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Godfather of fly fishing; South Whidbey master shares ‘no secrets’

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jun 22, 2014 at 9:58AM

A lot of words can accurately describe Gil Nyerges: teacher, artist, craftsman. To some Whidbey Island anglers, he’s a legend. But the 93-year-old Langley resident waves off such compliments. He maintains he’s just a guy who fell in love with fishing, a long time ago, on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. Armed with a 20-foot bamboo pole and a bit of line on the end — it had no reel — he learned from his father the basics of a past time he would later characterize as a “science,” an “art form.”

EDITORIAL | Blackface is offensive in every context

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 6:00AM

Wearing blackface is offensive to any reasonable person. When the person wearing the blackface is a political candidate, the act is doubly offensive. When the candidate is oblivious to the fact that blackface is offensive — well that’s just ignorance beyond imagination.

South Whidbey bike loop to encourage fitness, tourism

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 6:00AM

Island County is wrapping up plans for a South Whidbey bike route that will circle through scenic areas between Clinton to Bayview Corner to Langley and back again. “The idea is that people on the mainland can bring their bikes over on the ferry and see South Whidbey,” Transportation Planner Doug Cox said. “It will be one of those things we think will go a long way.”


  • Jun 21, 2014 at 8:00AM

I’m getting reports of Nature Channel quality sightings of great blue herons at Greenbank farm. The farm’s executive director, Judy Feldman, recently emailed me, “Wow, the heron rookery just came alive! About 30 birds rose up like a plume of prehistoric smoke.” Later she reported seeing 50 of the herons. A heron colony thrives to the west of Highway 525 and the birds fly over the farm to stalk the beaches of Saratoga Passage for food. May and June are the most active months when eggs are hatching and young are being fed.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | A big hammer doesn’t always need nails

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 8:00AM

Editor, This is an open letter to President Obama. Thank you for bringing to an end to a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but please do not repeat the errors of the past by once again bombing Iraq or committing the United States militarily in Iraq. To do so would involve our country in what is a sectarian civil war. Dropping bombs in Iraq will inevitably result in civilian casualties and hatred directed toward the United States, making us less secure, not more secure.

Candidate’s blackface parody comes under fire

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 8:00AM

The head of the Island County Democrats is denouncing a candidate for a state representative seat who put on “blackface” to impersonate President Obama in an internet video. Oak Harbor resident David Sponheim, 54, is one of three candidates running against state Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Freeland; friendly, beautiful due to community efforts

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, Friends of Freeland moved the planters on Main Street to the sheriff’s office where they have promised to keep them looking good. We will help with additional plants to get them off to a great start and to make this an enjoyable place to drive by.

WAIF gala raises over $92,000

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 10:00AM

Over 130 people attended Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation’s 11th annual Spring Fling Gala Auction and Gourmet Dinner last month, raising over $92,000. In a recent news release, organization Executive Director Charles Vreeland said he was wholly moved by the generosity of the community.

First round of commissioner interviews complete

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 12:00PM

Candidates for the Island County Commissioner District 3 seat fielded questions from the remaining two commissioners Tuesday. The District 3 seat became vacant in early May when then commissioner Kelly Emerson resigned suddenly giving a seven-day notice. Per state law, Emerson’s party, the Island County Republican Party, put forward three names from which commissioners can select a temporary appointee.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Enso House deeply grateful to Westside rotary

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, All of us here at Enso House want to convey our deepest appreciation to the Rotary Club of Whidbey Westside for their generous gifts of time, talents and resources in the loving construction of new deck railing and multiple beautification projects of the surrounding grounds. With enthusiastic and joyful hearts, they worked as a team and demonstrated just how powerful compassionate service is. They have touched our hearts with their acts and the spirits they shared as they worked. Those who come to Enso House for care in their final days will be blessed by their efforts indeed.

