Brian Kelly

Four of five on Langley council oppose petition drive

Four of five members of the Langley City Council said they don’t support the movement now afoot in the Village by the Sea to change the city’s form of government.

Last Sunday was the hottest day of the year on Whidbey

It was hot. Really hot. And now, weather watchers have the numbers to prove it. Last Sunday was the hottest day of the year on Whidbey Island, with the mercury soaring to 86 degrees near Crockett Lake and Polnell Point, according to Nancy Zaretzke of the Island County-Washington State University Extension.

Langley council backs away from resolution opposing Prop. 1

The Langley City Council won’t use its bully pulpit in the debate over Proposition 1, the August ballot measure to change the city’s form of government and eliminate the position of an elected mayor.

WSF report: Limit ferry reservations on Clinton-Mukilteo route to commercial traffic

Reservations for travelers on the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route would be limited to commercial traffic, according to a pre-design study on a reservation system conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Business owners press council to allow Chocolate Flower Farm expansion

Let the Chocolate Flower Farm expand and the rest of the city’s economy will grow with it, business owners told the city council this week.

Edgecliff voters not likely to sway Prop. 1 election

Langley’s stout population of eager voters makes it unlikely that Edgecliff residents who are angry about the city’s approval of the controversial Langley Passage will be the deciding factor in the upcoming vote to change the city’s form of government.

UPDATE | Council rejects Langley Passage

During an awkward evening of stutter steps and near apologies, the Langley City Council rejected the plan for Langley Passage, a proposed 20-home subdivision on the northeast end of town, and rebuked the city’s planning director for his “clearly erroneous” environmental review of the project.

Langley may partially lift moratorium in December

City council members may be in favor of partially lifting the city’s nearly 18-month long ban against subdividing land in town. Council members are expected to vote on an extension of the moratorium on new subdivisions in two residential zones at the council’s first meeting in December.

Rep. Rick Larsen lines up $6.1M for improvements at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

U.S. Representative Rick Larsen announced today he has helped garner $6.18 million in federal funding for a new facility to train firefighters at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The funding is included in the military construction appropriations bill for fiscal year 2009. It was passed by the Appropriations Committee this week and must get approval in the House and Senate before it can be signed into law.

Port moves forward on sale of Dorothy Cleveland Trail

Port of South Whidbey commissioners are moving forward with the controversial sale of a 14-acre property near Possession Point that contains the uppermost portion of the Dorothy Cleveland Trail. At a special meeting Wednesday, port officials voted to counter a $240,000 offer from a prospective buyer of the property, with the commissioners hoping to get a protective easement from the purchaser that would cover the entire length of the trail.

Logging truck accident closes Highway 525

FREELAND - A driver hit the back end of a loaded logging truck and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after an early morning crash on Highway 525 at Scott Road early Wednesday morning.

Ballots for primary election arrive Monday

Ballots for the state's first-ever top-two primary will arrive in Coupeville on Monday, said Island County Auditor Sheilah Crider.

Freeland residents seek halt to spending on sewer project

Stop throwing money down the “rat hole” of a $40 million sewer project that’s opposed by most people who live in the Freeland area, residents told the board of the Freeland Water and Sewer District Monday.

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.

Langley City Council approves agreement on park-and-ride

City officials are closer to inking a deal with the Langley Christian Missionary Alliance Church that would turn the church’s parking lot into a public park-and-ride lot that can handle overflow parking from downtown and the marina.

Island County candidates miss big deadline, won’t be in voter’s guide

In the first major fumble of the 2008 election in Island County, three candidates for county commissioner missed a deadline last week to be included in the local voter’s guide. Only one candidate in the commissioner’s race for District 1 — Republican incumbent Phil Bakke — submitted a candidate’s statement and photo to be published in the guide. Nobody else did. At least, not in time to make the deadline.

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.

Fault lines begin to emerge on Prop. 1

Republicans in Island County are lining up squarely in opposition to Proposition 1, the measure on the Primary Election ballot that would raise property taxes to pay for basic county services.

WSF REPORT: Few reservations forseen at Clinton

Reservations for travelers on the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route will be limited to commercial traffic, according to a pre-design study on a reservation system conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Stabbing suspect undergoing evaluation at WGH | UPDATE

The suspect in a Freeland stabbing is undergoing an evaluation at Whidbey General Hospital.