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Crash sends three to hospital, closes state highway

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 3:44PM

A man is in critical condition today following a head-on collision on Highway 525. The wreck occurred around noon just south of the intersection at Crawford Road. The man was transported by ambulance to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in Coupeville with life threatening injuries. Two others were also sent to the hospital, though emergency responders described their injures as "minor."

Property prices in Island County soar 20 percent; climb may continue in 2017

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 8:00AM updated at 2:57PM

As the demand for housing continues to rise, property owners in Island County are seeing big increases in home and land values this year.

July 7, 1966, July 9, 1991 and June 30, 2001 | HISTORY CORNER

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 10:00AM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 50, 25 and 15 years ago on Thursday, July 7, 1966, Tuesday, July 9, 1991 and Saturday, June 30, 2001.

Two teachers earn awards from South Whidbey Schools Foundation

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 8:00AM

The South Whidbey Schools Foundation awarded two teachers for their efforts during the 2015-16 school year. Speech language pathologist Becky Breeze, a member of the special education departments at both the elementary and middle schools, and South Whidbey High School math teacher Andy Davis were the recipients of the extra-mile and mentorship awards, respectively. The extra-mile award acknowledges and honors current teachers for “having gone the furthest in the service of the South Whidbey education community,” according to a press release. Breeze received the award from School Board Director Linda Racicot at a faculty luncheon June 17.

Whidbey Sounders Toastmasters Club install board

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 12:00PM

Whidbey Sounders Toastmasters Club held its annual officer installation at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Oak Harbor man flips truck, drags deputy in car chase

  • Jul 5, 2016 at 6:00PM

A 26-year-old Oak Harbor man sustained serious injuries from rolling his pickup truck after dragging a deputy and then leading him on a car chase, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. The deputy responded to a report of a disorderly man at a parking lot on Goldie Road just outside Oak Harbor at 8:52 p.m. Thursday.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey hospital showed lack of sensitivity in sculpture razing

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 4:00PM

Editor, Thank-you for the article and your editorial outlining the insensitive way Whidbey General’s administration dealt with the Park/Talman sculpture. I worked at Whidbey General for 23 years and, like many, have fond memories of this historically significant work.

Celebrate America event rings in new year with annual fireworks display

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 6:00AM

As the crack of fireworks echoed throughout Holmes Harbor, the crowd ooh’ed and aah’ed at the rainbow of colors that lit up the Sunday night sky.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Homola has right stuff to be Whidbey's senator

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, After a year of political name-calling and clever ads and sound bytes, I have given up on candidates’ promises and now look at voting record. As lovely as people say Barbara Bailey is, she flunks on most issues that are important to me. She favors business over labor and Lord knows people in our region are suffering as wages stagnate and costs rise.

‘J’ pod spotted near San Juan Island

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 6:00PM

One of Puget Sound’s supposedly missing resident orca pods must have read Saturday’s edition of The Record, because they made a rare appearance. The “J” pod were spotted Sunday afternoon off the west side of San Juan Island, heading north into Canadian waters “presumably heading for the Fraser River,” according to Orca Network. The pod has been elusive so far this year, making only two documented appearances in June.

Whidbey Island Bank offers grant to Good Cheer

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 4:00PM

Good Cheer’s Fresh Food on the Table Program could get infused with thousands of dollars in additional funding thanks to a challenge grant by Whidbey Island Bank. The financial institution has promised match up to $5,000 in community donations for the program, which includes growing, gleaning, preserving, and processing fresh fruits and vegetables for South Whidbey friends, neighbors, and families in need.

Feedback needed for Island County comp plan

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 2:00PM

Island County is seeking community feedback for the county’s updates to the comprehensive plan, and has organized four community meetings across the county to gauge the public’s views of the updates. The South Whidbey community meeting is slated for 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 11 at the South Whidbey High School Commons.

Thousands turn out for Maxwelton July 4 parade

  • Jul 5, 2016 at 6:00PM

While the sky was painted gray, spectators and parade participants dressed in red, white and blue filled the scene below during the 101st year of the Maxwelton Parade this weekend.

Gear heads rev up for Bayview car show

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 6:00AM

In the driveway of his family’s Langley home, Janoah Spratt examines his 1965 candy apple red Ford Mustang as the sky reflects off the hood. The exterior looks spick and span, the interior is clean and all the parts are working perfectly. His baby looks good, he says, and that will need to be true as his mustang will go toe-to-toe with South Whidbey’s most sought after trucks, muscle cars and low riders. Spratt is preparing for the Cool Bayview Nights Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 at Bayview Corner.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Langley should be wary of dangers LEDs present

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, We’re responding to the article, “City lights could be replaced with LEDs.” We urge the City of Langley to slow down to ensure public officials and area residents fully understand the facts before replacing current streetlights with LEDs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Hillary Clinton could upend amendment rights

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, The Constitution is our foundation, our solid bedrock, that has long made America unique. It should not be altered by any means other than by the provisions contained therein. In case you missed it, there is a Supreme Court vacancy that will be filled by the next president. If Hillary Clinton is elected she has already stated she will attack the first and second amendments in spite of swearing an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Rabbits are trouble

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 6:00AM

So NASA made it made it back to Jupiter. Big deal. Donald Trump could become the next president, Choochokam has been called off and rabbits are back in my yard. Yeah, things couldn’t be worse.

District leader earns top administrator award from state

  • Jul 5, 2016 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey School District’s chief leader has been recognized as one of the top public school administrators in the state.

Alaska Airlines lands on Whidbey Island for television commercial

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 6:00AM

If you didn’t know better, you might’ve thought that a Hollywood film crew had returned to Whidbey Island.

Rules update not enough, Whidbey Environmental Action Network says

  • Jul 2, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Jul 5, 2016 at 6:35AM

Last week, Island County commissioners responded to a state board’s order to improve regulations meant to protect fish and wildlife, but the environmental group that originally objected to the county’s rules says the proposed fix still isn’t enough. Under the Growth Management Act, known as GMA, counties are required to protect “critical areas,” such as fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, through a consistent comprehensive plan and conservation regulations. GMA also requires counties to periodically review and update these regulations.

Ferries runs added to Clinton route for holiday weekend | CORRECTED

  • Jul 2, 2016 at 2:00PM updated Jul 4, 2016 at 1:39PM

More trips have been added to this weekend’s Washington State Ferries schedule on the Mukilteo-to-Clinton route, the state agency announced. The runs aim to help the scores of holiday travelers going to and from Whidbey Island over the Fourth of July weekend.

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