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Hearts & Hammers rallies to fix 34 homes

  • May 10, 2016 at 4:00PM updated May 11, 2016 at 10:04AM

It’s 7:45 a.m. on a Saturday and it isn’t too early for the South Whidbey High School cafeteria to buzz with the cheerful voices of 350 people of all ages, genders and backgrounds.

Road kill to become open game for motorists in Washington

  • May 7, 2016 at 10:00AM updated May 11, 2016 at 10:00AM

If you hit and kill it, now you can eat it. Starting July 1, motorists can legally salvage deer or elk killed in motor vehicle accidents in a new rule that was recently approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Washington joins nearly 20 other states, including Idaho and Montana, that allow the public to salvage road kill wildlife under various guidelines. While other states permit the salvaging of just about any animal, such as porcupines or foxes, Washington residents will be restricted to salvaging just deer and elk. Only elk will be permitted for salvaging in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties due to federal laws regarding endangered Columbian white-tailed deer.

Pacific Rim Institute of Environmental Stewardship to hold open house

  • May 11, 2016 at 8:00AM

Pacific Rim Institute of Environmental Stewardship is holding a series of open houses this week that will include tours of the property’s prairie and forest lands and an honoring of special guests.

South Whidbey faces old foe at bi-districts | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:00AM

Despite having battled its way through two loser-out matches, South Whidbey boys soccer still faces in an uphill climb in the bi-district tournament.

South Whidbey baseball's season on the line Saturday | FALCON BASEBALL

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:00AM

It’s make or break time for South Whidbey baseball.

Island County looks to permanently trim hairy willow herb

  • May 11, 2016 at 10:00AM

It looks so pretty — showy purple-pink flowers, long slender seed pods, soft hairs all over. But it’s the most invasive weed Whidbey Island’s wetlands have ever faced.

Freeland producer earns lifetime award | KUDOS

  • May 11, 2016 at 8:00AM

Freeland resident Judith Walcutt was recently named the winner of the 2016 Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in audio theatre. Walcutt is a producer, director, writer, actress and CEO of Otherworld Media, a production company.

Langley rain garden wins green award | KUDOS

  • May 10, 2016 at 6:00PM

Langley’s Second Street rain garden, a wastewater mitigation tool, received the Green Community of the Year award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony April 26 in Chelan.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | A ‘means test’ would make system more fair

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, I have sent the following to U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen and senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Support Angie Homola in race for state Senate

  • May 11, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, It seems this political season has cheers, fears, and anxiety in spades, but at the local level things are looking up. We have a truly exceptional candidate running to represent us in the state Senate, our own former county commissioner Angie Homola. I’ve followed her political aspirations for a decade and can assure you, she is the real deal. Angie’s a unique community leader willing to fight for “good” government. Her website name clearly indicates why she is running.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Veteran says ‘Trumpism’ needs to be defeated

  • May 11, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, Never could I have imagined it 52 years ago when I served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Then, if it had been required, I was prepared to lay down my life. I didn’t question that answering a call to national service was my duty as a (male) citizen. In 1965, I never could have imagined the utter disappointment and disgust I feel today that one of the country’s two major political parties would select a person like Donald Trump to become their leader and candidate for president.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Hearts & Hammers makes South Whidbey great

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:00AM

Every year on the same Saturday, South Whidbey becomes the coolest place in the world. And I don’t mean temperatures — Saturday was a broiler. I’m talking about Hearts & Hammers’ annual workday. It was this past weekend, and like always, it was pure inspiration. Hundreds of people sacrificed an entire day of the their all-to precious weekend for people they’ve likely never met.

Whidbey General name change to take effect next month

  • May 11, 2016 at 2:00PM

Whidbey General Hospital and its clinics will transition to WhidbeyHealth next month. A new sign will be unveiled June 13 at the hospital, which will be known as WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.

