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Property values still on the rise in Island County, experts say

  • Feb 10, 2015 at 2:44PM

Island County home prices for 2014 were at their highest since 2007, with a median value for single family homes at $264,950.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Thank you South End community

  • Feb 10, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, The Langley Middle School Jazz Band would like to thank the South Whidbey community for the overwhelming support of their recent Valentine’s tulip sales. The Jazz Band sold pots of tulips as a fundraiser for their annual trip to the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho coming up the weekend of Feb. 26, 2015. Due to the amazing support from the community we can nearly fund the entire trip from student tulip sales profits.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Hospital’s cesarean rate is alarming

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, I am greatly concerned about the cesarean rates at Whidbey General Hospital (WGH). A report from the Washington State Department of Health for 2013 shows that out of 54 hospitals in Washington State, WGH has a 41.8 percent cesarean rate for first-time mothers. This rate is alarming! This means that almost every other first-time mother who delivers a baby at WGH will have a cesarean section.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Vaccination opinion was right on

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, I write to support your editorial about vaccination. My parents were alternative health zealots going back to the early days of the 20th century. Some of what they believed makes sense today. For example, as a child on a hobby farm not far from California Disneyland, I helped grow organic vegetables and collect organic eggs from free-run chickens.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Record columnist deserves thanks for catching crook

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, Justice: This is a personal thank you to Mrs. Margaret Faltys in finally bringing down career criminal Dave De Spain. I also fell victim to De Spain, losing personal jewelry, cash and most importantly my mother’s wedding and engagement rings. The MO was identical. The hedge trimmer in my case was someone I knew. Very sad.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | People page headline wasn’t quite right

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, I wish to clarify an article headline in the Feb. 4 issue of The Record, which stated “Chiropractic Zone Healing Center Donates $900 to Langley Non-Profit.” This is not an accurate statement, as the $900 was raised by the community attendees of the event at which Christina Baldwin was a presenter as well as the matching donation made by Jude Rathburn.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | And treasurer’s office calls it a “tax supplement”

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, I appreciated your recent article on my taxation frustration. The King 5 news follow-up sheds further light on Island County’s long-standing practice of waiting for years to post taxes levied. Others need to come forward and tell their story. In my case, those taxes were levied against the previous owner as a result of a court conviction against her. In 2009 the Island County Assessors Office sent the previous owner her tax bill. She chose to ignore the bill and failed to reveal those taxes on her seller’s disclosure statement. Fast forward to Dec. 26, 2014, the Island County Treasurers Office finally gets around to posting the tax and adds on penalties and interest. And they call it a “tax supplement.”

EDITORIAL | Commissioners should rethink Conservation Futures fund proposal

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 6:00AM

Last week, the Island County commissioners’ Republican majority informally agreed that a funding program designed specifically to preserve land deemed too valuable for development needs criteria that would weigh possible economic losses of future purchases. The Conservation Futures fund, as it’s commonly known, isn’t perfect and may indeed need some revision, but the board should consider this proposal carefully. This taxing program, which is outlined in state statute, is about preservation, not economics, and confusing the two seems contrary to the legislation’s intent.

Langley to take bluff project to public

  • Feb 10, 2015 at 4:00PM

The first step in the do-over of Langley’s proposed Cascade Avenue bluff project will occur some time in March.

Hospital names Geri Forbes as CEO

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 8:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital’s board of commissioners hired a new CEO Monday to replace Tom Tomasino this spring.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts to show Pulitzer finalist “Other Desert Cities”

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 6:00AM

“Other Desert Cities,” a play by Jon Robin Baitz, is opening at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts this weekend.

Carol Barnes: Animal cop keeps sight of the mission | HOMETOWN HERO

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 6:00AM

How many times in life are we motivated only to become disillusioned? How many times do we feel led or called to do something, only to allow circumstances or others to derail us?

Seattle Women’s Chorus sings for domestic violence prevention

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Seattle Women’s Chorus will sing odes to women of the silver screen in a fundraising event for individuals in crisis.

Kudos | Volunteer receives award for environmental conservation

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 12:00PM

State University Island County Extension. The program recognizes volunteers who are engaged in efforts to protect and restore marine waters and coastal resources.

Four Falcon grapplers advance to regional round

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 12:00PM

Sending four of six wrestlers on to the 1A regional wrestling tournament was about as good as it could get for South Whidbey head coach Jim Thompson.

Meridian downs South Whidbey boys in District 1 playoffs

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 10:00AM

Meridian torched South Whidbey with 11 three-pointers to put the Falcon boys basketball team’s season on the brink of ending after a 60-32 loss Monday night.

South Whidbey girls basketball season ends with close losses

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 8:00AM

South Whidbey’s girls basketball season ended after a pair of losses, including a winner-to-the-postseason game against Sultan on Saturday.

Kudos | Island Transit recognizes employee with bi-annual award

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 2:00PM

Island Transit has announced its July-December 2014 Employee of the Half, Steve Ward.

Record number of swans winter on North Whidbey

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 2:00PM

The cacophony of honks rising from Dugualla Bay Farm is evidence that more trumpeter swans are wintering this year on Whidbey than ever before.

Kudos | LMS student wins national Scholastic Scope essay contest

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 10:00AM

Ari Marshall, a seventh grader at Langley Middle School, was one of five to win a national essay contest by Scholastic Scope magazine.

South Whidbey school leaders consider how to prevent disaster damage

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 6:00PM

The South Whidbey School District board of directors will meet this week to discuss matters such as pre-disaster damage prevention and board self-evaluations. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the South Whidbey Elementary School community room.

Port of South Whidbey commissioner candidates to be interviewed

  • Feb 10, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Port of South Whidbey is expected to appoint a replacement for former Commissioner Dennis Gregoire from a pool of three candidates Wednesday.

Langley City Council sticks with representative, volunteer positions

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 4:00PM

Langley city leaders will be busy in the coming year with more than city business.

Prison time for disgraced Oak Harbor attorney

  • Feb 6, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Feb 10, 2015 at 12:46PM

Doug Saar, a formerly prominent Oak Harbor attorney, was shackled and dressed in orange jail garb as he stood in front of a packed courtroom and a TV camera Friday morning in Island County Superior Court.

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