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Nichols nears study phase

  • Jan 18, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

Damage to fish and wildlife, polluted stormwater runoff into environmentally sensitive areas and Holmes Harbor, the presence of military ships and global warming are just some of the issues people and agencies want to see studied before the proposed expansion of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland.

Pesky rats move in out of the cold, damp weather

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

If you’re all out of Alpo, your Subaru may not be safe. Island County residents are battling a rat invasion, and the four-legged pests are not only scarfing down food left outside for cats and dogs, but making a meal of vehicles across the South End.

Teachers, students benefit from grants

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

This spring about 30 South Whidbey Primary first- and second-graders will be exploring the back 40 acres behind their school. To get a closer look at the flora and fauna, the students from teacher Linda Garl’s multi-age class will each have a magnifying glass. Slung around their necks will be binoculars for bird-watching.

New restaurant’s menu will add innovation to traditional favorites

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill is a new restaurant that incorporates a modern twist on traditional comfort food. Starting up a high-end restaurant on the South End was the right thing to do for Gordon Stewart. “It was just a natural,” Stewart said. “I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant. I’ve been doing this for 20 years.”

Beach Watchers bring a university to the island

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

A one-day “university” with more than 60 classes to choose from is expected to draw 500 islanders this year. Sound Waters University will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Coupeville middle and high schools. This Beach Watchers sponsored event has been going on for more than 10 years, and each year it attracts a larger crowd than before.

Bush Point renovation may be in financial jeopardy

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

The Port of South Whidbey’s long-delayed Bush Point boat ramp project has run into bureaucratic shoals amid a $115,000 shortfall. Department of Fish and Wildlife project engineer Kristen Kuykendall reported both good news and bad to port commissioners Wednesday.

Singer Beverly Graham brings food show to Whidbey Island

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

Local songstress Beverly Graham and her group of Whidbey Island band-mates are bringing their talents home this weekend. The musicians will perform their “Hungry, Will Sing for Food” concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the South Whidbey High School Performance Auditorium.

District seeks grant to clear water

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

Clearing up the drinking water in South Whidbey schools will cost about $600,000; but school officials are confident the fix will be funded with a federal grant. Officials expect to hear soon whether the district will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to restore clean water to the three affected schools and the South Whidbey Health Department.

Ex-harbormaster says he’s not guilty

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

Langley city employees deposited their own money-filled envelopes in the harbor fare box to confirm suspicions that the city’s newly-hired harbormaster was skimming funds from boaters’ fees. The sting operation came to light last week when Eric Lambour plead not guilty to a second-degree felony theft charge at his arraignment last Friday.

Island women duped by telephone scam

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

Imagine receiving a telephone call from a friend who says he just got mugged. The friend says he is in another city and can’t get home because the thief stole his wallet and credit cards. His voice doesn’t sound quite right because he says his nose was broken in the assault. The caller is convincing because he knows about you and details about your relationship with him. Or the caller says he is a business colleague and has believable information. Then he asks for local phone numbers of friends he can contact. Even later, he calls back frantic because he was unable to contact anyone else and asks you for money.

‘America’s Most Wanted’ looks at South End murder

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

Law enforcement officials are calling in the big guns to help solve the 2003 murder of Russell Douglas. Former South Whidbey resident James E. Huden has been charged with killing Douglas, but investigators have not been able to locate Huden. That’s why they turned to the television show “America’s Most Wanted” to help find Huden and solve the case.

Games are for more than just kids

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

The owner of the new Game Shack in Bayview has found that just about everyone likes a good game. “I get to see a lot of different types of people,” said Dan Winn, owner of the Game Shack. “I think my youngest person in here that’s actually bought his own game was about 4,” Winn said. “And I would say I’ve had a number of people that I would guess are about 60 or 70 years old.”

Trees planted at Earth Sanctuary as part of 500-year design

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

One tree at a time, a privately-owned nature preserve in Freeland will become an old growth forest in about 500 years. This week Jody Rubel was digging holes and filling them with dark, rich soil before planting western red cedar tree saplings that will grow into a forest at the 72-acre nature preserve called “Earth Sanctuary” on Newman Road east of Freeland.

