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EDITOR'S COLUMN | Record earns kudos at annual competition

  • Oct 8, 2014 at 6:00AM

It appears the South Whidbey Record still has what it takes to be a stellar newspaper. At the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest in Lake Chelan this past weekend, The Record took home 13 awards in news, photography and design. The paper also took third place in general excellence, a category that weighed us against other newspapers around the state with comparable circulations.

Former contractor challenges county auditor

  • Oct 8, 2014 at 8:00AM

An accounting contractor who worked for the Island County auditor is challenging her former boss in November’s general election.

Marysville man jumps from Clinton-Mukilteo ferry

  • Jul 13, 2009 at 8:42AM updated Jul 17, 2009 at 10:48AM

A 62-year-old Marysville resident parked his 1978 Chevrolet pickup on board the midnight ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton and jumped overboard Sunday.

Sammamish’s Drew Magill outruns pack to win triathlon

  • Aug 4, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Aug 5, 2009 at 9:48AM

Whether they were part of a team or did the whole course, there was unanimous praise for Saturday’s Whidbey Island Triathlon.

Elected officials make budget demands

  • Nov 6, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Nov 9, 2009 at 9:59AM

Six elected Island County officials signed onto a stinging open letter to the county commissioners, demanding that they take certain steps before making cuts in their departments to plug the $1.2 million shortfall in the 2010 general fund budget.

Island County sheriff warns that budget cuts will hurt patrols

  • Nov 18, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Nov 23, 2009 at 9:54AM

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is warning that a proposed 4.5 percent cut in the budgets for the county's law and justice programs may mean a reduction in police patrols.

UPDATE | Coast Guard calls off search for body

  • Nov 19, 2009 at 2:35PM

The Coast Guard has called off the search to find a body that was reported in the waters off South Whidbey.

Island County cops protest possible layoffs

  • Dec 28, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:24PM

Protesters unhappy with a decision that could lead to the layoff of two Island County Sheriff’s deputies hit the picket line early Monday morning. The protest, including deputies and their supporters, closed off Sixth Street in Coupeville and ended peacefully, despite flaring tempers.

Island County Sheriff's deputy loses position to budget cuts

  • Dec 31, 2009 at 9:23AM

The lengthy, contentious and very public process of balancing the budget — which included a sign-waving protest and late-night negotiations with unions — came to an end Tuesday as Island County commissioners adopted the final document.

UPDATE: Man robs Freeland Bank

  • Jan 14, 2010 at 7:00PM updated Jan 15, 2010 at 2:56PM

Deputies are searching for a man who robbed a bank in Freeland Thursday at about 5:45 p.m. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said the masked man walked into the Chase Bank on N. Main Street and demanded money, implying that he was armed with a gun. A teller placed an undisclosed amount of cash into a small blue bag that the robber brought with him.

Boeing to test 737 AEW&C at OLF Coupeville Friday

  • Jan 20, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Jan 21, 2010 at 8:12AM

Boeing will conduct test flights of a Boeing 737 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) at Outlying Field, located south of Coupeville just outside the border of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.

UPDATE: Coupeville drugstore robbery suspect nabbed in Oregon

  • Jan 20, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jan 22, 2010 at 2:04PM

A man suspected in the Jan. 4 armed robbery of Linds Pharmacy and Drug in Coupeville was caught after committing a similar crime in Oregon, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. George Skurtu, a 22-year-old Bremerton resident, and his alleged accomplice were stopped by police Jan. 7 after a robbery at the Pill Box Pharmacy in Dallas, Ore.

South Whidbey activist restarts drive to decriminalize marijuana

  • Feb 24, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:15PM

South End activist Steve Erickson has put himself on the business end of the statewide push to decriminalize marijuana.

Island County workers protest new hires

  • Mar 2, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:54PM

Members of the largest union of Island County workers sent a complaint letter to county commissioners and filed a grievance in a separate matter last week.

Newspaper staffs move to Coupeville Wednesday

  • Mar 28, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Mar 29, 2010 at 1:42PM

The Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record will move into new, shared office space in Coupeville on Wednesday, March 31. The News-Times’ office on Barrington Drive in Oak Harbor will shut down at the regular 5 p.m. closing time on Tuesday. The South Whidbey Record office in Bayview will close at 3 p.m.

Worker vs. boss for Island County clerk job

  • Apr 3, 2010 at 5:00AM

Working in the Island County Clerk’s Office may become a tad bit awkward when the election season heats up. Oak Harbor resident Debra Van Pelt, an employee at the clerk’s office, announced that she will run against her boss in this fall’s election. Clerk Patricia Terry was appointed to the position by county commissioners last December. They are both Democrats.

WSF's newest vessel, Chetzemoka, sails closer to Keystone

  • Apr 6, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Apr 7, 2010 at 7:50AM

Washington State Ferries' newest vessel made its first voyage Saturday but is still a few months away from service. The Chetzemoka, a 64-car Kwa-di Tabil class ferry, was towed from Todd Pacific Shipyard in Seattle to Everett Shipyard, where it will remain for the next several months. South Whidbey residents enjoyed the view of the vessel passing by.

Freeland doctor enlivens Island County coroner’s race

  • Apr 18, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Apr 19, 2010 at 10:50AM

The race for Island County coroner is alive and kicking. A retired doctor from Freeland announced this week that he will run against the county’s long-time coroner, Robert Bishop, in the election this fall. It will be the first time in 16 years that someone has challenged Bishop’s authority over dead bodies.

Island County assessor faces foe from his own staff in November election

  • Apr 28, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Apr 29, 2010 at 10:20AM

t’s been a tough couple of months for Island County Assessor Dave Mattens. Two separate errors in levy rates came to light after tax bills were sent out. It turned out that a levy analyst in the assessor’s office was responsible for both errors. The county treasurer publicly criticized Mattens, a Democrat, over the snafus.

Two sailings on Keystone route canceled due to rough seas

  • May 3, 2010 at 3:28PM

High winds and rough seas have led to the cancellation of two sailings on the Keystone-Port Townsend route.

Island County weighs asking voters to raise taxes

  • May 15, 2010 at 5:00AM

It appears likely that Island County officials will ask residents to vote on whether to raise their own taxes this fall to fill a projected shortfall of $1.2 million next year.

Island County puts property tax hike on August ballot

  • May 25, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jul 1, 2010 at 3:59PM

Island County voters will decide in the Aug. 17 primary election whether to increase property taxes to cover the county’s budget shortfall.

Whidbey Island newspapers make history together

  • Jun 2, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jun 3, 2010 at 2:58PM

A handful of small publications on Whidbey Island have played an important role in the history of the area. The newspapers documented the people and events, but also focused attention on needs, promoted community projects, stoked outrage, occasionally made folks laugh, and perhaps most of all, educated readers about their own place in the world.

Whidbey newspapers open grandly

  • Jun 5, 2010 at 5:00AM

Whidbey Islanders familiarized themselves with the new digs of their two traditional newspapers Wednesday afternoon.

Island County property values plummet; some tax rates to rise

  • Jun 5, 2010 at 5:00AM

The total assessed value of Island County plummeted by 12.3 percent for the tax year 2011, county Assessor Dave Mattens announced Thursday.

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