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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.