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Langley council gives food truck two-day reprieve

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 8:50PM

The Langley City Council unanimously approved on Friday night a two-day stay of an order to desist business issued Thursday to food truck owner Joe Wierzbowski. The city suspended the man's mobile food vendor license for a violation of the ordinance's maximum vehicle length. City code dictates that mobile food vehicles not exceed 20 feet, and Mayor Fred McCarthy said the city measured it at 25 feet, while he also said that the owner said it was 23.5 feet.

Today's brushfires on South Whidbey scorched an estimated 15 acres, officials say

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 8:44PM

South Whidbey firefighters fought what they called the largest brushfire on the South End since the 1990s today. According to Mike Cotton, deputy chief for South Whidbey Fire/EMS, it scorched about 15 acres of grassland, damaged power lines and power poles, and threatened a number of buildings. Multiple island and state agencies responded to the emergency, it caused heavy traffic delays along Highway 525 and even resulted in some residents leaving their homes as a precautionary measure.

Desist order given to first food truck, Langley council to consider weekend allowance

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 9:48AM

The Langley City Council will meet in a special session tonight to consider a two-day suspension of a desist business order given to The Big Wierzbowski earlier this week.

2.5 percent vehicle, 1 percent passenger fare increases floated for state ferries

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00PM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 7:25PM

Ferry fare increases totaling 5 percent for vehicles and 2 percent for passengers over two years are proposed by the Washington State Transportation Commission. In a news release, the fare hikes would be staggered over time. The first increase would occur Oct. 1 this year with 2.5 percent for vehicles and 1 percent for passengers. That would be mirrored again in May 2016.

South Whidbey Record hires island grad to cover sports beat

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 5:01PM

South Whidbey’s own Evan Thompson has joined the South Whidbey Record as the editorial department’s newest reporter. Young, hungry and ready to write, the 21-year-old Clinton resident comes to the paper fresh from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in print/online journalism and intern experience at a host of dailies.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Farm talks should be made public

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, It has become all too clear that Greenbank Farm, as we know it now, may change dramatically in the near future. Most of the business tenants have been leasing on a month-to-month basis for nearly three or more years, all the time hoping that issues between the Port of Coupeville commissioners and the Greenbank Farm Management Group would be resolved. For the past six months, port commissioners have regularly informed us that they were working on our new leases, which would be forthcoming “soon.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Great food truck, not so great story

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, After enjoying a delicious lunch at the new food truck on First Street I picked up a copy of Saturday’s Record and read a negative and largely trivial article about this pleasant new addition to Langley’s food scene. I had expected a very positive report on the surprisingly impressive and diverse menu, praise for the quality of the food and support for an appealing new attraction to our downtown.

Beaver, wildlife rules appeal holds water with hearings board in Island County

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 4:31PM

Island County’s 2014 beaver dam rules sprang a significant leak recently when a state regulatory board found they failed to protect critical areas as required by state law and were not based on best available science.

It’s open season on the fat of the Whidbey seas: crab

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 4:00PM

Clinton was buzzing Thursday morning as people lined the Port of South Whidbey pier, lines tied to the railing a few paces apart, hoping to catch a crustacean.

In wake of Island County jail inmate’s death, sheriff announces jail reforms

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

In response to a report on an inmate’s death, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown announced that he instituted immediate reforms to ensure the safety and health of people in the Island County jail.

Commuters brace as Deception Pass bridge closure begins soon

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 6:00PM

Deception Pass bridge will close to traffic for five consecutive nights beginning Sunday, July 12, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Congressman Larsen visits Coupeville to address transportation plans

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

Roads, bridges, highways, ferries — all are essential for the economic health of the state and Island County, and Congress needs to pass a long-term bill to pay for critical infrastructure, Congressman Rick Larsen told county officials this week.

Whidbey General Hospital coughs up cash for cleared nurse’s legal fees

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 6:17AM

Whidbey General Hospital paid its chief nursing officer’s legal fees in defending against a gross-misdemeanor criminal charge of which she was found not guilty.

Plan ahead for holiday traffic on Clinton ferry

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Independence Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year for Washington State Ferries. In a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation, the agency encouraged ferry riders to plan ahead for heavy traffic at the Mukilteo and Clinton terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. Ferries will operate on normal sailing schedules Saturday, July 4.

Payless Scratch ticket pays off big for Freeland couple

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 12:00PM

A Freeland woman won $75,000 from a Scratch ticket sold at the Freeland Payless Food Store. The woman opted to remain anonymous after claiming her prize from the Everett regional office of Washington’s Lottery. A Freeland couple won $75,000 from a Scratch ticket sold at the Freeland Payless Food Store. They opted to remain anonymous after claiming their prize from the Everett regional office of Washington’s Lottery. According to a press release from Curator Assistant Account Executive Anna Brown, the woman who bought the ticket was ecstatic.

Island County seeks new workforce council member

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the Northwest Workforce Development Council. The board appoints council members for two- or three-year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement. Washington State is divided into 12 Service Delivery Areas (or SDA), and Island County’s SDA consists of the four counties: Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Roll on Langley food truck, the food is great

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, I’m sorry the merchants of Langley are annoyed by the new food truck, but Langley needs more eating options in tourist season and the new food truck seems to be filling a need. My friends and I were delighted by the food last Friday; we had our dogs with us so we took lunch down to the picnic tables on the beach. Service was friendly and the orders were prepared quickly.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Mayoral candidate says no traffic light needed

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, Tim Callison’s concerns about traffic safety at the marina are well founded, but his proposed solutions of installing a traffic light and routing all boat traffic down First Street are expensive and create too many other problems.

Kiwanis fireworks sales support scholarships, kids activities, health

  • Jun 30, 2015 at 6:00PM

For the past three decades, the Kiwanis of South Whidbey have sold fireworks and used that money for scholarships and other children’s endeavors.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | South Whidbey family humbled by support

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, Thank you does not seem adequate to describe our family’s appreciation for the community’s fundraising efforts for Ben. The generosity at the Dinner & Auction was incredible. Over $45,000 was raised. So many people from South Whidbey came out to give and to help. Out of town friends and family traveled for hours to be with us. As a family we are very humbled by the outpouring of support.

Future Falcons work on form, team chemistry in Legion play

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 6:00PM

The grass is a little more brown in spots, and with a recent streak of dry, hot days, the winds that once cooled baseball players at South Whidbey High School whipped up dirt and dried grass this past Friday afternoon.

Maxwelton Independence Day Parade: A community, family affair for 100 years

  • Jun 30, 2015 at 4:00PM

It was once a small family affair, a chance for relatives and close friends to come together and celebrate America’s birthday.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Lots of Fourth of July fun to be had on South Whidbey

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 6:00AM

From where I’m sitting, there’s no better place in the world to celebrate Independence Day than right here on South Whidbey. Truly, between Celebrate America in Freeland and the Maxwelton Independence Day Parade, events that offer everything from great food, awesome music and an outstanding fireworks display to a glimpse of days gone by and good ole fashion fun, who could ask for more?

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