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                                The long contested public beach access at the end of Wonn Road in Greenbank as seen from above. A settlement approved on Tuesday will split the property in half, leaving the southern portion to the Montgomery family and the northern half to the public.

Island County settles Wonn Road beach access lawsuit

In a 2-1 vote Tuesday, the Island County Board of Commissioners chose…

 

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Homeless meeting at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts draws 150 people

A community discussion about homelessness on Whidbey drew a crowd of about…

 

League to host Saturday brunch with Whidbey lawmakers

Whidbey’s delegation of state lawmakers will be on the North End Saturday,…

  • Jan 16th, 2017

 

Whidbey cited as popular ‘small town’ rental destination

Whidbey Island is a small town, entire of itself. At least that’s…

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O’Neal returns to South Whidbey School Board

Fred O’Neal is back on the South Whidbey School Board. O’Neal, a…

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Wonn Road dispute may finally end with settlement

A decades-long feud over shoreline property at the end of Wonn Road…

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Pink hats and politics: Islanders join efforts toward women’s national march

Whidbey Island will be well represented next Saturday at the Women’s March…

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                                The first fire engine to respond to the Freeland house fire sprays the house.

Friday blaze claims Freeland home, dog

A Freeland home was severely damaged on Friday when a fire broke…

Kyle Jensen / The Record
                                The first fire engine to respond to the Freeland house fire sprays the house.

Dog rescued after falling from cliff

South Whidbey Fire/EMS rescued a dog from a cliff in Langley this…

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                                South Whidbey School District Superintendent Jo Moccia speaks about the potential closure of Langley Middle School at a public workshop meeting on Wednesday night in South Whidbey Elementary School’s community room.

Community gathers for final talk about LMS closure

A feeling of frustration and stress among teachers, parents and community members…

Evan Thompson / The Record
                                South Whidbey School District Superintendent Jo Moccia speaks about the potential closure of Langley Middle School at a public workshop meeting on Wednesday night in South Whidbey Elementary School’s community room.

Langley’s sanctuary city talks to resume on Tuesday night at City Hall

Langley potentially becoming a sanctuary city will be a point of discussion…

  • Jan 14th, 2017
Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Joshua Marks, 13, Isaiah McClure, 11, and Jacob Marks, 11 ride hoverboards down Edgecliff Drive. The area, including Decker and Furman Avenues, could see improvement in its infrastructure in the next half-decade.

Langley leaders eye $14.7 million in infrastructure upgrades

Langley may see an improvement in infrastructure within the next six years.…

Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Joshua Marks, 13, Isaiah McClure, 11, and Jacob Marks, 11 ride hoverboards down Edgecliff Drive. The area, including Decker and Furman Avenues, could see improvement in its infrastructure in the next half-decade.
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Cascade Mall shooter charged with five counts of aggravated murder

Oak Harbor resident and accused Cascade Mall shooter Arcan Cetin was charged…

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Capt. Jerry Helm, center, with Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, walks away from a house where a man was found dead after a house fire in Coupeville Friday night. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

House fire claims the life of Coupeville man

A Coupeville man perished Friday night in the third house fire in…

Capt. Jerry Helm, center, with Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, walks away from a house where a man was found dead after a house fire in Coupeville Friday night. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Langley officials announce record revenue generated from visitors

Though it’s been 11 days since the new year, Langley officials could…

  • Jan 11th, 2017

Flu sufferers fill Whidbey Island waiting rooms

Flu is taking its toll on Island County with feverish people packing…

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Over 1,000 turn out for annual Sea Float Scramble in Langley

It’s often said that winter is the time of year when business…

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Two South Whidbey residents apply for vacant school board seat

A former longtime South Whidbey School Board director and an at times…

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A second proposed settlement on the table in beach access lawsuit

Island County commissioners will be discussing publicly for the first time Wednesday…

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Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood

A winter blood shortage has spurred The American Red Cross to issue…

  • Jan 11th, 2017
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Freeland sewer project resumes

Despite significant and looming funding problems, the Freeland Water and Sewer District…

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Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Langley City Councilwoman Rene Neff (left) agreed with City Councilwoman Dominique Emerson’s proposal to wait nine months before making a determination on Seawall Park. To her left is City Councilman Bruce Allen.

