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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Enforcement, signs needed to prevent litter at parks

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, To my dismay, a recent walk on Double Bluff revealed a rainbow of paper remnants and plastic particles, plastic water bottles, newspapers, fire pits, driftwood fort cities, unidentifiable rubbish, the stench of dog feces and overflowing outhouse and a dam line of driftwood, hindering the water from climbing the beach in its natural pattern. I don’t want our natural spaces to be treated this way. I am guessing I am not alone, so what can we do about it?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Langley could be an International Dark Sky City

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, Remember the magic of holiday seasons past when Langley twinkled in the early darkness while bundled up shoppers and gallery goers greeted each other on the streets, delighted to be out in this happy town? Did you notice the change in light and feeling once Second Street was rebuilt? Suddenly, the sparkle wasn’t quite there anymore and the street felt very stark. Where did those stars go anyway?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Where is the same public outcry for marijuana?

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, Let me say that I have always opposed legalization of marijuana and always will. A friend of mine has a small dog who ingested a tiny bit of marijuana that was left under a couch by renters. The dog almost died. A couple of months ago, a lady walked her dog on Double Bluff Park and the dog became extremely sick.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Elected leaders aren’t seeing into our hearts

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, As long as I’ve been on this beautiful island, there has been an extravagant display of personal and public fireworks. It’s tradition; it rings as a citizen’s right. I too love to celebrate our country’s innovative spirit, but am afraid dismissing the discussion of banning fireworks ignores the greater population of Langley and Whidbey both. If this was just about my preferences, I would not be writing.

Baroque sounds of a bygone era heard in Freeland

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 6:00AM

While there are plenty of similar music festivals these days, it can be tough to find a festival with a unique musical lineup, but South Enders don’t have to look far to find one. Rare, centuries-old sounds can be heard this weekend as the Whidbey Island Music Festival tunes up for a second weekend at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening. The festival, running for the 11th year, teleports audiences back in time to the era of early chamber music.

VIEWPOINT | Commissioners need to finish their homework

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 6:00AM

Like Charlie Brown in the 1959 hit song, our county commissioners were crying “Why is everybody always picking on me?” in viewpoints that ran in the South Whidbey Record and Whidbey News-Times on July 27. It’s the meanies at the Whidbey Environmental Action Network. Once again we are forcing the commissioners to finish their homework, and this time actually get a passing grade.

Noelani Amelia Quinn | NEW ARRIVAL

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00PM

Noelani Amelia Quinn was born July 20 to parents Anderson and Lauren Quinn of Clinton.

Wesley Thomas-Eugene Eggleston | NEW ARRIVAL

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 10:00AM

Wesley Thomas-Eugene Eggleston was born May 4 at the Greenbank Birth Center to parents Katie and TJ Eggleston of Clinton.

Whidbey Girls Choir receives $650 in community donations | KUDOS

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 8:00AM

The Whidbey Girls Choir received $650 in donations from the community at its debut concert on June 10. Program Coordinator Danielle Klein said the concert was free to attend and that donations were by choice.

Camano and Standwood teens charged with animal cruelty

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 6:00AM

Two 16-year-old boys who doused a live chicken in gas and threw it into a bonfire on Camano Island were recently sentenced to detention and community service. One of the boys, a Stanwood resident, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court July 18 to second-degree animal cruelty. The other teenager, a Camano resident, pleaded guilty to the same charge July 21.

Freeland residents voice hopes for area future at subarea plan open house

  • Aug 2, 2016 at 4:00PM

As Freeland grows, community members and business owners want to see new multi-use buildings remain diverse rather than veer towards bland uniformity, at least according to those who showed up to the Freeland Subarea Plan open house on Monday evening.

Monday wreck causes back ups in Freeland area

  • Aug 2, 2016 at 6:00PM

Traffic was backed up on Highway 525 at Useless Bay Avenue Monday morning following a rear-end collision. Three people were involved in the accident, but nobody was injured. The two Honda CRVs involved sustained heavy damage; as South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Jason Laughren put it, “I would say they’re both getting new vehicles.”

