Ben Watanabe

Barry and Lilly van Gerbig opened Fair Trade Outfitters in early July

New Langley shop with fair trade mindset opens

Lilly and Barry van Gerbig are taking a stand and an admittedly exciting and nerve-wracking risk by opening their store, Fair Trade Outfitters.

Barry and Lilly van Gerbig opened Fair Trade Outfitters in early July
Maddie Heiser of Mill Creek and Taryn Cook of Mill Creek spin around in one of the rides at the Whidbey Island Fair. The girls were visiting Whidbey Island where Cook's grandmother

Whidbey Island Fair slides to start with plenty of fun, sun on opening day

The signs that the 91st Whidbey Island Fair has begun are noticeable well before any waft of fried food, blaring tunes of stage music or shrieks of ecstasy from rides. Cars lined Camano Avenue/Langley Road, and the few paid parking lots were already smattered with cars before noon on the fair’s opening day on Thursday.

Maddie Heiser of Mill Creek and Taryn Cook of Mill Creek spin around in one of the rides at the Whidbey Island Fair. The girls were visiting Whidbey Island where Cook's grandmother

SLIDESHOW | Fun aplenty at first day of Whidbey Island Fair 2015

Hundreds of people flocked to the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley for the opening day of the Whidbey Island Fair on Aug. 6.

Janice Kleiner

Dog House plans hit another snag

An unexpected hiccup in the Dog House renovation has the building owners calling foul, a city councilman apologizing for an overly difficult approval process and the mayor personally offended.

Janice Kleiner
Instructor Asia Pruyne chats with one of the student crews at Whidbey Children’s Theater Film Camp this past week. A couple dozen Whidbey students got a two-week

Students take reins of making a short film at Whidbey Children’s Theater Film Camp

A couple dozen students got an in-depth, two-week lesson with Whidbey Children’s Theater Film Camp that started July 27 and wraps Aug. 7.

Instructor Asia Pruyne chats with one of the student crews at Whidbey Children’s Theater Film Camp this past week. A couple dozen Whidbey students got a two-week
Pigeon guillemots rest under the Nichols Bros. dock in Langley in July.

Seabird sighting in Langley has birders frenzied

First, there were the whales, then the deer, then the rabbits. Now, Langley may have pigeon guillemots as one of its resident species to adore.

Pigeon guillemots rest under the Nichols Bros. dock in Langley in July.
People enjoy one of the rides at last year's Whidbey Island Fair.

103rd annual Whidbey Island Fair set to launch

For its 103rd birthday, the Whidbey Island Fair is sticking with what works: food, farming, games, rides, music and a parade.

People enjoy one of the rides at last year's Whidbey Island Fair.
Doug Slaten speaks to the Langley City Council during its Aug. 3 meeting about his desire to have a city storm water retention pond on his property dredged soon.

Polluted retention pond mires Langley’s dredging plans

The discovery of pollutants in a Langley retention pond have put dredging plans in limbo and left city leaders with more questions than answers over their next step.

Doug Slaten speaks to the Langley City Council during its Aug. 3 meeting about his desire to have a city storm water retention pond on his property dredged soon.
Scott T. Starbuck reels in a small pink salmon on Thursday morning from Bush Point. He had already caught two and released this one because it was a little small for his tastes. Below

Anglers ready for salmon season’s full swim

After the pink salmon season got off to a surprisingly early start, it has since come to a seemingly sharp halt around South Whidbey.

Scott T. Starbuck reels in a small pink salmon on Thursday morning from Bush Point. He had already caught two and released this one because it was a little small for his tastes. Below
Jack Lynch speaks during a Clinton Community Council meeting while Amanda Almgren with Island County Planning points to zoning areas on a map.

Clinton council prepares for comp plan update

A county planner met with members of the Clinton Community Council this week to discuss two upcoming public meetings about the Island County Comprehensive Plan update.

Jack Lynch speaks during a Clinton Community Council meeting while Amanda Almgren with Island County Planning points to zoning areas on a map.
Eric Mulholland and Charlie Murphy will lead the procession of the second annual Whidbey Queer Pride Parade on Sunday

Queer Pride Parade gives people a chance to celebrate difference, progress

Langley will become awash in chants, cheers and plenty of rainbows Sunday for the second annual Whidbey Queer Pride Parade.

Eric Mulholland and Charlie Murphy will lead the procession of the second annual Whidbey Queer Pride Parade on Sunday

Langley Passage reemerges after four-year hiatus

A plan for a hotly debated 20-home development in the Edgecliff neighborhood of Langley has resurfaced.

Vincent and Tyla Nattress opened Orchard Kitchen as a multi-faceted “foodhub” in Bayview this month. It serves as a cooking classroom

Bayview farm transforms into restaurant, classroom, event center

Tyla and Vincent Nattress found and built the home business of their dreams. Orchard Kitchen, a farmhouse/restaurant/classroom/event center/catering business in Bayview, opened this month after years of planning and nearly a decade of dreaming by the husband and wife business duo.

Vincent and Tyla Nattress opened Orchard Kitchen as a multi-faceted “foodhub” in Bayview this month. It serves as a cooking classroom
Langley mayoral candidates

Langley mayoral candidates look to improve commerce, resident inclusion

Langley is less than two weeks away from its first mayoral primary in years.

Langley mayoral candidates

Langley bakery scorched by electrical fire Thursday

Sundance Bakery in Langley will be out of business for a while due to damage sustained during a fire Thursday evening.

Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy hands out some copies of his investigation executive summary about how a food truck that initially violated the length restriction was approved for its license during the July 20 city council meeting.

Mayor McCarthy proposes Langley food truck rule changes following investigation

Following a bumpy start to food trucks in Langley this past June, Mayor Fred McCarthy is recommending citywide review of mobile food vendor rules, legal review of the ordinance and a revised application.

Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy hands out some copies of his investigation executive summary about how a food truck that initially violated the length restriction was approved for its license during the July 20 city council meeting.
Rose Woods is the mastermind behind the Island Shakespeare Festival

A Rose by any other name: Island Shakespeare Festival founder provides steady hand

Six years into an ever-growing Island Shakespeare Festival, founder Rose Woods still worries that the tent will be empty.

Rose Woods is the mastermind behind the Island Shakespeare Festival
Ariel

Shakespeare Festival offers tales of power, honor, redemption

Island Shakespeare Festival’s two 2015 productions are two sides to the same coin of humanity. One side has the females of “The Tempest,” which opened this weekend; the other, “The Three Musketeers,” represents the male. They play on the themes of honor and power crafted by artistic director and founder Rose Woods, who is directing “The Tempest.”

Ariel
Jean Streitler nets a king salmon reeled in by Don Heggenes on Thursday near Port Townsend.

Ransom for a king: Season opener finds South Whidbey anglers eager to pay time tribute for a chance to hook the big one

The early bird gets the worm, and only the earliest of anglers can get the king.

Jean Streitler nets a king salmon reeled in by Don Heggenes on Thursday near Port Townsend.
Langley mayoral candidate Thomas Gill sits alone at a table on the Second Street plaza Monday night. He had planned a meet-and-greet

Gill goes it alone at first meet-the-candidate

Other than one Record reporter, a few passing cars and people walking by, Thomas Gill was all alone at his first meet-the-candidate stint Monday night.

Langley mayoral candidate Thomas Gill sits alone at a table on the Second Street plaza Monday night. He had planned a meet-and-greet