Brian Kelly

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Blood tests show teen driver had been drinking before fatal wreck

A toxicology report shows Kaylea F. Souza was driving impaired when she crashed her 2003 Chevrolet Malibu and killed three passengers last month, an attorney in the Island County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday.

  • Dec 10th, 2011 7:12pm

Langley gets grant for street work

The city of Langley will receive a $99,068 grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board for paving work on Anthes and Cascade avenues.

  • Dec 10th, 2011 7:13pm

Langley balks on new contract for city attorney

City officials have decided to look further afield for potential legal advice in light of new revelations over the work performance of City Attorney Grant Weed.

  • Dec 8th, 2011 7:24pm

Sundberg becomes Langley’s newest councilman

The changing of the guard continues at Langley City Hall. Jim Sundberg took the oath of office Monday to become the city's newest councilman.

  • Dec 7th, 2011 9:48pm

Langley misses deadline on mayor’s pay | UPDATE

Langley Mayor-Elect Larry Kwarsick said the city council’s recent attempt to lower his salary to $30,000 — a move that Kwarsick himself suggested — had come too late.

  • Dec 7th, 2011 7:01pm

Langley misses deadline, increase in new mayor’s pay comes too late

Timing is everything. And in this case, it's bad. Langley Mayor-Elect Larry Kwarsick said the city council's recent attempt to lower his salary to $30,000 — a move that Kwarsick himself suggested — has come too late.

  • Dec 5th, 2011 10:12pm

Former Langley council hopeful criticizes lawyer contract

Robin Adams, a former candidate for the Langley City Council and the leader of the Langley Critical Area Alliance, has asked the city council to look elsewhere for a new attorney in light of new revelations on the performance of City Attorney Grant Weed.

  • Dec 5th, 2011 9:13pm

Langley to consider keeping Weed as city attorney

The law firm that was roundly criticized inside and outside Langley City Hall for its clumsy handling of the mayor’s salary controversy is being offered a new contract by the city.

  • Dec 4th, 2011 5:57pm

Next Langley mayor gets his wish for smaller paycheck

You call that a compromise? The Langley City Council has agreed to a cut in the salary for the city’s mayor, but some on the council said they were having trouble with the description of the deal when they gave their initial approval to the 2012 compensation package last week.

  • Dec 1st, 2011 5:54pm

Homola now registered as a candidate for re-election

Island County Commissioner Angie Homola is now an official candidate in the 2012 Election.

  • Dec 1st, 2011 5:47pm

Vote certified in Island County, Sundberg says he’s ready to serve

Island County election workers finalized the vote tally for the 2011 General Election Tuesday, and no new votes were counted in the closest race on the South End.

  • Nov 29th, 2011 11:36pm

State says Homola has not registered for her re-election run

Island County Commissioner Angie Homola has not filed to run for re-election in 2012. That's the view of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, the state agency that serves as a watchdog on campaigns.

  • Nov 29th, 2011 8:14pm

Teen driver enters not-guilty plea on vehicular homicide charges

The teenager who was behind the wheel in a tragic car accident that killed three young men earlier this month near Clinton entered a not-guilty plea during her arraignment on charges of vehicular homicide in Island County Superior Court Monday.

  • Nov 29th, 2011 10:25pm

Langley council votes to keep police department at reduced staffing level

The city’s small police force will have to wait for relief. City officials have decided to push off talk about restoring the Langley Police Department to a four-man force and the city council has given its initial approval to a 2012 budget that would pay for only three officers.

  • Nov 27th, 2011 5:20pm

Driver faces arraignment Monday for fatal crash

The driver in the car crash that killed three young South Whidbey men will be arraigned in Island County Superior Court on three counts of vehicular homicide on Monday, Nov. 28.

  • Nov 27th, 2011 5:13pm

Island County rejects bills from sewer district

Island County is refusing to pay more than $43,000 in costs that Freeland officials have piled up in pursuit of a controversial $40 million sewer expansion project south of Holmes Harbor.

  • Nov 25th, 2011 3:44pm

Langley City Council to vote on new police chief

The city’s acting police chief may get a permanent promotion to the job.

