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Marcials celebrate 30 years together | MATRIMONY

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 12:00PM

Alva and Manuel Marcial, owners of El Corral Mexican Restaurant in Bayview and Clinton residents, celebrated 30 years of marriage on July 8.

EDITORIAL | First Street proposal was not a good fit

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 12:00PM

Langley property owner Richard Francisco announced this week that he has abandoned plans to redevelop his First Street holdings. No doubt many will breathe a sigh of relief over the news, and perhaps they should. Growth, development and change are not things to abhor, but the price of Francisco’s vision — trading a community shared view-shed for the prospect of economic development — was too high.

Tsunami researchers track Whidbey's geological history

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 2:00PM

The university researchers, working under the supervision of professor Brea McGinnis, joined with local volunteers and the island’s emergency management organizations for the research all of last week. The purpose: piecing together Whidbey Island’s history of tsunamis, earthquakes and other geological events. Spearheaded by Island County’s department of emergency management, the study’s aim is to educate the island on what to expect and how to be prepared.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Need a turn lane; ban blinding strobe lights

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, Three or four ideas to make driving safer: — A turn lane off State Highway 20 at Morris Road. At least just widen the shoulder so there is an escape for inattentive drivers behind you.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | There’s no proof the base would close with OLF loss

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, I needed to respond to Fred Becker’s dire warning letter in the July 9 edition of The Record, “If the Navy left, Oak Harbor would die.” This talking point is getting so old and is so untrue.

Prosecutors charge Langley waitress

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 4:00PM

A 23-year-old waitress at a popular Langley pub is accused of forging customer receipts to give herself bigger tips, according to court document. Prosecutors charged Jessica R. Engebretson in Island County Superior Court July 3 with four counts of felony forgery. She could face from two to six months in jail if convicted.

Students are top priority in South Whidbey budget, directors say

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 6:00PM

Declining enrollment will force the South Whidbey School Board to trim next year’s budget by about $275,000. Any budget cuts are to be taken from programs as distantly related to student learning and wellbeing as possible, according to statements from board members.

Congressional candidates weigh in on OLF

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 6:00PM

Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen said Thursday that he continues his support for use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the EA-18G Growlers based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Langley ponders historic demolition rules

  • Jun 20, 2014 at 4:00PM

Sparked by the possibility of losing the Dog House Tavern on First Street, Langley took its first crack at hammering out the details of rules concerning the destruction of historic buildings this week. The city’s Planning Advisory Board discussed what the scope and goal of the regulations should be for an hour at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday. The body’s task was ironing out the specifics of a six-month moratorium on the demolition of buildings on the National Historic Register, which was issued as an emergency ordinance in May. It targeted the Dog House Tavern and its o

County awarded salmon grant

  • Jun 20, 2014 at 4:00PM

Island County has been awarded $13,000 to work with the Tulalip Tribes to collect data to protect salmon rearing coastal streams. The National Estuary Program Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant will pay for the majority of the project in addition to $2,600 in county match hours.

Water district poses expansion

  • Jun 20, 2014 at 6:00PM

The Island County commissioners will review an expansion to the Penn Cove Water & Sewer District to ensure it complies with state Department of Health requirements. A public hearing will be held 10:15 a.m. July 7 in the Board of Commissioners Hearing Room in Coupeville.

JEAN MATHENY: Helping others to feel at ease | HOMETOWN HERO

  • Jun 20, 2014 at 11:00PM

Ever feel like you’re fumbling for what to say when someone has had a loss, or feel so uncomfortable you avoid the person altogether? Jean Matheny went through this with others after losing her husband suddenly. But, she found a way to put people at ease. “After my husband passed away, I noticed people were treating me differently or avoiding me all together,” she said. “I knew they weren’t trying to shun me or anything, they just didn’t know what to say.” So she went to the places she was involved with, such as the teachers’ lounge, to try and put them at ease.

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.”

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.”

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.


  • 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.

Francisco scrubs Langley First Street development project

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jul 14, 2014 at 8:43AM

In a phone interview with The Record from his vacation home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Richard Francisco said the six-story, mixed-use building plans are stalled. He chided the city’s leaders for wanting too much from him in studies and public meetings, and said that he was unwilling to scale back the project. “I’m through with Langley,” he said.

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.

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