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2.5 percent vehicle, 1 percent passenger fare increases floated for state ferries

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00PM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 7:25PM

Ferry fare increases totaling 5 percent for vehicles and 2 percent for passengers over two years are proposed by the Washington State Transportation Commission. In a news release, the fare hikes would be staggered over time. The first increase would occur Oct. 1 this year with 2.5 percent for vehicles and 1 percent for passengers. That would be mirrored again in May 2016.

South Whidbey Record hires island grad to cover sports beat

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 5:01PM

South Whidbey’s own Evan Thompson has joined the South Whidbey Record as the editorial department’s newest reporter. Young, hungry and ready to write, the 21-year-old Clinton resident comes to the paper fresh from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in print/online journalism and intern experience at a host of dailies.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | South End has a commercial kitchen

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 6:00AM

Editor, A commercial kitchen is alive and well on Whidbey Island. As I read The Record from June 24 edition about the Port of South Whidbey and Goosefoot thinking about a commercial kitchen, I was led to believe that there aren’t any kitchens on the island for start-ups and farmers markets, and even basic food processing.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Farm talks should be made public

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, It has become all too clear that Greenbank Farm, as we know it now, may change dramatically in the near future. Most of the business tenants have been leasing on a month-to-month basis for nearly three or more years, all the time hoping that issues between the Port of Coupeville commissioners and the Greenbank Farm Management Group would be resolved. For the past six months, port commissioners have regularly informed us that they were working on our new leases, which would be forthcoming “soon.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Great food truck, not so great story

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, After enjoying a delicious lunch at the new food truck on First Street I picked up a copy of Saturday’s Record and read a negative and largely trivial article about this pleasant new addition to Langley’s food scene. I had expected a very positive report on the surprisingly impressive and diverse menu, praise for the quality of the food and support for an appealing new attraction to our downtown.

EDITORIAL | Marriage equality is indeed a right under our great Constitution

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 6:00AM

The United States Supreme Court has ruled on the matter of same-sex marriage, just in time for the annual celebration of America’s independence. It is a fitting time as we celebrate our Constitutional freedoms. By abolishing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in September 2011 and recognizing that gays and lesbians are valued members of our armed services, the federal government undoubtedly paved the way for acceptance of gay unions in a way previously unfathomable in this country. The decision also likely helped to shift the tide away from fear and lack of understanding to one of acceptance and empathy.

Langley City Council to hold right of way loss hearing

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 12:00PM

The Langley City Council will hold a public hearing over a public right of way vacation in the alley between First and Second streets behind the Star Store next week. The hearing is scheduled to take place at the council’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Two women to join Langley's ethics board

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 10:00AM

Langley’s still unformed ethics board is on its way with the scheduled appointment of two additional members Monday, July 6. The Langley City Council is expected to hear and confirm a pair of appointments to the ethics board. The two candidates are Sharon Betcher and Monica Guzman.

Freeland car crash closes East Harbor Road

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 8:00AM

A one-car accident shut down East Harbor Road for more than an hour early Wednesday and knocked out power to a nearby home. The driver was identified by the Island County Sheriff’s Office as Freeland resident Newton Kellogg, 18. He was southbound in a 2003 Mazda MPV at about 5 a.m. when his vehicle veered off the road and struck a power pole. The vehicle also rolled and destroyed a fence.

This week in history | July 4

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 10:00AM

A collection of front-page stories from The Record's archives 50, 25 and 15 years ago.

Langley councilwoman lays out resignation criteria if husband elected mayor

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 6:00AM

Councilwoman Robin Black is willing to give up her seat if a particular mayoral candidate wins. That candidate is Tim Callison, her husband. Black announced her decision to submit a contingent resignation earlier this month after speaking about the issue with Callison. They checked the state’s laws and found no rule prohibiting a husband and wife from holding positions in government together, and Black said she did not believe there was an issue after reviewing the state’s Appearance of Fairness Doctrine.

Six students awarded South Whidbey Kiwanis education funds

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 12:00PM

Kiwanis of South Whidbey awarded six $1,000 scholarships to South Whidbey High School graduates.

Chapter IF of P.E.O. awards two Whidbey grads with scholarships

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 8:00AM

Two Whidbey Island graduate students were presented $500 scholarships by Chapter IF of P.E.O.

In wake of Island County jail inmate’s death, sheriff announces jail reforms

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

In response to a report on an inmate’s death, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown announced that he instituted immediate reforms to ensure the safety and health of people in the Island County jail.

Commuters brace as Deception Pass bridge closure begins soon

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 6:00PM

Deception Pass bridge will close to traffic for five consecutive nights beginning Sunday, July 12, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Congressman Larsen visits Coupeville to address transportation plans

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

Roads, bridges, highways, ferries — all are essential for the economic health of the state and Island County, and Congress needs to pass a long-term bill to pay for critical infrastructure, Congressman Rick Larsen told county officials this week.

Whidbey General Hospital coughs up cash for cleared nurse’s legal fees

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 6:17AM

Whidbey General Hospital paid its chief nursing officer’s legal fees in defending against a gross-misdemeanor criminal charge of which she was found not guilty.

Plan ahead for holiday traffic on Clinton ferry

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Independence Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year for Washington State Ferries. In a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation, the agency encouraged ferry riders to plan ahead for heavy traffic at the Mukilteo and Clinton terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. Ferries will operate on normal sailing schedules Saturday, July 4.

Payless Scratch ticket pays off big for Freeland couple

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 12:00PM

A Freeland woman won $75,000 from a Scratch ticket sold at the Freeland Payless Food Store. The woman opted to remain anonymous after claiming her prize from the Everett regional office of Washington’s Lottery. A Freeland couple won $75,000 from a Scratch ticket sold at the Freeland Payless Food Store. They opted to remain anonymous after claiming their prize from the Everett regional office of Washington’s Lottery. According to a press release from Curator Assistant Account Executive Anna Brown, the woman who bought the ticket was ecstatic.

Island County seeks new workforce council member

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the Northwest Workforce Development Council. The board appoints council members for two- or three-year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement. Washington State is divided into 12 Service Delivery Areas (or SDA), and Island County’s SDA consists of the four counties: Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Roll on Langley food truck, the food is great

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, I’m sorry the merchants of Langley are annoyed by the new food truck, but Langley needs more eating options in tourist season and the new food truck seems to be filling a need. My friends and I were delighted by the food last Friday; we had our dogs with us so we took lunch down to the picnic tables on the beach. Service was friendly and the orders were prepared quickly.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Mayoral candidate says no traffic light needed

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, Tim Callison’s concerns about traffic safety at the marina are well founded, but his proposed solutions of installing a traffic light and routing all boat traffic down First Street are expensive and create too many other problems.

Kiwanis fireworks sales support scholarships, kids activities, health

  • Jun 30, 2015 at 6:00PM

For the past three decades, the Kiwanis of South Whidbey have sold fireworks and used that money for scholarships and other children’s endeavors.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | South Whidbey family humbled by support

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, Thank you does not seem adequate to describe our family’s appreciation for the community’s fundraising efforts for Ben. The generosity at the Dinner & Auction was incredible. Over $45,000 was raised. So many people from South Whidbey came out to give and to help. Out of town friends and family traveled for hours to be with us. As a family we are very humbled by the outpouring of support.

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