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South Whidbey school board approves 2014-2015 budget

  • Jul 25, 2014 at 6:00PM

The board unanimously approved the school district’s 2014-15 $15.3 million budget Wednesday evening. Board members previously expressed some concern about the district’s projected spending on increased faculty salaries and maintenance costs, but Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Dan Poolman confirmed that money available from sources such as the General Fund (money earned through state tax dollars) have proven sufficient enough to provide the district with a healthy projected budget for the upcoming year.

Greenbank Farm’s most dedicated volunteers: the Fido poop patrol

  • Jul 25, 2014 at 6:00PM

If the folks who take their dogs for walks to Greenbank Farm weren’t responsible pet owners and poop picker-up-ers, the place would literally be knee-deep in doggy doo-doo. Judy Feldman, the farm director, held a poop scooping event at the farm’s trails for off-leash dogs last Thursday, but only three helpers showed up, armed with gloves pulled to the elbows and something that looked like the Jaws of Life.

Whidbey's beaver population: residents chew on problem, seek county help

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

Some residents believe the county could be doing more about the island’s beaver problem, but the solutions are not always clear cut.

Rescuers find lost kayaking kids on Whidbey

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

Seven kayaking students were temporarily missing near Deception Pass Bridge Thursday afternoon, but were found uninjured. Two instructors took their class of 12-year-olds and temporarily lost sight of them “due to whatever reason,” according to Ed Wallace from the Island County Sheriff’s Department.

SHERIFF'S REPORT | An upset step son, a dog named 'Boss' and a missing husband

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

The following are 9-1-1 calls to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Thursday, July 3 8:19 p.m. — A caller reported a Whidbey Island Nourishes food vending machine at Clinton Hall was vandalized.

SOUND OFF | Bluff stabilization is a Langley responsibility

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

To the mayor, city council of Langley and the Port of South Whidbey Commissioners: Please address a solution to the separate and serious landslides on Wharf Street in 2013. It is disturbing to know that the money that was originally allocated for the widening and consequent shoring up of the bluff toward Cascade Avenue by the Island County Council of Governments is not targeted for use to serve the wider Langley community.

Mayor honors Langley planner

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 8:00AM

Langley Director of Community Planning Jeff Arango got high praise at the city council meeting Monday. Mayor Fred McCarthy presented him with an award for his work on the redesign of Second Street that was part public works, part “placemaking,” and part downtown revitalization.

Former Falcon to join Hawaii college soccer team

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jul 28, 2014 at 2:12PM

The South Whidbey Falcon soccer season is long over for Trey Adams, yet his workouts continue almost every day and every week.

Dying starfish stump experts

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jul 27, 2014 at 8:49AM

Starfish are one of Charlie Seablom’s favorite aquatic animals to discover. The pisaster starfish, known officially as a “seastar,” has the traditional five limbs and comes in a wide variety of colors. The orange-colored sunflower sea star grows to be far bigger, can have up to 24 legs and can “run” quite quickly.

Three treasurer candidates to face off in primary

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 10:00AM

Candidates running against Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez say they can do a better job handling the county’s money.

Langley considering zoning change to allow retail outside downtown

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 10:00AM

Searching for lower rent and more space, Sarah Boin and her husband Patrick may have their ideal space in Langley. Just up the street from Wander on Whidbey, her Anthes Avenue outdoors shop, the Boins have their sights set on space in the former Living Green building on Second Street and De Bruyn Avenue. To be able to move her business there [which she said is tentative] and open a restaurant [which she said is definite], Boin asked the Langley City Council to consider changing the city’s zoning code Monday night.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Fawn season necessitates dog owner responsibility

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, Summer of the fawn: South Whidbey is still beautiful, but it is not the open frontier. It is a community, and living in community requires respect for neighbors; our dogs cannot run loose. We love them and do not easily acknowledge that they are predators by nature and as a pack of efficient killers, even toy breeds. Now is the time of spindly, vulnerable baby deer rightly guarded by mothers who will justly pound any danger to their young to a pulp if they can.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | South Whidbey schools will miss Richard Thomas

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, The South Whidbey School District has lost a great volunteer, Richard Allen Thomas. For 17 years, Richard would help 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in learning to enjoy math and reading. I am going to miss my friend when the schools return this fall.