  • Nov 21st, 2011 8:38pm

Kwarsick: Cut Langley mayor’s salary by $23K

Langley’s next mayor should make less than what the city pays an office assistant.

  • Nov 20th, 2011 7:41pm

South Whidbey unites in grief to say farewell to accident victim

LANGLEY — One smile did it all. Getting into trouble; getting out of trouble. Making new friends, keeping old ones.

  • Nov 19th, 2011 7:12pm

New vote count, but no change in Langley council race

Add two more votes to the total for R. Bruce Allen. Island County elections workers wrapped up their final vote tally before the election is certified on Nov. 29, and approximately 100 more votes were counted today.

  • Nov 17th, 2011 10:43pm

Fire District 3 considers $44K consultant contract for public relations

Commissioners for Island County Fire District 3 will consider a $44,750 consultant contract for public relations work at their meeting tonight in Langley.

  • Nov 17th, 2011 9:51pm

Freeland officials reverse course on sewer LID

FREELAND — Lou Malzone won’t get to make good on a big campaign promise. Three other guys beat him to it.

  • Nov 17th, 2011 4:40pm

Driver charged in Clinton wreck that left three dead

The teen driver in the crash that killed three South Whidbey men was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide Tuesday in Island County Superior Court.

  • Nov 15th, 2011 10:33pm

Teen driver in fatal crash held on $150,000 bail

An Island County judge has ordered the driver in a triple-fatality car accident near Clinton held on $150,000 bail.

  • Nov 14th, 2011 10:16pm

Vote on I-1183 is over, but questions continue to swirl

Thursday was Day Two and another day of uncertainty for Ken Vaughan. Vaughan owns the liquor store in Freeland, and like other state-licensed contract liquor sellers, he’s found there are no easy answers after voters approved Initiative 1183 Tuesday and took the state out of the liquor business.

  • Nov 13th, 2011 5:35pm

County canvassing board takes on role of mind readers

What were voters thinking? Three top Island County officials spent a little more than an hour Wednesday trying to sort that out.

  • Nov 13th, 2011 5:14pm

Neighbor recounts terrible night of fatal crash

It was just after midnight Friday, and Robert Volz heard a loud noise and looked out his living room window to see headlights in his driveway. "What the hell's going on?" he asked. He soon found out. Hell was across the street.

  • Nov 13th, 2011 5:04pm

Langley Marina project moves forward as planned

The ship has already left the dock. Community Planner Jeff Arango told the council this week it’s too late for city officials to get the Port of South Whidbey to change its plans for the first phase of the makeover of the Langley Marina.

  • Nov 12th, 2011 9:18pm

Allen’s lead grows by seven votes in Langley council race

R. Bruce Allen has picked up seven more votes and now has a 25-vote lead over Thomas Gill in the race for Position 4 on the Langley City Council.

  • Nov 11th, 2011 1:02am

Gale force winds to hit Whidbey Island Friday

Whidbey Island will be smacked by high winds — which may cause flooding along the west coast of the island — Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Seattle.

  • Nov 10th, 2011 10:58pm

Langley’s incoming mayor continues to press for smaller salary

LANGLEY — The city’s next mayor has announced his first priority: asking the city council to cut his pay.

  • Nov 10th, 2011 10:00pm

Langley settles lawsuit for $125K

LANGLEY — The Langley City Council unanimously approved a $125,000 settlement agreement to end a lawsuit filed by a former employee who claimed he had been fired by the city late last year because of his age.

  • Nov 10th, 2011 4:42pm

Allen continues to cling to 18-vote lead in Langley council race

R. Bruce Allen's advantage in the race for Position 4 for the Langley City Council remained at 18 votes after the latest tally of ballots.

  • Nov 10th, 2011 1:23am

Next vote tally in Island County to include 3,000 more ballots

COUPEVILLE — Another 3,000 ballots, at least, will be counted this afternoon in the next tally of votes for the 2011 General Election.

  • Nov 9th, 2011 10:55pm

Sundberg outpacing Adams in Langley council race | UPDATE

The winner in the August primary for Position 3 on the Langley City Council has turned out to be a winner again in the General Election.

