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Langley seeks input for hazard plan

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 12:00PM

Langley is in the process of updating its 2008 Hazard Mitigation Plan, and is looking for public input. In an emailed newsletter, Mayor Fred McCarthy encouraged city residents and business owners to complete an online survey. To participate, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/IslandCountySurvey.

Langley bank to host blood drive

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 10:00AM

A blood drive will be held at U.S. Bank in Langley this week. The drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the bank, located at 202 Anthes Avenue.

KUDOS | South Whidbey Elementary teachers win mentorship award

  • Jan 6, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey Elementary School has a pair of well-appreciated teachers in Bruce and Kathy Callahan.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Hospital should heed message of transparency

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, I applaud The Record for insisting that Whidbey General Hospital (or WGH) be held to the highest standards of truthfulness and transparency. Those like myself, who enter the health professions, know we will be held accountable to the communities we serve. We ought to expect the same from the hospitals where we work.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Public should resolve to reuse grocery bags

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, It’s that time of year again for making New Year’s resolutions. Here’s one that’s easy to do, and saves you money besides. Remember to take your grocery bags with you to the store. Hey, you even get a nickel back for each bag of yours they use.

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 8:00AM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front page of the Whidbey Island Record 50 years ago, Thursday, Jan. 7 1965.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Windows reveal spots to some, universe to others

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, I am supportive of Erica Eden’s letter in the Jan. 3 edition of The Record. The funicular is an innovative and exciting concept. The thought of tying our business district to a growing marina may just pave the way for a beleaguered Langley to reinvent itself in a way that will insure a prosperous longevity.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | The time has come to move forward with project

  • Jan 6, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, One question about the funicular not addressed previously in a Dec. 13 letter in The Record regards parking for boaters in the middle school parking lot only being available during the summer months (for saving time and pollution by hauling their gear on the funicular). Perhaps that letter writer was not aware that the city has another agreement with the Island Church allowing boaters to use their parking lot (even closer than the middle school) year round except on Sundays. In addition the city could further negotiate with the middle school to use their lot on weekends year round as well.

EDITORIAL | Seahawks are worthy of our admiration

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 6:00AM

Seahawk fever is back — or did it ever leave? Regardless, the mania surrounding the team is a good thing.

Sea Float Scramble draws huge crowd, hundreds turn out for annual Langley event

  • Jan 6, 2015 at 4:00PM

Hundreds of people turned out for the third annual Sea Float Scramble in Langley Saturday, and like all treasure hunts it was a madhouse.

South Whidbey woman shares story of homelessness

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Jan 5, 2015 at 10:36AM

As patrons of the Island Church of Whidbey soup kitchen finished their meals, lively piano music mingled with the scents and sounds of lunchtime as one amicable young woman nimbly tickled the ivory keys. Like many of the soup kitchen visitors, she is without a home.

Polar bears start 2015 with Useless Bay plunge

  • Jan 2, 2015 at 3:01PM

Temperatures that dipped into the 20s and frost on the roads wasn’t enough to stop 178 people from taking a New Year’s swim in Useless Bay Thursday.

Langley Arts Commission to discuss funding

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

The Langley Arts Commission will meet to discuss such matters as the replacement of Sue Taves’ Second Street sculpture, the disposition of Second Street one percent funding for the arts and the establishment of the Langley Arts Commission funding acquisition committee.

Whidbey Farm Tour seeks farms for 2015

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 4:00PM

Planning for the 10th Annual Whidbey Island Farm Tour is underway and farmers who want to be involved need to apply by the end of the month.

Santa water skis on Deer Lake

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 2:00PM

South Whidbey received an unconventional visit from Saint Nick this Christmas. Jordyn Kelley, a 7th grader and Langley resident, donned a Santa costume and took to the waters of Deer Lake on her water skis.

Third ferry to net $26 million for Nichols Brothers

  • Jan 2, 2015 at 4:00PM

Construction on the state’s third 144-car ferry has begun, and the job is expected to keep Nichols Brothers Boat Builders workers busy into 2016. “This is a big, big deal for us,” said Matt Nichols, CEO of the Freeland shipyard. “It takes us a long way down the road.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Let’s get on with the funicular project already

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, The funicular is something long overdue that will be a worthwhile and attractive addition to the city. 1. It would be useful for elders and disabled persons to make it to the marina with ease. 2. It would be an efficient way for boat operators to carry gear to and from the marina.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Langley funicular comparison is not apples to apples

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, Eric Levine says that the funicular project is most comparable to the one in Dubuque, Iowa. But Dubuque is a town of 50,000, 50 times as big as Langley. Their funicular is advertised as an amusement ride. It has a ticket seller, costs $3 and is open only seasonally.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Funicular can change Langley’s living environment

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, A few support a funicular because it would be fun, draw visitors, provide alternative access to the marina without driving down to it and/or generate revenue to offset operating and maintenance expenses. No one suggests how much it would cost to provide one or more perceived benefits. No one suggests users pay. Who would pay and how much?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Christmas Day gun shots disturbed the peace

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, I live off Al Anderson Ave. in Langley. On Christmas morning, I was sweeping my driveway in preparation for receiving guests. Suddenly I heard, “blam!” Then “blam!”

Cops tase Freeland man twice; suspect charged with assault

  • Jan 2, 2015 at 4:00PM

It took two tasings and several officers to take down a Freeland man who was charged last week with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Kyle Landry, 32, who has a history of drug use and domestic violence according to court records, was taken into custody after he allegedly violated an anti-harassment order at a Freeland home Dec. 18.

Washington’s poet laureate comes to WICA

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

Elizabeth Austen jokes that her mid-life crisis came a little early. Nearly 20 years ago, the Shakespearean trained actor and former thespian put down her stage makeup and picked up a pen, trading her acting and dance theater career for the life of a poet.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | The Record turns the spotlight on itself

  • Jan 3, 2015 at 6:00AM

A few weeks ago, a Record reporter suggested we take a different tack for a New Year’s resolution editorial. Instead of doing the regular piece about what we think government can do better, how about some self-reflection for a change? Where did the newspaper fall short in 2014 and what can we do to improve?

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