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Freeland photographer, author team to host book giveaway for kids

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

Children can get a free autographed copy of Craig and Joy Johnson’s latest book, “Harry the Woodpecker’s Search for a Home,” in Freeland this weekend. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Wild Birds Unlimited, Van Barr Place Ste. AB, Freeland.

WHIDBEY BIRDING | Reeling in Whidbey’s loons

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00PM

I recently caught my first salmon of the year. It was a beautiful 6-7 pound silver, which I landed from the beach on the west side of the island. A few years ago my birding buddy, Ann Casey, introduced my sister and me to casting from shore and since then we’ve enjoyed fishing together and reflecting on our childhood summers when we were beach rats at Clinton Beach. Back then we trolled in our dad’s boat with dodgers and herring or an assemblage of spinners called “popcorn.” Now we cast off the beach with a princess pink Buzz Bomb or a lime green rotator.

14th annual DjangoFest Northwest deemed a success

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

Langley was abuzz with Dionysian energy during the 14th DjangoFest Northwest this past week. The festival, which took place Sept. 17-21, drew an estimated 3,000 people who relished in the musical artistry of Gypsy Jazz performers from around the world, including nightly shows, daily workshops and numerous impromptu jams throughout Langley.

Latest WICA twists classic fairy tales

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00PM

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts will open its 2014-15 theatre series with Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods,” a play in which “The Brothers Grimm meet Fractured Fairy Tales.”

Poinsettia sale funds SWHS music program

  • Sep 24, 2014 at 12:00PM

South Whidbey High School music students will spread holiday cheer and encourage the spirit of giving with their annual plant sale next month.

Island Transit chief ‘retires’

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Sep 22, 2014 at 8:55AM

The embattled executive director of Island Transit quit Friday after a tense meeting with the board of directors and an hour-long executive session.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Children’s Center made a difference

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 2:00PM

Editor, Our family had the privilege of being part of the South Whidbey Children’s Center preschool family for the past year and a half. As my daughter has now graduated from the center and entered kindergarten, I would like to share a few thoughts about my experience.

Police set date for prescription drug take-back event

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 2:00PM

Island and federal law enforcement agencies will hold a prescription drug take-back event next week.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Try a trash can next time, please

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, A big thank you to whomever pitched their trash — three large drink cups and a sack of lunch debris — into the empty garbage can in the back of my pickup yesterday. I appreciate that you did not throw it out your window as you were driving on the island.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Signage a symbol of cooperation

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, The shared vision of Whidbey Island residents of unobstructed access to our public beaches is steadily progressing; this will ultimately benefit the local residents, visitors, and businesses.

Whidbey leaders call public meeting to combat drugs, crime

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 6:00PM

Ongoing property crime and its link to drug use have spurred community leaders to plan a public meeting in Langley next week.

Freeland sewer district eyes future treatment plant property

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 4:00PM

The effort to create sewers in Freeland has taken a small step forward.

County planners unveil new fee schedule, proposed fee changes are fair, builders say

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 12:00PM

County fees for permit and consulting services could see a few changes in the near future, under a proposal being considered by the Island County commissioners.

Fido fun run returns to Langley

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 6:00PM

The PAWZ 5K/run and walk returns to Langley later this month. For the second time, the event is a fundraiser for the 4-H Happy Hounds Dog Club and the Good Cheer Food Bank’s pet food program. More than 100 people, many of whom brought their mutts, came out for a fall strut through Langley last year.

Kiwanis tackle children’s cancer research, care costs

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Whidbey club donated about $1,000 toward the $75,000 total, said Ron Myers, a member of the South Whidbey club and the regional Kiwanis president.

NOTABLE | Nightcrawlers Garden Club celebrates 34 years

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 8:00AM

The Nightcrawlers Garden Club celebrated its 34th anniversary this month.

Eagles, Tigers trip up Falcon soccer girls

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 10:00AM

South Whidbey girls soccer is still looking for its first win of the season after a 4-0 loss against Granite Falls on Thursday.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Atlantis ROV set an example for us all

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 6:00AM

Whidbey Island was put on the global map this summer, and it wasn’t accomplished with a sales pitch, expensive visitor information campaigns or pricey renovations of public facilities. It was done with good old-fashioned hard work and American ingenuity. A bit of community assistance helped pave the way, but the success of three young South Whidbey entrepreneurs at an international robotics competition in Romania this summer is really theirs and theirs alone.

South Whidbey cross country teams take second at King’s

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 5:00PM

South Whidbey’s boys and girls cross country teams finished in second place at the first Cascade Conference meet of the year at King’s High School on Wednesday.

Former Oak Harbor coach to lead South Whidbey boys hoops

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 4:00PM

In Arthurian legend, a seat at the fabled Round Table called the Siege Perilous would destroy any knight who tried to occupy it.

County to pay $30,000 in fairground repairs, annual event was held despite dangerous conditions

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 6:00PM

The county will fork out nearly $30,000 to repair “potentially” dangerous electrical problems at the Island County Fairgrounds. Facilities Director Larry Van Horn asked the Board of Commissioners for the emergency funding at Wednesday’s work session because “violations of this magnitude” needed to be repaired right away.

ROV Champs pick up top prize, fame at Black Sea contest

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 4:00PM

Three girls from South Whidbey recently made international headlines. Hannah McConnaughey, Haley McConnaughey and Annika Hustad’s accomplishments in underwater robotics earned them an invitation to the Black Sea ROV International Competition in Constanta, Romania. Not only were they invited to compete against other high school teams, of which most were “overwhelmingly male” in Hannah’s words, but they left with the first-place trophy for the high school division and as kind-of celebrities enjoying Americans-in-Romania status along the idyllic seaside walkway where the events were held.

SLIDESHOW | Granite Falls vs. South Whidbey girls soccer

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 1:00PM

Granite Falls defeated South Whidbey 4-0 on Sept. 18 at South Whidbey High School. The Tigers jumped out from a 1-0 halftime lead against the Falcons, keeping the home team winless this season.

Squabble over gun rights hits Langley

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Sep 19, 2014 at 8:20AM

America’s fight over gun rights and the state’s proposed initiative for firearm sales regulations came to Langley City Hall on Monday.

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