Justin Burnett

City adopts parking rule changes, hopes for new business boom

Parking-related costs for new and existing businesses in Langley’s Central Business District got a whole lot cheaper last week.

Pot farm: Legal is allowed, Island County Hearing Examiner says

You may not like having a pot farm sprout up in your backyard, but that doesn’t mean it’s illegal. A key land use official made that clear to a crowd of about 30 people during a public hearing in Coupeville on Thursday. The meeting was the final step in the review process of a site plan for Now in Zen, a proposed 30,000-square-foot marijuana production facility located off Bayview Road.

Salmon net pen control disputed in Olympia

Anticipating a difficult negotiation ahead with state regulators over their recent ban of net-pen salmon farming, the Island County Commissioners are putting high hopes on new legislation proposed in Olympia.

No flooding or no Sunny View Village occupancy permit, Island County says

Until a drainage problem is resolved, Sunny View Village in Freeland won’t be issued an occupancy permit.

Testing raises Langley water quality concerns

The Langley City Council got some dirty news this week when it learned of a few water quality issues from a team of county health officials.

EDITOR’S COLUMN | The ends never justify the means. Period.

I was on vacation last week, and though reporter/assistant editor Ben Watanabe did a fine job holding down the fort while I was away, I was pleased to see that people seemed to miss me. Not entirely imagined, the evidence was the over 800 emails I received during my absence. Clearly, newspaper editors are exceedingly popular and cool. People must really love our lousy senses of humor and stupid columns.

Emerson attempts another unorthodox proposal

Republican Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson has once again pulled the carpet out from under her Democratic colleagues with a surprise proposal during the board’s formal Monday meeting.

Langley rocked over loss of community leader Paul Schell

Langley resident and former Seattle mayor Paul Schell has died. His death was announced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and reported by the Seattle Post Intelligencer Sunday morning, and later confirmed by Langley officials and family friends. He was 76.

Whidbey leaders call public meeting to combat drugs, crime

Ongoing property crime and its link to drug use have spurred community leaders to plan a public meeting in Langley next week.

Police confirm one dead in high-speed Freeland crash

A man is confirmed dead in what police describe as a high-speed accident in Freeland today. According to state police, a red Acura was Southbound on Highway 525 and had just passed Cameron Road at about 4 p.m. when it attempted to pass another southbound vehicle.

Freeland gets $2.7 million sewer grant

Freeland’s phase 1A sewer project received a $2.7 million shot in the arm last week.

City Council reduces employee wage hike

Times are tough and a 4 percent raise for city employees is just too much, the Langley City Council decided this week. Convening at its regular meeting Monday, the council held its second public hearing on Mayor Larry Kwarsick’s proposed $11.3 million 2013 budget. Among the issues discussed was a built in cost of living increase, which would apply to all of the city’s 13.5 employees.

Ledgewood drilling hits a money gusher

A plea made by Ledgewood residents to the governor and state lawmakers paid off this month with a $200,000 appropriation.

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Ready or not, summer is over

Just a few weeks ago, the focus of this column was a tribute to Whidbey Island’s awesome September weather. Thirty days of sunshine, warm temperatures and healthy doses of Northwest fog. How quickly things can change.

Port to consider managing Langley fairground

Boat launches, marinas and leasing land for a cell tower, but the Island County Fairgrounds?

Port project to boost Langley commerce

Port of South Whidbey officials are hoping more marina work may spell more business for Langley next summer and in years to come. The port is engaged in an effort to make the outer edge of the new floating breakwater available for large ships to tie up. The goal is to have the additional space available by Memorial Day, May 25, according to Angi Mozer, executive director for the port.

Maxwelton Independence Day Parade: A community, family affair for 100 years

It was once a small family affair, a chance for relatives and close friends to come together and celebrate America’s birthday.

County finally sues over Greenbank beach access dispute

The long wait for Island County to take legal action against a Greenbank property owner and reclaim a disputed public beach access has finally come to an end.

Island County sets meetings to test law and justice tax

The public will get its first chance to weigh in on a prospective $2.6 million law and justice levy at a series of community meetings to be held on Whidbey and Camano islands over the next couple of weeks.

Port will pursue contractor for marina anchor line foul

Anchor lines securing the new dock at the Langley marina are still crisscrossed and continuing to chafe, and the problem has rubbed the Port of South Whidbey the wrong way long enough.