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Simple marine rescues required on South End

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 2:00PM

A pair of relatively simple marine rescues were needed over the July 4 weekend. South Whidbey Fire/EMS was called out to several incidents on the water, but was only needed for a response to two. Neither incident had reported injuries, said Chief Rusty Palmer. “We were very thankful,” he said.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | More attention needed for phone, driving issue

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 2:00PM

Editor, Could the city, county, state police officers and newspapers be doing more to curtail the use of cell phones while driving? As a casual observer, it seems the number of people in cars/trucks with cell phones to their ears and/or busily looking down, presumably texting, is becoming more rampant and is easily spotted in towns and on the highway.

Softball sluggers hammer way into All-Stars state

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 4:00PM

Whidbey Island will be represented at the 9/10-year-old softball Little League All-Stars state tournament this weekend in Asotin, Wash.

South Whidbey schools to review budget, substitute teachers

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey School District directors will meet for a workshop and discussion of the 2014/2015 school year budget and substitute teacher employment policy today. In a meeting June 25, the school board discussed proposed spending allocations for the coming school year including potential additions to high school class offerings and district-wide technology equipment purchases.

Island County adopts affordable housing program

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

Island County has joined forces with Whatcom and Skagit counties to bring more affordable housing options to the region. Island County commissioners agreed last month to become part of the HOME Investment Partner Program, an organization that will collectively become eligible for grants issued through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to Catherine Reid, Island County housing program coordinator.

OutCast Productions to open absurdist comedy

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

Get ready for a wicked ride at OutCast Productions with Christopher Durang’s absurdist comedy “Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.” The show opens Friday, July 11 at the Black Box Theater at the fairgrounds in Langley.

SLIDESHOW | 99th Maxwelton Independence Day Parade

  • Jul 10, 2014 at 7:00AM

Maxwelton celebrates its 99th Independence Day parade.

'Lemmings' lemon returns to South Whidbey

  • Jul 10, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Jul 11, 2014 at 8:05AM

A low-budget bust filmed on South Whidbey nearly 25 years ago, a tale of zombies, time travel and Arthurian knights, will re-debut in Bavview this weekend as a benefit for veterans. "Lemmings" will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at The American Legion South Whidbey Post 141 as a fundraiser for the veteran-focused organization.

South Whidbey girl qualifies for national track meet

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 4:00PM

There is a simple strategy behind Elizabeth Donnelly’s racing success.

Permit headache douses Bayview pot biz

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 4:00PM

The wait for legal weed on South Whidbey may be longer than first thought. Whidbey Island Cannabis Company lacks the proper permits to open one of the state’s first recreational marijuana stores, and the county planning director alerted shop owner Maureen Cooke five days before the new business received the state’s OK.

Modified burn ban starts soon in Island County

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 4:00PM

Outdoor burning will soon be over in Island County, starting Tuesday, July 15. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, also the county’s fire marshal, sent out the notice of the burn ban which prohibits outdoor burning of natural debris, including burns that were issued permits.

Wildlife conservation rules hearing set for Coupeville

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 6:00PM

The county will hold a public hearing on its fish and wildlife habitat conservation plan at 10:15 a.m. Monday, July 21, in the Commissioners Hearing Room in Coupeville. The county is in the process of updating the Island County Comprehensive Plan and the development regulations that protect fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas.

Education center leaves Bayview, goes on hiatus

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 6:00PM

In May, the Whidbey Island Community Education Center celebrated its first anniversary. One month later, the education center announced it was leaving Bayview School and had terminated all of its remaining classes, workshops, lectures and seminars.

Francisco scrubs Langley First Street development project

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jul 14, 2014 at 8:43AM

In a phone interview with The Record from his vacation home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Richard Francisco said the six-story, mixed-use building plans are stalled. He chided the city’s leaders for wanting too much from him in studies and public meetings, and said that he was unwilling to scale back the project. “I’m through with Langley,” he said.

Freeland Picnic reservations needed soon

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

The reservation deadline for the 2014 Community at Holmes Harbor picnic is fast approaching. Anyone wishing to attend the annual event must make a reservation by Saturday, July 19. Call Carol Hanna at 360-331-7663, or email and provide names, a telephone number, and the number of people who are coming.

Young thespians learn life lessons

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 8:00AM

In a bright orange, 2,400-square-foot canvas tent propped in the field behind Langley Middle School, a handful of young thespians are learning the importance of being earnest.

Island County seeks law and justice council member

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 8:00AM

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking a citizen member representative from County Commissioner District 3 to serve on the Law and Justice Council for a term that expires on February 28, 2015.

Glendale buy to result in loss of pier, boat launch | CORRECTED

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jul 15, 2014 at 8:36AM

Acquiring key shoreline properties in Glendale for public use will mean the removal of an existing concrete boat launch and an over-water pier.

Helpful hands repair damaged Star Store booth

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 10:00AM

A handful of people put in work to repair the Star Store Boxx after it was damaged in a hit-and-run June 25.

Small Whidbey farms work on promotion of roadside stands

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Jul 14, 2014 at 2:57PM

Small agriculture is hoping to become big business with little stands on Whidbey Island.

Langley dedicates renewed Second Street to city’s future

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 10:00AM

Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy, with a snip of scissors, cut a ribbon signaling the official opening of the road between Anthes and Cascade avenues. Starting in January, the street was partially closed as crews tore out the old concrete, replaced some utilities underground, widened the sidewalks, and replaced the road.

Rev your engines, Soup Box Derby racers, as yearly event approaches

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 12:00PM

The annual Soup Box Derby will be held a bit earlier this year, so racers should begin building their car soon, according to a Thursday news release.

Marcials celebrate 30 years together | MATRIMONY

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 12:00PM

Alva and Manuel Marcial, owners of El Corral Mexican Restaurant in Bayview and Clinton residents, celebrated 30 years of marriage on July 8.

EDITORIAL | First Street proposal was not a good fit

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 12:00PM

Langley property owner Richard Francisco announced this week that he has abandoned plans to redevelop his First Street holdings. No doubt many will breathe a sigh of relief over the news, and perhaps they should. Growth, development and change are not things to abhor, but the price of Francisco’s vision — trading a community shared view-shed for the prospect of economic development — was too high.

Tsunami researchers track Whidbey's geological history

  • Jul 12, 2014 at 2:00PM

The university researchers, working under the supervision of professor Brea McGinnis, joined with local volunteers and the island’s emergency management organizations for the research all of last week. The purpose: piecing together Whidbey Island’s history of tsunamis, earthquakes and other geological events. Spearheaded by Island County’s department of emergency management, the study’s aim is to educate the island on what to expect and how to be prepared.

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