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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Failure may not lie with transit board

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, Island Transit’s current Board oversight challenges may have many causes, but the greatest may not be the fault of the current Island Transit Board at all. According to RCW 36.57A.050, which spells out certain guidelines for public transportation benefit area boards, these boards: “…shall consist of elected officials selected by and serving at the pleasure of the governing bodies of component cities within the area and the county legislative authority of each county within the area.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | “Theft” of sick leave not in audit

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, Recent discussion of Island Transit finances confuses the state audit report with the separation agreement for the previous executive director. The official state audit report covers 2013 and part of 2014 and recommends more careful definition and tracking of paid leave (sick leave, vacation time, and compensation time). It did not document any “theft” of sick leave, vacation time, or compensation time; rather it recommended better documentation of these categories for all salaried personnel, which has been instituted immediately. Unfortunately, the Audit Report did not mention that accrued vacation days for 2013 and 2014 for the former executive director can and do accurately account for the longer dates out of the office in 2013 and 2014.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Editorial shot the messenger

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 8:00AM

Editor, Island Transit is in deep doo-doo and Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson thinks that the stench of the board’s failures will go away by holding her nose and telling us everything smells like roses. Her attempt to mask the gravity of the situation by spraying political Febreze on the editorial pages of this newspaper is insulting, and our community deserves better.

MAYOR'S BEAT | Substance abuse coalition continues to make progress

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 6:00AM

November is the month of Thanksgiving. We have many things to be thankful for just in living on Whidbey Island. We also have things we appreciate that we need to actively guard, preserve, and cultivate. The quality of life here is why many people came here. Many people feel it is so extraordinary that it is worth investing their time, talents and treasure in preserving the safety, security, and peace of mind for ourselves and our friends, neighbors and family members here.

XC boys earns top academic award

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 8:00AM

Running smart is an admonishment often said for cross country and other distance runners. In the case of the South Whidbey boys cross country team, they’re smart runners.

Football’s offense took flight despite poor record

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 6:00AM

With a 2-7 record, the season was not kind to South Whidbey’s football team under first-year head coach Chris Tormey. The Falcons struggled mightily on defense, allowing more than 30 points in five games, including a season-worst 53 points to Lakewood late last month. South Whidbey’s offense, however, remained a point of pride. According to statistics submitted by coaches to the Daily Herald (a sister paper to The Record), the Falcons had plenty of firepower on their roster.

South Whidbey Schools Foundation awards $23,550 to area schools

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 11:00AM

South Whidbey Schools Foundation announced on Oct. 30 that it will award $23,550 for innovative teaching grants to be used in the current school year.

South Whidbey Elementary School celebrates Wonka Week

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 10:00AM

Students from South Whidbey Elementary visited Sweet Mona’s chocolate boutique for a special tour, the grand prize at the end of “Wonka Week.”

Smart scrub, Steller’s jays are welcome visitors

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 8:00AM

The Whidbey Audubon Society rare bird report recently announced that a Western scrub jay had been observed near Clinton, not far from where I live. I’ve kept my bird feeders full and my eyes peeled, but haven’t yet seen this out-of-territory species. I’m watching for a sky blue bird with a grey back, no crest and pale underparts.

Clinton park's alders to come down

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 2:00PM

Four large alders at Dan Porter Park in Clinton will fall to buzzing chainsaws sometime this month.

Veterans honored at several Whidbey events

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 12:00PM

Whidbey Island will be awash in activities and events centered around veterans ahead of and on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

WICA hosts Brew HaHa and Seattle International Comedy Competition

  • Nov 7, 2014 at 4:00PM

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts will be hosting a leg of The Seattle International Comedy Competition, preceded by a local open mic Brew HaHa at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Zech Hall.

“The Wizards of Weepy Isle” debuts at WICA

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 10:00AM

On Saturday, Nov. 22, Piper Reva and two “local elfin children” will take to the stage at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) for her show, “The Wizards of Weepy Isle.” The play follows the journey of a mouse, a reincarnation of gypsy singer-songwriter Penelope Zazen, who encounters “a myriad of wizards” — in the form of a bee, a buffalo, a tree-horse, a giant Spaniard egg-man, a fairy and an evil sorceress — when he is shipwrecked and washed ashore upon an enchanted island.

Jacks makes comeback in latest Island County ballot count

  • Nov 7, 2014 at 4:00PM

The Island County commissioner race will likely require a recount. If that happens, appointed Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan will get to spend a little extra time on the board.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS budget includes raises, new station work

  • Nov 7, 2014 at 6:00PM

Funding for 5 percent salary increases and design work for the proposed new Bayview fire station are included in the 2015 budget for South Whidbey Fire/EMS.

Langley seeks door decorators

  • Nov 7, 2014 at 4:00PM

Langley is looking for artists to adorn the doors of downtown storefronts as part of its Deck the Doors competition.

Drug-related crime meeting set

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 6:00PM

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson has organized a meeting about increased drug-related crime on South Whidbey for Monday, Nov. 10.

Designer, artist David Price opens Langley studio shop

  • Nov 8, 2014 at 4:00PM

To his wife, David Price is a Renaissance man. A Freeland artist, building designer, avid cyclist and now curator of artisanal goods for his new Langley store and studio, Price deflects the praise. Being good at several things was born out of necessity, he says.

Parks provides access to slopes

  • Nov 7, 2014 at 4:00PM

For South Whidbey residents, a trip to the beach may seem a more feasible venture than a trip to the slopes of Stevens Pass, but South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is trying to make a day on the mountain a little more accessible.

Writer debuts first play: Lather, Rinse, Repeat

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Nov 7, 2014 at 1:25PM

Clinton resident Dana Linn has entrusted her locks to hair stylists the world over, but none are as dear to her heart as Golene, a parodical Southern woman with a deep penchant for hair spray, leopard print and her 1960s-style beehive.

Tree knocks out power in Mutiny Bay; outage expected to last until noon

  • Nov 6, 2014 at 9:04AM

Hundreds of Freeland homes are without power this morning due to a felled tree in the Mutiny Bay area. A Puget Sound Energy official said the outage has affected 723 customers, and that power won't be restored to most homes until about noon.

Ideas pour in from Langley leaders on what to do with Mo’s Pub

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Nov 6, 2014 at 8:04AM

Operating hours, buffer zones, mediators and enclosing the patio at Mo’s Pub & Eatery are all suggestions for how to deal with consistent noise complaints in Langley.

Hannold increases his lead in latest count

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 6:06PM

North Whidbey resident Rick Hannold moved further ahead of his opponent for Island County commissioner in the latest count. The Island County Auditor's Office posted the second count of ballots from the general election this afternoon.

Republicans lead on election night; Hannold, Grone and Crider all ahead

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 9:32PM

It appears from the first count of ballots Tuesday night that the Republican momentum nationwide was felt in Island County. Republican candidates are ahead in all but one of the contested local and legislative races affecting Island County. The bid for the Island County commissioner district 3 seat, however, is still too close to call.

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