Wetland party set for Saturday

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 2:00PM

A Freeland Wetlands Preserve opening and appreciation ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21, behind Petosa Corner. Friends of Freeland is deeding the forested 46-acre trail and wetlands to the Whidbey Watershed Stewards, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote near-shore and watershed health by linking water, land and people through education, outreach and restoration.

South Whidbey Little league to host baseball district tourney

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 3:00PM

South Whidbey Little League will host the 9-to-10-year-old softball, and 11-to-12-year-old baseball district tournaments over the next two weeks. To make this a special event for the kids, league officials are asking for volunteers to help with scorekeeping, announcing, pitch counting and concession sales.

FALCONS, coach soar to all-league

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Jul 2, 2014 at 12:25PM

‘The way the whole program is going, that’s a reflection on Falcon baseball.’ — Tom Fallon, coach

Langley seeks board member

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 4:00PM

Langley is seeking to fill an open seat on the planning advisory board. The body, made up of appointed members, makes recommendations to the city council about land use applications including subdivisions, variances, conditional uses and rezones. The advisory board is also responsible for updating the city’s zoning code, comprehensive plan, shoreline master program, and development and revision of land use regulations.

Good Cheer seeks pricing assistance

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 6:00PM

Following on successful trials last year, Good Cheer is seeking volunteers for a three-day Christmas Pricing Blitz next week. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 24, and running through Thursday, June 26, at the Baby Island Community Club, 3616 Saratoga Road.

Sheriff requests boaters' pledge

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Jun 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Island County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Parks are asking for the public to pledge never to operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the Operation Dry Water campaign, June 27-29. Operation Dry Water is a national boating under the influence (BUI) campaign developed by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the United States Coast Guard. Now in its sixth year, the operation partners with the recreational boaters, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to bring attention to the dangers of drinking and boating.

State announces second Clinton ferry delay

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 3:32PM

The arrival of the MV Tokitae will be delayed another week, ferry officials announced Tuesday. The new state 144-car ferry was forecast to begin service on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo route on Tuesday, June 24, but the date has been pushed back until the first week of July, said Marta Coursey, Director of Communication for the state Department of Transportation, Ferries Division. “We have decided we’re not going to put it into service until [boat crews] have a very strong comfort level and feel safe operating the vessel,” she said.

Geology buffs to seek tsunami data around Whidbey

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

Each year there are 317 earthquakes within 35 miles of Coupeville.

Island County approves WRAC appointees

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

The Island County commissioners appointed two new members to the Water Resource Advisory Committee and reappointed another Monday.

SOUTH WHIDBEY SHERIFF'S REPORT | A mutilated stuffed animal, a cougar kill and more mail theft

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 6:00PM

The following items are 9-1-1 calls to the Island County Sheriff’s Office, South Precinct. Monday, June 16 1:56 p.m. — A caller at a Freeland grocery stores reported three women shoplifting in the personal care aisle. The suspects appear to be in their early 20s, and all were wearing gray hoodies and jeans.

Alleged thief eludes Langley police

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jun 27, 2014 at 8:19AM

A South Whidbey man is on the lam again after allegedly evading arrest and causing a ruckus in Langley on Monday. Wanted for outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court for assault and failure to appear for a DUI and burglary, police allege Travis Loetterle managed to escape the clutches of Langley Police Chief Dave Marks and three sheriff’s deputies.

Growing Clinton | Seasonal Thursday market to include new space, new vendors

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 8:48AM

Big changes are coming to the Clinton Thursday Market when it opens for the third year next week.

Teenage driver hits Star Store booth in Langley

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 8:00AM

A teenage driver with a learner’s permit backed a Ford F-250 truck into the booth by the Star Store parking lot and damaged it just after midnight Sunday. Michael Beech, a 20-year deputy and reserve officer for the Langley Police Department, heard a loud crash while parked at U.S. Bank. He saw a large red truck drive away from the booth.

COER leader ordered to stay away from Windermere realtor

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jun 26, 2014 at 8:14AM

A district court commissioner has ordered that jet noise critic Michael Monson stay away from South Whidbey Windermere Realtor Joe Mosolino.

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