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‘WISE MEN’ OF THE SKIES on the rise | WHIDBEY BIRDING

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 8:00AM

I’m getting reports of Nature Channel quality sightings of great blue herons at Greenbank farm. The farm’s executive director, Judy Feldman, recently emailed me, “Wow, the heron rookery just came alive! About 30 birds rose up like a plume of prehistoric smoke.” Later she reported seeing 50 of the herons. A heron colony thrives to the west of Highway 525 and the birds fly over the farm to stalk the beaches of Saratoga Passage for food. May and June are the most active months when eggs are hatching and young are being fed.

Nighttime blaze claims Goss Lake barn

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Jun 19, 2014 at 8:26AM

A fire destroyed a two-story, 3,300-square-foot barn near Goss Lake early Tuesday morning.

Tokitae ferry service entry delayed

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 3:21PM

The MV Tokitaes entry into service will be delayed at least one week, ferry officials said Monday.

Tilth gets ready to get dirty at weed workshop

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 4:00PM

Some non-native plants cause problems, but there are ways to manage them. South Whidbey Tilth will hold a workshop on the topic from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 21, on the organization’s land on Thompson Road and Highway 525.

SOUTH WHIDBEY SHERIFF'S REPORT | Ransacked mail, a man with a stick and a frog-egg hunter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00AM

The following items are 9-1-1 reports to the Island County Sheriff’s Office, south precinct. Wednesday, June 4 8:38 a.m. — A caller reported Cottonwood Lane is a county road and someone felled trees within the last 48 hours to block access to the property and has posted no trespassing signs. 11:27 a.m. — A caller on Goodell Road reported community mailboxes were broken into. 4:11 p.m. — A caller on Adams Road advised his mail has been stolen. He is missing a check and believes it was stolen yesterday. The mailbox was also full of different people’s mail.

MAYOR'S BEAT | Second Street shindig planned; city extends open invite

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 4:00PM

By FRED MCCARTHY Langley mayor From 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, we are going to have a party on the new plaza in the center of Langley and everyone is invited. The Langley Main Street Association and the Langley Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the City of Langley to host this event. Main Street arranged for veterans from the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center to prepare a summer barbecue for everyone. It will be a time of ribbon cutting, enjoying local food, drink, music, and celebrating moving our economy and city into a future filled with hope and promise.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | More to topic than gun writer wrote

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, This is letter is about Mr. Freeman’s gun-inspired anger. Yes, the U.S. “has become even more awash with guns,” especially since the present administration took office, but homicide rates have declined even as the total supply of guns has increased. Notwithstanding Mr. Freeman’s paranoia about guns, mass shootings contribute a relatively small fraction of gun deaths — and result in massive news coverage. Northeastern criminology professor James Alan Fox: “… there has been no increase in mass shootings and certainly no epidemic.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | WICA criticism was unnecessary

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00PM

Editor, Regarding Elliott Menashe’s letter published in the June 14 edition of The Record: I wholeheartedly agree with Elliott that the current WICA [Whidbey Island Center for the Arts] production, “Our Town,” is an excellent rendering of Wilder’s classic and timeless treatment of life and death. Kudos to Mr. Rarick and the entire cast and crew for an excellent show. But wait, that’s just not unusual for WICA productions. Elliott, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but to say that “standards are lax” for WICA productions is ridiculous.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Real estate market isn’t as bad as fire chief made out

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, I read the article about South Whidbey Fire/EMS selling some unused land. I have no comment on the price or pending sale of that property, as the fire district is dealing with a very competent real estate agent who is giving competent advice. However, the last couple paragraphs of the newspaper article stated that Chief Rusty Palmer and the commissioners think that it could take “several more decades” for that land to be worth what the district paid for it in 2001.

Junior varsity girls Falcon soccer coach needed

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM

South Whidbey High School’s girls soccer program needs a junior varsity/assistant head coach. After two years of Ben Rusch leading the program with the aid of Jane Gerlach, she decided to step away from the team. Those interested in the position can contact South Whidbey High School Athletic Director Kelly Kirk at 360-221-6808, ext. 5408.

