Kira Erickson

An Owl Haven Lane home on South Whidbey was damaged by a fire Wednesday morning, although the homeowner was able to save many of his possessions. Photo provided by South Whidbey Fire/EMS

Fire Wednesday morning results in minor damage, slight injuries

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Annual Whidbey Gardening Workshop grows online this year

The island-wide gardening event is back this year after it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

 

Meeting to address changes to Langley zoning

The meeting will take place 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 via Zoom.

 

County joins regional group in reopening plan

Island County has joined San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties following new state guidance.

Coupeville School District approves reopening plan

Some students could be back in class on Feb. 1.

Reading to dog

Therapy dogs go online

Reading with Rover pairs pooches with young readers

Reading to dog
Mead maker Jeremy Kyncl pours a tasting glass of Hawthorn Tulsi Mead, a blend of hawthorn berry and holy basil, in the new Whidbey tasting room of Hierophant Meadery. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

From bluff to bluff: Meadery off to sweet start

Hierophant Meadery in Freeland features local honey in its sweet brews.

Mead maker Jeremy Kyncl pours a tasting glass of Hawthorn Tulsi Mead, a blend of hawthorn berry and holy basil, in the new Whidbey tasting room of Hierophant Meadery. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
Currently identified as Sandy Point, this name has been given to many places on the shores of Washington State. The most historic one is on Whidbey Island, at the southwestern entrance to Saratoga Passage. It was the site of a centuries old permanent Snohomish Tribal Village and a major Potlatch Center. Its clam beds drew indigenous visitors as far away as the central coast and Snohomish River valley. Captain George Vancouver noted in his journals that Master Joseph Whidbey saw over 200 people at this site when his ship circumnavigated the Island in 1791. Photo provided.

Research project dives into South Whidbey history

A woman is asking for folks to help her with a research project exploring the years 1870-1940.

Currently identified as Sandy Point, this name has been given to many places on the shores of Washington State. The most historic one is on Whidbey Island, at the southwestern entrance to Saratoga Passage. It was the site of a centuries old permanent Snohomish Tribal Village and a major Potlatch Center. Its clam beds drew indigenous visitors as far away as the central coast and Snohomish River valley. Captain George Vancouver noted in his journals that Master Joseph Whidbey saw over 200 people at this site when his ship circumnavigated the Island in 1791. Photo provided.
The past two weeks of rainy weather have caused two landslides near Eugene Elfrank’s Hastings Road residence in Clinton. Fire department officials said landslides are nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year for certain areas of Whidbey. Pictured here is the debris from the most recent slide that happened Monday night. Photo provided by Eugene Elfrank

2021 brings landslides, downed trees, power lines

Fire department officials said landslides are not unusual this time of year for some areas.

The past two weeks of rainy weather have caused two landslides near Eugene Elfrank’s Hastings Road residence in Clinton. Fire department officials said landslides are nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year for certain areas of Whidbey. Pictured here is the debris from the most recent slide that happened Monday night. Photo provided by Eugene Elfrank

In its 27th year, annual Sound Waters University sailing online in February

Online attendees can learn about whales, earthquakes, treaty rights and all things Salish Sea.

North Whidbey food bank helped by builders’ association

The group’s raised $5,550 in donations for the North Whidbey Help House.

Pantry to provide new parents with baby items

A Whidbey nonprofit is hoping to ease some of the financial burden for new parents.

Devonte and Alyssa Brown welcomed their daughter, Ellie Shiloh Brown, on Jan. 1, making her Whidbey Island’s first baby born in 2021. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey’s first baby of 2021 an early surprise

Ellie Shiloh Brown is Coupeville’s newest resident.

Devonte and Alyssa Brown welcomed their daughter, Ellie Shiloh Brown, on Jan. 1, making her Whidbey Island’s first baby born in 2021. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Susie Van

WI Drive helping to get the elderly, disabled where they need to go

A Langley woman gives rides to people in need in her new van named “Cookie.”

Susie Van
Clinton resident Jake Stewart selects a box of Kleenex from the Star Store as part of a delivery order in March. When the pandemic first hit, he was one of the first to begin delivering groceries and prescriptions to home-bound senior citizens of South Whidbey. File photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

2020: The year a pandemic changed our community

Here’s a look back on the year.

Clinton resident Jake Stewart selects a box of Kleenex from the Star Store as part of a delivery order in March. When the pandemic first hit, he was one of the first to begin delivering groceries and prescriptions to home-bound senior citizens of South Whidbey. File photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
Goodall arranges some food in the to-go window, where customers pick up their food from outside.

New cafe in town adapted to COVID world

Langley Kitchen has adapted to the times.

Goodall arranges some food in the to-go window, where customers pick up their food from outside.
Camren Procopio with Kathy McCoy (photo provided)

Homeless seeks shelter as numbers rise, options diminish

Because of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, many people are facing homelesssness for the first time. And Whidbey Island is not immune to this. Whidbey Homeless… Continue reading

Camren Procopio with Kathy McCoy (photo provided)
Allen Fletcher

Man who disappeared near Langley 7 years ago still missing

Allen Fletcher’s family members haven’t given up on him since he disappeared from South Whidbey Harbor

Allen Fletcher

New members needed on Clinton council

Two to three members are needed.

Vacancy filled on South Whidbey School Board

Marnie Jackson was chosen to replace Charles Currier who is stepping down.