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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.

Whidbey Seaplane Base pier to be rebuilt

  • Sep 30, 2014 at 4:00PM

Next summer the Navy will begin work on demolishing a finger pier on the Seaplane Base and building a new breakwater in Crescent Harbor. The aging pier was built in 1943 when the base was established and has acted as a breakwater to the fuel loading station to the west, according to base spokesman Mike Welding.

Defense potent in Falcon football’s first win

  • Sep 30, 2014 at 4:00PM

Three first-half turnovers by the Granite Falls Tigers led to 17 points for the South Whidbey Falcons en route to a 43-21 win, the first for South Whidbey.

Langley Lift lands low score in public study

  • Sep 30, 2014 at 3:18PM

People are not thrilled at the prospect of a long bridge and a towering elevator shaft mucking up their view in Langley.

Big pumpkin carving at Coupeville market

  • Sep 30, 2014 at 6:00PM

Plus-size pumpkins will be on display for deft hands at the 19th annual Whidbey Island Giant Pumpkin Contest on Oct. 11. Held during the last Coupeville Farmers Market of the season, the contest features giant pumpkins, zucchini and any other large or mutant vegetables people want to show off.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse to be run by the state

  • Sep 30, 2014 at 6:00PM

The management of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey will be taken over by the state Parks and Recreation Department as of Dec. 31. The lighthouse manager position is funded by the state’s Lighthouse Environmental Program but has operated in recent years through the Island County Washington State University Extension.

Cedarcrest boots Falcon girls soccer

  • Sep 30, 2014 at 6:00PM

Cedarcrest extended South Whidbey girls soccer’s scoreless streak to four games with a 2-0 victory Saturday.

2nd District congressional hopefuls don’t always toe party lines

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 6:00AM

Candidates for Washington’s 2nd Congressional seat seem to stray from hard-set party platforms on a few issues.

Personal bests set by South Whidbey runners amid tough competition

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 6:00AM

South Whidbey ran with the best of them at the Bellevue Invite on Saturday at Lake Sammamish State Park. Several Falcons set personal records in the 5,000-meter race that featured runners from 31 schools across Washington. Most of the teams were from larger 4A and 3A schools.

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