Boys basketball head coach leaves for Oak Harbor High School

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey boys basketball coach Scott Collins recently resigned after one year leading the Falcons. In his second stint with South Whidbey, Collins’ squad finished 4-10 in Cascade Conference games and 6-17 overall. Collins previously coached for two years before resigning in 2009 because of the commute from his home in Burlington to his teaching job at Oak Harbor High School, then coaching at South Whidbey.

EDITORIAL | Possession Point boat ramp project a worthy objective

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 8:00AM

The boat launch at Possession Point Waterfront Park may soon get an overhaul. The Port of South Whidbey is in the process of planning substantial renovations, and the commissioners are right to pursue this long overdue project. The proposal recently came under fire from neighbors concerned about potential noise impacts, and their objections should be thoughtfully considered, but not at the expense of the interests of the public and the environment.

New coach, new system take shape at spring practice

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM

Chris Tormey looked right at home on Waterman’s Field during a recent football practice, months ahead of the August start for the fall sport. The first-year Falcon head coach, a former Division I college assistant and head coach, took over the reins in May from Mark Hodson and Andy Davis after more than a decade of their leadership. They stepped down in favor of spending time with their families. Both coaches have children at the high school.

State Farm donates to IDIPIC

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 8:00AM

State Farm representatives on Whidbey donated $5,000 to the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County to continue DUI and underage drinking prevention.

South Whidbey man answers access angling need

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00PM

People in the world of getting paralyzed veterans active are excited about a Freeland man’s quest to help them cast a line. Mike Mayes, the fishing guru at Freeland Ace Hardware, has worked for the past several years on a pontoon that can support a couple of power wheel chairs to get disabled veterans on the water. “If you’ve ever been on a boat with one of these kids who’s never been on one before … the look on their face, it almost makes you cry,” Mayes said.

June 18 | 50 years ago

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00AM

The following are segments of stories in the June 18, 1964, edition of the South Whidbey Record, then titled the Whidbey Island Record.

Langley city council supports temporary demolition ban

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM

Nary a hand was raised in favor of the Dog House Tavern’s owners’ rights to tear down the century-old building at the Langley City Council hearing Monday. Hardly any opinions were entered into the record at the mandatory public hearing about the city’s emergency ordinance. Last month, in response to Dog House owners Charlie and Janice Kleiner’s inquiry about the process to take down the First Street building, Langley’s planning director and mayor supported a six-month demolition moratorium. The temporary ban specifically targeted the Dog House Tavern as one of the only buildings qualified as being on the National Register of Historic Places and located within the downtown area.

Whidbey Audubon Society bestows two scholarships

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 12:00PM

The Whidbey Audubon Society 2014 scholarship awardees are Caitlyn Connolly of Coupeville High School and Rachel Crowther of Oak Harbor High School.

Island County OKs some fair association building expenses

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 6:00PM

State required electrical upgrades at the Island County Fairgrounds will be covered by Island County.

Coming soon to Navy base: six P8-A squadrons

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 6:00PM

The Navy has decided to base six P8-A squadrons at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the close of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement this month. The Navy weighed two alternatives during the SEIS process and chose the option to base six fleet squadrons at NAS Whidbey and six fleet squadrons plus the replacement squadron at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida.

Accused Coupeville cop was “tricked,” judge says

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00PM

There’s nothing unusual about the police using a ruse against a criminal suspect. Such trickery can be “legal and appropriate,” said Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock.

North Whidbey man accused of kidnapping, brutal rape

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 8:00AM

North Whidbey resident Darcy Zook got the scare of a lifetime when police caught a suspect in a brutal rape and kidnapping case hiding in an orchard just outside her doors Saturday.

Taproom@Bayview Corner to bring nightlife, beer variety to town

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 12:00PM

Two Whidbey Island residents will bring a bit of nightlife to the South End this week.

Langley parks commission sets work plan

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 4:00PM

The citizen commission in charge of Langley’s parks and open spaces has set an ambitious work plan for itself in the coming year. Speaking to the city council June 16, commission Chairwoman Nancy Rowan said the group would like to see a commitment from the city staff to create a budget for them to accomplish some work preserving open space in town. She cited a 2009 survey of Langley residents who stated parks were a high priority. “It shows that people want walking trails and beach walks,” she said.

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