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Enrollment decline will continue this fall, South Whidbey school officials say

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Aug 4, 2015 at 6:35AM

Student enrollment in South Whidbey schools will continue its more than decade-long downward slide in the upcoming school year.

Anglers ready for salmon season’s full swim

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Aug 3, 2015 at 8:17AM

After the pink salmon season got off to a surprisingly early start, it has since come to a seemingly sharp halt around South Whidbey.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Georgia Gardner is right for hospital commissioner

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, Georgia Gardner wants to continue to serve our community as she has in the past as a CPA, a business owner and six years as a state legislator. She is a priceless member of the Whidbey General Hospital Board of Directors. Georgia is the financial expert on the board. When she was growing up in Coupeville, there was no hospital. Some community minded members found a way to create one. Now she wants to continue to carry the torch to provide the best medical services to the residents of and visitors to Whidbey Island.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | State patrol needs to step up and catch ferry cutters

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, I read your column about ferry cutters with total sympathy. I have written before about this subject myself. I use the HERO line, with never an expectation that it will do any good. I don’t want to get in a physical fight or get shot over a ferry cut.

South Whidbey woman graduates from Oregon State

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 12:00PM

Emily Martin recently graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor of science degree in horticulture with a focus in environmental landscape and urban forestry.

Sebo’s Do-it-Center regular wins $1,000 shopping spree

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 6:00PM

Dee Wahl is still reaping the benefits from spring time. Wahl was the winner of a $1,000 shopping giveaway at Sebo’s Do-it-Center in June. The contest was held in conjunction with the store’s Spring 2015 Merchandise Book.

VIEWPOINT | Eco champions to have their say in The Record

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 10:00AM

In the 1960s I spent countless hours on our beach at Mutiny Bay serving as my neighbor Helen’s “eyes” as she engaged in her favorite pastime of finding the tiny pearlescent shells in the tide line. We’d spend hours on the beach together and during those long summer days, she taught me to recognize the calls of the seabirds and to love the seals, otters and other life we observed together. So began my lifelong love affair with the “Waters of Whidbey.” Today, nearly 50 years later, I am extremely fortunate to still walk that very same beach on a daily basis. These days when I walk, I find that I am filling my pockets with pieces of plastic and styrofoam instead of those tiny shells. While the beauty still remains, I feel deeply the responsibility to care for this beautiful place — and know that truly, the health of Whidbey waters are in all of our hands.

Don’t touch the seal pups

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 6:00PM

The Orca Network has issued its annual reminder to leave the cute, adorable, furry seal pups alone.

Langley City Council to begin budget talks

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 4:00PM

Langley’s 2016 budget will be the main topic for the city council at its Aug. 3 meeting.

Veteran reporter joins Whidbey News Group

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 2:00PM

Dan Richman has joined the staff of the Whidbey News Group. Richman, 62, will be covering business and county government for the Whidbey News-Times, The Whidbey Examiner and South Whidbey Record.

Clinton council prepares for comp plan update

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 12:00PM

A county planner met with members of the Clinton Community Council this week to discuss two upcoming public meetings about the Island County Comprehensive Plan update.

Firehouse mural to be unveiled in Langley

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 6:00PM

Langley’s first public mural of 2015 will be unveiled in a ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Artist Emily Moore will present her 4-by-8 mural, which will be installed along the walkway between the old fire station and the Braeburn Cafe.

Island County commissioners put speed changes up for public input

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Island County commissioners on Tuesday scheduled public hearings on proposed speed limit changes for several Whidbey Island roads.

Island County commissioners appeal WEAN victory

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 4:00PM

Island County’s obligation to protect some ecologically sensitive areas under the state’s Growth Management Act remains unclear after the county appealed last month a recent and adverse decision by the Growth Management Hearings Board.

State regulators break precedent with OK of Island County net pen ban

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 6:00AM

Washington’s Department of Ecology is willing to let Island County ban fish farming from its waters, but only temporarily.

Kathleen Frugé-Brown’s work adds color to Schouten Gallery

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 8:00AM

The Rob Schouten Gallery will present “Brambles, Brush & Beauty,” new oil paintings by noted en plein air artist Kathleen Frugé-Brown this month.

Blown engine knocks out South Whidbey Fire/EMS boat for a month

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 6:00AM

South Whidbey Fire/EMS’s year-old fireboat has been out of commission for more than one month, and it will likely be shore bound several more weeks before the vessel returns to service. The boat’s starboard engine failed on June 25 during a regular training exercise, said Assistant Chief Paul Busch, and must be replaced.

VIEWPOINT | Conservation Futures Fund is a public treasure, political football

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 7:32AM

It's difficult for voters to decipher government from politics. Government acts in the best interest of the many, whereas politics plays favorites and is coated with deceiving confectionary lingo. Good politicians have this down to a science, saying one thing and doing another, with a sleight of hand that leaves the electorate swooning with admiration. The only way to remedy this is to learn how to decode political babble, and to demand honest government and unbiased journalistic reporting.

Langley United Methodist Church awards education scholarships

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Jul 31, 2015 at 6:50AM

A total of $6,000 in scholarships was recently awarded to five South Whidbey students.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Ousting Greenbank Farm Management Group was ‘shocking, unreasonable’

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 2:00PM updated Jul 30, 2015 at 6:23PM

Editor, To say the decision by two of the three Port of Coupeville commissioners, Marshall Bronson and John Carr, voting to break the agreement that has been ongoing for over 15 years with the Greenbank Farm Management Group (GFMG) was a surprise, is a profound understatement. Shocking, unreasonable, out-of-nowhere, indefensible and underhanded all say it better.

Island County commissioners OK future funds changes

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Jul 30, 2015 at 9:06AM

The Island County commissioners on Tuesday changed the county’s Conservation Futures Fund program to allow considering economics when contemplating conservation and to streamline the conservation review process.

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