Roy Jacobson

Whidbey effort to create new credit union meets first objective

A campaign to form a federal credit union on Whidbey Island has cleared its first hurdle, organizers said this week.

Kelly Uhlig holds a Teri Barred Rock hen outside the family’s coops near Langley. The farm is one of the locations on the Whidbey Island Coop Tour

Coop tour will get people clucking with an up-close look at the world of chickens

Kelly Uhlig finds chickens irresistible, and thinks you will, too.

Kelly Uhlig holds a Teri Barred Rock hen outside the family’s coops near Langley. The farm is one of the locations on the Whidbey Island Coop Tour

UPDATE | Tributes flow for FD3’s longest-serving volunteer

Carl Simmons prided himself on being the first firefighter to roll.

Brenda Daley

South Whidbey event designed to help kids cope — and lend a hand

A plan to involve local school children in the effort to help victims of Japan’s deadly earthquake and tsunami is generating a rising tide of enthusiasm.

Brenda Daley
This gaping hole was left behind by a landslide at Bush Point that damaged Susana Drive and carried away part of the driveway of one residence.

Bush Point slide is the latest legacy of a soggy spring

One of the wettest months of March on record has claimed another muddy coup — a 100-foot-wide landslide on a bluff overlooking Admiralty Inlet that wiped out part of a county road.

This gaping hole was left behind by a landslide at Bush Point that damaged Susana Drive and carried away part of the driveway of one residence.

Fire district takes another look at its Bayview headquarters plan

Island County Fire District 3 officials are rethinking their long-considered plan for a new headquarters and training facility at Bayview.

Chuck Pettis with the gold-painted Buddha statue which will be sealed in Earth Sanctuary’s new Victory Stupa behind him.

Buddhist stupa is nearly complete

A major Tibetan Buddhist symbol of peace, tranquility and posterity will be blessed this week at Earth Sanctuary east of Freeland.

Chuck Pettis with the gold-painted Buddha statue which will be sealed in Earth Sanctuary’s new Victory Stupa behind him.
Korean visitors Byoung-Kil Son (left) and Keun-young Song pose with South Whidbey Rotary Club member Bill Lewis in front of the local paper’s archives dating back to the late 1800s.

Korean visitors tour Record, News-Times newsroom

The offices of the Record and the Whidbey News-Times took on an international flavor this week with the visit of two South Korean media representatives.

Korean visitors Byoung-Kil Son (left) and Keun-young Song pose with South Whidbey Rotary Club member Bill Lewis in front of the local paper’s archives dating back to the late 1800s.
Art teacher Deon Matzen (center) offers watercolor tips to Barbara Fisler (left) and Barbara Enberg during her painting class Thursday afternoon at Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center. Art classes will be dropped from the curriculum as a  cost-saving measure in the fall.

Skagit Valley College to cut classes in Clinton

Skagit Valley College will scale back it’s Clinton branch in the fall, eliminating several on-site classes and emphasizing online study, a school official said this week.

Art teacher Deon Matzen (center) offers watercolor tips to Barbara Fisler (left) and Barbara Enberg during her painting class Thursday afternoon at Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center. Art classes will be dropped from the curriculum as a  cost-saving measure in the fall.

Tickets now on sale for South Whidbey Schools Foundation gala

If you want to go to bat for local schools, here’s a chance to step up to the plate and take a big swing. The annual fundraising gala of the South Whidbey Schools Foundation will be next month. Donations go to help fill the district’s budget shortfall caused by the lingering sour economy and declining enrollment.

Sandey Brandon

Port, fair go after federal grant for commercial kitchen in Langley

Local food vendors can stand the heat — they just need a kitchen to get into.The Port of South Whidbey, Island County and the Island… Continue reading

Sandey Brandon
Roxie and Tucker await transportation to a groomer after being rescued from an abandoned lube pit.

Runaway dogs rescued from old lube pit in Clinton

Roxie and Tucker got more excitement than they bargained for when they flew the coop for a night on the town in Clinton.

Roxie and Tucker await transportation to a groomer after being rescued from an abandoned lube pit.

No word yet on federal funding for a new fireboat for South Whidbey

They’re still waiting to hear about a new fireboat, but the budget shortfall is under control and a new name is on the horizon, Island County Fire District 3 Chief Rusty Palmer said this week.

Marilynn Abrahamson of Freeland

UPDATE | Freeland sewer plan put on hold ‘indefinitely’

A plan to form a local improvement district (LID) to finance a $40 million sewer system for Freeland was submerged for now by its own financial weight, officials acknowledge.

Marilynn Abrahamson of Freeland
The Island County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible arson fire at an abandoned motor home on Maxwelton Road on Wednesday night.

Arson suspected in Maxwelton motor-home fire

Someone apparently torched an abandoned motor home in the Maxwelton Valley on Wednesday night, officials say.

The Island County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible arson fire at an abandoned motor home on Maxwelton Road on Wednesday night.
An aerial view of downtown Mukilteo. The search continues for new overnight parking spots near the ferry terminal that can be used by island commuters.

Port of South Whidbey urged to get in the Mukilteo parking business

Curt Gordon sees an opportunity on the other side of the water to help island commuters and overnight visitors.

An aerial view of downtown Mukilteo. The search continues for new overnight parking spots near the ferry terminal that can be used by island commuters.

Search continues for Clinton bank robber

The search is still on for the man who robbed the Clinton branch of Whidbey Island Bank on March 22.

Restoration of Glendale Creek moves forward

The first phase of a three-pronged project to restore Glendale Creek to make it more salmon-friendly will be presented to Island County commissioners next week.

Signs marking “The Langley Loop” will be posted around the Village by the Sea and along roads leading into town.

Langley hopes improved road markings will coax more people to town

You CAN get there from here, and Langley hopes snappier road signs will help point the way.

Signs marking “The Langley Loop” will be posted around the Village by the Sea and along roads leading into town.
Kathy Stanley's combined class of second- and third-graders  with its solar oven.

Let the sun shine in: Kids study sustainability with solar oven

Students in Kathy Stanley’s combined second- and third-grade class at South Whidbey Elementary School are learning about sustainability firsthand this school year.

Kathy Stanley's combined class of second- and third-graders  with its solar oven.