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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | How about all the facts before proceeding?

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, Eric Levine’s viewpoint expressed concern about a few opponents to constructing an elevator or funicular who may not have all the facts. I am one of those. Eric said he composed a summary of answers to many questions. He forgot some.

Clinton dancer awarded prestigious scholarship

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 6:00PM

Melyssa Smith of Clinton received a scholarship to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. The scholarship was awarded as a result of her successful audition at the Monsters of Hip Hop Dance Convention she attended Oct. 24-26 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash. Famous choreographers and teachers such as Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo from the television show “So You Think You Can Dance” were present at the convention.

Drake’s 21 points for naught in loss

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey’s offense found its mojo in Sultan in a 52-47 loss Wednesday night.

Mistakes prove too much for Falcon boys hoops

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 4:00PM

Ten turnovers in the fourth quarter spelled doom for the South Whidbey boys basketball team in the Falcons’ first loss of the season, 50-47, to the Sultan Turks in Langley.

EDITORIAL | First responders did an awesome job after storm

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 10:00AM

South Whidbey was hit by a massive windstorm this week, one of the biggest and most destructive in years. The power went out, downed trees blocked roads everywhere, and homes were damaged. It’s a wonder that despite so much destruction, most roads were drivable by noon on Friday morning.

EDITORIAL | Hospital officials should hand over incident report

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 8:00AM

Fourth-degree assault charges were recently filed against a leading Whidbey General Hospital administrator, Chief Nursing Officer Linda Gipson. She’s accused of choking a restrained patient who was allegedly not cooperating with hospital staff. While the jury is still out, it seems WGH decision makers aren’t waiting for a verdict to decide her innocence.

Kiwanis to host sweet annual fundraiser

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 6:00AM

‘Tis the season for South Whidbey Kiwanis’ “See’s for the Season” annual fundraiser.

Sea Float Scramble returns to Langley

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 6:00PM

Langley Main Street Association and Callahan’s Firehouse in Langley are starting off the New Year with a treasure hunt, and everyone is invited.

SLIDESHOW | Turnovers help land Turks island win over Falcon boys

  • Dec 15, 2014 at 9:00AM

Sultan committed 18 turnovers against South Whidbey in a Cascade Conference boys basketball game Dec. 10 in Langley, but the Falcons made 20, including 10 in the fourth quarter. The Turks won 50-47.

SLIDESHOW | Hour of Code at Whidbey Makers with Atlantis ROV

  • Dec 14, 2014 at 12:00PM

Dozens showed up to take part in the international computer coding event, Hour of Code, as part of the National Computer Education Week at Whidbey Makers in Clinton on South Whidbey Island.

2.7 million visited Deception Pass Park in 2014

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Dec 12, 2014 at 9:40AM

The magic of Deception Pass State Park was on display on a sunny late afternoon last week and was rubbing off on 4-year-old Haylee Fortinberry.

Wind storm closes South Whidbey schools

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 8:00AM

South Whidbey School District schools are closed today. The district posted the closure on its website early Friday morning following last night's windstorm, which was forecast to bring gusts of winds up to 65 mph.

Wind storm expected to hit South Whidbey

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 1:00PM updated at 3:36PM

Already saturated with days of rain and high tides, South Whidbey is expected to get hit with a wind storm this afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning Thursday morning for the southwest and southeast interiors, and the Puget Sound region. Whidbey Island, Everett, Port Townsend, Bellingham and the Seattle area are forecast to get sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of up to 65 mph, according to the warning.

Coalition seeks homeless support on Whidbey

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Dec 11, 2014 at 8:20AM

The South Whidbey Homeless Coalition (SWHC) is trying to provide a hospitality house for homeless people on South Whidbey Island.

Researchers discover cause of sea star deaths

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Dec 11, 2014 at 7:58AM

While researchers have discovered the virus causing millions of sea stars to die off, Whidbey islanders remain concerned.

Emergency declared after flooding hits South Whidbey

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 4:52PM

Island County Commissioners declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon after four homes on South Whidbey were threatened with flooding. Commissioner Helen Price Johnson said the homes were in the Mutiny Bay community. She said outbuildings were flooded and the waters threatened to undermine the foundations of the homes.

Clinton's Turnco Wood Goods takes shape as international company

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 10:31AM

Kelly Cameron puts in 12-hour days in his woodworking shop, a cavernous space in Clinton off Cultus Bay Road. The long labor is worth it for the British Columbia native and co-owner of Turnco Wood Goods, which has seen rapid growth in the past 12 months operating on South Whidbey. He estimated that 70 percent of the business’ earnings come from the wood goods side of the business that also makes architectural pieces, such as parts for lamps or cabinets and even replicated wood columns and balusters for a clock tower in Heppner, Ore.

Proposed Maxwelton assessment can wait until 2016, diking district commissioners decide

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

The first assessment proposed in decades for Diking District 2 property owners will not move forward next year as planned. During a well-attended and cordial meeting Saturday morning, district commissioners voted unanimously not to proceed with the measure, which would have approved collection in 2015. Instead, the board committed to working with the community to rethink the existing proposal, specifically the assessment method, in hopes of passing a revised and widely-supported assessment for 2016.

Island County school officials to meet with state lawmakers

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

Board members and superintendents from each of Island County’s three school districts will convene for a dinner and meeting with state lawmakers today to discuss such topics as class sizes, state funding for public education and other issues.

On pointe: Whidbey Island Dance Theatre ballerinas prepare for a holiday classic

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 6:00PM

The word ballerina evokes a mental image of tutus, leotards, dancers’ limbs elongated in elegant poses and toes tapping precisely on pointe.

Oak Harbor mayor voted off Island Transit board

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 4:00PM

The Oak Harbor City Council has booted Mayor Scott Dudley from the Island Transit board for the new year.

Hannold sworn in as Island County commissioner

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 6:00PM

Rick Hannold was sworn in Friday as the new District 3 commissioner for Island County.

Whidbey Island Toys for Tots needs toys

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 4:00PM

Whidbey’s annual Toys for Tots drive is off to a rough start and needs help, according to event organizers with Major Megan McClung Marine Corps League Detachment 1210.

Natural shop in Langley to host open house

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 12:00PM

Whidbey Island Natural will hold a holiday open house and Good Cheer Food Bank benefit at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the new store, located at 220 First St. in Langley.

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