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WEAN slams farms, county

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Farming is a constant menace to streams and wetlands on Whidbey Island and is threatening the public health, an environmentalist group is warning a state growth board. It’s the latest broadside from the Whidbey Environmental Action Network, or WEAN, against Island County growth planners and the farming community. WEAN has been embroiled in a bitter battle against Island County that boiled over last year about the county’s new farming regulations.

New water tank replaces storage facility damaged in Nisqually quake

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

On the route to Clinton, a new structure on Highway 525 draws the attention of drivers just past the Dairy Queen. And it actually owes its existence to a few shakes. It’s the Clinton Water District’s state-of-the-art water tank that went “online” in late May. It now provides better, safer water service for Clinton.

District feels pinch of fewer students

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

It’s not a matter of if, only when. Faced with declining enrollment, the South Whidbey School District will be forced to downsize as early as the 2007/08 school year. That means some schools will close and send its students to other South Whidbey schools.

Life in the Ecuadorian Andes brings change to South End pair

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Two young South Enders traded island life for work in the Ecuadorian Andes to get a taste of the world, and to protest the current political climate in the U.S. “I think our decision to continue traveling was also partly spurred by our disgust with the political conditions in the U.S.” Estevan Munoz-Howard said.

Congressman warns of battle over food funding

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Congressman Rick Larsen toured Good Cheer in Langley Thursday and warned volunteers and the board of directors about a “food fight” coming soon at the federal level. As Congress begins reworking the farm bill next year — and attention turns to budget cuts — bargaining about how funds will be allocated will be unavoidable. Larsen, a 2nd District Democrat, is serving his third term and sits on the House of Representative’s Agriculture Committee.

Citizens want younger, diverse community

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

People in Langley want more diverse neighborhoods and hope to do more to attract a younger population to the city. But, they also want to maintain the city’s character. That’s what participants of the vision town meeting said in a poll taken at the recent comprehensive plan meeting.

Summer brings ice cream to Bayview corner

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Warm summer days and cold ice cream. What else needs to be said? The Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company will open its own retail location at the Bayview Cash Store June 15. Unfortunately for ice cream fanatics, it’s only a temporary deal.

Langley awarded pilot program funds

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

The Whidbey Island Conservation District was awarded funds to carry out a pilot “low-impact” development program for the city of Langley. The project is scheduled to last one year, beginning July 1.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts works “earnestly” on latest production

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Throughout the year, hundreds of Whidbey Islanders attend plays at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. With each of these productions, audience members experience the sights and sounds produced by quality community theater.

Young and old gather to honor heroes of past and present

  • May 31, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Clinton remembered one of its own heroes at the Memorial Day ceremony, when the Daughters of the American Revolution gave a special tribute to Steve Smith, the helicopter pilot who was killed last fall in a tragic accident.

Clinton celebrates new park

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

It was a long time coming, but the Clinton Beach park next to the ferry dock is finally reality. “This is pretty amazing,” said Lynae Slinden, Port of South Whidbey commission president, as she officially dedicated the new park Saturday morning.

WGH seeks levy hike

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

A proposed tax increase to help Whidbey General Hospital pay for the increased demand for emergency services and construct new paramedic facilities on South Whidbey will be on the ballot in September.

Memorial Day touches lives in different ways

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

The Color Guard of the American Legion came to Langley Thursday morning to replace a faded Old Glory with a new flag in front of the Langley Chamber of Commerce office and gave citizens and chamber members an early taste of what Memorial Day is all about.

Remembering the day I went to war; welcome to the ’Nam

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

It wasn’t easy for my parents to send their only son to war. For years, they’d been bombarded with television images of Vietnamese villages in flames, helpless children napalmed, Marines dodging bullets and statesmen pontificating about “the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Selby picks up endorsement from his old co-workers

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

A fired county prosecutor has received the endorsement of his former colleagues at the Island County Prosecutor’s office. Steve Selby, Republican candidate for Island County prosecutor, received the endorsement of the prosecutor’s union. Selby was notified Thursday that his former colleagues in the county prosecutor’s office have thrown their support to his campaign to unseat incumbent Democrat Greg Banks.

Reader survey to capture community pulse

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

Want to make your local newspaper even better? The Record is asking readers to help the newspaper gather information to help serve the community in the best possible manner. The South Whidbey Record and Sound Publishing are launching a readership survey that will measure the shopping patterns and media habits of local readers. People who fill out the survey will also be able to suggest changes to the news content of the twice-weekly paper.

Langley’s tree project finished

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

It all started late last year when Fran Abel said to Hal Seligson: “I want trees for Second Street.” “Me, too,” Seligson replied. Less than seven months later, nine new trees frame Second Street in Langley. Additional plantings give the street a friendly look.

Living roof sprouts in Clinton

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

Matthew Swett of Langley’s Taproot Design believes a green revolution is sweeping the nation. And he wants to give it a little shove. Case in point: On Saturday, Swett, wife Sarah Birger, landscape architect Jason Henry and a dozen friends installed a “living roof” on the recently constructed picnic shelter at Clinton Beach park.

Comp plan group looks at city vision

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

During Langley’s next town meeting on its growth plan, residents and friends of the seaside town will have a chance to discuss their vision for the city. The comp plan group is holding the meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall, Langley Methodist Church.

South Whidbey High’s Super Shooter

  • May 24, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:16PM

Somer Kreisman pauses to think about what her life would be like without photography, and the camera she carries constantly. “I’d be lonely and bored,” Kreisman said. “And never come out of my house.” “Just kidding,” she quickly adds.

Ferry ticketing goes high tech

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:15PM

The same technology that reads tickets at Disneyland is now also a ticket option for the Port Townsend Ferry. The next phase of Washington State Ferries’ new ticketing system, called Wave2Go, was introduced last week at both the Port Townsend and Keystone Terminals as the state ferry system moves toward an electronic ticketing system.

Whidbey Telecom protects records

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:15PM

Whidbey Telecom has not given its customers phone records to the federal government, a Whidbey Telecom official said Thursday. Last week, USA TODAY re-ignited controversy over the issue of domestic spying when it reported that the National Security Administration had secretly collected the phone records of millions of Americans, using data allegedly provided by AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon. BellSouth and Verizon later disputed the story.

Nichols to build ‘green’ ferries

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:15PM

New catamarans to be constructed at Nichols Brothers will change the course of passenger vessels by including environmentally-friendly features to reduce wakes and dramatically reduce diesel emissions. The new vessels will also have sonar to avoid hitting marine mammals, company officials said.

EarthCorps works to free Freeland’s trees

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:15PM

Some welcome visitors from afar descended on Freeland Park last week to evict older, not-so-welcome transplants from foreign shores. Six EarthCorps workers from Paraguay, Ghana, New Jersey and the Pacific Northwest battled non-native plants such as English ivy, Himalayan blackberry vines and Scottish broom. The EarthCorps members spent hours attacking the thick infestation of tree-choking ivy in the wooded area just east of the Freeland Hall.

DRB delays decision on Fourth Street duplex

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:15PM

When it comes to designing a duplex, a Langley couple is discovering it’s not so easy to please the city — and a neighbor who doesn’t like the look of their new home. Ben and Ann Breedlove are trying a second time to get Langley’s Design Review Board to sign off on the couple’s plans for a duplex on Fourth Street. The Breedloves had already gotten the board’s approval for the project, but the design was sent back to the board after a neighbor complained that it didn’t fit well with the neighborhood aesthetics. Also, the city’s planner said she didn’t properly advise the board how to handle the project.

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