to address increasing opioid use in Whidbey and Camano…

Certified Island County election results yield no surprises

Island County’s 2016 General Election results were certified Tuesday, revealing no surprises.…

Langley man calls foul over shredded records

Langley is facing another lawsuit over alleged state Public Records Act violations.…

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Suquamish to join Tokitae on Clinton ferry route

A small effort that began in Clinton and blossomed into an area-wide…

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Missing funds at South Whidbey High School Booster Club sparks case

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is working on a felony-level theft case…

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                                Two Langley public works employees use a tool to turn water back on for residents around Third Street following the fracture of a water main line. Residents in the area will be without water for a couple hours today as repairs are made to the pipe.

Waterline break disrupts service in Langley | UPDATE

A water main that fractured in Langley on Tuesday has caused headaches…

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                                Two Langley public works employees use a tool to turn water back on for residents around Third Street following the fracture of a water main line. Residents in the area will be without water for a couple hours today as repairs are made to the pipe.
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                                Oasis for Animals owner Jean Favini holds a kitten who survived the fire named Bob. Favini says Bob ate for the first time when a Record reporter visited her office.

Rescue owner risks fire to save cats

Nearly 20 cats owe another one of their nine lives to Oasis…

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                                Oasis for Animals owner Jean Favini holds a kitten who survived the fire named Bob. Favini says Bob ate for the first time when a Record reporter visited her office.
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                                An L-shaped driveway with two parking areas has already been developed and is ready for Habitat for Humanity’s 10 multi-family housing project in Langley. The lot to the left of it in this picture is the other parcel that is being purchased.

Habitat for Humanity eyes 10-home project in Langley

In its largest project to date, Habitat for Humanity of Island County…

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                                An L-shaped driveway with two parking areas has already been developed and is ready for Habitat for Humanity’s 10 multi-family housing project in Langley. The lot to the left of it in this picture is the other parcel that is being purchased.

Port of South Whidbey OK’s $1.38 million budget

Port of South Whidbey commissioners this week approved a 2017 budget that…

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                                Lori O’Brien, a parent of two in the South Whidbey School District, discusses challenges associated with the potential closure of Langley Middle School at a community meeting on Wednesday night at South Whidbey High School.

Ongoing discussion moves toward Langley Middle School closure

All signs are pointing toward the closure of Langley Middle School. It’s…

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                                Lori O’Brien, a parent of two in the South Whidbey School District, discusses challenges associated with the potential closure of Langley Middle School at a community meeting on Wednesday night at South Whidbey High School.
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                                South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Wendy Moffatt douses the flames.

Mailman saves mail before scrambling from burning truck

A United States Postal Service truck burst into flames in Freeland on…

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                                South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Wendy Moffatt douses the flames.
Contributed photo Members of Hunziker’s family toss a biodegradable box containing Hunziker’s ashes off a ferry on the Mukilteo-to-Clinton route.

Saying goodbye the South Whidbey way

From the stern of a ferry on the Mukilteo-to-Clinton route Friday afternoon,…

Contributed photo Members of Hunziker’s family toss a biodegradable box containing Hunziker’s ashes off a ferry on the Mukilteo-to-Clinton route.
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                                Langley resident Bill Marshall uses a visual aid while practicing a speech at the first open house for the local Toastmasters chapter, South Whidbey Sound Off.

South Whidbey Toastmasters chapter aims for new members

Whether they’re aiming to overcome the fear of speeches, impress their employer…

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                                Langley resident Bill Marshall uses a visual aid while practicing a speech at the first open house for the local Toastmasters chapter, South Whidbey Sound Off.
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                                Contractors pump storm water from an empty lot at Brighton Beach in Clinton. The lot and the surrounding area was estimated to be submerged in about four feet of water.

Torrential downpour breaches Brighton Beach berm in Clinton

An evening rainstorm last week was too much for the Brighton Beach…

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                                Contractors pump storm water from an empty lot at Brighton Beach in Clinton. The lot and the surrounding area was estimated to be submerged in about four feet of water.
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Freeland sewer project hits snag; well costs, lifespan now in question

The viability of an $800,000 property the Freeland Water and Sewer District…

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Port of South Whidbey, Goosefoot consider kitchen partnership at fairgrounds

A hefty upgrade and potential expansion to a commercial kitchen at the…

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Star Store flooding headache traced to Second Street fix in Langley

Unintended consequences of the $2.2 million redesign of Second Street in 2014…

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                                Protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline stand outside Wells Fargo Bank in Coupeville Tuesday. The group opposes the bank funding the pipeline project and the potential impact to the environment.

Group rallies in Coupeville in support of Sioux Tribe

More than 100 island residents converged on Coupeville Tuesday to rally in…

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                                Protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline stand outside Wells Fargo Bank in Coupeville Tuesday. The group opposes the bank funding the pipeline project and the potential impact to the environment.
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                                Past volunteer James Canby serves up on Mobile Turkey Unit day in 2013.

