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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Some fireworks are lovely, others are definitely not

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, After seeing the negative responses about the fireworks in Langley, I was inspired to a positive response. The fireworks off Sunrise Beach and Noblecliff were beautiful. They only lasted about 15 to 20 minutes. I enjoyed watching off my deck (It’s only once a year).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Marijuana farm warrants careful consideration

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, I am concerned about the pot farm proposal on Bayview Road. It seems that this oversized project is moving way too fast and that all Island County residents should be made aware of the serious ramifications of allowing this precedent to be set. A hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the Commissioners Hearing Room in Coupeville. Many have already seen the shiny 10-foot-high aluminum security fence that encloses this 2-acre operation.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Vacation is great, but there’s no place like home

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 6:00AM

Well, here I am again. Back at my desk penning my first column in weeks. For those who didn’t know, and it appears that’s limited to a very few, I’ve been away on vacation. For two full weeks, the family and I cruised British Columbia getting sunburned, swimming in Desolation Sound, enjoying phenomenal sailing and spending way too much money, though much of it was on basics such as food.

Quiet next three months expected for Whidbey anglers

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 8:00AM

The beach was quiet along the Keystone Spit near Driftwood Park Sunday. Ordinarily a buzz of human activity this time of year, nature was stealing the show as diving ducks darted below the water and a pair of porpoises surfaced so close that you could hear them exhale through their blowholes.

Sexual harassment claims in South Whidbey School District resolved

  • Aug 9, 2016 at 6:00PM

Eleven harassment incidents were reported to the South Whidbey School District during the 2015-2016 school year. That’s according to a South Whidbey School Board report released on July 27 detailing instances of sexual harassment, bullying or any other type of harassment involving students or district staff. The district established a tip line in the lead up to the 2014-2015 school year, but no tips were reported until the most recent school year.

South Whidbey parks district campground plans pitched in Olympia

  • Aug 9, 2016 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District officials delivered a presentation in the capital yesterday hoping to bag half a million dollars for the district’s proposed campground plan in Community Park. The district is aiming to score $516,621 in state grant monies from the Recreation and Conservation Office, and have been preparing for the presentation for months. This is the second of two phases in the grant application process, and Parks Director Doug Coutts says the state’s review committee will select the recipient of the grant money in Oct.

All-inclusive Washington fishing license approved

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 6:00PM

Washington anglers will have two new options for fishing licenses by the time fall rolls around. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a governor-appointed panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, voted to set up an all-inclusive annual fishing license at the commission’s August meeting. The news was announced in a news release sent out by the department on Aug. 8.

Construction at Dave Mackie Park to begin

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 4:00PM

Construction in the Dave Mackie Park area of Maxwelton Road is set to begin this month to improve drainage issues prevalent during the winter months, according to Island County Public Works. Work will be conducted both on land and from the water to extend an outfall about 900 feet beyond the seawall.

Port of South Whidbey commissioners mull next fairgrounds step

  • Aug 5, 2016 at 6:00PM updated Aug 9, 2016 at 7:05AM

The Port of South Whidbey got what it asked for this week, becoming the proud new owner of the Island County Fairgrounds.

No solution in sight for South Whidbey State Park beach access

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Aug 8, 2016 at 12:04PM

The sign that reads “Temporary Emergency Closure” at the entrance of South Whidbey State Park’s beach access trail is one Greenbank resident Michael Seraphinoff has taken a disliking to. Storms in December 2015 and January 2016 damaged the midpoint of the trail while also wrecking a wooden stairway that leads down to the beach. The result: no beach access.

Whidbey Queer Pride Parade expands to three-day showcase of love

  • Aug 5, 2016 at 6:00PM updated Aug 8, 2016 at 11:30AM

What began as Langley’s small 30-minute Whidbey Queer Pride Parade in 2014 has morphed into an entire weekend of celebratory demonstrations of pride and acceptance. Queer Pride on Whidbey, the new moniker under which this year’s pride festival is named, has expanded to encompass three days from Friday, Aug. 12 to Sunday, Aug 14. Pride will overtake the Village by the Sea next weekend with a slew of options for entertainment and open-ended discussion about personal experiences.

