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Island Transit likely to roll out fare system

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Oct 1, 2015 at 8:06AM

It’s not official yet, but the interim director for Island Transit admits it’s a near certainty that the famously fare-free buses will soon have fare boxes, at least on some routes.

Parks board to consider 2016 budget | CORRECTED

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 12:37PM

The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s proposed $1.03 million operating budget for 2016 includes money for the purchase of a new campground, two mowers, and a 5 percent pay hike for administrators, according to budget documents.

The Record to hold election forum tonight

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Sep 30, 2015 at 10:14AM

Election season is ramping up with the first of three October forums taking place on the South End on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Hosted by The Record, candidates in three contested positions will answer questions from Record editor Justin Burnett and from the audience.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Slavery: Everyone did it, let’s move on

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, It was a pleasure to read the letter in the Wednesday Sept. 16 edition by Mary Goolsby. Her surname tells me that she and I may be cousins. In the matter of the Confederate flag, every major culture on this planet has practiced slavery from the beginning of recorded time to very recent times. Why should the Confederates take all the flack for it?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bunnies by the Sea, a new theme

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, Have you been to Langley lately and noticed all the rabbits? There are black ones, white ones, brown ones — you name it, they are all over the place. You have to be careful driving. They haven’t learned to use the crosswalks and you don’t want to hit one. They’re so cute. A family visiting Langley recently from Canada or England (they spoke with an accent) was overheard saying, “Look, there’s a bunny over there and there’s three over there. They are so cute.” They were so excited and thrilled to see all the bunnies roaming freely around town. That’s when I thought, “Tourist attraction.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Other agencies assisted Whidbey during crisis

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, On Sept. 10, a severe two-car accident occurred on Central Whidbey, causing a complete blockage of the road and access to our hospital in Coupeville. In addition to the critical injuries there, several of those waiting in line on the highway suffered their own medical emergencies and had to be transported to the mainland by the Mukilteo Fire Department paramedics. Whidbey General Hospital EMS would like to thank the Mukilteo Fire Department, Washington State Ferries, Airlift Northwest, and the fire departments across Whidbey Island for making it possible for us to treat all of our patients and get them to the medical care they needed.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Alzheimer’s cure research needed

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, There has been growing recognition of the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, but the funding to find a cure lags dramatically behind what’s necessary. In 2010 Congress unanimously passed legislation that set a goal of finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s by 2025. But National Institutes of Health (NIH) research on dementia has not increased to the $2-billion-a-year level that scientists say is needed.

VIEWPOINT | Lack of beach access is too expensive

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 6:00AM

There has been no shortage of big ideas to bring more tourist dollars to Whidbey Island. Funiculars, mini-convention centers, world-class resorts — you name it. All of them met with stiff resistance from the public along the lines of “Do we really need to destroy our island in order to save it?” But what if there was a way to draw tourists to the island that would make life better for residents too? And what if it would require little more than a few signs and parking spaces?

Island County shoreline master program close to commissioners’ approval

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 4:00PM

A new county shoreline master plan came one step closer to reality Monday when the county’s planning commission unanimously recommended that the Island County Board of Commissioners accept a corrected version of the plan. The board has the final authority on whether the plan goes into effect.

Hundreds turn out to give a ‘hats off’ for Bayview Center success

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 4:00PM

Wacky hat makers and supporters of Bayview’s shopping center gathered Sept. 24 at the Goose Grocer for Goosefoot’s Hats Off To You, a special celebration to thank the community for its support of the center while also recognizing one of the biggest contributors to its success.

Sirens to wail for earthquake drill around Washington

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00PM

Loud warning sirens will sound at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 on Whidbey Island and elsewhere as part of the statewide Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill, the county’s Department of Emergency Management announced.

Celtic musicians to perform at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Oak Harbor

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 2:00PM

A family of well-known Irish musicians will perform Celtic sacred and traditional Irish music in Oak Harbor next week.

Freeland water district to spend $800,000 on property

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 6:00PM

Freeland Water and Sewer District commissioners went all-in Friday when they agreed to spend $800,000 on a 24-acre property for a sewer treatment plant.

Get up to date on Clinton's role in Island County comp plan

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 10:00AM

Learn how Clinton fits into the Island County Comprehensive Plan during a presentation and meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Hosted by the Clinton Community Council, information about Clinton’s role in the next 20 years will be split into two meetings. The second is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Both meetings will be held at the Clinton Community Hall.

Island County waters to reopen for crab

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 8:00AM

Starting Oct. 1, winter crabbing will begin. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this past week that the summer catch assessment allowed for more crab to be caught in all three marine areas around Whidbey Island.

Animal control now an in-house task in Island County

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 6:00PM

Island County’s animal-control services as of Oct. 1 will be delivered by a county employee rather than an independent contractor, in an arrangement finalized Tuesday by the county commissioners.

Greenbank woman arrested after fleeing crash

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 6:00AM

A Greenbank woman was arrested Thursday night after she crashed a pickup and fled from the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Feast raises money for WGH Foundation

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 2:00PM

Five chefs donated food and their services recently to supporters of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation.

New Arrival | Eugenie Alixe Getzik

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 4:00PM

Eugenie Alixe Getzik was born on Aug. 18 at Whidbey General Hospital to parents Timothy Getzik and Camille Hugret of Langley.

New Arrival | Michael David Gilbert

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 2:00PM

Michael David Gilbert was born on Sept. 20 at Whidbey General Hospital to parents Christopher Gilbert and Kaylee Deisher of Clinton.

New Arrival | Kate Olivia Springer

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00PM

Kate Olivia Springer was born at Providence Regional Medical Center at 6:04 p.m. on Sept. 20 to parents Steve and Jessica Springer of Freeland.

Four Whidbey girls awarded STEM scholarships

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00PM

The Whidbey Island Branch of the American Association of University Women gathered at the home of Marti Thomson on Sept. 12 to celebrate four young women who won $900 Tech Trek scholarships.

Football, soccer face trouble in league play

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 7:00PM

South Whidbey football lost to Granite Falls, 19-0, on Friday night at Hi Jewell Stadium. The loss marks the third consecutive loss for the Falcons, including two league defeats.

Volleyball finding place in tough league

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey volleyball lost to King’s, 3-1, on Tuesday, but bounced back by defeating Cedarcrest, 3-1, on Thursday at home.

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