Mobile Turkey Unit volunteers prepare for record serving year

At the end of the day, the Mobile Turkey Unit just wants…

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                                Past volunteer James Canby serves up on Mobile Turkey Unit day in 2013.
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                                Damon Arndt shows schematics of his proposed wellness centre to Rene Neff (center) and Ursula Shoudy (right) of the Langley City Council.

Langley looks at code change to green light wellness center

An amendment to Langley municipal code may be the next step toward…

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                                Damon Arndt shows schematics of his proposed wellness centre to Rene Neff (center) and Ursula Shoudy (right) of the Langley City Council.
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                                Eighth-grader Sophia Paczynski uses a soldering iron to attach wires to a dismantled auto back-up camera’s circuit board. The white box on left is for making a mold to create the camera’s waterproof casing.

Galileo ROV team to meet with Port of Seattle

South Whidbey’s Galileo ROV team will soon take a break from building…

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                                Eighth-grader Sophia Paczynski uses a soldering iron to attach wires to a dismantled auto back-up camera’s circuit board. The white box on left is for making a mold to create the camera’s waterproof casing.
Contributed photo The black ram that separated from the herd was spotted on Fish Road.

Loose ram in Freeland was part of herd

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

Contributed photo The black ram that separated from the herd was spotted on Fish Road.
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                                Ken Goff, a Freeland resident and Vietnam combat veteran, salutes the flag during a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday morning at Bayview Cemetery.

South Whidbey honors island veterans

Dozens gathered for a Veterans Day service on Friday morning at the…

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                                Ken Goff, a Freeland resident and Vietnam combat veteran, salutes the flag during a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday morning at Bayview Cemetery.
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                                The citizens of Ebey’s Reserve have filed a complaint with the state about the county Board of Health’s lack of action concerning Navy jets that practice at Outlying Field Coupeville.

State Board of Health to consider COER complaint

The Washington State Board of Health will consider in a meeting today…

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                                The citizens of Ebey’s Reserve have filed a complaint with the state about the county Board of Health’s lack of action concerning Navy jets that practice at Outlying Field Coupeville.
Evan Thompson / The Record Langley Clerk and Treasurer Debbie Mahler explains the reasoning behind the city’s 1 percent property increase at a city council meeting on Monday night.

City Council approves 1 percent increase for property taxes

The city of Langley’s top revenue source for the 2017 fiscal year…

Evan Thompson / The Record Langley Clerk and Treasurer Debbie Mahler explains the reasoning behind the city’s 1 percent property increase at a city council meeting on Monday night.
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Beating heroin — Island County builds outreach team to combat rising South Whidbey drug problem

A trio of Island County employees from different disciplines will hit the…

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ELECTION RESULTS: Bailey leads race for senate; HPJ, Johnson for commissioners

The incumbent candidates in state and county races affecting Whidbey Island were…

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                                Merle “Milo” Milfs (left) and George Clark (right), both, World War II veterans, gathered in Clark’s home in Freeland to discuss their service and experiences.

Remembering the lost on Veteran’s Day

It was a common sacrifice that connects World War II veterans Merle…

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                                Merle “Milo” Milfs (left) and George Clark (right), both, World War II veterans, gathered in Clark’s home in Freeland to discuss their service and experiences.

Decorate store fronts in Langley at Deck the Doors annual contest

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

A box truck struck and damaged a control panel at the Mukilteo ferry terminal on Saturday. Service on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route was closed but repairs have been made and the route is again back in service.

Clinton ferry service resumes following morning closure

The Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route is back in action. Washington State Ferries confirmed…

A box truck struck and damaged a control panel at the Mukilteo ferry terminal on Saturday. Service on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route was closed but repairs have been made and the route is again back in service.
A box truck struck and damaged a control panel at the Mukilteo ferry terminal on Saturday. Service on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route was closed but repairs have been made and the route is again back in service.

Clinton ferry service resumes following morning closure

The Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route is back in action. Washington State Ferries confirmed…

A box truck struck and damaged a control panel at the Mukilteo ferry terminal on Saturday. Service on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route was closed but repairs have been made and the route is again back in service.

Whidbey voters have until Tuesday to cast ballots

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

Contributed photo Volunteers from South Whidbey churches donated much needed gifts to Western State Hospital. Left to right: Jean Beers, Kathy Borson, Western State Hospital Director of Colunteer Services Laurel Lemke, Marilynn Strayer and Susan Knickerbocker.

Whidbey churches give big to Western State Hospital

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

Contributed photo Volunteers from South Whidbey churches donated much needed gifts to Western State Hospital. Left to right: Jean Beers, Kathy Borson, Western State Hospital Director of Colunteer Services Laurel Lemke, Marilynn Strayer and Susan Knickerbocker.
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Box truck cripples Mukilteo ferry terminal, closes entire route

Service on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route was brought to a sudden halt…

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                                Langley Mayor Tim Callison and Clerk and Treasurer Debbie Mahler examine the city’s 2017 draft budget on Wednesday morning. City leaders will release the budget for public viewing on Nov. 19.

