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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Thank Whidbey residents who help foster children

  • May 20, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, Imagine it is an ordinary day. You are going about your usual routines. You are at work, in a meeting with colleagues when you are approached by strangers who tell you that you must leave with them. They help you gather whatever belongings are within your reach and take you to their car. They assure you that you are safe with them and that they are acting in your best interests.

Pace your pooch at Langley 5K race

  • May 19, 2015 at 4:00PM

The PAWZ 5K run/walk is returning to Langley for a third year this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Langley Firehouse gets one proposal

  • May 20, 2015 at 6:00PM

Langley is looking to sell the firehouse on Second Street, and so far it’s received only one bid.

Tweak eyed for camping rules in Langley

  • May 20, 2015 at 4:00PM

Prompted by an unwelcome visitor to the Island County Fairgrounds campgrounds, the Langley City Council is looking to write rules outlining the length of stay for campers in city limits.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Cartoon was intolerably racist

  • May 20, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, Bad timing! The week I get a subscription renewal request, you publish an intolerably racist “cartoon.” With stories of young black men being brutalized by law enforcement agencies appearing almost weekly, you choose to publish a “cartoon” showing poor dirty Harry being unable to dispatch his “punk” because his body camera demands that he be responsible for his actions.

Eric Levine joins Langley City Council race

  • May 20, 2015 at 2:00PM

Langley voters have a bona fide election race ahead of them for city council position 3. Eric Levine, an ardent proponent of a funicular to connect the marina to the city’s commercial core, filed Friday on the final day of filing week. According to the Island County Auditor elections website, he officially filed at 1:55 p.m. May 15, challenging newcomer Ursula Shoudy. She filed Tuesday, May 12 for the open position. The incumbent, one-term Councilman Jim Sundberg, is not seeking re-election this fall.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Work together for a better Langley

  • May 20, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, Being against the funicular doesn’t mean anything except that the person thinks a funicular is a bad idea, for all the reasons that have been brought up by so many people for so long. It doesn’t mean that the person is opposed to change, or wanting to go back to the horse and buggy era, or uninterested in the welfare of local businesses. It just means that we think there are more effective and less expensive and destructive ways to help local businesses.

Meier goals extend season to championship tournament | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

  • May 20, 2015 at 6:00PM

With a trip to the state 1A boys soccer championship on the line Saturday, South Whidbey senior Jeff Meier scored a penalty kick and an overtime goal to secure the Falcons’ spot.

Snap benefits OK at farmers market

  • May 20, 2015 at 6:00AM

Hoping to make shopping local easier for all income levels, Bayview Farmers Market is once agin accepting SNAP benefits.

Today's cartoon for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  • May 19, 2015 at 7:00AM updated at 2:36PM

South Whidbey softball blasts island rival Coupeville in home finale | FALCON FASTPITCH

  • May 19, 2015 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey fastpitch won its final home game 11-3 against its island rival Coupeville on Friday.

Efficient offense lifts South Whidbey to state tournament | FALCON BASEBALL

  • May 19, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey baseball collected 11 runs on 10 hits in a pair of elimination games in the 1A bi-district tournament Saturday to punch their ticket to the state championship.

VIEWPOINT | 100 deadly days of summer

  • May 20, 2015 at 8:00AM

“Summertime and the driving is... scary,” to paraphrase an old song. That’s because even before summer, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, more traffic fatalities occur due to an increase in roadway travelers and drinking during summer get-togethers. The U.S. Department of Transportation cites the Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day holiday weekends as having some of the highest numbers of DUI crashes and fatalities.

Phase 3 yields promise

  • May 20, 2015 at 8:00AM

A piece of property off of Highway 525 is being considered for purchase by the Freeland Water and Sewer District, and the consulting firm was on site Monday and Tuesday conducting the third and final phase of testing — measuring drainage capacity.

Property clutter poses problems for county regulators

  • May 19, 2015 at 6:00PM

One man’s trash may be another’s treasure. But what happens when a neighbor’s “treasures” become an eyesore or worse — a threat to public health and safety?

South Whidbey Soroptimists to host hoedown fundraiser

  • May 20, 2015 at 6:00AM

The Soroptimists International of South Whidbey invite all to put on their dancing boots and join them at the Dancing Fish Farm in Freeland this Saturday. The club responsible for sending middle school girls to Start Dreaming Day Camp, college scholarships, and heart health screenings will host a fundraiser with food, music and dancing.

Hospital approves purchase of new medical supplies | NOTABLE

  • May 20, 2015 at 10:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary Board recently approved the annual Medical Equipment Wish List for 2015, according to a recent news release.

Fundamental living: Clinton residents work to establish sustainable, affordable community

  • May 20, 2015 at 8:00AM

In his most recent endeavor, inventor and entertainer Larry Dobson, along with a group of like-minded community members, are working to establish an intentional, affordable, ecologically conscious community within Dobson’s 10-acre plot of land.

Langley begins looking at long-range plans for sewer

  • May 19, 2015 at 6:00PM

Replacing old lines and enticing new hookups are the top priorities for Langley’s sewer system, according to a report from the city’s contracted engineering firm. Susan Boyd, vice president of engineering firm PACE, presented the initial report to the city council Monday that covered everything from a push to make the system work with gravity rather than grinder pumps to the environmental needs of a seaside town like Langley. About 60 percent of the city’s residences are connected to the sewer system. The rest are on septic systems, according to Langley Utilities Supervisor Randi Perry. That means 60 percent of the people are paying for 100 percent of the work that goes into maintaining and investing in a sewer: the pipes, the pump stations, the treatment facility, etc.

Langley eyes funicular, walkway for marina access fix

  • May 16, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 12:40PM

From April’s charrette, Langley’s mayor and planning chief are recommending the construction of a funicular and building a waterfront walkway that may require the taking of private property through eminent domain.

‘Heroes’ honored for improving Island County community health

  • May 16, 2015 at 9:00AM

Around 125 people gathered Tuesday night to celebrate some of Whidbey Island’s most civic-minded citizens as the 2015 Linda Lee Martins Memorial Community Health Heroes.

Doubles duos face off for playoffs

  • May 16, 2015 at 10:00AM

Only one set was lost by South Whidbey girls tennis doubles teams in the first round of the 1A District 1 tournament Thursday.

Offense finds form, team loses senior star

  • May 15, 2015 at 8:00PM

A few quick scores on Thursday night secured South Whidbey’s postseason survival in a 3-1 win over Seattle Academy.

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