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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Karla Jacks is right Island County commissioner

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 6:00PM

Editor, Local elections matter. Please take the time to become informed and vote for those seeking county offices. Four years ago, the voters of Island County made what I believe was a less than informed decision, and elected Kelly Emerson as county commissioner. For three and a half years the Island County Board of Commissioners and the citizens of this county suffered through our ill-fated choice.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Tuition hike isn’t needed for higher education focus

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, In light of the governor’s recent request for state agencies to plan for a 15 percent reduction in their budgets, I have sent a letter asking for his support in keeping higher education affordable by proposing a budget that does not make cuts to higher education funding.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Grone’s claims were untrue, incumbent says

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 2:00PM

Editor, My opponent claims I was absent from my office 50 percent of the year. This is untrue. I was gone from my office to care for my sister who was fighting breast cancer for three months, time allowed under the Family Medical Leave Act. However, as agreed with the Board of Island County Commissioners, I did telecommute from her home, completing the work for which I am responsible. I conducted weekly teleconferences with the chief deputy and accountant, staying apprised of issues in my office.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Can’t we get Oak Harbor Mayor Dudley out of here?

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley sounds like a bully to me, and that is the last thing we need. Island Transit’s woes are complex and long standing, and the agency needs all the help it can get. Hollering at people, and attacking them publicly is a lousy strategy. Elected officials are supposed to forge compromises and work for solutions. Can’t we get this guy out of there? He is making things worse, his style is destructive.

EDITORIAL | View assessment made public opinion clear

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 10:00AM

No thanks. That’s the word from the community concerning the Langley Lift proposal following a recent view assessment, and city officials should take this to heart. The objective is a worthy one, but the people have spoken: in its current form, the project is unacceptable and needs to be rethought.

MAYOR'S BEAT | The ups, downs of the Langley Lift

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 8:00AM

Recent feedback from the community indicated a few concerns over view blockage, structural design, and aesthetic appearance of the proposed Langley Lift. We are listening. In many ways we see the newly expanded marina as another gateway to the city. Our current focus is on economic development. We have an interest in linking Cascade to the marina for boaters, tourists, and mobility-challenged individuals. We want the capability to move people, supplies, and equipment up and down the bluff to boats or for other personal reasons.

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.

50 years ago | October 1

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 10:00AM

The following are segments of stories from the Oct. 1, 1964 edition of the Whidbey Island Record, now the South Whidbey Record.

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.

Animal fun run PAWZ 5K draws a crowd to Langley

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 8:00AM

Every dog has its day, the saying goes, and that was certainly the case Sept. 28 in Langley at the second PAWZ By the Sea 5K run/walk.

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.

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.

Glendale beach sale, access to be secured

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 12:00PM

Whidbey Island beach access advocates are celebrating an announcement that the beach at Glendale will be preserved for public use.

Whidbey General to honor boat, dock workers

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 6:00PM

Whidbey General Hospital’s emergency responders will honor ferry workers on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo run Saturday, Oct. 4. The hospital emergency medical technicians and paramedics rely on the ferry to transport patients to the mainland for specialized care or severe trauma or cardiac issues. Last year, 600 patients were taken across the ferry to facilities on the mainland, according to a press release from Whidbey General Hospital.

Langley fairgrounds upgrades OK’d

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 4:00PM

The Island County Area Fairgrounds will receive $29,338 worth of electrical repairs in the coming weeks. Commissioners approved the contract with Clinton-based electrical contractor Jerry Beck and Company Inc. at their regular Monday meeting.

Langley's Sassy Siren gets new owner

  • Oct 1, 2014 at 2:00PM

Langley’s most attitude-laden clothing boutique is changing hands. Jennifer Krouse is the new owner of the Sassy Siren after Tracey Fleisher ran it for several years.

Would you like that delivered? Gofer service comes to South Whidbey

  • Sep 27, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Sep 29, 2014 at 3:52PM

Food delivery has come to South Whidbey. At least, it’s available at a selection of the busier restaurants from Freeland to Clinton, thanks to third-party delivery service D-UP (Delivery-Up) and creators Ian and Kayla Armijo.

Drugs not an epidemic, sheriff says

  • Sep 26, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Sep 29, 2014 at 8:58AM

Despite Island County Sheriff Mark Brown’s assertions to the contrary, South Whidbey residents insist the drug problem on the South End has reached “epidemic” proportions.

Driver and son OK after rollover on Bush Point Road

  • Sep 26, 2014 at 5:17PM

A father and son heading home from a successful day of fishing off Bush Point fell victim to heavy rain and slick streets Friday afternoon.

SLIDESHOW | Stelling, Peterson power Falcon tennis past rival Wolves

  • Sep 28, 2014 at 9:00AM

South Whidbey boys tennis defeated Coupeville 4-1 on Sept. 25 at South Whidbey High School.

South Whidbey fire district passes federal audit

  • Sep 27, 2014 at 6:00PM

The U.S. government says South Whidbey Fire/EMS is in the clear after an audit for the $356,000 used to buy a new marine response vessel.

SLIDESHOW | Falcon volleyball rally falls short against Lady Knights

  • Sep 26, 2014 at 5:00PM

South Whidbey roared back from an 0-2 deficit and forced King's into a five-set match Tuesday.

Oyster Run brings traffic bump

  • Sep 27, 2014 at 6:00PM

Whidbey Island residents should expect to see a whole lotta hogs on the roads this weekend.

Landslide, tree knocks out power

  • Sep 27, 2014 at 4:00PM

A small landslide sent a tree into the powerlines in the Hastings Road area of Clinton on Friday morning, knocking out power to dozens of eastside water-view homes.

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