Langley eyes $6.5 million budget, city to release full document Nov. 18

Revenues that make up Langley’s draft $6.5 million budget will be the…

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                                Langley Mayor Tim Callison and Clerk and Treasurer Debbie Mahler examine the city’s 2017 draft budget on Wednesday morning. City leaders will release the budget for public viewing on Nov. 19.
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                                South Whidbey Elementary School students head to the buses after school on Thursday afternoon. The South Whidbey School District is considering consolidation of school buildings which could reshuffle where kids go to school.

Closing a school? South Whidbey parents, teachers find grim facility plans hard to swallow

A picture that was once a blur of how the South Whidbey…

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                                South Whidbey Elementary School students head to the buses after school on Thursday afternoon. The South Whidbey School District is considering consolidation of school buildings which could reshuffle where kids go to school.
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                                South Whidbey High School senior Kari Hustad in the school band room as she and others prepare for “Footloose,” an upcoming musical by the drama program. Hustad was recently named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

South Whidbey senior named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Time is money for South Whidbey High School senior Kari Hustad. After all, she’s juggling…

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                                South Whidbey High School senior Kari Hustad in the school band room as she and others prepare for “Footloose,” an upcoming musical by the drama program. Hustad was recently named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.
Kyle Jensen / The Record Volunteer Kim Sorensen sifts through a patient’s file.

Lending a helping hand for 35 years

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

Kyle Jensen / The Record Volunteer Kim Sorensen sifts through a patient’s file.
Kyle Jensen / The Record Longtime Langley resident and travel writer Sue Frause stands in front of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts prior to her last Kitsch N’ Bitch show.

A farewell to South Whidbey’s live cooking show

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

Kyle Jensen / The Record Longtime Langley resident and travel writer Sue Frause stands in front of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts prior to her last Kitsch N’ Bitch show.

Navy will test wells on Whidbey for possibly hazardous contaminants

Wells near NAS Whidbey, OLF Coupeville to be tested for possibly hazardous chemical …

WAIF now chips all adopted pets

All animals adopted from the Whidbey Animals Improvement Foundation are now microchipped …

Evan Thompson / The Record Jim “Coach” Leierer’s daughter, Nanette Pierson (left) and community member Jon Chapman (right) stand on South Whidbey High School’s football field next to a picture of the deceased coach. The school board unanimously approved the stadium be renamed after longtime football coach Jim “Coach” Leierer on Wednesday night.

‘Coach’ lives on — South Whidbey School Board approves stadium be renamed after sports icon

Even in his 90s, Jim “Coach” Leierer was never far from the sidelines …

Evan Thompson / The Record Jim “Coach” Leierer’s daughter, Nanette Pierson (left) and community member Jon Chapman (right) stand on South Whidbey High School’s football field next to a picture of the deceased coach. The school board unanimously approved the stadium be renamed after longtime football coach Jim “Coach” Leierer on Wednesday night.
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                                South Whidbey School District’s Garden Program will be featured in an upcoming screening of Cultivating Kids on Nov. 2 at the Clyde Theater in Langley.

South Whidbey School District garden program hits the big screen

While some people may be distracted when filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin have a camera …

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                                South Whidbey School District’s Garden Program will be featured in an upcoming screening of Cultivating Kids on Nov. 2 at the Clyde Theater in Langley.
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                                Southern Resident orcas (J and K pods) swim through Saratoga Passage on Oct. 11 just offshore of Langley.

Orcas spotted off Whidbey shores, whale group announces

Southern Resident orcas have arrived in Puget Sound, the Orca Network recently…

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                                Southern Resident orcas (J and K pods) swim through Saratoga Passage on Oct. 11 just offshore of Langley.
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                                Arcan Cetin in court.

Mall shooting suspect appears in court, waives speedy trial

Suspect mall shooter waives right to a speedy trial as investigators continue to build case…

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                                Arcan Cetin in court.
Evan Thompson / The Record The South Whidbey Record and its staff took home some awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2016 better newspaper contest. Record reporter Evan Thompson’s photo of South Whidbey’s 11/12 All-Star Little League team earned second place in the Black and White Action Photos.

Record recognized for ‘general excellence’ in state newspaper contest

The South Whidbey Record earned top marks at the Washington Newspaper Publishers…

Evan Thompson / The Record The South Whidbey Record and its staff took home some awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2016 better newspaper contest. Record reporter Evan Thompson’s photo of South Whidbey’s 11/12 All-Star Little League team earned second place in the Black and White Action Photos.
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                                Local new staff hired for the Whidbey Island Conservation District started work this fall. Right to left include Kelsi Franzen, Marketing, Education and Outreach Coordinator and Matt Zupich, Natural Resource Planner.

Conservation district hires two, preps for planning effort

On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Whidbey Island Conservation District has hired…

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                                Local new staff hired for the Whidbey Island Conservation District started work this fall. Right to left include Kelsi Franzen, Marketing, Education and Outreach Coordinator and Matt Zupich, Natural Resource Planner.