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Jackie French, interpretative specialist at Central Whidbey State Parks, points out burn marks on a Douglas fir and explains how its thick bark is fire resistant. French has a passion for outdoor education and leads junior ranger programs and guided hikes at state parks on the island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey State Parks gets a new interpretive specialist

What began as an admiration for Steve Irwin developed into a passion for outdoor education. And that passion took Jackie French from her home state… Continue reading

Jackie French, interpretative specialist at Central Whidbey State Parks, points out burn marks on a Douglas fir and explains how its thick bark is fire resistant. French has a passion for outdoor education and leads junior ranger programs and guided hikes at state parks on the island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

State DNR bans outdoor burning

Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a high risk of wildfires. In response, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is instituting… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2018

Recruits graduate from EMS academy

By Sherrye Wyatt Special to the Record A joint EMS academy graduation was recently held at the Freeland station, with recruits from all three island… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2018

Etzell makes dean’s list

Benjamin J. Etzell, child of Kriti and Michael Etzell of Greenbank, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean’s list for the 2018… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2018

Orca event set for Wednesday

A spotlight is once again being placed on Lolita, also known as “Tokitae,” as well as the other orcas rounded up and captured in Penn… Continue reading

Whidbey firm chosen to build new fire station in Bayview

By Sherrye Wyatt Special to the Record South Whidbey Fire/EMS board of commissioners has selected Valdez Construction of Oak Harbor to build its new fire… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2018

Hearing set on vacation rentals

New ordinance restricts rentals in Langley residential areas for six months

Cause of Freeland house fire under investigation

Officials from Whidbey fire districts, the sheriff’s office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the cause of a fire… Continue reading

Two car chases in 2 days

Two high-speed chases occurred on South Whidbey within a day of each other last week. The first car chase started July 28 when Lt. Mike… Continue reading

Dogs die in house fire

A fire destroyed a home in the Scatchet Head area late Monday night, killing three dogs. The owner and a renter who lived there were… Continue reading

Veggies come to life at fair

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can. And Spiderman can teach kids how to make spiders out of vegetables and toothpicks. During the 2018 Whidbey… Continue reading

Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild presents Woodpalooza show

The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild is presenting the exhibition “Art + Wood =Woodpalooza,” the 15th annual show of Whidbey’s woodwork at the Whidbey Island Center… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2018

New ferry for Clinton route accepted

Washington State Ferries officially accepted the newest ship into its fleet Thursday, but it won’t be serving the Mukilteo-to-Clinton route right away. The Suquamish can… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2018

Plastic recycling gets perplexing

Recycling plastic is getting plenty perplexing on Whidbey Island. Some recycling centers and curbside service still accept many kinds and shapes of plastic containers while… Continue reading

Mayor looks at contracting for law enforcement

Contracting with the Island County Sheriff’s Office is one option Langley Mayor Tim Callison is looking into for providing law enforcement in the city moving… Continue reading

Two arrested after chase

A group of six motorcyclists led a Washington State Patrol officer on a high-speed chase down a rural Coupeville road that ended in two arrests… Continue reading

Funding for Fairgrounds cooking incubator hatching

County supports grant request for commerical kitchen renovation

Homesteading on Whidbey

Sarah Kirkconnell wants to change what people envision when they hear the word “homesteading.” “They have this notion of someone out there with a dress… Continue reading

Sheriff candidates offer different ideas

The two candidates for Island County sheriff agree low staffing is one of the department’s biggest challenges, but propose different solutions and strategies moving forward.… Continue reading

Drug house investigation results in arrest

The Island County Sheriff’s Office focus on “drug houses” on South Whidbey has paid off. The strategy has led to multiple arrests this year, including… Continue reading