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Deception Pass bridge to close for Oak Harbor water work

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 2:00PM

Oak Harbor plans to partially close Deception Pass bridge this fall, possibly for several weeks, in order to replace the fixtures holding a 10-inch water line onto the bridge, according to Joe Stowell, a project engineer for the city.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Things aren’t so bad at Whidbey General Hospital

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 6:00PM

Editor, Good things are happening at Whidbey General! Town Hall meetings, rebranding, and establishment of the Patient and Family Advisory Council reflect efforts of hospital leadership to improve both its performance and relationship with the community. This improvement is being noticed outside the community too, as evidenced by the recent increase in the hospital’s bond rating. After 45-plus years, most businesses engage in rebranding. This is a tool used to appeal to consumers, to recruit staff, and to show a commitment to innovation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey hardware store exceeded reader’s expectations

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 4:00PM

Editor, This is why I love this island: I bought a portable greenhouse Saturday and put it all together but didn’t even get a chance to use it or have it for a full day. The wind storm ripped it to pieces, and I mean pieces! I called Sebo’s just thinking it couldn’t hurt to ask if I could get a replacement one or a discount. I spoke with the manager, Frank, who was so nice and told me to come in anytime and get a replacement one on them! Any other hardware store would’ve laughed at me and told me no.

Comprehensive plan will be late, Island County board says

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 8:00AM

Island County’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan, the object of intense effort for at least three years, will be late, the board of commissioners acknowledged for the first time on Thursday.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It takes courage to stand up to the ruling elite

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, I am 72, Jewish, a Socialist, born in Brooklyn, and both my parents were immigrants from Poland. My background is very similar to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ heritage. But it’s not just these demographics that make me “Feel the Bern.” In one of the nationally broadcast town halls, CNN moderator Anderson Cooper asked Bernie if he is hiding behind his Jewishness. He answered he is proud to be a Jew. He added how Judaism has guided him to do unto others what you would like them to do onto you.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bernie Sanders could be one of our best presidents

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, Thank you, Elizabeth George, for listing some of the many great policies that Bernie Sanders champions in your recent viewpoint, “Why I’m not voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders” in The Record. Bernie Sanders is revolutionary in that he is renouncing the polices of our time. The revolution is the people who must come out in a massive wave to vote against establishment politics. It is a critical time in our history where the wealthy have purchased our political system with campaign contributions. The establishment represents the corruption that results when our government is paid for by wealthy oligarchs.

VIEWPOINT | The community is a key player in protecting critical salmon habitat

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 2:00PM

Like most Pacific Northwesterners, I feel at home by the sea, surrounded by our coastal rainforest flora and fauna. That’s why I chose to get my degree in ecology, and around here, that often means working with salmon. And for the past 16 years, I’ve been able to do just that, with the last three years as the coordinator for Island County’s Salmon Recovery Program. Much of what I love about Island County is the variety of our shorelines. In ecology lingo we call the different types of shoreline “shoreforms” or “ecosystem components.”

New famous Clinton cake shop owners promise same quality

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 12:00PM

JW Desserts, a South Whidbey bakery that achieved national fame, is no more, but in its place is something just as sweet.

EDITORIAL | Putting fairgrounds future before voters is the right call

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 6:00AM

Ownership, and perhaps the very soul, of the fairgrounds in Langley was a hot topic of discussion in Coupeville this week. Keep spinning the same old flat tire and give the Whidbey Island Fair Association another shot at being property managers, or gamble with something new and pass the reins to the Port of South Whidbey: that was the question with which the Island County commissioners wrestled in a joint meeting involving all three entities on Wednesday.

Guilty verdict reached in Oak Harbor man’s 2014 murder

  • Mar 18, 2016 at 4:00PM

Christopher Malaga is guilty of shooting his friend in the face and killing him over a petty beef in October of 2014.

Culinary scholarship struggles to find any takers

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 12:00PM

Like so many dishes, a Whidbey scholarship board is having a hard time finding the right ingredients to entice would-be chefs to apply for a culinary school award.

March 17, 1966, March 26, 1991, March 17, 2001 | HISTORY CORNER

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 12:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 50, 25 and 15 years ago on Thursday, March 17, Tuesday, March 26, 1991 and Wednesday, March 17, 2001.

Whidbey General Hospital, workers union OK contract

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 10:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital has reached a tentative contract agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21.

South Whidbey at Home to hold info meeting, seeks helpers

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey at Home, a new non-profit program designed to help people age in place, will hold a member/volunteer sign up and informational meeting next month.

Langley man inducted into University of Oklahoma hall of fame

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 10:00AM

Langley resident and Oklahoma native Perry Lovelace was recently inducted into the University of Oklahoma College of Education Hall of Fame after 50 years of innovation in education and teaching.

Falcons rally to victory after rain postpones match with Oak Harbor | FALCON GIRLS TENNIS

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 10:00AM

After rain postponed the South Whidbey’s girls tennis match against Oak Harbor, the Falcons defeated the Wildcats, 5-2, on March 16.

Falcons opens season with win over Cedarcrest | FALCON BASEBALL

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 8:00AM

South Whidbey’s baseball team, hot off a second-place finish at the state 1A championships in 2015, began the 2016 season with a 6-2 victory over Cedarcrest on March 16.

7th grade S.W.I.S.H. team falls at league finals

  • Mar 19, 2016 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey’s seventh-grade boys S.W.I.S.H. basketball team didn’t finish the 2016 season the way they hoped.

Whidbey Island inspired film winds up being shot in Canada

  • Mar 15, 2016 at 6:00PM updated Mar 17, 2016 at 8:08AM

Joseph Itaya’s dream was to bring Whidbey Island to the big screen. In spirit, he believes he was still able to accomplish that.

EDITORIAL | No good can come from turning a blind eye to public info violations

  • Mar 16, 2016 at 6:00AM updated at 10:40AM

It’s a weathered old drum, one that most people seem content to ignore — unless things go seriously wrong. Violations of the Open Public Meetings Act are continually flouted by public servants. For some reason, they sometimes believe it is more important to keep their actions secret than to be fully transparent.

Island Transit board selects director finalists in secret

  • Mar 15, 2016 at 2:41PM

Island Transit’s board of directors has selected three finalists to become the transportation agency’s next director, but in doing so it may have violated Washington’s sunshine laws.

High winds blast South Whidbey for second time in four days, causing outages, damaged homes

  • Mar 15, 2016 at 2:39PM

On the tails of Thursday’s spring storm, a second and more powerful system blew through South Whidbey late this weekend, severely damaging at least three homes and leaving people throughout the area in the dark.

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