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Atmospheric conditions leads to burn ban in Island County

  • Aug 20, 2016 at 2:00PM

A total burn ban is now in effect for Island County and in Washington state parks and coastal beaches.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Operation is a ‘degrade’ to Bayview Road corridor

  • Aug 20, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, Regarding the industrial cannabis growing and processing operation proposed on Bayview Road south of Lone Lake: According to the Island County Critical Areas Map, the project is in a wetlands/flood zone that extends from the south end of Lone Lake to Useless Bay.

Soup Box Derby: Fun and funky, a Langley tradition returns

  • Aug 20, 2016 at 8:00AM

For Clinton resident Peter Lawlor, life needs flair and a bit of showmanship. Anything less is boring.

EDITORIAL | Rules for horse manure on SW trails a reasonable step

  • Aug 20, 2016 at 6:00AM

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District commissioners discussed a rather smelly issue this week — horse poop, lots of it. Good on them, we say. Horse manure on public trail systems isn’t a sexy or popular topic and will almost certainly become the butt of a few bad jokes.

August 18, 1966 and August 22, 1991 | HISTORY CORNER

  • Aug 20, 2016 at 12:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 50 and 15 years ago on Thursday, August 18, 1966 and Tuesday, August 22, 1991.

Community volunteer recognized by Langley | KUDOS

  • Aug 20, 2016 at 10:00AM

Langley Community Club President John Lawson was given the Mayor’s Excellence Award for his volunteer work in the Community Club, Men’s Club, Good Cheer and around town at the Langley City Council’s regular monthly meeting on Aug. 15.

Athletes show physicality in South Whidbey fitness competition

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Aug 19, 2016 at 11:54AM

Without a little bit of pain and some sore muscles, there is no gain. That was the theme at the Whidbey Throwdown on Saturday at Community Park. Nearly two dozen people battled it out for the top prize of the fitness competition which began at 9:30 a.m. The event combined five workouts that tested the athletes’ strength, mobility, balance and endurance. The workouts included carrying a 60- and 40-pound sandbag up a steep hill for 100 yards, carrying a 35- and 25-pound “slam ball” for 50 meters, over-the-wall burpees and overhead medicine ball throws.

Proposed location for off-leash dog park in Langley draws some resistance

  • Aug 16, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Aug 19, 2016 at 7:32AM

A proposed off-leash dog park to be built near the Cedars neighborhood had property owners barking concerns at Monday night’s city council meeting. Though residents were not denying the need for a dog park, they felt the proposed location near the catch basin area may be too small or too remote. Councilwoman Dominique Emerson suggested the idea of building a fenced dog park area in the city at a meeting on July 18 in an effort to keep tourists with their dogs in town. Councilman Thomas Gill suggested the catch basin area at the Cedars as a possible location for the park, due to it having a large retention pond area with no water in it.

From Broadway to Whidbey: renowned instructor brings the moves

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 6:00PM updated Aug 18, 2016 at 2:13PM

From New York City to Tokyo, Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito’s jazz exercise technique has left a lasting mark on the dancing world — and at the end of the month, his chief prodigy will give South Whidbey the chance to learn his famed mentor’s authentic techniques. Manhattan-based jazz dance teacher Francis Roach is jetting over to South Whidbey from the Big Apple as part of his quest to teach dancers around the globe Faccuito’s techniques.

Owl attacks Clinton woman for 30 minutes in Saratoga Woods

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Aug 18, 2016 at 8:47AM

A South Whidbey woman is now looking up in the trees rather than down at the trail after a frightening encounter with an aggressive owl in Saratoga Woods.

Burn ban begins tomorrow, fire marshal announces

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 3:10PM

Island County Fire Marshal Mark Brown has approved a county-wide burn ban. The ban goes into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18., according to a Wednesday news release.

Ex-FBI special agent to teach protection at conference

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 12:00PM updated at 2:18PM

In a climate where active shooter situations are increasingly common, knowledge is power when it comes to staying safe.

Langley, South Whidbey residents come together during Whidbey Queer Pride Parade

  • Aug 16, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Aug 17, 2016 at 7:49AM

An orange banner that read, “Standing on the side of love” seemed to embody the spirit of this year’s Whidbey Queer Pride Parade in Langley.

Maxwell Bennett Reeves | NEW ARRIVAL

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 11:00AM

Maxwell Bennett Reeves was born on Aug. 1 to parent Jennifer O’Connor of Freeland.

Grant awarded to Langley Main Street Association by Whidbey Island Garden Tour

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 8:00AM

The Langley Main Street Association (LMSA) was recently awarded a $500 grant from the Whidbey Island Garden Tour for its Second Street rain garden.

Applicants sought for steelhead advisory group in Olympia

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 6:00PM

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for applicants for a new ad hoc group that will offer recommendations in the development of management options for Puget Sound steelhead.

Woman found alive below Deception Pass Bridge

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 4:00PM

At first, it seemed like the body spotted Monday evening on a rocky ledge below Deception Pass Bridge was part of technical rope rescue skills scheduled that evening. A call was placed to the duty officer at North Whidbey Fire and Rescue asking if the fire department had begun its drills already.“They had seen something that wasn’t moving,” said Mike Brown, fire chief with the agency. “They asked, ‘Did you put a play victim in place early, or a dummy, down for the drill?’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bigot, smug are descriptors for Donald Trump

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, Okay, here’s a simple little test for you. Sort of a sanity test, if you will. Close your eyes and have someone read these words to you out loud: Bigot. Fearmonger. Narcissist. Thin skinned. Unqualified. Dangerous. Smug. Insulting. Reactionary. Demagogue.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Dick Drake, family were a mainstay in Cultus Bay Community

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, I just read Dick Drake’s recent obituary. My brothers, myself and friends were among the kids who spent a lot of time at the Drake farm during the 1940s. Our family lived only a short distance away on what is now part of the Hammons Reserve. The Drake farm was our main access to go beach combing. We would hike to their place, cross over the dike to the beach and then walk around Maple Point towards Maxwelton.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Tidelands being ‘raped’ by shrimpers near Witter Beach in Langley

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, I just read your article from June on the return of the sand shrimpers. I live on Witter Beach, just south and around the point from Sandy Point Beach. Two years ago, before the shrimping ban was imposed, the commercial shrimpers drove almost 100 stakes into the sand just south of our beach 3 feet under the sand and 3 feet above in order to prevent the whales from getting the shrimp there. Our friend took pictures and gave them to us and we turned them over to someone else and a chain was made whereby the ban was put in place.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | New neighbor thinks he owns the place

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 6:00AM

I’ve got a new neighbor, and I admit I don’t like him. He’s loud, rude and spends way to much time looking in my bedroom window. Squirrels — they think they own the world. This one seems convinced he owns the tree just a few feet from where I sleep.

Langley claims festival favorite as its own

  • Aug 13, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Aug 16, 2016 at 7:27AM

Plans to make Langley’s Second Street Dance one of the city’s premier events were set in motion Thursday morning at a Langley Arts Commission meeting. The dance, adopted by the commission, will be a regular tradition the weekend following the Fourth of July. It will also include a studious planning process by the event’s organizers.

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