End of Bayview road work in sight

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 6:00PM

The county is scheduled to apply the final surface on numerous roads impacted by construction in Bayview this week. The schedule for construction work is subject to change due to possibility of adverse weather. The roads scheduled for fog sealing are as follows:

40-plus crowd dominates Whidbey Triathlon

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 6:00PM

The small cut near Lane Seeley’s left eye was one small price to pay for winning the 20th annual Whidbey Triathlon on Saturday.

Innovative program to combine poetry, nature, touchstones to rise above grief

  • Aug 2, 2016 at 12:00PM

Grief and loss can be powerful emotion and often detrimental to one’s life journey. It’s also a fundamental part of what it means to be human, said Mark Lucero, a grief specialist and founder of Pathways Counseling in Coupeville.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Why people should vote for Helen Price Johnson

  • Aug 2, 2016 at 10:02AM

Editor, This letter is to encourage everyone to vote. And as you vote, I encourage you to vote for Helen price Johnson. As our Island County commissioner these past eight years, she's done so many outstanding things for our county. All of you in the community can see the good she's done, but as her close friend I see things behind the scenes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Price Johnson deserves another four years

  • Aug 2, 2016 at 10:01AM

Editor, Helen Price Johnson, Island County commissioner, District 1, deserves the support of voters in her campaign to continue serving the citizens of Island County. She will continue to do so in the exemplary manner that she established in her previous service. Helen operates from a core set of beliefs and principles that are grounded in a strong work ethic, honesty, fairness, and solid sustainable solutions to complex multi-dimensional challenges.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Think about it and vote 'no' on port measures

  • Aug 2, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, If you needed brain surgery, you wouldn't trust a ditch digger to do the job. That would be almost as dumb as voting to give the Port of South Whidbey responsibility for the Langley fairgrounds. The port has no experience, expertise or resources for such a job; it's also far beyond the port's mission. What's next, the Langley cemetery?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Former port worker says 'no' to fairgrounds proposal

  • Aug 2, 2016 at 9:59AM

Editor, I was employed by the Port of South Whidbey at the fairgrounds from June 2015 to February 2016. During that time, based on 40 years of construction experience, talking to fair volunteers, and pondering on my own time how the fairgrounds might be improved, I reluctantly came to the conclusion that the Port's takeover wouldn't be helpful to the survival of the fair.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Port needs to go back to the drawing board

  • Aug 2, 2016 at 9:58AM

Editor, Why was I not surprised to see the editor endorse the fairground proposal? After all he endorsed the marina where interestingly there was also no business plan. The marina is now operating at capacity, but still costs us $50,000 over the marina income to cover the almost-million dollars in bonds to build it and that will continue to be subsidized out of the general port fund.

Gipson legal fees paid with ‘verbal’ loan

  • Jul 29, 2016 at 4:00PM

The former CEO of Whidbey’s public hospital district gave a hospital administrator what amounts to a $250,000 loan to fund her criminal defense through what appears to have been a verbal agreement, recently filed court documents indicate. WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, formerly Whidbey General Hospital, still hasn’t been reimbursed, though a Superior Court judge’s rulings in an appeal may clear the way for reimbursement through a special state fund for people who claim self-defense and are acquitted.

South Whidbey Tsunami U12 boys soccer team wins Crossfire Select Cup tourney

  • Jul 30, 2016 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey Tsunami U12 boys soccer team finished first in the bronze division at the Crossfire Select Cup 2016, held July 22-24 at 60 Acres Park in Redmond.

Auditor’s office gearing up for Tuesday Primary Election

  • Jul 30, 2016 at 10:00AM

At the county Auditor’s Office, Elections Supervisor Michele Reagan is seeing a slow trickle of ballots that is all too familiar.

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