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Vermilion flycatcher captures our hearts, imaginations | WHIDBEY BIRDING

  • Feb 9, 2014 at 10:00AM

My husband and I recently returned from a month of birding in and around the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s in a high, dry valley in South Central Mexico where the native habitat is described as thorn scrub. One of the most common little flycatchers is also a brilliantly colored bird, the aptly named vermilion flycatcher.

Valentine’s Day flash mob aims to break the silence, end violence against women

  • Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00AM

The rising beat of a tune. A sudden rush of people dressed in red and dancing in sync. For the people participating, it’s more than a flash mob, it’s a message.

Coupeville deputy marshal arrested and held on $30,000 bail

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 4:25PM

A deputy with the Coupeville Marshal’s Office was arrested Friday in connection with a 2007 incident in which he allegedly handcuffed his former girlfriend on the side of a dark road during a fight, according to an Oak Harbor police report. Hodges Gowdey III, a well-known and longtime deputy marshal, appeared in Island County Superior Court Friday afternoon, shackled and dressed in an orange jail outfit.

Port of South Whidbey commissioners restructure staff, look to future

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 9:00AM

Port of South Whidbey commissioners will implement a series of staff changes next week.

Schools’ Dine Out Wednesdays kick off on South Whidbey

  • Feb 9, 2014 at 10:00AM

Seven restaurants have teamed up with the South Whidbey Schools Foundation to raise funds for classroom grants by encouraging residents to “Dine Out Wednesdays for SW Schools” during February and March.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Office hours need expanding

  • Feb 11, 2014 at 8:00AM

Editor, We are all linked together in figuring out how to increase jobs that pay living wages in Island County. Having all Island County departments be open at full-time levels is a very important step in meeting the needs of our recovering economy. When the county only works at 4/5 speed, that negatively affects our local economy each and every week. When the county closures linger for several years, the economic problems multiply.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Satire useful in anti-wage increase

  • Feb 10, 2014 at 8:00AM

Editor, Raising the minimum wage is done for the same reason that Social Security recipients receive a cost-of-living adjustment. Greenbacks lose value over time; once $10 would have paid rent on a nice house for a month.

Langley residents celebrate 70 years | ANNIVERSARY

  • Feb 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

Bill and Martha Martin of Langley are celebrating 70 years together this Valentine’s Day.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Drive carefully; our lives are in your hands

  • Feb 9, 2014 at 8:00AM

My first car was a white, 1983 Chevy S-10 pickup. I paid $1,500 for it and that was too much. It was a heap.

Island County seeks planning commissioner

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Island County commissioners are seeking applicants to complete a term on the Island County Planning Commission from District 2, which encompasses all of the greater Oak Harbor area.

Whidbey Camano Land trust rebuffs COER, keeps Navy money

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will continue to accept Navy money to acquire land within Ebey’s Reserve, despite a request from jet noise opponents to sever the relationship.

Improved South Whidbey fire protection rating to lower homeowners insurance

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

Insurance holders within the South Whidbey Fire/EMS protection district should see a change in their insurance rates in the next few months. The district recently received an upgrade in its protection rating from a Class 7 district to a Class 6.

Langley water system flush coming

  • Feb 11, 2014 at 6:00AM

Langley’s Public Works department will flush the water system Feb. 10 and 11. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 5 and 6, but was delayed because of freezing temperatures earlier this week.

Late turn leaves car off road on South Whidbey

  • Feb 10, 2014 at 6:00AM

A late turn left one driver with a broken nose and a damaged car Tuesday. The driver, Darren Hess, was northbound at about 4 p.m. Highway 525 when he attempted to make a left turn on Midvale Road. The turn was made too late, however, and Hess’s vehicle ended up crashing into the side of a hill.

Project manager hired for Whidbey General Hospital expansion

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 8:27AM

Whidbey General Hospital leaders have agreed to pay an Anacortes project manager up to $750,000 to coordinate the expansion project.

WICA takes on challenging two-plot production in ‘City of Angels’

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 4:20PM

Before the lights go down and the theatre goes silent for opening night, the stage is noisy, props are dropped, cues are missed. It’s all part of the long rehearsal process for the cast and crew members involved in one of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ largest theatre productions, “City of Angels.”

'City of Angels' opening pushed to next weekend

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 4:08PM

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has postponed the opening of "City of Angels" for one week due to cast and crew illnesses.

The changing face of the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 8:00AM

For Whidbey Island Red Cross volunteers, it’s not a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when” a disaster will occur.

Still plucking at 40 | Island Strings celebrates four decades of teaching

  • Feb 8, 2014 at 6:00AM

Island Strings began its 40th year of teaching this year and the number of lives touched in that time is nearly uncountable.

January set high calls mark for South Whidbey Fire/EMS

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 8:00AM

Emergency responders were plenty busy last month, responding to 180 calls in January. South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer said the number was 30 calls more than the district’s monthly average in 2013. Most of the calls were medical in nature — people who fell down, were sick, etc. — though a couple of fire calls and a marine rescue kicked off 2013.

Sound Physicians joins Whidbey General Hospital

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 8:00AM

Sound Physicians has agreed to provide hospitalist services to Whidbey General Hospital starting this week. Hospitalists replace physicians in hospitals because of their specialization in hospital care and are available around the clock.

Langley sees business growth in 2013

  • Feb 8, 2014 at 8:00AM

According to a Langley Main Street Association report, the city saw growth in 2013. Fred Lundahl, a business owner in Langley and member of the association, told the city council Monday night that more businesses opened than closed last year.

Langley shrimping site fight continues

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 8:00AM

Langley’s battle to restrict ghost shrimp harvesting near the city took another step recently, Mayor Fred McCarthy said Monday. The city-formed ghost shrimp advocacy committee requested Peter Goldmark, Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands, consider restricting harvesting around Langley. They heard back from Goldmark and were redirected to a division in Washington that handles the permits for commercial ghost shrimp harvesting.

Clinton residents cheer on Hawks

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 7:00AM

A couple of newlywed Clinton residents won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to watch their favorite football team, the Seattle Seahawks, play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48 on Feb. 2.

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