In an area that many believe is in its economic death-throes, one new business is on the verge of celebrating its one year anniversary. Meet MAKE Whidbey Market, a small-town shop nestled between Cozy’s Roadhouse and Cadée Distillery in the heart of downtown Clinton. According to owner Janae Cameron, the business didn’t just survive the tricky first year, it’s growing. In fact, she’s reporting increased sales for the past two months as a result of adding a wider variety of products to their storefront. And she’s not an isolated success story. Sixteen new businesses have come to town in the past 18 months, and another — a noodle bar — is slated to open this summer. So if Clinton is supposed to be dead, what gives?
Making good on plans to trim staff, the South Whidbey School District announced it has reduced 6.5 teaching and administration positions. The cuts will go into effect at the end of the school year.
June is Orca Awareness Month, and the Orca Network is planning to celebrate with a concert. The organization has invited singer/songwriter Dana Lyons, who has just returned from an East Coast tour, to perform in Langley. The concert is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday June 4 at the Langley Whale Center, 115 Anthes Avenue. Cost is a suggested donation of $10; all proceeds benefit the Langley Whale Center.
Supporters of Joseph Whidbey State Park upset with the idea of private development in their park can breath a sigh of relief. Joseph Whidbey is no longer under consideration for recreational business activities (RBA). At least, for now. The scenic waterfront park in Oak Harbor didn’t make the final cut of state parks being considered for the proposal, a controversial idea Washington State Parks is exploring that would allow private investors to help develop visitor amenities in an effort to provide additional revenue for a cash-strapped state parks system.
The 2016 Salish Sea Early Music Festival will hold its last performance this season at 7 p.m., June 6, at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church at 5217 Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland.
A Langley Middle School chaperone was assaulted and hospitalized Thursday while on a sixth grade field trip to Seattle.
A large retrospective exhibit and sale of photographs by Langley photographer Ed Severinghaus can be seen at the Deer Lagoon Grange this week. The images are all mounted on rigid mats and can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 in the grange hall, 5142 Bayview Road.
Bundled in blankets just a few feet from his nearly submerged aircraft, a shivering pilot told The Record, “Yes,” he did have a final comment.
Aviators who fly the F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler are reporting problems with air contamination as well as loss of oxygen and pressurization during flight, and at least one lawmaker wants the Navy to conduct an independent review of the problem.
Whidbey Children’s Theater Executive Director Cait Cassée is stepping down from her role after four years at the helm of the Langley-based non-profit organization.
Citing newly discovered evidence, one party litigation against a Coupeville couple who are blocking a Greenbank public beach access with a wall told the Skagit County Superior Court May 17 that the case’s “facts are undisputed and the law is clear,” urging the court to decide the matter without a trial.
Clinton resident Dale Kerslake and her timid 4-year-old poodle, Keiko, anxiously step up to the starting line as they await the signal to search. Keiko makes no attempt to interact with people nearby, instead cowering by Kerslake’s leg. But when the signal is given, Keiko suddenly leaps into action to lead her owner through the course, confidently sniffing her way through every nook and cranny. The game is nose work, a fast-growing dog sport that teaches owners to develop their canine’s natural scenting ability. Individual pups are tasked with sniffing out scents left in designated areas by a nose work instructor, with owners often unaware of the scents’ locations at the higher skill levels.
One of Langley’s most waggish events for people and their dogs will take place Memorial Day, May 30. The third annual PAWZ 5k/10k run/walk will begin on Second Street, with the 5k race starting at 9 a.m. and 10k at 9:15 a.m. The Kids Fun Run starts at 10:30 a.m. Organizers added a 10k race this year to engage those who requested a longer run. Participants are encouraged to bring two or four-legged friends and the race is open to everyone, whether you want to run or walk, are young or old, have a dog or not.
The theme of this year’s Whidbey Telecom directory-cover contest is “What brings you happiness?” the company said in a prepared release. Any medium and style may be used to depict “what inspires you to enjoy life in this area,” it said. Artwork or photographs may be submitted at the company’s customer-care center, 1651 Main Street in Freeland, through 5 p.m. Friday, July 15. The winner will receive $500, and the winning work will be featured on the cover of about 15,000 telephone directories.
An Oak Harbor man took his own life Sunday night after he apparently thought he had killed his wife, according to police and fire officials. A 27-year-old man choked his 28-year-old spouse into unconsciousness in the side yard of their East Whidbey Avenue house. A neighbor witnessed the assault and called 911 to report a possible homicide at just after 10 p.m., according to city officials. The neighbor ran over to the couple as the man was holding the woman on the ground. Both the neighbor and the husband, later identified as Michael J. Gibbons, thought that the woman was dead and cried out, according to officials.
Sewer rate increases in Langley will be discussed at 5:30 p.m. June 6 at the council’s regular monthly meting. Langley began updating its sewer comprehensive plan in 2014 and adopted the final plan April 4. Step-up rates over the next six years will go toward paying for recommended maintenance, capital infrastructure improvements and sustainable future management, according to a brochure on the city’s website.
There will be races for Island County commissioner after all. Just hours before press time, Gary Wray, a Coupeville Republican and business owner, filed against incumbent Helen Price Johnson, a Clinton Democrat representing District 1 — South and Central Whidbey. Also, two previously undeclared candidates filed this week to run against Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, a Republican who is seeking her second term. The seat represents District 2, which is roughly the city of Oak Harbor.
Nearly 100 people and Island County government officials gathered at the South Whidbey High School commons on May 19 to address property crime issues facing the South End. Organized by the Island County Sheriff’s Office, the meeting began as a calm informational session on new resources available to the public and what residents can do to secure their possessions, but became a heated and open discussion once questions started rolling in from community members.
A Sunlight Beach man and equestrian group volunteer was killed in a horse accident at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley this week. According to the Island County Coroner’s Office, Marshall MacElveen was in a trailer with three horses just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was fatally injured by one of the animals. He was 61.
An influx of clearcuts is coming to Whidbey Island, according to recent Department of Natural Resources decisions analyzed by a local environmental-protection group.