South Whidbey moms, sons ready to burn rubber

  • May 11, 2016 at 10:00AM

While the boys are being boys by running in circles, laughing hysterically and occasionally stopping in their tracks to watch their daily dose of cartoons, mom looks on with a smile. Even as the wilder boy, 9 year-old Liam, wields a boomerang seemingly out of nowhere, mom giggles. It’s fun having boys. As crazy as it can be, it’s fun, according to Johnna Dow, the mother of 11 year-old Bugsy and 9 year-old Liam. “It’s important to spend time with the boys,” Dow said. “They grow too fast!”

South Island CrossFit announces new ownership, business vision

  • May 11, 2016 at 2:00PM

South Island CrossFit in Clinton has new owners. The business was purchased earlier this year from Manny Rios by Lara and Andres Ortiz. They are Clinton residents, and cross fit level one certified trainers. The deal was finalized Feb. 15, according to a Thursday press release. The Ortizes plan to expand services to support intergenerational exercise programs, and envision a family-focused fitness center.

SBA honors Greenbank man with top business award

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00PM

Greenbank resident Earl Overstreet is the recipient of the 2016 8(a) Graduate Award of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Awarded to the highest achieving graduates of the Business Development Program, an assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses, Overstreet was chosen due to the overall successes of his business, Bellevue-based IT company General Microsystems Inc.

South Whidbey Homeless Coalition looks to raise cash for mentoring program

  • May 10, 2016 at 3:04PM

Within the past year, about 60 people, at least one-third of whom are children, have called Langley’s House of Hope home. The house is the city’s first and only transitional housing facility for homeless individuals and families. It operates on the 90-day rehabilitation model, with an average stay of about 60 days.

Small kitchen fire in Langley home

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:00PM

A small fire that occurred in a Langley home Monday night is still under investigation, a South Whidbey Fire/EMS official says. Approximately 15 firefighters responded to reports of light smoke coming from a house on Mardell Drive. Firefighters entered the home and found a “very small” fire in the kitchen, Assistant Chief Jason Laughren said. The crew extinguished the fire quickly. Nobody was in the home at the time of the fire, Laughren said.

Island County housing market sees drop in listings

  • May 11, 2016 at 4:00PM

Housing continued to be tight last month in Island County, with only 412 active listings for homes, down 20 percent from 515 in April 2015, according to numbers released last week by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The median price among closed home sales was $283,000, up 13 percent from last April’s $250,000. Countywide, 227 homes sales were pending, up 5 percent from 216 in April 2015. The county had 3.25 months of housing inventory.

Shedding light on conservation on Whidbey Island

  • May 11, 2016 at 2:00PM

Community members are invited to learn more about the Whidbey Island Conservation District and its community projects at an open house 3:30-5 p.m. May 17 at the Coupeville Library. For 49 years, the district has worked with Whidbey residents to help people responsibly and efficiently manage their land and natural resources. During the open house, members of the public can meet district staff and supervisors, learn more about how the they serve island residents, and join in honoring the accomplishments of several fellow community members.

Visitor rate up 36 percent in Langley

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00PM

The Langley Chamber of Commerce reported that the city’s visitor rate is up 36 percent over the past four months. The chamber keeps a running tally of visits to the center per month. Executive Director Michaeleen McGarry said that 3,410 people visited the center from January to April. In those same four months in 2015, there were 2,171 visitors. McGarry couldn’t pinpoint the exact reason for the increase, but surmised that favorable weather conditions were among the factors. “I honestly think it was partially because of the weather,” McGarry said. “It’s been beautiful out. I think that helped.”

Savor the spring’s bounty on South Whidbey

  • May 7, 2016 at 1:00PM updated May 10, 2016 at 12:49PM

Spring is a savory time of year. The bloom is in full and the weather is warming up as the sun grows less and less shy, and with the rays come new flavors from our very own backyards. The annual Savor Spring Food, Wine & Spirits Tour is an opportunity to sample the distillery’s best spirits and some of the best bounty South Whidbey has to offer. Put on by Whidbey Island Vintners and Distillers Association since 2010, the self-guided tour takes guests on a trip through four wineries and Whidbey Island Distillery for a day of tasting and food pairing. Pairings are done by Whidbey restaurants mostly on the South End, but Mile Post 19 Farm in Coupeville will also be featured. The tour is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

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