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Council to adopt budget next week

Langley won’t have as much to spend in 2009, but city employees will see modest pay increases next year if the city council adopts next year’s proposed budget at the council meeting Monday.

UPDATE | Mayor question headed to ballot

The clandestine effort to change Langley’s form of government and do away with the position of an elected mayor has gathered enough signatures to force a vote at the ballot box.

Keep cutting Island County budget, residents tell commissioners

Island County isn’t the only one with financial troubles, residents told county commissioners at a public forum Wednesday devoted to a proposed property-tax hike.

UPDATE | Council approves Langley Passage

After four hours of what seemed like constant corralling by the city’s attorney, the Langley City Council approved the preliminary plan for Langley Passage at a special meeting Tuesday.

Legal defense fund set up for Langley city treasurer

A group of South Whidbey residents has set up a legal defense fund to assist Langley Treasurer Debbie Mahler if she is fired amid the ongoing controversy over Mayor Paul Samuelson’s pay.

State officials criticize PSE’s proposed rate hike

State regulators and officials from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are asking the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to pare back Puget Sound Energy's request for a rate increase.

South Whidbey pays tribute to its fallen heroes

It was proud yet personal. Historical but heartfelt. Washington State Rep. Norma Smith stepped into the empty place where, six years ago, her late husband had humbly stood: a patch of grass between graves near the entrance of the Clinton Cemetery, before a crowd gathered to mark Memorial Day.

Langley councilman questions secrecy on lawsuit

With a new lawsuit against the city now underway in Island County Superior Court and making headlines in the local newspaper, Langley City Councilman Hal Seligson is wondering why the council wasn’t given a head’s up that the city was getting sued.

Island County adds to state’s impressive collection of unwanted electronics

Island County residents contributed nearly a half-million pounds of unwanted electronics as part of the "E-Cycle Washington" program last year, state officials said this week.

Search for new Langley city attorney to take months

Langley expects to launch a competitive search for a city attorney later this month, but inking a final deal may take more than two months, according to city officials.

UPDATE | School board picks Moccia to take reins on South Whidbey

Josephine Moccia already knew what Rich Parker, chairman of the South Whidbey School Board, was going to say when she picked up the phone. She got the job.

Langley mayor tried to clean house as city called in lawyers on pay dispute

Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson tried to clean house in the city’s finance department after employees there raised concerns about his vacation pay, according to records released Friday by the city.

Island County: Price Johnson leads commissioner candidates in campaign contributions

Helen Price Johnson, the Democrat in the four-way race for the District 1 position on the Island County board of commissioners, is leading in the battle for campaign contributions, according to records on file with the state.

Haugen attacked on campaign spending by GOP head Esser

Republicans are still stoking the coals left from last week’s campaign cookout; a “telephone town hall” held to hold Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s feet over the ferry fire. Earlier this week, state Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser again accused Haugen of using taxpayer money to finance a campaign event. The claim follows last week’s telephone town hall organized by a Republican-funded political action committee that took Haugen to task over the Keystone-Port Townsend ferry crisis.

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.

Board looks at ban on all hunting at Deer Lagoon

Island County officials are now considering a complete ban on shooting at Deer Lagoon, a popular destination for waterfowl hunters on the South End.

Island County approves freeze in pay raises

In light of Island County’s ongoing budget crisis, county commissioners unanimously voted Monday to freeze the salaries of most elected officials.

Langley to increase sewer, permit fees

The base monthly rate for Langley sewer customers will go up $2.49 per month under a fee increase proposal now before the city council.

Volunteers help scour Double Bluff Beach of fireworks debris

A thick carpet of small pieces of shredded red paper coated the beach next to the water’s edge. Nearby, peppered between nearly every piece of driftwood within view, were hundreds upon hundreds of small cardboard disks. Hither and yon were countless cardboard tubes, soggy but still smelling of burnt gunpowder. Cheryl May looked around and breathed a sigh of relief.

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.