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EDITOR'S COLUMN | Fishing a worthy Whidbey tradition

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 6:00AM

“Set the hook, set the hook,” yelled my maddened grandfather. Well, there was no third-time’s-a-charm in this case. I couldn’t have been more than 6, my pole was bent in half, the reel screaming and my feeble yanks to “set the hook” proved too much for him. With a mumbled “Here, let me help,” I was relieved of my burden and looked down to find my pole replaced with a net.

Art project aims to promote global friendship

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 8:00AM

Walking along First Street or Cascade Avenue in Langley this weekend, passerby may have noticed a colorful new 150-foot-long art installation. The Northwest Language Academy recently teamed up with the city of Langley to promote what Josette Hendrix, Northwest Language Academy founder and director, is referring to as a “global friendship art project.

Cops ban Facebook user in hiding

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 8:00AM

A former South Whidbey man hiding out from the long arm of the law in China was recently banned from the Island County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for his trollish activities, according to Detective Ed Wallace.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey General Hospital staff are first rate

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, When I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in June 2013, I was unsure where to seek treatment. Should I go to Swedish or Virginia Mason or should I stay close to home? In one of the best choices ever, I elected to use Whidbey General Hospital.

New rules irk farmers, environmentalists alike

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 10:00AM

As the county struggles to find a balance between protecting the environment and farmers’ right to maintain their land, neither camp appears happy with the latest regulatory update.

Regulations won’t go unchallenged, WEAN vows

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 10:00AM

Environmental activists plan to challenge Island County in the Western Washington Growth Management Hearing Board again if major changes aren’t made to fish, wildlife and habitat regulations.

Langley hosts first Arts Alive day

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 12:00PM

For Langley resident Kim Tinuviel, colors have always struck a special chord. The musician, photographer, multi-media artist and painter recalls a childhood filled with symphonic hues and multi-colored melodies, something she continued to experience as a young adult attending Juilliard and which she would later find to be called synesthesia.

Deer crossing leads to car fire

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 12:00PM

A woman stopped to let deer cross Highway 525 on Wednesday morning near Langley Road. The driver behind her, however, didn’t stop, and slammed into the car’s rear end at an estimated 50 mph, said South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Jon Beck, who responded to the call.

Seniors, disabled get transit meeting

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 2:00PM

Those struggling with recent changes to paratransit services can pose their questions to Island Transit leaders at a meeting on South Whidbey next week.

Large gains made with Kramer’s first Falcon boys tennis cohort | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW 2014

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 2:00PM

Four years ago when Karyle Kramer took over the Falcon boys tennis program, it was in a bit of disarray.

New coach, new quarterback, no problem for Falcon football | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW 2014

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 2:00PM

South Whidbey football underwent its most sweeping changes in a decade over the past few months. First, the Falcons lost a cadre of seniors to graduation, many of whom held vital positions including quarterback, running back, two receivers and a tight end. Then longtime co-head coaches Mark Hodson and Andy Davis resigned in favor of having more time with families.

Hope remains for extending Falcon girls soccer's pattern of success | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW 2014

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 4:00PM

For each of the past four years that Ben Rusch has led the Falcon girls soccer team, wins have increased.

COER asks for touch-and-go halt

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 4:00PM

Citizen’s of Ebey’s Reserve are asking the Navy to delay touch-and- go operations at Outlying Field Coupeville until the completion of the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement.

Falcon volleyball veterans eye return trip to state 1A tournament | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW 2014

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 4:00PM

The sights, sounds and smells of the Yakima SunDome lingered with the Falcon volleyball girls. Those who were on the team that reached the 1A state tournament last year often recall the experience. They hope that by talking about it, they can give their new teammates a glimpse of why it’s important to them and what they’re working toward.

Falling for her garden; artist to launch season

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 6:00PM

Artists of South Whidbey will start their fall season with a meeting next week.

Injuries to top boys, girls runners hamper South Whidbey XC season’s start | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW 2014

  • Sep 6, 2014 at 6:00PM

Those who visited the new rust-red track at South Whidbey High School on a recent afternoon may have been dismayed at the sight of a dozen teenagers sitting on the side.

Battle for The Bucket: Coupeville regains rivalry trophy against South Whidbey

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 4:00PM

Coupeville football bent and bent and refused to break in a 35-28 win over South Whidbey to retake the trophy, The Bucket, in another classic island rivalry game.

Bayview station changes reviewed

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 4:00PM

Changes to the proposed Bayview fire station will be presented to the South Whidbey Fire/EMS commissioners Thursday night. Almost a year after modifying original plans for two separate buildings at the Bayview site, located between Good Cheer Food Bank and Bayview School, Carletti Architects are scheduled to present their updated designs at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Freeland station conference room.

Phony 9-1-1 call preceded Clinton bank heist; ruse was used before, cops say

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 4:00PM updated at 9:08PM

Wells Fargo in Clinton was robbed Monday. The Island County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the bank was hit by a lone gunman. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, and in an unusual move used a bank employee’s vehicle as a getaway car.

Good Cheer Harvest Party and Music Fest kicks off Saturday

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

Good Cheer Food Bank will ring in the weekend with their annual Harvest Party and Music Fest.

Island County commissioner candidate Hannold to visit Clinton

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

Rick Hannold, a District 3 candidate for Island County’s board of commissioners, will be in Clinton later this month. The Camano Island Republican is scheduled for a meet and greet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Clinton Community Hall.

Whidbey orchestra sounds call for new players

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

The Whidbey Island Community Orchestra is looking for new members. Auditions are not held, as the orchestra accepts musicians of all skill levels.

Paratransit service cuts run deep on South End, meeting planned

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

Multiple sclerosis is a maddeningly mysterious autoimmune disease that leaves each of its victims with a unique progression of symptoms.

Picnic to foster Clinton spirit

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 6:00AM

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin. In the case of the first-ever Clinton Town Picnic this Saturday, those pumpkins will be hurtling through the air after being launched from a trebuchet, all in the name of building a stronger community identity for the sprawling unincorporated area of Island County.

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