Jeff VanDerford

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Freeland sewer district announces cost of new sewer system

n case anyone had any doubts, installing a sewer system doesn’t come cheap. Depending on the outcome of a possible $10 million federal grant application — sewer district officials will know for sure by mid-August — a Freeland homeowner can expect to pay between $12,900 and $18,400 to hook up to a new sewer system.

  • Jul 13th, 2010 10:43pm

Little League All Star tournament succeeds on many levels

LANGLEY — The little guys and the older players are out of it, but the girls take center stage this weekend.

  • Jul 9th, 2010 10:26pm

South Whidbey School District continues to cut jobs

More layoff notices were sent out to South Whidbey School District staff last week — this time to classified employees.

  • Jul 8th, 2010 7:49pm

Half-marathon coming to Langley

As part of the Choochokam Arts festival this weekend in Langley, the third annual half-marathon will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 11.

  • Jul 8th, 2010 5:32pm

Supporters say new turf at high school will cut injuries

It’s softer, almost bouncy. The green color never fades, it doesn’t need water or mowing and boosters claim the stuff allows athletes to pivot on the run without causing serious injury.

  • Jul 8th, 2010 5:30pm

Volleyball champ to visit South End

South Whidbey High School volleyball coach Mandy Jones has scheduled two camps in July, one for girls in grades six through eight, the second for high school-age girls.

  • Jul 2nd, 2010 10:51pm

Weekend vandals trash restrooms at Freeland Park again

What is it about the restrooms at Freeland Park that attracts vandals?

  • Jun 29th, 2010 11:03pm

Farm gives pets a home away from home

When Kelly Scotthanson went searching for a good place to board her dog Justine, she couldn’t find the perfect spot for her poodle on the island.

  • Jun 29th, 2010 10:56pm

Davis is named new Falcon girls basketball coach

Some people make great teachers. Others are superlative coaches. South Whidbey High School math teacher Andy Davis excels at both disciplines.

  • Jun 29th, 2010 10:53pm

South Whidbey residents warn they’ll vote no on school bond

Even before the South Whidbey School Board approved a resolution asking for a $25 million bond on the November ballot, local residents were telling them no way.

  • Jun 26th, 2010 8:00pm

Racers of a bygone era to be on display at Bayview show

Bayview’s Brian Grimm has an old photo he likes to show folks.

  • Jun 25th, 2010 11:16pm

Pope takes the reins after shake-up in South Whidbey boys basketball

For the fourth time in the past five years, the South Whidbey High School boys basketball team will have a new coach.

  • Jun 23rd, 2010 6:25pm

South Whidbey school bond expected to top $25 million

LANGLEY — The South Whidbey School Board has a firmer grip on what it will cost the school district — and taxpayers — to combine Langley Middle School and South Whidbey High School.

  • Jun 21st, 2010 3:23pm

8,000 patient records stolen from Family Care Center on Whidbey; identity theft feared

KEN’S KORNER — If you are, or have ever been, a patient at the Family Care Center physical therapy clinic, call your bank.

  • Jun 21st, 2010 3:31pm

South Whidbey heads east to CWU for football camp

The biggest group of South Whidbey football players ever to sign up for summer camp head over the mountains to Central Washington University today for a series of full-contact scrimmage games.

  • Jun 23rd, 2010 6:25pm

Athletes take their ailments to physical-therapy clinic

When former Falcon Dakota Hanna hurt his shoulder playing football last October, he knew where to go.

  • Jun 18th, 2010 10:42pm

Physical therapy clinic burglarized at Ken’s Korner

Clinton's Family Care Center in Ken's Korner was burglarized over the weekend. Owner Jim Christensen said that among the items stolen were thousands of names of his patients in Clinton, Freeland and Oak Harbor.

  • Jun 17th, 2010 10:42pm

Whidbey’s future soccer stars build skills while having fun

Professional soccer coaches, such as those competing for the World Cup in South Africa this week, probably don’t have to deal with show stoppers like this.

  • Jun 16th, 2010 12:00am

South Whidbey’s Class of 2010 says goodbye with style

The commencement ceremony for the 2010 class at South Whidbey High School was not so much a goodbye as a “see you later.” At least, that was the hope offered by Dakota Hanna, the class-choice speaker.

  • Jun 15th, 2010 10:12pm

Criticism of South Whidbey schools’ meal program continues

Some South Whidbey parents are fed up with the meals being served to their kids at school, which they say are unhealthy and unappealing.

  • Jun 14th, 2010 4:28pm

Clinton native leads her school to College World Series

Former Falcon Christie Robinson had a reputation as a terrific high school softball pitcher

  • Jun 11th, 2010 10:16pm

Youngsters beat feet to this year’s Chum Run

Some folks took it seriously, others just wanted to have fun

  • Jun 9th, 2010 12:00am

Valedictorians: Natasha Kamps, Casey Fate and Cayla Calderwood lead the class of 2010

The three South Whidbey students chosen to represent the best and the brightest have their work cut out for them this weekend.

  • Jun 10th, 2010 6:27pm

A year after his death, South Whidbey’s Coach Carl Westling continues to travel the world

BAYVIEW — Carl Westling died, but the globetrotter in him never did. In the final few months of his life, the former South Whidbey High School teacher and track coach had some ideas about his future. He always loved traveling and wanted to experience more of the world view lost to him through a series of debilitating strokes he’d suffered over the past 10 years.

  • Jun 7th, 2010 3:22pm

Falcon golfers just miss the cut at state tournament

The links were pristine; the weather cloudy but dry and warm at the par-72 Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima. The only problem? That back nine.

