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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Enough is enough, no more records requests

  • Apr 2, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, The recent article, “School district, city again hit with public records lawsuits,” smells; not the journalism but the subject matter. It feels like the state’s sunshine law is being used for a personal vendetta. Our city has had a five-star mayor with Dr. Fred McCarthy, who continuously put the city’s needs ahead of personal needs.

Fragile market: Financial return on recyclables at its worst

  • Apr 1, 2016 at 6:00PM

Like many Whidbey Island residents, you probably support recycling, but have you ever wondered what becomes of, say, that fabulous bottle of wine you enjoyed after it’s dropped into your curbside recycling container?

EDITORIAL | Mike Nortier is the right choice to lead Island Transit

  • Apr 2, 2016 at 6:00AM

A smart move by members of the Island Transit board should mute much of the public criticism that has continued to dog the agency in recent years. This week board members unanimously chose Mike Nortier among three candidates for the director position. Nortier retired from the Navy this year after serving with distinction as commanding officer of the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. He doesn’t have experience in transit, but he does have what the agency badly needs — strong leadership skills and credibility.

Work party tackles state park clean-up | KUDOS

  • Apr 2, 2016 at 10:00AM

Thirteen volunteers from Friends of South Whidbey State Park and Naval Air Station Whidbey cleaned up day-use areas at South Whidbey State Park after recent heavy rains and repeated wind storms nullified previous clean-up efforts.

Team of volunteers clears Putney Woods | KUDOS

  • Apr 2, 2016 at 12:00PM

The Island County Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen, a neighbor and a couple of trail users tackled a multitude of tumbled trees, broken branches and tangles of brush after storms of soil soaking rains and destructive winds ravaged Putney Woods.

Island Transit board picks former Naval Air Station Whidbey Island commanding officer

  • Apr 2, 2016 at 8:00AM

The former commanding officer of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is likely the next executive director of Island Transit.

Judge rules against former Island County commissioner once again

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Mar 31, 2016 at 8:31AM

Island County has once again prevailed in litigation involving Kelly Emerson, a former county commissioner, but the long saga is still not over.

Digitizing history, one photo at a time

  • Mar 29, 2016 at 3:45PM

A day rarely goes by that Rick Castellano doesn’t feel a sense of approval from Janet Enzmann.

Former base commanding officer picked to lead Island Transit

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 3:04PM

The former commanding officer of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is likely the next executive director of Island Transit. The transit agency's board unanimously chose Mike Nortier among the three candidates for the top administrative position this afternoon. The vote means that the consultant will negotiate an employment contract with Nortier, so it's not a certainty that he will take the job.

Complicated city growth plans make heads spin

  • Mar 29, 2016 at 6:00PM updated Mar 30, 2016 at 7:11AM

Proposed changes for growth in Langley spurred confusion and discussion at Island County Planning Department’s public meeting Monday night.

Youth task force to hold forum on Whidbey's homeless

  • Mar 29, 2016 at 4:00PM

Representatives from local and national organizations will gather today to discuss the most prevalent issues facing Whidbey’s homeless young people, and what can be done to address the issue. The Whidbey Island Homeless Youth Task Force Forum is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Trump isn’t perfect, but he deserves a fair chance

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, Remember, as a kid, when someone — mother, father, teacher or relative — told you that “anyone can grow up to become president in America?” Watching and reading the media, the GOP establishment, politicians, the Democrats and scared lobbyists trying to stop Donald Trump, belies what you were told. The mighty effort to stop Trump is growing and now they want to use the dreaded “racist” ploy. It isn’t because he would be a bad president.

Parking spaces to be striped behind Langley post office barricade

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 6:00PM

Facing the reality that the one-time, interim access from Third Street to Second Street through the post office lot is no more, Langley’s mayor is hoping to make lemonade out of lemons, so to speak. Mayor Tim Callison has a plan to stripe a few more parking spaces adjacent to the concrete barriers set near the former Third Street access to the post office parking lot. That area of Third Street already offers public parking and essentially operates as a dead-end lot. A private home blocks Third Street from connecting to Cascade Avenue, just east of the post office. Parking spaces are available on either side of the road, from Anthes Avenue to the dead end. Among persistent criticism that there is not enough parking in the downtown hub, any additional parking is welcome.

Freeland becomes home to new loan production office

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 4:00PM

SaviBank has opened a loan production office in Freeland, the Burlington-based company announced.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | The hospital changed its name, so what already?

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, Enough already about the hospital name change! Since 1970 our small community hospital has provided excellent health care to our residents. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated staff and professional services available to all of us. It’s time to have a new name and logo to go along with the beautiful new building that is currently under construction.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Box lunch fundraiser was a success thanks to support

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, Readiness To Learn Foundation would like to thank everyone who supported our recent Box Lunch fundraiser. Over 20 volunteers, organization board members and staff helped to once again bring this beloved — and tasty — project to South Whidbey. Our community bought close to 500 lunches this year!

Falcons earns first victory of season with win over Port Townsend | FALCON SOFTBALL

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 12:00PM

South Whidbey’s softball team pulled out an 18-1 victory against Port Townsend at South Whidbey High School on March 26.

South Whidbey falls to Archbishop Murphy in lopsided loss | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 8:00AM

The South Whidbey boys soccer team came up short against Archbishop Murphy on March 28 with a 3-0 loss at South Whidbey High School.

VIEWPOINT | 'Keep going' WhidbeyHealth

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 6:00AM

Great things are happening in our local health care system, WhidbeyHealth. I am prompted to write this as I watch the comments in the paper, on social media and my own conversations with people in our community. The negativity surrounding the name change to WhidbeyHealth is, in my opinion, misplaced.

South Whidbey dismantles Port Townsend in 11-1 victory | FALCON BASEBALL

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 6:00AM

South Whidbey’s baseball team, looking to bounce back from the loss to Granite Falls on March 25, recorded an 11-1 win against Port Townsend on March 28 at South Whidbey High School.

South Whidbey wins tight golf match over Cedarcrest | FALCON BOYS GOLF

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey High School boys golf recorded their first win of the season Monday, as Falcon junior Thorin Helmersen’s eagle helped lift the Falcons over Cascade Conference opponent Cedarcrest.

Less fishing on horizon for Whidbey anglers

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 6:00PM

Anglers will get fewer days this year to fish for halibut in waters around Whidbey Island. The recreational halibut season in Puget Sound waters bordering the island will be reduced to eight days from 11 days last year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported in a news release.

Congressman seeks art from Whidbey students

  • Mar 30, 2016 at 4:00PM

High school students are being recruited to submit their artwork for the Congressional Art Competition. In a news release from Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, the congressman invited high school-aged students in the Second Congressional District, which includes Island County, to turn in original works for consideration.

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