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Commissioners approve fish, wildlife update for Island County

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Sep 25, 2014 at 9:17AM

No one is happy with fish and wildlife protection regulations approved Monday, but Island County commissioners are saying it’s a place to start.

Restaurants cook up cash for Whidbey schools

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 8:00AM

Four local restaurants — Prima Bistro, Patron Mexican Restaurant, Cafe Langley and Joe’s Wood-Fired Pizza — are hosting a Friday Night Dine In or Out Sept. 26 in an effort to raise funds for the South Whidbey Schools Foundation. The Foundation is attempting to raise more than $25,000 this year for teacher-requested classroom grants.

South Whidbey sheriff's report | Fights with mom, seeing a wanted criminal, and text threats

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 8:00AM

The following are 9-1-1 calls to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Dozens turn out for free fishing, gear at HUB class in Freeland

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 8:00AM

Turns out children on South Whidbey can be persuaded to abandon screens for the great outdoors given the 59 children who took part in free fishing lessons and gear this past weekend.

Interception ends Falcon football hopes for first win

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 8:00AM

South Whidbey football is still looking for its first victory of the year under first-year head coach Chris Tormey after a 7-3 loss to Cedar Park Christian on Saturday.

South Whidbey fall ferry season began Sunday

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

Washington State Ferries fall sailing schedule began Sunday, which affects early-morning and late-night sailings. From Sept. 21 until Dec. 27, the every half-hour sailings between Mukilteo and Clinton end weekday evenings at 8:30 p.m.

14th annual DjangoFest Northwest deemed a success

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

Langley was abuzz with Dionysian energy during the 14th DjangoFest Northwest this past week. The festival, which took place Sept. 17-21, drew an estimated 3,000 people who relished in the musical artistry of Gypsy Jazz performers from around the world, including nightly shows, daily workshops and numerous impromptu jams throughout Langley.

SWHS volleyball invitational tournament still a big draw

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

South Whidbey High School’s gyms echoed with the cheers of eight teams at any given moment Saturday.

Oregon State horticulture study brings color, life to Langley streets

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Langley Library has a new garden courtesy of one botanically inclined summer intern, Emily Martin.

EDITORIAL | Now that Rose is gone, it’s time to focus on change

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

After months of turmoil and calls for her head, Island Transit’s executive director resigned Friday. With Martha Rose finally handing over the keys, the process of recovering from the transportation agency’s financial mess and rebuilding the public’s trust can now begin.

Poinsettia sale funds SWHS music program

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 12:00PM

South Whidbey High School music students will spread holiday cheer and encourage the spirit of giving with their annual plant sale next month.

AAUW sends three Whidbey girls to Tech Trek

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 12:00PM

Three eighth-grade girls recently visited with the Whidbey Island branch of the American Association of University Women, to share what they learned at a recent Tech Trek camp.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Don’t be fooled by Initiative 594

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, On the surface it appears that Initiative 594 is both simple and reasonable. After all, most of us are in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally incompetent persons. But wait, this initiative, crafted and funded by rich and powerful out-of-state social manipulators (Michael Bloomberg, et al) is neither simple (18 pages) nor sensible and will do virtually nothing to deter illegal gun trafficking, reduce crime or prevent unlawful possession and use of firearms. There are much better and more practical ways to accomplish these goals like firearm identification cards similar to a driver’s license.

Tax revenues forecast better budget year for Island County

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00PM

As Island County enters its annual budget cycle, preliminary numbers show rebounding tax figures.

Latest WICA twists classic fairy tales

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00PM

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts will open its 2014-15 theatre series with Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods,” a play in which “The Brothers Grimm meet Fractured Fairy Tales.”

WHIDBEY BIRDING | Reeling in Whidbey’s loons

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00PM

I recently caught my first salmon of the year. It was a beautiful 6-7 pound silver, which I landed from the beach on the west side of the island. A few years ago my birding buddy, Ann Casey, introduced my sister and me to casting from shore and since then we’ve enjoyed fishing together and reflecting on our childhood summers when we were beach rats at Clinton Beach. Back then we trolled in our dad’s boat with dodgers and herring or an assemblage of spinners called “popcorn.” Now we cast off the beach with a princess pink Buzz Bomb or a lime green rotator.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | 594 a common sense initiative

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00PM

Editor, I attended this past Monday’s Langley City Council meeting where I-594 was on the agenda for endorsement. I support this common-sense background check initiative that will close the loophole that allows dangerous people to buy a gun without a background check, and I hope the council will decide to endorse it.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Public support helped IDIPIC reach $5,000 goal

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, Thanks to much support, the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County exceeded its goal of $5,000 during its Keep It a Safe Summer campaign. From Memorial Day Friday to Labor Day, known as the 100 Deadly Days of Summer when more DUI crashes happen, IDIPIC raised $5,116.

Island County approves contested Langley rural event center

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

Island County commissioners approved Monday the permit for a rural event center issued to the Whidbey Wayfarer Farm in Langley.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | ‘Nefarious’ types will still get guns

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, Langley Police Chief Dave Marks, as quoted in a recent South Whidbey Record article, has it right: “It’s been my observation that criminals are obtaining firearms through burglary.” Regardless of what “loopholes” are closed by the Initiative 594, nefarious types will get their hands on weapons. Indeed, Chicago, a gun-free city has one of the highest mortality rates in the country due to gunshot wounds.

Freeland photographer, author team to host book giveaway for kids

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

Children can get a free autographed copy of Craig and Joy Johnson’s latest book, “Harry the Woodpecker’s Search for a Home,” in Freeland this weekend. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Wild Birds Unlimited, Van Barr Place Ste. AB, Freeland.

Sheriff to lift burn ban in Island County

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 6:00PM

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown provided yet another sign that summer is over this week.

Island County considers park building cut

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 6:00PM

Island County parks officials have proposed the demolition of a concrete structure at Driftwood Beach Park near Coupeville. The building was relinquished by the U.S. Navy to Island County several years ago and has been used by the Sheriff’s Department for storage, according to a memorandum from Parks Superintendent Jan vanMuyden. The storage is no longer needed and the fences are in disrepair.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Commons commits to continuation as community center

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 6:00PM

Editor, One of the really great things about this community is our collective passion and commitment to causes that make a difference. The South Whidbey Commons has been a beneficiary of this caring support for many years, and especially this year.

SLIDESHOW | Cross country takes over South Whidbey High School for annual invite race

  • Sep 25, 2014 at 7:00AM

A total of 37 cross country teams flocked to South Whidbey High School's Waterman Field on Sept. 20 for the annual South Whidbey Invitational 5K race.

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