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  • Mar 25, 2015 at 2:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 50 and 25 years ago on Thursday, March 25, 1965 and Tuesday, March 27, 1990.

KUDOS | SWE students take first place in Sno-Isle Libraries challenge semifinals

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 10:00AM

Sue Sage’s “Rampaging Readers” took first place in the semifinals of the Sno-Isle Libraries third grade reading challenge.

KUDOS | Former Freeland resident receives bachelor’s

  • Mar 25, 2015 at 8:00AM

Kathleen Richards, a former Freeland resident, graduated from Pacific University with her bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

Section 8 waiting list to open in April | PRESS RELEASE

  • Mar 23, 2015 at 9:55AM

The Housing Authority of Island County will open its Section 8 waiting list for the first time in over six years next month. Beginning April 1, the public can apply to get on the list at a variety of locations throughout Island County. The application window lasts 60 days, closing May 31. Applications will be available at the following places once the period opens:

South Whidbey school superintendent to ask board to drop identification policy

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Mar 23, 2015 at 8:15AM

The days of a controversial South Whidbey School District policy to identify public records requesters online may be numbered.

Cedarcrest shuts out South Whidbey baseball

  • Mar 20, 2015 at 5:00PM

Cedarcrest relied on its ace pitcher and a quick lead to down South Whidbey baseball 8-0 on Wednesday in Langley.

South Whidbey girls tennis rebounds with two wins

  • Mar 22, 2015 at 8:00AM

South Whidbey girls tennis broke into the win column with a pair of team victories this week over Friday Harbor and Coupeville.

SLIDESHOW | South Whidbey power hitting hammers Friday Harbor

  • Mar 22, 2015 at 9:00AM

Two South Whidbey fastpitch players knocked home runs in the fifth inning against Friday Harbor and cushioned a 4-0 lead en route to a 12-0 non-league win March 17.

South Whidbey softball goes through wild swings

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey was on both ends of lopsided games this week after routing Friday Harbor 12-0 Tuesday and being drubbed by Granite Falls 14-1 Thursday.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Letter writer says he’s not an abusive requester

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, School Board legislative representative Rocco Gianni spoke in support of a bill that hinders access to public records. To make a case for deterring records requesters, he testified that a “former teacher’s” records requests cost the district $500,000 and that Superintendent Jo Moccia, who he characterized as an “expensive secretary,” wasted time perusing and redacting records. He called the situation “not morally ethical” and “a crime against children.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | The time to voice opinions on a Langley lift is now

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, I agree with Ron Kasprisin’s March 14 assertion that, “continuous, vociferous and intense support” for the Langley funicular is suspect. The city and a few others, including Kasprisin himself, have tried for years to push this project through with little public awareness or participation. In 2008, Kasprisin facilitated several months of closed-door meetings with the city planner, Larry Cort, and Paul Schell to plan development of the waterfront featuring mechanical assist to Cascade Avenue and determining changes to zoning codes regarding height restrictions and setbacks from the bluff to support it.

EDITORIAL | City, schools headed in the right direction

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 6:00AM

Today is the last day of Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration created by journalists to shed light on our country’s state and federal freedom of information laws. And if you haven’t noticed The Record has been writing quite a bit about transparency recently. In this very issue are two stories about officials at two Whidbey public entities — Langley and the South Whidbey School District — who are looking to improve their responsiveness, their efficiency and dedication to the Washington Open Public Records Act.

Falcon soccer routs rivals

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 2:00PM

Two Falcon boys recorded hat tricks against their island rivals, the Coupeville Wolves, in a non-league soccer game Thursday night.

School districts agree to join golf teams

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 2:00PM

A select number of Coupeville School District students will have the opportunity to participate in the South Whidbey School District’s boys golf program, according to a cooperative inter-local agreement.

Hospital nurse case will proceed to trial, court decides: Judge rebukes prosecutor for talking to newspaper

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 12:00PM

The prosecutor’s case against the chief nursing officer at Whidbey General Hospital is moving forward to a trial on April 2.

Hoşgeldiniz: NWLA celebrates Turkish culture

  • Mar 20, 2015 at 4:00PM

Language of Food aims to connect individuals through cross-cultural community gatherings featuring food, conversation, cultural presentations, music and dance. This month’s event will feature Turkey, a country which Fred Lundahl describes as, “a modern, social media-conscious population overlaying one of the most ancient civilizations in the world.”

LMS students qualify for state science, engineering fair

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 10:00AM

Jadan White, Emily Koszarek and Aidan O’Brien earned first place in their respective grade levels at Langley Middle School’s science and engineering fair March 3, according to a recent news release.

Clinton violinist earns first place in youth concerto competition

  • Mar 21, 2015 at 8:00AM

Mira M. Yamamota, a violinist and resident of Clinton, took first place at the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra 10th Annual Youth Concerto Competition, according to a recent news release.

Langley adds staff time for records

  • Mar 20, 2015 at 6:00PM

Langley plans to remedy complex and more frequent records requests by increasing staff hours, establishing a better digital system and shifting some deputy clerk responsibilities.

School district relocates South Whidbey raptors’ platform

  • Mar 20, 2015 at 4:00PM

A new nesting space is awaiting the resident osprey of Waterman’s Field at South Whidbey High School.

New Whidbey General Hospital CEO contract signed

  • Mar 17, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Mar 20, 2015 at 6:21AM

Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO will assume her duties April 20. Geri Forbes, currently an employee of Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Florida, will replace Tom Tomasino who has served as Whidbey General’s chief for five years.

Fire tears through Clinton home; no one injured

  • Mar 19, 2015 at 3:45PM

A fire significantly damaged a Clinton home Thursday afternoon. South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters responded to reports of a home on fire on Central Avenue in Clinton, less than 500 feet from the fire protection district's Clinton station. Firefighters responded quickly to knock down the flames that Deputy Chief Jon Beck said is believed to have started in an upstairs bedroom.

South Whidbey seniors cook up Saturday flapjack fundraiser

  • Mar 19, 2015 at 10:11AM

South Whidbey High School's class of 2015 will host its last major fundraiser before graduation this weekend. Students will hold a pancake breakfast and garage sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at the high school. Proceeds will help fund a class trip to Disneyland.

South Whidbey schools chief looks to improve district’s public records process

  • Mar 18, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Mar 19, 2015 at 9:16AM

Recognizing inadequacies in its ability to quickly and easily satisfy some public information requests, South Whidbey’s schools top official is considering a slew of improvements to streamline the district’s records producing process. At the top of the list is naming a new public records officer, likely an existing employee whose job position would be formally modified to include the role, and training for office employees on the state’s Open Public Record Act and its requirements. Also needed is equipment or infrastructure that would help officials manage requests more efficiently, especially those seeking digital documents.

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