Langley Dancer wins at Nationals

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 12:00PM

Langley resident Melyssa Smith is making Whidbey proud. The 17-year-old dancer competed with thousands of other dancers over the five-day Showstopper Nationals competition in Anaheim, Calif. On Friday, July 18, she scored 118.1 out of a total possible 120 points and won fourth place, the “Crystal” trophy, in the lyrical/jazz category for her self-choreographed, emotional solo performance of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the musical “Les Miserables.”

Kids learn lights, camera, action on streets of Langley

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 2:00PM

More than 20 aspiring young filmmakers took to the streets of Langley Monday afternoon to begin scouting the ideal location in which to film their original movies during the 10th annual Film Camp.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Lawsuit is not a squabble, it’s defending an asset

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 2:00PM

Editor, This letter does not represent the Holmes Harbor Sewer District Board of Commissioners’ official opinion, inasmuch that it would take a vote to make that official even though I am the current president of the board. And I appreciate your effort to simplify the issues in your editorial of July 23 even though there are some complicated components to the Holmes Harbor Golf Course conflict.

ENGAGEMENT | Lutch and McClure

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 2:00PM

John and Linda Lutch of Langley are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Lutch, to Nathan McClure of Walla Walla, WA. Elizabeth is a 2008 graduate of South Whidbey High School and a 2012 graduate of Washington State University.

South Whidbey artists show works at Brackenwood

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 4:00PM

Since Rene Neff, who is also a city councilwoman, opened Brackenwood in 2009 it has been home to several renowned Pacific Northwest artists. Day, a sculptor with 40 years of professional art experience who has been living in both Istanbul and China for the past six years, is returning to Langley for the month of August to show his works at Brackenwood before returning overseas. He is joined by two other featured artists, Langley resident Pete Jordan and Freeland resident Ginny O'Neill.

Langley gallery to hold Northwest photo contest

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 4:00PM

The Poppybank Gallery, a gallery specializing exclusively in photographic art, is hosting a photography contest with the theme of “The Pacific Northwest.” Photographers are encouraged to submit their photos via the gallery’s Facebook page, where the contest link can be found. A direct link to the entry form is

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Tooth fairy doesn’t exist at golf course

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, In a recent editorial about the Holmes Harbor Golf Course, you wrote, “If there is more to it than that, and this really is about money and making the most from an investment, then they should be clear about their intentions publicly, for the surrounding community has a vested interest in what happens at the golf course.”

Whidbey nursing company opens

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 6:00PM

Longevity Home Care is a new home nursing company on South Whidbey Island. The company specializes in helping people stay at home, and offers a variety of services, from personal hygiene care, toileting and transfers to housekeeping, transportation, medication management, respite care and sitter services, according to a recent news release.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Larsen has lost his way, vote Lapointe

  • Jul 26, 2014 at 6:00PM

Editor, Democrats have a choice this year. Americans are held in thrall to party politics. We are told for whom to vote. Democrats are expected to vote for the candidate bestowed with the magical “D.” The two major parties gerrymander congressional districts to ensure incumbents remain safe. It’s all about maintaining the status quo, not about representing people or fixing our nation’s problems. The result is the mess in Congress.

Langley rocked over loss of community leader Paul Schell

  • Jul 27, 2014 at 12:37PM

Langley resident and former Seattle mayor Paul Schell has died. His death was announced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and reported by the Seattle Post Intelligencer Sunday morning, and later confirmed by Langley officials and family friends. He was 76.

EDITORIAL | It’s time for Rose to turn over the keys

  • Jul 29, 2014 at 4:00PM

Soon, the wheels on the bus won’t be going round and round all around the town — or the island for that matter. In fact, those wheels appear to be falling off.

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