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Mall shooting suspect arrested in Oak Harbor | Updated

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 7:00PM updated at 9:54PM

A suspect is the shooting Friday at the Cascade Mall in Burlington was arrested in Oak Harbor today. The shooting in the women's Macy's store took the lives of five people and injured a woman.

Businesses, artists leave no Whidbey Rock unturned

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Sep 23, 2016 at 4:47PM

When Scott Darnell started painting rocks and hiding them in various places across Whidbey, he never imagined nearly 14,000 people would embark on an island-wide scavenger hunt to find them. Now, some Whidbey businesses and organizations are trying to take advantage of the game’s popularity.

South Whidbey school programs outweigh buildings, public says at planning meeting

  • Sep 23, 2016 at 6:00PM

Programs seem to be a more prized possession in the South Whidbey School District than its buildings following a community planning meeting Wednesday night in the commons of South Whidbey High School. Around 50 people attended the meeting and their input spoke strongly for consolidation of more of the district’s school facilities. The goal for the meeting was to discuss ways to reduce the district’s footprint while maintaining or enhancing its programs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Lone Lake needs management

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, This lake is so poorly managed it is depressing. People come from places as far as Canada to fish this lake; every fly fishing store and club in the Puget Sound will have a report on this lake and yet it is managed by idiots. I have fished this lake with a fly since the late 80’s and have watched it deteriorate into a slimy, green and smelly mess.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey man says voting Democrat is the only way

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, When I was in my 20s I worked for social justice and followed my heart when voting for candidates who most represented my values. Hence, I voted for candidates of the Democratic Party. In my forties, at the height of my business career, I used my brain and voted for the candidates whose policies were best for the economic health of the nation. I found I voted for candidates of the Democratic Party.

Road in Langley closed after water line busted

  • Sep 23, 2016 at 4:14PM

DjangoFest Northwest visitors and Langley residents had to maneuver around a closed Camano Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday after a water line broke, flooding the street and causing the road to buckle.

Ability, team size among cited concerns behind South Whidbey forfeit

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 6:00AM

When South Whidbey football’s season began, coaches and players knew there would be some challenges ahead. Among the biggest was fielding a young, inexperienced and small Falcon squad following a 1-9 season in 2015. They didn’t know a giant would also be standing in their way. The Falcons (0-4 overall, 0-2 in the Cascade Conference) forfeited their game against Archbishop Murphy on Friday night due to a scarce roster and a competitive disadvantage, administrators said.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Thanks to community, new farm grows

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, Have you peeked behind the old Bayview School building lately? I spy a 20-foot by 48-foot hoophouse filled with tomato plants that nearly scrape the top, 130-foot rows of hardy greens and root vegetables, and a 13-tree orchard of young plum, pear, Asian pear, and quince trees. I see bees and insects pollinating and hear birds chirping and twittering.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Street light decision needs careful thought

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, We are writing in regard to the upcoming advisory vote on the kind of street lights to use in Langley. We urge the citizens of Langley to support the environment, human health and preservation of the night sky by voting for the 3000-Kelvin LED street lights. We also are writing to suggest that citizen concerns regarding the conversion may be best addressed by shielding the city’s street lights so the light points down.

Freeland man who pointed laser at ferry jailed, fined in court

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 4:00PM

Shenanigans with lasers earned a Freeland man a jail sentence and more than $100,000 in fines.

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District says ‘no’ to proposed trail pick-up policy

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 8:00AM

Not all animals are created equal, the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District decided this week. At least not when it comes to their poop. After a month of hearing why and why not horse owners should be required to pick up dung on Community Park trails like other animal owners, district commissioners decided it was not a big enough issue to draft and adopt new policy for equestrians.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Participate in a spelling bee? Not this year.

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 6:00AM

“Hell no, absolutely not!” That was my official response to The Record’s recent invitation to participate in the Clinton Library’s first Spellathon.

Nostalgic wordsmiths prep for Spellathon in Clinton

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 2:00PM

Spelling is an important facet of life, not an important faucet of life. Just ask Greenbank resident Dot Read.

Lone Lake fish ‘die off’ estimated at 1,000

  • Sep 23, 2016 at 4:11PM

On the shores of Lone Lake, the small waves caused by the whipping wind have brought a smelly issue to the surrounding land: dead rainbow trout — lots of them. The rotting fish, which number in the dozens in some areas of the shore, line the entirety of the lake. Concerned anglers, many of whom see Lone Lake as a prime spot for fishing, reported the situation to the state spurring an investigation. Officials from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Ecology visited the lake on Monday to determine the cause of the issue.

September 24, 1991 and Sept. 22, 2001 | HISTORY CORNER

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 12:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 25 and 15 years ago on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1991 and Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001.

Langley Chamber of Commerce executive director receives mayor’s excellence award | KUDOS

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 10:00AM

Langley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michaleen McGarry was presented the Mayor’s Excellence Award by Mayor Tim Callison at a city council meeting on Sept. 19.

Former Choochokam vendors still waiting for cash from organizers

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Sep 23, 2016 at 7:10AM

Nearly three months after the 41st annual Choochokam Arts and Music Festival was cancelled, vendors are still complaining that booth fees have yet to be returned.

League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island to help register voters

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 6:00PM updated Sep 23, 2016 at 7:07AM

Hoping to increase election participation, the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island will be present at locations across the island next month to assist with voter registration. The effort is in support of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters on Tuesday, Sept. 27, according to a recent news release.

Funding cripples Langley HUB; Students search for fun following loss of after-school hangout

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Sep 22, 2016 at 7:40AM

Monday was just another day without The HUB for Langley Middle School students Madison Gabelein, Wyatt Ralph and Zach Murtha. Unfortunately, that day was mixed with some boredom. “There’s not much to do in Langley without The HUB,” Murtha, a 12-year-old, said.

South Whidbey High School football to forfeit game

  • Sep 20, 2016 at 3:00PM updated Sep 21, 2016 at 11:32AM

South Whidbey football is forfeiting its game against Archbishop Murphy on Friday night, due to the Wildcats’ “overwhelming physicality” and the Falcons’ small roster. “With our low numbers, we just can’t match up with their overwhelming physicality,” Lagerstedt said. “I’m disappointed, but it’s the right thing to do.”

South Whidbey musicians feel spirit of Django Reinhardt

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 4:00PM

It’s that time of year again when an international collection of musicians takes over Langley, but it’s not only off-islanders who will be strumming their guitars on stage and in café corners. DjangoFest Northwest has brought members and fans of the gypsy jazz community from across the globe to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) for 16 years.

Annual Children’s Day brings kids, parents together

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 10:00AM

A day full of bounce houses, crafts, bubbles and pony rides is the stuff of dreams for little ones, and those dreams will come true next Saturday.

Freeland gets $2.7 million sewer grant

  • Sep 20, 2016 at 4:00PM

Freeland’s phase 1A sewer project received a $2.7 million shot in the arm last week.

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