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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Give Helen Price Johnson four more years

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, National candidates are in the news around the clock in an election year, but local officials affect our day-to-day lives and deserve voters’ thoughtful attention as well. During the years of her service as an Island County commissioner, I have been impressed with the dedicated leadership and far-reaching accomplishments of Helen Price Johnson.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Love, teach and show your children love

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, “Mommy, why is the flag at half staff?” my daughters asks as I drive her to school. I take a deep breath. I knew this day would come; after all, it was nearly four years ago when she asked me where babies came from, to which I responded, “I’m not sure what to say to you about it. Do you mind if I find out how to tell you, then we can talk about it?” She happily accepted and I went to a seminar on how to speak to your kids about sex and love. Can I get a seminar on how to speak to your kids about massacres and hate?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | IBA is working to ID, preserve beach accesses

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, Island Beach Access has set as its goal the identification and preservation of public beach access here on Whidbey Island. What is becoming increasingly clear is the distinction between public beach access and public beach accessibility. There are many mobility-challenged citizens on our island, including those in wheelchairs, cane or walker users, the elderly and children in strollers to name some.

VIEWPOINT | What brought you to Whidbey Island?

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 6:00AM

As a transplant from the east coast, it’s a question I hear often from neighbors, friends, and fellow islanders. My answer generally includes family, the slower pace of life and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. But perhaps more interesting is not why I came, but why I stay. I work with the Island County Marine Resources Committee, a group of volunteers appointed by our Island County commissioners to protect and restore local marine resources.

South Whidbey High school graduates earn scholarships (continued) | KUDOS

  • Jun 21, 2016 at 4:00PM

Scholarships from South Whidbey donors were presented to the 2016 graduates of South Whidbey High School at a senior awards night June 7. Donors selected their recipients based on their applicants’ general merit, financial need, talent or demonstration of person character.

Cougars claim team titles at league finals | COUGAR TRACK AND FIELD

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 6:00PM

It was work ethic that separated Langley Middle School’s track and field team from the rest of the pack.

Freeland-based Arise Charitable Trust awards $145,000 in scholarships, grants | NOTABLE

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 2:00PM

Arise Charitable Trust distributed nearly $145,000 in scholarship and grant money at its May funding session, the organization recently announced. Educational grants totaling $110,500 were awarded to South Whidbey women, and $33,600 was awarded to char­itable nonprofit organizations which assist women. The grant awards were made by the allocation committee.

New, $1 million home in Freeland built like LEGOs | CORRECTED

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Jun 21, 2016 at 9:52AM

Piece by piece, segment by segment, Anna Scipione’s home is coming to life. Seven modular home components, each 14x40 feet, will eventually comprise Scipione’s 3,000 square-foot, $1 million home on East Harbor Road. The modules were recently set on a foundation by Seattle-based Method Homes, Acc-U-Set of Washougal and Freeland’s Jade Craftsman Builders.

Longtime South Whidbey School District employee to retire

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 2:00PM updated Jun 21, 2016 at 6:29AM

After 26 years in the South Whidbey School District, school is finally out for Sue Terhar. She’s going to focus on the little things, such as tending to her yard or traveling to Alaska to see her grandchildren, and is counting down the days until her Aug. 31 retirement.

Two Whidbey Island food businesses pick up awards

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:17AM

Each year, the Washington Restaurant Association recognizes four businesses in the state for the charitable contributions they make in their communities.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It’s time to take a stand against gun insanity

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:16AM

Editor, After the Newtown mass murder of the school children I wrote a letter to this newspaper urging a restoration of the ban on large magazined automatic and semi-automatic weapons. My letter and a friend’s letter were met by indifference at best by the public and menacing hostility by those who wish to possess such weapons.

WhidbeyHealth unveils new signage in Coupeville

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:15AM

With a few pulls on some strings, a purple sign with the new name of the hospital was revealed Monday morning in Coupeville: WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. WhidbeyHealth is now officially the umbrella name for the hospital and its services and clinics. “Health care is changing and so must we,” Chief Executive Officer Geri Forbes told a small crowd gathered for the unveiling.

Bruning earns masters | KUDOS

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:15AM

Krista Sharp Bruning earned a masters of professional accounting from the Michael G. Foster School of Business, during a graduation ceremony at the University of Washington on June 10, 2016. She will begin work at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young in Seattle where she served as intern during the summer of 2015.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Give Helen Price Johnson another four years

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 10:00AM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:15AM

Editor, Helen Price Johnson is, has been, and will be a knowledgeable and professional leader as an Island County commissioner. She listens intently to her constituents and professional advisors. She considers the opinions of all parties. She reaches her conclusions and defends them in an informative and reasonable manner. She treats others with respect. She has a soft, yet powerful voice on issues affecting our communities.

List of graduate scholarship recipients, continued | KUDOS

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 10:00AM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:14AM

Scholarships from South Whidbey donors were presented to the 2016 graduates of South Whidbey High School at a senior awards night June 7. Donors selected their recipients based on their applicants’ general merit, financial need, talent or demonstration of personal character.

EDITORIAL | Consider helping by joining the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:14AM

Standing on the sidelines and whining about government and the quality of the services it provides is a time-honored tradition, and likely one that’s practiced everywhere. Far harder is getting up and doing something about it, especially when it’s for free.

Busy year in store for Whidbey drivers

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:11AM

Beware Whidbey Island drivers. It’s going to be a busy year for roadwork and next year won’t be any better.

EDITORIAL | New fireworks rules are a good solution to an explosive issue

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:11AM

The Island County commissioners this week took a bold step when they approved several changes to Whidbey Island’s rural fireworks regulations. This has been a hotly debated and explosive issue for years, both among the public and elected decision makers. Good arguments have been voiced on both sides, but ultimately we believe the commissioners made the right decision.

Island County passes fireworks rules

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Jun 20, 2016 at 10:07AM

After years of debate, the Island County commissioners this week overhauled its fireworks rules, shortening the discharge season and empowering the sheriff to ban fireworks altogether in times of exceedingly warm weather conditions. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown and the county commissioners agreed Tuesday that it simply doesn’t make sense to allow people to shoot off fireworks when dry weather conditions are dangerous enough to impose a burn ban.

Richard “Buck” Francisco: veterans, children’s warrior dies at 92

  • Jun 17, 2016 at 4:11PM

An estimated 2,000 disadvantaged children and their families will visit the M-Bar-C Ranch in Freeland this summer. They’ll dress up in Old West-style clothes, ride horses and, for a brief moment, forget about the physical, mental, emotional and/or financial difficulties that makes their lives so hard. For a few precious hours, they’ll just be kids.

New Whidbey Island hospital board president elected

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 2:00PM

Ron Wallin is the new president of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners. He was elected by his fellows Monday at a board meeting to fill the leadership spot vacated by Anne Tarrant, who is stepping down June 22. The vote was not unanimous; commissioner Georgia Gardner cast the lone “no” vote but didn’t elaborate why.

Clinton church sows seeds for community gathering space

  • Jun 17, 2016 at 6:00PM

Clinton has a new community gathering space, and it involves one of South Whidbey’s favorite hobbies: gardening. Pastor Mikkel Hustad of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church had a vision to bring together the Clinton community by giving the downtown area the community garden it never had. Hustad and his church recently decided to convert a portion of the church’s land into a multi-purpose community garden. The 50-by-40-foot patch was designed not only as a way for St. Peter’s to grow food for Good Cheer Food Bank and those in need, but also for Clinton residents to grow their own produce for self-sufficiency.

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