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90th annual fair kicks off with sunshine, smiles

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 3:50PM

The Whidbey Island Area Fair kicked off Thursday, bringing lots of sunshine but sparse crowds.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Sewer district’s parking lawsuit is irresponsible

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, I am compelled to respond to Stan Walker’s letter to the editor. What should have been a relatively simple matter to resolve has escalated based on actions by Mr. Walker, president of the Holmes Harbor Sewer District.

Trillium Forest gets ADA funding

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 6:00PM

Island County has received unexpected funding for Trillium Community Forest for Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. “It’s unexpected good news,” Public Works Director Bill Oakes said.

MAYOR'S BEAT | ‘Crossing the Bar’ — Losing Schell was losing a mentor, friend

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 6:00PM

By FRED MCCARTHY Mayor of Langley This past week the City of Langley lost a passionate advocate for community development, the arts community lost one of its foremost cheerleaders and one of its most generous benefactors, and his lovely wife lost her life companion. Many of us feel like we lost a mentor and friend with the passing of Paul Schell.

County building permit wait times on decline

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 6:00PM

Numbers released by the Island County Planning Department indicate that wait times for building permits are decreasing for some — but not all — projects.

Langley ethics board seeks members

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 6:00AM

Langley’s new Ethics Training and Advisory Board needs people to prepare the city’s employees. The board handles ethics orientation for elected officials, employees and consultants. It also may advise the city based on its code of ethics, a document created over the course of 2013 and approved earlier this year by the Langley City Council. Complaints may be reviewed by the ethics board, which would in turn make a recommendation to the mayor or council.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bluff Sound Off on shaky foundation

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, The July 26 “Sound Off” by Kathleen Waters alleges the City of Langley is not making proper use of $500,000 in Island County grant funds, originally allocated to a Wharf Street upgrade request eight years ago. Unfortunately, the article has several inaccurate assertions that need to be corrected:

State to audit transit books

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 6:00AM

Financial experts at the Washington State Auditor’s Office will be going through books at Island Transit in the next couple of weeks to figure out what went wrong, according to the spokesman for the agency.

Propulsion issue temporarily stops Tokitae ferry service

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 8:00AM

The Tokitae was out of service for nearly two hours Wednesday afternoon because of a possible propulsion system response problem. According to Marta Coursey, spokeswoman for Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division, the ship’s master operating the state’s newest ferry had a concern about the propulsion system as the vessel approached the dock in Clinton. It went through some quick troubleshooting just off shore near the Clinton terminal and returned to service with the 4 p.m. sailing from Clinton to Mukilteo.

Langley Arts commission considers rotating public art

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Aug 4, 2014 at 4:05PM

Instead of shelling out $20,000 on a pair of sculptures the city would own, the newly-formed Langley Arts Commission has a better idea. Rotating sculptures at different sites on Second Street, starting with two different pieces in the plaza for one year from this November to next October.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Vote Karla Jacks for commissioner

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 8:00AM

Editor, I pray that people will research who they are voting [for] for Island County Commissioner District 3. If you look at Karla Jacks, you will see she is the obvious choice.

Thrift stores to host Whidbey Island Treasure Hunt

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 10:00AM

Any frequent thrift shopper knows the thrill of discovering a hidden treasure among heaps of discarded curtains, sweaters and VHS tapes. Whidbey Island non-profit thrift stores are banding together for the first annual Whidbey Island Treasure Hunt Friday, Aug. 8 and Saturday, Aug. 9 to raise money for their respective organizations and granting thrifty shoppers a chance to have some fun and discover oddities, antiques, collectibles and simple good deals.

Langley girl takes 12th place at national track race

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 10:00AM

Elizabeth Donnelly got a taste of the limelight in Houston, Texas this past week at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.

Land Trust invites community to celebrate 30th anniversary

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will turn 30 this month and the community is invited to a anniversary celebration.

50 years ago this week

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 12:00PM

The following are segments of stories in the Thursday, July 30, 1964 edition of the Whidbey Island Record, now the South Whidbey Record.

Land trust stewards, volunteers hit Whidbey beaches for garbage pick up

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 12:00PM

Volunteers from the Whidbey Camano Land Trust cleaned the Libbey Beach tidelands at a recent beach clean-up work party.

Orca Network to remember Penn Cove roundup with ceremony

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 12:00PM

Orca Network will honor the 44th anniversary of Lolita the orca’s capture from Penn Cove with several events. To be held Friday, Aug. 8, they are being put on in memory of nearly 40 Southern Resident orcas captured in Washington, the 13 orcas killed during the roundups and in honor of Lolita, according to a news release. Also known as Tokitae, Lolita is currently owned by Miami Seaquarium and is the last living orca from the captures.

PUBLISHER'S COLUMN | Demand accountability before things go wrong

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 12:00PM

Each and every one of us bears some responsibility for the financial calamity that has befallen Island Transit. There are critics of IT who’ve remarked to me that they saw this disaster coming for years, like a train wreck happening in slow motion.

WICA seeks youth auditions for ‘A Christmas Story’

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 2:00PM

WICA will host auditions for all children’s roles for the December 2014 production of “A Christmas Story,” by Jean Shepherd and adapted by Philip Grecian. Auditions will be held at 4 p.m. August 7-8 and August 18-19, and are by appointment only. To schedule a time, call Deana Duncan at (360)-221-8276 or email

Women learn salmon angling at free class with fishing master

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 4:00PM

Salmon of Whidbey Island, beware. Two dozen women anglers learned the basics and some more refined skills about salmon fishing from shore on Sunday.

Whidbey authors promote orca preservation with books

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 4:00PM

Whidbey authors K.S. Robinson and Sandra Pollard may not be two birds of a feather, but they could certainly be called two whales in a pod. Robinson, a children’s book author and former school teacher and Pollard, non-fiction author and certified marine naturalist, have distinctly different writing styles, but they share a common goal: to preserve and protect the Southern resident orca population that calls the Salish Sea its home.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Incumbent is the right candidate for the job

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, Thanks to the League of Women Voters, I was able to watch and listen to the debate between contenders for the office of Island County Treasurer. The incumbent, Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez, gave specific and detailed answers to the questions asked of her, demonstrating a high level of competency and dedication.

‘Ferocious’ North Whidbey nudist runs for county sheriff

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 3:21PM

When you watch too much Jon Stewart, you run the risk of ending up like 87-year-old Dave Olinger. At least that’s what his wife says anyway. The North Whidbey resident is running as a write-in candidate for Island County sheriff in an effort that’s both serious and symbolic, but also intentionally provocative and a bit tongue-in-cheek.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Shame on you for casting Rose under the bus

  • Aug 2, 2014 at 6:00PM

Editor, First let me just say, “Shame, shame on you editor of the South Whidbey Record!” I assume that’s who wrote the unsigned editorial in Wednesday’s paper throwing Martha Rose under the bus.

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