Michaela Marx Wheatley

Rising food prices taking a toll on Whidbey

A small sticker on the menu at the Village Pizzeria in Langley lets customers know that a 30-cent “surcharge” will be added per slice of their popular pie. A whole pizza, depending on size, is $1 to $1.25 more. At Neil’s Clover Patch Café in Bayview, a juicy burger is also more pricey these days, and the café’s signature special, steak and prawns, has gone up $2 in the past year. The increases are the result of the higher cost of restaurant basics such as flour, meat and other raw materials. “I’ve never seen this kind of increase across the board in more than 20 years,” said Neil Colburn, owner of Neil’s Clover Patch Café.

Beach access conflict may turn into legal battle

More than three months after he called the attention of county officials to the potential loss of public beach access in Greenbank, Glen Russell has had enough and is considering legal actions.

Langley advisory boards could be stacked with outsiders

LANGLEY — If Mayor Paul Samuelson gets his way, the majority of the city’s advisors could be out-of-towners.

Wait until 2011 for changes, board advises

LANGLEY — Recommendations from the Planning Advisory Board on what to do next about waterfront development could cost the city of Langley time and money. The Planning Advisory Board wrapped up an extensive six-month review of potential changes to Langley’s regulations on shoreline development. The review was requested by city council in September and covers seaside development and improvements to existing structures.

Port wants support from city for tax hike

The Port of South Whidbey wants the Langley City Council to endorse the port's proposed tax increase.

Judge says suspected DUI driver must turn over medical records

COUPEVILLE — The Island County Prosecutor’s Office is inching closer to a trial date in the DUI-related vehicular homicide that killed Karen Gervais-Boone, a mother of two, in January 2007.

Waterfront talks advance in Langley

LANGLEY — Talks between the city and waterfront property owners on both First Street and Wharf Street are off to a good, yet slow, start.

Good Cheer serves record number of South Enders

BAYVIEW — While Good Cheer has served nearly 14 percent of the South End population last year, volunteers at the food bank have long known that the number of people in need is much higher.

Gervais family says 7 years not enough for Shelton

When the family gathered at Jim and Jean Gervais’ Freeland home Friday evening, the mood was somber. The drunk driver who drove the car that killed the couple’s daughter, Karen Gervais Boone, 18 months ago had been sent to prison for more than seven years. But the deep breath that would bring relief wasn’t there.

Greenbank meth dealer gets maximum sentence

A Greenbank meth dealer was sentenced to 12 years in jail Thursday. Mark Crow, 56, was arrested last year for selling drugs from a motor home parked in the middle of a neighborhood.

New grant program to devote money to neighborhood projects

It takes a village to get ready for an emergency in a small town.

Freeland author brings Fortune 500 training skills to South Whidbey

A happy staff makes business go smoothly and heightens productivity. Each year, big corporations put millions of dollars into training to make their employees more effective. A Freeland author and coach says what works for Fortune 500 companies will work for small businesses like many companies on South Whidbey, too.

Clinton Council readies to make its voice heard

A year after Clinton set out to find its voice as a community during the 2011 Future Search Conference, the Clinton Community Council is up and running and ready to take on that role.

Whidbey PUD backers deliver petition

"People For Yes on Whidbey PUD" turned in their petitions at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Island County Auditors office. The group exceeded their goal with a big cushion of extra signatures and are likely to qualify for the November ballot. The group wants to start a public utilities district on Whidbey Island that would replace Puget Sound Energy as the provider of electric power in the area.

Lots of familiar faces to open comedy show

Two of the Northwest’s biggest comedians come to Whidbey Island Center of the Arts for a one-night comedy show April 24, but a group of island originals may just steal the show.

S. Whidbey prosecutor: Suspected DUI crash investigation still underway

Three months after a South End crash that allegedly involved high speed and alcohol, the Island County Prosecutor’s Office has not yet filed charges against the driver, a well-known South End business owner. Leroy E. Olsen III, who has run fireworks shows on the South End, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence following a crash on Goss Lake Road earlier this year. Olsen’s passenger, Kim Blain of PayLess Foods in Freeland, was seriously injured in the crash. The delay in the court proceedings had sparked some South End rumors that the two well-known South End business people were getting preferential treatment from law enforcement.

Popular Choochokam fringe curtains available at old price till end of festival

LANGLEY — The European plastic fringe curtains that have been a hit during Choochokam are back this year, and it’s the last chance to get them at the old price.

UPDATE: Haugen leads challengers in 10TH LD Senate race

Longtime Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen has taken an early and quite comfortable lead in the race for state Senator, 10th Legislative District. District-wide, she's received more than 53 percent of 23,385 votes counted Tuesday night. In Island County, she got 52.71 percent, or 8,126 of the 15,417 votes counted. "We feel very positive," Haugen said Tuesday night from her home on Camano where she hosted a primary party for friends and supporters.

Langley mayor picks members for Parks and Open Space board

Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson has picked five members for the new and much anticipated Parks and Open Space Commission. The members to be appointed are Langley residents Michael Cramer, Nancy Rowan and David Schmidt, and non-residents Cary Peterson and Leah Green, who both live in Langley’s urban growth area.

Crash due to alcohol

Two well-known South End business people were injured in a crash Sunday evening. Washington State Patrol troopers said alcohol and excessive speed were factors in a crash just before 7 p.m. on Goss Lake and Traverse roads near Langley.