  • Nov 9th, 2011 6:08am

Aggressive campaign pays off for Freeland candidates | UPDATE

The tag-team strategy worked. Big time. Lou Malzone and Marilynn Abrahamson were winning in a landslide against Nolen "Rocky" Knickerbocker and Jim Short, the incumbent commissioners of the Freeland Water and Sewer District, in Tuesday's General Election.

  • Nov 9th, 2011 5:57am

Allen takes a wait-and-see approach, despite lead in Langley council race | UPDATE

R. Bruce Allen wasn't ready to declare victory Tuesday night in the race for Position 4 on the Langley City Council, despite a 5-point advantage in early vote returns.

  • Nov 9th, 2011 5:46am

Incumbents losing in a landslide in Freeland water district race

The incumbents are out in the race for two board seats on the Freeland Water and Sewer District.

  • Nov 9th, 2011 4:16am

Langley accepts low bid on CMA Church park-and-ride project

The city of Langley has accepted a $472,706 bid from Krieg Construction of Oak Harbor to build the city’s new park-and-ride project at the CMA Church parking lot.

  • Nov 8th, 2011 7:09pm

Langley budget grows, worker ranks thin at city hall

It’s lean, but not as mean, as this year’s budget. The Langley City Council will hold its first public hearing Monday on the city’s 2012 budget. And though the Village by the Sea will have a plumper pot of money to pull from, city officials have built a budget that includes higher salaries but fewer workers at city hall.

  • Nov 7th, 2011 4:01pm

Ballots start to trickle in for Election Day

Last-minute jitters were in short supply — in fact, they were nowhere to be found — as candidates on next week’s ballot approached the end of the campaign trail. The 2011 General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and several candidates said they were planning on a low-key effort during this final weekend before Election Day.

  • Nov 6th, 2011 10:27pm

Judge orders competency hearing for alleged Greenbank shooter

A Greenbank man facing a charge of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm will undergo a competency hearing before he is arraigned.

  • Nov 3rd, 2011 2:38pm

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders expected to be hired as subcontractor for new 144-car ferry

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is expected to take part in the construction of Washington state's next 144-car ferry, the company that will build the new vessel said Wednesday.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011 11:25pm

Candidates differ on road ahead for Freeland sewers

It may be the difference between a “Stop” and a “Yield” sign. Lou Malzone is challenging incumbent Nolen “Rocky” Knickerbocker for his seat on the board of commissioners for the Freeland Water and Sewer District. Although the district, which serves 440 customers and works primarily as a water provider to homes and businesses in Freeland, the focus in this election is on sewers.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011 10:00pm

Judge extends no-contact order for man accused of stabbing parents

Island County Superior Court Alan Hancock approved an extension for the no-contact order between a Freeland man and his parents Monday that will last until the man’s trial for stabbing his mother and father is resolved.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011 5:02pm

Thomas enters plea of not guilty in 2003 Freeland murder

The former hairdresser and beauty queen who has been charged as an accomplice in the 2003 murder of a Langley man entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder Monday in Island County Superior Court.

  • Oct 31st, 2011 10:18pm

New marina plan for Langley Marina would include $100K from local hotels

Hotel owners in Langley are continuing their push for a do-over on the design for the first phase of the Langley Marina expansion.

  • Nov 1st, 2011 2:35pm

Neighborhood’s ‘pet’ turkey escapes brush with death

Residents along Timberline neighborhood just north of Deer Lake were shocked to see that someone shot a wild turkey that’s wandered the neighborhood for years.

  • Oct 30th, 2011 6:54pm

Wife of Whidbey murder victim claimed he was abusive

The wife of a Langley man who was killed just after Christmas 2003 had sought a domestic violence protection order against her husband seven months before he was murdered, court records show.

  • Oct 30th, 2011 5:47pm

Freeland sewer project gains traction as political issue

Freeland’s controversial $40 million sewer plan is becoming a campaign issue far beyond the shores of Holmes Harbor. Jeff Lauderdale, a 2012 candidate for Island County commissioner, seized on the much beleaguered infrastructure upgrade during a recent speech to the South Whidbey Republican Women.

  • Oct 29th, 2011 5:24pm