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County follows IBA with motion to end Wonn Road fight

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 6:00AM

A judge may make a decision this summer on the ownership of a small piece of beachfront property in Greenbank that’s been in litigation for three years.

Port of South Whidbey considers Clinton Beach Dock options

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Jun 7, 2016 at 6:51AM

Ongoing maintenance bills and questions about whether the Clinton Beach Dock is still an appropriate fit for the Port of South Whidbey has district commissioners scratching their heads about the facility’s long-term future. The dock, located alongside the ferry terminal, was damaged by winter storms and subsequently closed this spring. Port commissioners have bent their thoughts toward repairs, and began this week interviewing engineering firms to conduct the work. But this isn’t the first time rough weather has resulted in unexpected maintenance bills, and the ongoing expense and seeming lack of direct economic development benefit have fueled a new conversation among board members.

South Whidbey High School to graduate five valedictorians

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Jun 6, 2016 at 11:18AM

South Whidbey High School’s five valedictorians don’t consider themselves to be the smartest people in school. It was their work ethic, diligent classwork and the inner voices in their heads that told them, “Keep going” that separated them from the rest of the pack. Seniors Chandler Hagglund, Iona Rohan, Amara Garibyan, Jing Wu and Mallorie Mitchem are the 2016 valedictorians. The five had to triumph in everything from late-night study sessions to skipping social events with friends. The reward, in their eyes, is a sense of accomplishment and a polished demeanor they will carry into the next phases of their lives, namely college. Homework assignment after homework assignment, class after class, the five college-bound seniors maintained 4.0-grade-point averages over four years at South Whidbey High School.

State supreme court will hear Banks’ case

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Jun 6, 2016 at 10:27AM

The state Supreme Court accepted on direct review the Island County prosecutor’s lawsuit regarding the county commissioners’ use of outside attorneys. Direct review means that the case will jump past the appeals court and go straight to the high court. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said it’s rare for that to happen. The question the justices will settle is whether the commissioners have the right to hire private attorneys for legal work the county prosecutor says he is willing and able to do.

South Whidbey grad earns honors

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 10:00AM

Claire Martha Hofius, daughter of Betsy and Douglas Hofius of Clinton, earned several honors en route to graduating from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. May 14. Hofius, a graduate of South Whidbey High School, received a liberal arts degree in geography.

Student awarded South Whidbey Commons scholarship

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 6:00PM

Evan Suzuki was the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Monma South Whidbey Commons Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes and supports youth volunteers at the Commons Coffeehouse Bookstore who have demonstrated an “outstanding” commitment to community, service and education, according to a press release. The Commons’ training program includes barista skills, kitchen and food preparation skills and customer service skills. Suzuki said his experience was more than job-specific.

Healing horses: studies begin on horseback riding for multiple sclerosis patients on South Whidbey

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 4:23PM

Swedish Medical Center patients suffering from multiple sclerosis began a therapeutic horseback riding program in Greenbank on Thursday. The first day went smoothly, and the initial results were powerful. There were poignant moments for patient Maria Peccorini, whose multiple sclerosis has limited her mobility and caused a loss of feeling in her lower body. She was excited yet anxious about riding since one of her main conditions is multiple sclerosis fatigue. Yet the best moment was saved for last, as she felt a sensation in her hips that she hadn’t felt in some time. “I haven’t felt my hips in decades!” Peccorini said. “I have my hips back! When you haven’t felt your hips in decades and you suddenly do, it’s amazing. I can’t really describe it.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Thanks for making kids from China feel welcome

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, The Northwest Language and Cultural Center would like to thank everyone involved who contributed to making the children who travelled all the way from Tianjin China this past week to feel so welcome. We forged new friendships and set forth a lasting relationship for continual cultural understanding and learning.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Community shows its support for Eagles Club

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, The Eagles Club in Freeland says, “Thank You” to everyone who showed up for our annual Charity Plant Sale this past May. The support from the community was amazing. A special thanks to the businesses and individuals, from Whidbey’s southern tip to Coupeville, that donated items and/or services to be raffled off during the two-day event.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Crime story letter not meant to be offensive

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, After reading the scathing response and by name public-lashing from Jean Gervais, “Crime, courts stories have their place on page one,” that responded to my letter to the editor, “The Record should cut back on page one crime stories,” that suggested some of the many crime and court articles might be moved to a weekly section, I feel compelled to at least respond, clarify and even apologize if offense was taken.

VIEWPOINT | A successful Whidbey notification program depends on two things

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 2:00PM

With summer right around the corner your children are looking forward to spending time playing with their friends or at the local community pool or playground. It is crucial that you know where registered sex offenders reside, and talk with your children about how to stay safe. I invite you to view our website,, research important neighborhoods and register important addresses to receive e-mail notifications.

Marimba performances, classes keep feet moving

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 5:00PM

With the smacking of a mallet against the wooden bars, the party has begun. The sound emanating from the marimba vibrates through the body, causing the people in the room to shuffle with the beat.

From alternate to state placer: Newman finishes fourth

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 6:00PM

Kody Newman jumped with excitement when he heard the news.

Goosefoot two-day workshop to cover food business

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 6:00PM

Adding to a string of scheduled food business seminars, Goosefoot will host a two-day workshop next month featuring Sarah Masoni, product development manager for the Food Innovation Center in Portland, Ore.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife grants free parks, fishing for two days

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 4:00PM

In an effort to get more people to enjoy the outdoors, Washington State Parks and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are offering a couple of free promotional opportunities the next two weekends.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Life is outside the car

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 6:00AM

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who go upstairs when they ride the ferry, and those who wait in their cars. I’m a get out and smell the air kinda guy.

Red Cross South Whidbey to practice shelter raising

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 4:00PM

The Red Cross South Whidbey team will practice setting up a shelter during the Cascadia Rising statewide earthquake exercise next week. The organization is inviting the public to come tour the shelter at the Trinity Lutheran Church's main building from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Preparedness information focusing on emergency food storage will be available, along with simple snacks.

Langley to hold public hearing on sewer rates

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 2:00PM

Langley will hold a public hearing on its proposed sewer rate hikes at 5:30 p.m. June 6 in city council’s main meeting room.

Raise included in three-year contract extension for school leader

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 4:00PM

Barely a week after administrators cut 6.5 positions in the South Whidbey School District, the school board gave the district’s top two officials a 6.8 percent raise.

Island County Board of Health honors 2016 ‘heroes’

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 2:00PM updated Jun 3, 2016 at 7:06AM

Island County’s board of health and its community health advisory board recently presented awards to 12 groups or individuals who they said, “directly or indirectly impacted community health” in 2016. The 12 each received the Linda Lee Martens Community Health Hero award, named for the late executive secretary of the health department, who “was a hero because she was an ordinary person with an extraordinary love for others.”

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