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Keeping level heads after state championship loss | SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW

  • Mar 9, 2016 at 10:00AM

The buzz of last year’s 1A state championship loss has translated into a quiet confidence for South Whidbey’s baseball team.

Gardeners of South Whidbey continue philanthropy, spreading natural beauty

  • Mar 8, 2016 at 6:00PM

Winter is no time to rest for the busy bodies of the South Whidbey Garden Club.

Falcon tracksters have fun, work hard | SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW

  • Mar 9, 2016 at 4:00PM

If you think South Whidbey senior Tanner Lobdell is most looking forward to winning a state title in the 400-meter race this season, guess again.

Girls shooting for state title, boys aim to crack top-20 | SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW

  • Mar 9, 2016 at 6:00PM

For South Whidbey’s girls golf team, the only direction is up, and there’s not much room to leap.

Spreading positive vibes to spring | SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW

  • Mar 9, 2016 at 8:00AM

Positivity and fun are widespread themes with South Whidbey’s girls tennis team.

Cozy's Roadhouse owner takes over Clinton Chamber of Commerce reins

  • Mar 9, 2016 at 6:00PM

Stephanie Cook, who owns Cozy’s Roadhouse with her husband Troy, was voted as the chamber’s president last week. She will be joined by Janae Cameron, owner of Make Whidbey, as vice president.

Landslide blocks Coupeville road near Ebey's Landing

  • Mar 9, 2016 at 4:00PM

A small landslide near Ebey’s Landing on Central Whidbey left one lane of the roadway blocked with dirt and debris before Island County road workers cleared the way Monday morning.

Box lunch sale helps Readiness to Learn Foundation

  • Mar 8, 2016 at 4:00PM

Readiness to Learn will hold its spring Box Lunch fundraiser next week.

Name change may cost Whidbey General Hospital $115,000

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Mar 8, 2016 at 6:31AM

Whidbey General Hospital spent in the ballpark of $60,000 on consultants to help conceptualize a new name and logo. Officials estimate they may spend between $90,000 to $115,000 more implementing the change, though they say they were going to spend money on signs anyway.

Former Falcon Maia Sparkman finds place among Division I athletes at Seattle U

  • Mar 4, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Mar 7, 2016 at 9:50AM

A feat that occurred two years ago still helps push Seattle University track and field athlete Maia Sparkman today.

Outside mooring work begins at South Whidbey Harbor

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 2:00PM updated Mar 7, 2016 at 8:28AM

Work on a project to make South Whidbey Harbor more inviting and accessible to large vessels kicked off this week with the arrival of a massive barge and crane. Seattle-based Pacific Pile & Marine L.P., the Port of South Whidbey’s hired contractor, mobilized Tuesday and has since begun work on the “outside mooring project,” a plan to retrofit the northern edge of the marina outer floats to allow boats 100 feet and larger a place to tie up.

Whidbey ladies take the stage for stories of challenge, triumph, passions | CORRECTED

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Mar 7, 2016 at 8:18AM

Five years in, and WOW! Stories has just scratched the surface of the tales ready and not so ready to be told by Whidbey Island’s women.

Rooster ruckus? Barnyard move-ins have Langley clucking

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Mar 6, 2016 at 7:56AM

Arriving in stealth and by means unknown, a clutch of at least eight chickens took up roost in Langley last week and, in short order, have become the talk of the town.

VIEWPOINT | Let the public decide fairgrounds’ fate

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 6:00AM updated at 8:46AM

Okay, I feel like I need to clarify the Port of South Whidbey’s position on the fairgrounds. What we were asking for was that the public be allowed, through an August ballot issue, to decide if the port should or should not own and manage the fairgrounds property. Almost two years ago Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson came to a port meeting and asked the commission to please consider taking over the fairgrounds in Langley.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Why waste time, money for uneeded hospital name change

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 6:00PM

Editor, I have read numerous opinions lately concerning the name change for our local hospital, almost all of them negative. In the 38 years since returning to my childhood hometown, Whidbey “General Hospital” has served as a beacon for those seeking a variety of healthcare services. Necessity and confusion seem to be key issues regarding the change of name. Are you serious? Has anybody really gotten confused over where medical services on Whidbey Island can be found? I don’t think so.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Assuming too much, thinking too little

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 4:00PM

Editor, Consider Donald Trump. His loud speeches contain no hint of how he would mobilize or alter government to reach his ends. History 80 years ago demonstrates how a dramatic figure can mobilize his own cohort to take action, especially given wild public approbation. Deporting 12 million Mexicans need not tax the United States military. Trump volunteers can be easily mobilized via Twitter. He could claim he was saving the taxpayers “massive” amounts of money.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Ryan’s House should look outside OLF area

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, It is now up to the Navy to decide if our homeless and at-risk youth on Whidbey Island will have a safe place for healing and growing. Ryan’s House for Youth desperately needs a facility to offer a “safe, homelike environment” for a vulnerable and growing youth population. After months of searching, the organization has found what could be the perfect place.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | South Whidbey seems to want a dictator

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, We face a potential crisis as citizens of the State of Washington and the United States of America. This potential crisis emanates from the demagoguery of ethnic baiting, false economic failure and demonization of those the demagogue disagrees with. The demagogues play upon those members of society who feel disenfranchised, dispossessed, and/or demoralized. The demagogue promises a quick fix to the perceived problems by saying things such as “I’ll get things done” with no clear plan as to how.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Port Clinton has a nice sound to it

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, Port Clinton? I like it. Sounds quaint--charming, rural cottages draped in blackberry vines, tucked back into niches along SR 525. Burgeoning shops appeal to mainland browsers surging off ferries. Dogs leading pedestrians amble from shop to shop along the byways.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | ’39 Steps’ was a delightful surprise

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, The weekend of Feb. 20, my husband and I traveled to Whidbey Island for a getaway weekend. While surfing the Internet looking for something to do, we found information about the theatre in Langley. “39 Steps” was a delightful play and very entertaining.

Langley Historic Preservation Commission seeks new members

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 6:00PM

Langley’s Historic Preservation Commission is in need of another steward, someone dedicated to preserving the past in the century-old city. Commission Chairman Bob Waterman reported to the Langley City Council at its Feb. 16 meeting as part of a semiannual address about the group’s activities and needs.

Barricade placement a safety matter, Langley Post Office supervisor says

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 6:00PM

Bright orange barricades that have Langley residents in a huff were placed there for safety reasons, according to a post office official. The federal agency is required to provide a safe working environment for its employees, and the three concrete barriers that showed up this week to block the back entrance on Third Street to the Langley Post Office, much to the chagrin of city residents, were installed for just that purpose.

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