  • Jun 4th, 2010 10:01pm

South Whidbey’s Riley Newman is toppled as 2A state tennis champion

SEATTLE — Riley Newman knew this day might come. The state 2A tennis finals on Saturday was a serious grudge re-match between defending champion Newman and Sehome’s Will Topp. This year at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, Topp turned the tables on Newman and came from behind to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

  • Jun 2nd, 2010 3:12pm

Track: South Whidbey’s Poolman and Hallberg are 2A state champs

Jon Poolman and Will Hallberg of South Whidbey High School are this year’s 2A state champions in the 400-meter run and triple jump.

  • Jun 2nd, 2010 3:11pm

Port of South Whidbey commissioners take heat on ‘Wanted’-style posters for cell-tower proposal

Two port commissioners have become the target of an anonymous intimidation campaign.

  • May 31st, 2010 4:00pm

5K Chum Run means fun, funding for SWHS cross country team

When it began 14 years ago, the Chum Run was supposed to be a highly competitive venue for top runners. It isn’t any more.

  • May 28th, 2010 10:54pm

South Whidbey continues quest for state titles in golf, track and tennis

For some South Whidbey varsity athletes, this is a busy week indeed. Thirteen Falcons are representing their school and community — in golf, tennis and track — at state championship venues in Yakima, Seattle and Tacoma.

  • May 27th, 2010 9:47pm

Record numbers show up for Whidbey Island Mudder race

A bike-happy crowd of just under 300 folks enjoyed the finest course conditions ever during the Whidbey Island Mudder on Sunday, according to founder Robert Frey.

  • May 27th, 2010 9:47pm

South Whidbey’s Hallberg, Calderwood make the cut for state track

Falcon Will Hallberg posted 44 feet, 5.75 inches in the triple jump to take first place and qualify for the state finals in the first day of action at the District 1 meet in Sultan on Wednesday.

  • May 27th, 2010 9:46pm

Thompson and Price are headed to state

The South Whidbey boys golf team placed second behind Bellingham at the District 1 tournament last week.

  • May 21st, 2010 10:53pm

Mountain bikers descend on Langley this weekend

It’s a race only a “mudder” would love.

  • May 21st, 2010 10:51pm

Possession Point cell tower put on ice

The Port of South Whidbey commissioners have unanimously decided to do nothing about a proposed cell tower above Possession Point Waterfront Park.

  • May 20th, 2010 7:22pm

UPDATE | Lone Lake closed to swimming due to toxic algal bloom

The Island County Health Department has closed Lone Lake to swimming because of a toxic blue-green algal bloom.

  • May 18th, 2010 9:02pm

South Whidbey track goes deep at conference track meet

Several South Whidbey track and field athletes performed at their very best during the two-day Cascade Conference championships at Cedarcrest High School late last week.

  • May 20th, 2010 10:37pm

South Whidbey’s Newman getting ready for his second shot at state tennis title

LANGLEY — The machine is relentless. Every seven seconds it pumps out a little yellow ball and, unless the feeder bin is empty, it never stops. And defending South Whidbey 2A state tennis champion Riley Newman wouldn’t have it any other way. As the hot sun baked the high school tennis court surface Monday, Newman hit back hundreds of balls as he struggled with a new stroke, the backhand volley.

  • May 20th, 2010 10:36pm

Falcons shut out in final fastpitch game

The South Whidbey fastpitch softball team lost its final game 10-0 to undefeated Granite Falls on Wednesday.

  • May 14th, 2010 10:19pm

Falcons are Cascade Conference champions once again

Yup, the boys did it again. The South Whidbey golf team has been named Cascade Conference champions, beating King’s at the Snohomish Golf Course for the accumulated league point total of 42.

  • May 14th, 2010 10:18pm

South Whidbey takes on 5 top league schools in track

South Whidbey athletes picked up 12 first-place finishes in a major Cascade Conference track and field meet last week.

  • May 12th, 2010 9:37pm

South Whidbey fastpitch beats Archbishop Murphy in 10-inning battle

The South Whidbey fastpitch softball team took on Archbishop Murphy for the third time this season on Monday, and won 6-5, though it took an international tie-breaker to do it.

  • May 12th, 2010 9:36pm

South Whidbey School District announces next round of layoffs

The financial shoe has dropped on 22 South Whidbey teachers: They’ve been laid off.

  • May 12th, 2010 3:29pm

Kids of all ages celebrate reopening of an iconic South Whidbey park

Dozens of children and their parents were on hand Saturday as the iconic Castle Park in South Whidbey Community Park was officially reopened after being closed for repairs this past winter.

  • May 11th, 2010 10:28pm

Falcon golfers close in on King’s in conference play

It should have been another mean and nasty day on the links Tuesday for the South Whidbey boys golf team, with wet grass and the sort of cold wind that makes hooks and slices the norm.

  • May 8th, 2010 12:17am

South Whidbey excels at track and field

The small South Whidbey track and field team made a big impression on the larger King’s contingent at Thursday’s dual meet in Shoreline.

  • May 5th, 2010 4:59pm

South Whidbey girls tennis adds two more victories on road to state

The South Whidbey tennis team is on a roll, beating Blaine 5-2 late last week and Burlington-Edison 6-1 on Monday.

  • May 5th, 2010 4:59pm

Falcon girls pounce on Lady Turks in fastpitch softball

The fifth inning was magic for the South Whidbey girls fastpitch team on Wednesday.

  • May 1st, 2010 12:08am

South Whidbey School Board puts bond measure on the ballot in November

The South Whidbey School Board has finally reached a consensus on the…

  • Apr 30th, 2010 11:19pm

Building begins on Whidbey Telecom service center

The concept of “business expansion” may be a foreign phrase in this economic climate as of late, but not in Freeland. Taking shape in the old Harbor Village Square on Main Street is Whidbey Telecom’s new customer service center, complete with a WiFi-enabled Internet café and electronics retail store.

  • Apr 29th, 2010 5:00pm