No park rules for nine months, Langley says

Frequent users of Seawall Park can rest assured they won’t lose nighttime…

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                                Langley City Councilwoman Rene Neff (left) agreed with City Councilwoman Dominique Emerson’s proposal to wait nine months before making a determination on Seawall Park. To her left is City Councilman Bruce Allen.
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Low-speed car chase results in search for Greenbank man

A Greenbank man suspected of evading police in a car chase in…

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SHERIFF’S REPORT | Funny money, a phony worker who wants to pay for sex and a 20-year grudge

The following are 911 reports to the Island County Sheriff’s Office, South…

  • Jan 7th, 2017

Clinton man accused of deer cruelty

A Clinton man is facing felony charges for allegedly shooting a deer…

  • Jan 6th, 2017
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Wednesday collision in Clinton closes highway lanes

A fender bender on Highway 525 and Campbell Road Wednesday afternoon was…

  • Jan 7th, 2017
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WhidbeyHealth town hall meeting to focus on advance directives

Too many people leave too many painful life and death decisions to…

  • Jan 7th, 2017

Langley artists to be recognized at Saturday ceremony

Three artists who made sculptures for Second Street will be officially recognized…

  • Jan 7th, 2017

Island County to lead public meeting on opioid use

Island County, in partnership with the Center for Opioid Safety Education and…

  • Jan 7th, 2017
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Polar bears dip into new year at Double Bluff Beach Park

It was a chilly, but brave start to 2017 for over 100…

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Water testing in Coupeville results trickle in after Navy conducts its own test

The Navy’s test of the Town of Coupeville’s water came back with…

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Oak Harbor man drowns after falling from kayak

A 58-year-old Oak Harbor man died Saturday, Dec. 31 after he fell…

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Whidbey elk picks wrong tarp to tangle with

Bruiser, it seems, can’t catch a break these days. Whidbey Island’s lone…

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Oak Harbor, Clinton the first to welcome newborns in 2017

Eliette Pincin rang in the new year as Whidbey’s firstborn in 2017.…

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South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District budget priorities for 2017 outlined

South Whidbey Parks commissioners laid out their budget priorities for the coming…

Sports complex fields remain closed with snow anticipated over the weekend

Two weeks after the closure of all South Whidbey Sports Complex fields,…

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2016: A year in review

Sunday marks the start of a new year, and if 2017 is…

  • Dec 31st, 2016
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Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Langley City Councilwoman Dominique Emerson examines a map of Seawall Park at a community discussion on Dec. 21.

Sanctuary city decision draws closer with upcoming Langley City Council meeting

Langley residents will soon know what the Langley Ethics Committee has to…

  • Dec 30th, 2016
Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Langley City Councilwoman Dominique Emerson examines a map of Seawall Park at a community discussion on Dec. 21.
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Suspect in fatal collision in Freeland had Oxycodone in system

David Lee Hinton, the driver who struck and killed a bicyclist on…

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Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Jonathan Tollefson (left) and Dinah Hassrick (right) hold a candelight vigils during a memoriam for J34 on Tuesday night at Whale Bell Park in Langley. J34, a Southern Resident Killer Whale, died on Dec. 20.

Langley mourns orcas with tears, candlelight vigil

Candles quivered and noses sniffled in Langley on Tuesday night during a…

Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Jonathan Tollefson (left) and Dinah Hassrick (right) hold a candelight vigils during a memoriam for J34 on Tuesday night at Whale Bell Park in Langley. J34, a Southern Resident Killer Whale, died on Dec. 20.

New area code coming in 2017 for Western Washington residents

Whidbey residents may see phone-related changes in the new year. Phone companies…

Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Peggy Taylor sits with her dog Chico at her home in Langley.

Self expression: A Langley woman’s tool for changing the world

When Peggy Taylor looked around in the mid-1990s, she saw that personal…

Evan Thompson / The Record
                                Peggy Taylor sits with her dog Chico at her home in Langley.
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Heavy rains shutter sports complex

South Parks and Recreation District commissioners have decided to temporarily close the…

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Freeland zoning reduced with growth plan OK

Island County finally has a long-term growth plan for the 9,452 additional…

Oyster, clamming seasons extended for Whidbey Island clammers

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is extending sport oyster…

  • Dec 24th, 2016

Two Whidbey Island bands selected for Langley Street Dance

The Langley Arts Commission has selected Whidbey Island bands Western Heroes and…

  • Dec 24th, 2016

Citizens sought as transportation rep for Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization

A citizen representative from Island County commissioner district 1, which covers South…

  • Dec 24th, 2016

Lack of skiers ends Ski Bus program

Hopes to resurrect the Ski Bus have been deflated indefinitely. Despite a…

  • Dec 24th, 2016
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South Whidbey School Board discussion leads to district kerfuffle

It turns out that there won’t be a shuffle of South Whidbey…

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Freeland sewer work suspended; draft study reveals unacceptable rates

After spending more than three years and about $1.6 million to bring…

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