Bicyclist killed by suspected drunk driver in Freeland; man released following court appearance

  • Aug 5, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Aug 6, 2016 at 8:28PM

A South Whidbey bicyclist is dead and another man facing charges of vehicular homicide following a collision on East Harbor Road in Freeland Thursday evening. The Washington State Patrol identified the deceased Friday morning as Randall L. Lorraine, 58, of Langley. According to a press memo, Lorriane was riding a bike eastbound on the right shoulder of East Harbor Road shortly after 9 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a 1997 grey Lexus E300, also eastbound. He died at the scene.

August 4, 1966 and August 6, 1991 | HISTORY CORNER

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 12:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 50 and 25 years ago on Thursday, August 4, 1966 and Tuesday, August 6, 1991.

Hudson Eugene Craig Finley | NEW ARRIVAL

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 11:00AM

Hudson Eugene Craig Finley was born at home July 9 to parents Danielle and Jonathan Finley of Clinton. Hudson’s big brother and big sister are Wesley and Amillie, respectively.

Piece of history included in Malone Building at fair

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 4:00PM

Nestled on the edge of the Malone Building at the Island County Fairgrounds is a piece of history dating back to The Great Depression. Blocks of fabric originally crafted by a group of Maxwelton women in 1936 were sewn together this year to create the “Friendship Quilt,” one of the many quilts that can be found in the demonstration area of the building over the course of the Whidbey Island Fair held Aug. 4-7.

Fine art in a fine garden: a unique sensory overload

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 6:00PM

Art lovers can’t always imagine what a piece might look like on their walls, but an exhibition hosted in an idyllic private residence will have aficionados envisioning the pieces in their own homes.

Langley bicyclist killed by suspected drunk driver

  • Aug 5, 2016 at 7:00AM updated at 4:10PM

A Langley bicyclist is dead and another man in jail following a fatal collision on East Harbor Road in Freeland Thursday evening. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 58-year-old man was riding a bike eastbound on the right shoulder of East Harbor Road shortly after 9 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a 1997 grey Lexus E300, also eastbound.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Hillary Clinton's speech was one for the records

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, This is to my dearest daughters. I don’t know if you have been following the convention this week, but it has been truly inspiring as opposed to the doom and gloom of last week. My reason for writing is to remind you that a “few” years ago I tried to instill in you that girls can do anything. You both have proved to me that you have never felt limited, going for your own dreams.

Marine Area 9 closes salmon fishing until Aug. 15

  • Aug 5, 2016 at 4:03PM

This year’s salmon season was always bound to be short due to a small stock, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that fate for Admiralty Inlet anglers on Tuesday in a news release.

Port of South Whidbey gives counter offer for parking lot in Langley

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 6:00PM

Port of South Whidbey commissioners decided Wednesday that a small parking lot in Langley was not worth a previously agreed-upon asking price.

Whidbey Island Fair kicks off with a scream

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 6:00AM

Some come to the Whidbey Island Fair for the animal shows, some come for the rides, but nearly every fairgoer seems to look forward to the absurd mound of curly fries from the buffalo burger stand. Hundreds came and went through the fairgrounds on the opening day of the 92nd fair for fun in the sun, and there was plenty of both to go around. Temperatures reached nearly 80 degrees on a day that was dominated by the sun, laughter and, of course, curly fries.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Focus on details, Record reporters

  • Aug 6, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, It became apparent to me soon after I started reading The Record 14 years ago that your staff need to invest in both a calculator and a map. (Please let Evan Thompson know that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. is 12 hours, not 10. And, if people are turning from Coles Road onto the highway, they’ll be heading west, not north.)

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