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BLUESCHOOL ARTS: Founder envisions a place for novices, inspiration

  • Today at 4:23PM

Where others saw an area in decline, Karin Bolstad saw a dream and an opportunity. The 42-year-old Langley woman (whose name is pronounced car-in) and lifelong artist opened Blueschool Arts in Clinton, just off the highway and a block away from the commercial area in October 2014. The bright blue building is part studio, part classroom, part event center.

Winery, rural event center regulations ferment into hot button issue

  • Today at 6:00PM

Allowing wineries to become rural event centers has become a heated discussion among commissioners and South Whidbey residents alike. Business owners have said the existing regulations are too restrictive and “problematic” while residents have complained that the events destroy the rural atmosphere of their neighborhoods. The Island County commissioners could not agree last week on how to approach these regulations for wineries and rural event centers, but agreed that the issue needed to be addressed at some point.

Volunteer South Whidbey firefighters, EMTs honored at awards ceremony | KUDOS

  • Today at 4:20PM

South Whidbey Fire/EMS honored volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and their families at its annual awards dinner on March 14 at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. Sean McDougald was presented with six awards. Among the accolades were firefighter of the year, EMT of the year, most inspirational, marine rescue responder of the year, the paramedic choice award, and Station #36 (Bayview) firefighter of the year.

Early lead slips late against Red Wolves | Falcon baseball

  • Today at 6:00PM

A tense game was blown wide open in the fifth inning, when Cedarcrest took a one-run lead and held on to beat South Whidbey 3-2 Tuesday.

Fast, furious Falcons fell Eagles

  • Today at 4:00PM

Tuesday’s boys soccer match looked like a race between a Ferrari and a Pinto as South Whidbey pummeled Cedar Park Christian 6-0.

Commissioners wrangle approach to Island County comp plan

  • Today at 6:00PM

The Island County commissioners don’t always agree on how to approach the comprehensive plan update due next year, but all believe it needs as much public participation as possible.

Freeland blueberry farm expects 20,000 pounds from 2015 harvest

  • Mar 24, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Mar 26, 2015 at 8:10AM

Driving through Freeland on Highway 525, it’s likely you’ve seen the cart and banner advertising Mutiny Bay Blues blueberry farm. The farm itself is as unassuming as its marketing strategy, with a large old barn and acres upon acres of blueberry bushes situated on a property just off of Mutiny Bay Road. But by summertime, the farm will become a bustling hive of activity, expected to produce about 20,000 pounds of berries to be distributed to grocers and farm stands from Clinton to Oak Harbor.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Let’s get prepared for a possible Whidbey tsunami

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, Several times now I have gone back to my computer and watched videos of the tsunami disaster in Japan and thought about how vulnerable we are here on Whidbey Island for the same thing to happen. I also wonder how many people are prepared for such a disaster. It has been estimated that even a minor ocean-born tsunami that races in through the Strait of Juan de Fuca will take out the highway and power lines in several places, leaving South Whidbey stranded without power for several weeks.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | We need to let go of the ‘us versus them’ dialogue

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, Ah, a good discussion (Patrick Ryan’s March 21 letter), somewhat inaccurate, but civil. I too echo Mr. Ryan’s call for attendance at the April 14 workshop on the marina/downtown connection in the hope that we have an open and creative discourse on options.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Langley lift the worst of all financial worlds

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, I wonder how Victoria Clipper passengers who use walkers would feel if they took a funicular or elevator from the marina and found themselves at Fourth Street and Cascade Avenue. Actually, I don’t wonder, since I’ve worked with that population my entire professional career, almost 40 years now. They would sit down on the nearest bench and ask when the ride to town was coming, since it was too far to walk. When they were finished enjoying downtown, they would ask for a ride back to the marina, since the walk back to the funicular/elevator would be not only long, but slightly uphill as well.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Finding a new Whidbey frontier with Mr. Spock

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 8:00AM

I got a new puppy on Friday, an Australian Cattle Dog. It’s a breed renowned for its energy, dedication, loyalty and intelligence. He has a blue coat, brown feet, a black patch over one eye and will soon have pricked ears. In recognition of those qualities, and in tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, we named him Mr. Spock.

Kindergarten information night geared to help parents prepare

  • Mar 24, 2015 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey Elementary will host a new kind of kindergarten information night this year.

Welcome the whales: As grays and orcas make their way through Puget Sound, sighting opportunities are plentiful

  • Mar 24, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey residents will have plenty of opportunities to spy a whale in the coming months as the grays and orcas make their may through the sound.

Bellingham product developer to visit Langley

  • Mar 24, 2015 at 6:00PM

Langley will host a successful business product developer from Bellingham on March 31.

Langley gets first slice from arts sale

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 6:00PM

Langley saw its first pay day for the sale of publicly-displayed artwork on Wednesday morning.

Governor visits Nichols Bros.: Inslee expresses optimism for fourth 144-car ferry

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

Washington’s top elected official was on South Whidbey yesterday visiting Nichols Brothers Boat Builders and getting his first peek of the Chimacum, the state’s newest 144-car ferry.

Big Port of South Whidbey bucks passed to local groups

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 4:00PM

Over $18,000 in grant money was recently awarded to various tourism and economy-stirring organizations by the Port of South Whidbey.

Island County prosecutor, commissioners argue over outside hire

  • Mar 24, 2015 at 4:00PM

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said he may file a lawsuit if the county commissioners hire an outside attorney without his approval.

Bank heist suspect looks for love from behind bars

  • Mar 24, 2015 at 6:00PM

Bank heist suspect Christian Shorey is looking for potential romantic partners via Craigslist.

King’s claims top three spots in girls golf match

  • Mar 24, 2015 at 3:00PM

King’s picked up where it left off as the Cascade Conference champions and state 1A champions in a head-to-head match with South Whidbey on Monday.

South Whidbey martial arts students put on show

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 6:00PM

The following are results from the Tiger Martial Arts 10th anniversary tournament March 21 in Freeland.

History corner

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 2:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 50 and 25 years ago on Thursday, March 25, 1965 and Tuesday, March 27, 1990.

KUDOS | SWE students take first place in Sno-Isle Libraries challenge semifinals

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 10:00AM

Sue Sage’s “Rampaging Readers” took first place in the semifinals of the Sno-Isle Libraries third grade reading challenge.

KUDOS | Former Freeland resident receives bachelor’s

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 8:00AM

Kathleen Richards, a former Freeland resident, graduated from Pacific University with her bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

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