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Whidbey, Puget Sound crabbing season ends

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:51PM

Crabbing for most of Washington is over for now. The season officially ended Sept. 1 in all marine areas except those around the San Juan Islands.

Whidbey fair group seeks lease extension

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:51PM

The Island County Fair Association has requested that its current lease on the fairground property be extended until April 1, 2015 to allow county leadership time to discuss the property’s future. Island County commissioners will discuss the request, received by letter Aug. 27, at today’s regular work session.

Clinton girl qualifies for Washington State Fair in dressage

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:50PM

Bucking the flair, adornment and speed of most equestrian competitions, Emma Scotthanson of Clinton will take part in Washington State Fair’s dressage competition.

Whidbey Island Area Fair’s open exhibition winners

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:50PM

These are the winners in food preservation and baked goods at the Whidbey Island Area Fair.

KUDOS | Northwest Institute of Literary Arts class graduation

  • Sep 2, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:50PM

The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts held its commencement for the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. The graduation was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 9 at the Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center. From left to right, graduates Jackie Haskins, Chelsea Knorr, Lawrence Cheek (faculty), Ana Maria Spagna (faculty), Iris Graville and Gina Warren.

Beyond Skill: Figurative painter Golucho visits Whidbey

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:49PM

Throughout the art world, Spanish painter Golucho’s works are regarded as emotional, provocative and masterfully crafted. But according to the painter, philosopher and poet, his artistic technique is a vessel through which he delivers a much deeper message.

Six Bowls project unites a community with shared stories, recipes, art

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:49PM

One year ago, six ceramic and glass artists shaped six unique bowls which would pass through the hands of six poets and dozens of island residents, uniting the Whidbey community in gatherings and conversations about life, art, food and more.

Weekend ride may cause Whidbey traffic congestion

  • Sep 4, 2014 at 1:00PM updated at 4:48PM

Drivers should prepare for lots of bicyclists on the roads of Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties this weekend as the Bike MS Deception Pass Classic is Sept. 6-7, the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

Memorial Zylstra flagpole receives needed face lift

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:47PM

A flag now flies in front of the county’s historic court house building on a pole that has been broken for more than 10 years.

SHERIFF'S REPORT | A slanderous mother, a false child abuse report and vandalism

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:47PM

The following items are 9-1-1 calls to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Friday, Aug. 15 2:54 a.m. — A loud, barking dog was reported, but its exact location on Fox Spit Road was unknown. In the past, the white Great Pyrenees wandered in the street.

Recount secures Grone’s spot in treasurer race

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 4:47PM

Former chief deputy treasurer Wanda Grone will face her former boss during November’s general election after a close primary.

Former Independent associate publisher dies

  • Sep 2, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 10:42AM

Former associate publisher Lorraine May passed away on Aug. 31 in her home in Bremerton.

Lawmaker agrees to vet Sunny View pedestrian concerns

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 11:52AM

With ceremonial hardhats on their heads and golden shovels in their hands, six years of funding and permit hurdles seemed to melt away for a group of dignitaries at a recent groundbreaking ceremony in Freeland.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Proposed Langley lift would be an eyesore

  • Sep 2, 2014 at 6:00PM

Editor, I can’t seem to decide what the proposed “Langley Lift” looks like. A cruise ship loading terminal? A multi-modal coal transfer facility? Or is it the jetway at gate S12 at Sea-Tac?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Jitney service a better fit for Langley than lift

  • Sep 2, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, In regards to the marina elevator project: In Langley, a lift for some would be a downer for many. I, for one, would be extremely saddened by the loss of view from Camano Avenue out to Saratoga Passage should the bridge and elevator project for the marina area become a reality.

EDITORIAL | Freeland pedestrian concerns are valid

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 6:00AM

State lawmakers and road officials will convene with Freeland residents, business leaders and representatives of the Island County Housing Authority this month. The topic under discussion: pedestrian safety associated with Sunny View Village, a 26-unit affordable housing development currently under construction in Freeland. The project has taken a lot of flak over the years, some of it warranted and some of it not so much. Safety, however, is not a baseless complaint and this is one concern that decision-makers should not take lightly or simply cast off as just another gripe from nimbies who don’t like the development.

South Whidbey students back for new school year

  • Sep 2, 2014 at 4:00PM

School is in session at the South Whidbey School District. Kids put away their swimsuits and donned their backpacks today, bidding farewell to summer break as a new school year began.

South Whidbey School Board seeks interim director

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 12:00PM

South Whidbey School District board member Fred O’Neal is resigning from the board after over seven years of service, as announced at the Aug. 27 business meeting.

Whidbey grower develops claimed cure-all strain

  • Sep 2, 2014 at 4:00PM

Mathew Gordon experimented on himself to perfect what he claims is a medicine that can cure everything from hepatitis C to bee stings.

Need a lift? Langley looking at elevator, bridge view impact on Cascade

  • Aug 30, 2014 at 7:00AM updated Sep 1, 2014 at 7:37PM

Renderings of a bridge and elevator give a glimpse at what Cascade Avenue in Langley may look like.

South Whidbey educator in hospital following rollover car crash

  • Aug 29, 2014 at 5:21PM

Teresa Wheeler, a teacher for South Whidbey School District, is presently in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center according to the assistant director of the Media and Communication department, Susan Gregg.

PUBLISHER'S COLUMN | Opinion page meant for variety of views

  • Aug 29, 2014 at 6:00PM

Funny thing about opinions — we don’t always have to agree with them. Such is the case with letters to the editor and editorial cartoons. I received a letter last week from a newer Whidbey News-Times reader who didn’t like recent letters critical of President Obama. He said the writers’ comments were “tired” and “cliché.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Local sponsors were integral to fair events

  • Aug 30, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, Since the end of this year’s wonderful fair, there has been some well-deserved recognition of the hundreds of volunteer hours that go in to making the fair what it is every year.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Petrish is in the running for state Legislature

  • Aug 30, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a newcomer to the state political scene who finished second in the primary race for state representative in the 10th Legislative District. His name is Nick Petrish.

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