Pay jurors more, state Supreme Court justice says

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

Though judge selection and the growing concern about rising campaign spending on judges’ campaigns was supposed to be the topic for a speech by the state’s highest judicial official Thursday, Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander had something else on his mind: the paltry pay that people get when called to serve on jury duty.

Learn to recognize and prevent meth addiction

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

South Whidbey School District’s Learning and Community Engagement Program, or LACEP, will offer free training to district staff and community members about methamphetamine use in a class that starts next week. The program comes in response to requests for more information about current issues and trends impacting use and prevention in South Whidbey schools and community.

Developer has plans to boost downtown Freeland area

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

With Freeland growing at warp speed from a sleepy rural community to a busy service center for South Whidbey residents, one local businessman is expected to play a key roll in the community’s development in 2006. Steve Myres, owner of the commercial electrical contracting firm Sound Electric, has plans to change the face of downtown Freeland for the better.

Councilmember dealing with city growth

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

Last year marked record growth in Langley, and city councilmember Robert Gilman is part of an effort to make sure the changes impact the community in a good way. Langley has seen about 10 to 15 new housing units per year over the past decade. But right now, there are more than 100 new units being proposed and working their way through the land-use process.

Former teacher chairs The Commons

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

A 35-year resident of Whidbey Island is combining her dedication to youth and support for the community as the chairwoman for the South Whidbey Commons project. Sue Haworth spent a good portion of her career teaching at Langley Middle School. She was also an assistant principal at Mukilteo and a principal at Oak Harbor.

South Whidbey woman continues effort to help Katrina survivors

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

Susan Knickerbocker’s compassion for helping survivors recover from Hurricane Katrina didn’t stop when she and her husband, Rocky, left the Gulf Coast in November after weeks of volunteer work. Now, months after the devastating storm left more than a thousand dead and shattered the lives of countless more, Knickerbocker continues to work from South Whidbey, trying to find homes for people left homeless by the hurricane.

Katrina tops list of 2005’s biggest news stories

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

The South Whidbey Record’s top story of 2005 was also a top story nationally: Hurricane Katrina and the disaster’s impact on Whidbey Island. Here’s the list of our top five stories of 2005, as selected by the newspaper’s editorial staff.

County sets hearing on Freeland sewer comp plan

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:02PM

Although the Board of Island County Commissioners is expected to give the green light on the sewer plan for Freeland, a lawsuit from a neighboring district has put a cloud over the new sewer system’s future. Even so, the commissioners will review the plan and hear public comment on Feb. 6. The commissioners’ eventual stamp of approval will mean the Freeland Water District can form a sewer district.

Volunteers remember Whidbey Island kids

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:01PM

Austin Fox, 7, and his mother Julie, stand in front of their Freeland home on Christmas Eve anxiously awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. A convoy of cars led by a truck stops; elves pour out of the truck and Santa pops out of a green SUV.

Langley’s resident bird

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:01PM

Many Langley residents have discovered a new feathered friend. He’s been described as a common ringneck pheasant with uncommon behavior. “He definitely has attitude,” said Langley resident Sharen Heath. “He has major attitude.” The pheasant, which Heath has nicknamed Henri, has frequented the yards of Langleyites from Wilkinson Road and Edgecliff Drive to the west side of First Street.

Kids donate their Christmas gift money to WAIF

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:01PM

Three Freeland children played Santa Claus to the cats and dogs at the WAIF shelter in Coupeville recently by giving up some of their Christmas money. The Meier family, Lisa, 14, Jessy, 11, and Jeffry, 8 donated $120, one half of the money earmarked for their Christmas gifts. Instead, the cash will help brighten the holidays for the cats and dogs waiting for adoption at WAIF.

WEAN now focusing on farm plans in battle over new ag rules

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:01PM

Farmers are being pulled even further into the fight between Island County and an environmental group over new rules that restrict agriculture on properties with sensitive areas such as streams and wetlands. Earlier this week, the county planning commission passed its recommendations on 21 changes to the agriculture rules to the board of county commissioners.

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