Michaela Marx Wheatley

Michaela posted 293 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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City council votes to support port on marina ballot measure

LANGLEY — The city of Langley is onboard with the Port of South Whidbey’s proposed tax increase to fix up the Langley marina.

  • Oct 10th, 2008 11:41pm

Langley City Council votes to support port in marina ballot measure

The city of Langley is on board with the Port of South Whidbey's proposed tax increase to fix up the Langley marina.

  • Oct 8th, 2008 8:27pm

Former Langley city administrator to join new PSE in Freeland

Walt Blackford, Langley’s former city administrator, will be in charge of Puget Sound Energy’s new customer service office in Freeland.

  • Oct 8th, 2008 6:25am

Animal Planet’s next cat hero could be from Whidbey

Langley resident Linda Fauth is a longtime animal advocate on Whidbey Island and was instrumental in getting Whidbey Animals Improvement Foundation’s spray-and-neuter clinic up and running in its early days.

  • Oct 4th, 2008 4:00pm

Conservation board OKs $100 million request

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board approved a record number of projects across the state to build parks and trails, and protect disappearing farmland and wildlife habitat. Among them are three Island County projects, for a total of $1.6 million, that are now eligible for funding if approved by the governor’s office.

  • Oct 4th, 2008 5:58pm

New PUDs need to reach standards to get contract

In the fight for locally-controlled power on Whidbey Island, a key issue has been the availability of discounted Tier 1 power from the Bonneville Power Administration.

  • Oct 4th, 2008 5:58pm

No active electrical PUDs formed since 1940s

Supporters have long been praising the success of other public utility districts in Washington as they try to convince Whidbey voters to get behind the ballot measure to establish a Whidbey-based utility this November. However, it appears that most of the successful examples have had upward of 60 years to become established and pass on lower rates to their customers.

  • Sep 30th, 2008 11:56pm

Bakke promises: No new county taxes

Island County Commissioner Phil Bakke is promising he won’t raise taxes if voters keep him on the Island County board of commissioners this November.

  • Oct 1st, 2008 9:23pm

Island voters rejected PUD multiple times since 1940s

Supporters have long been praising the success of other public utility districts in Washington as they try to convince Whidbey voters to get behind the ballot measure to establish a Whidbey-based utility this November. However, it appears that most of the successful examples have had upward of 60 years to become established and pass on lower rates to their customers.

  • Sep 30th, 2008 11:38pm

Health officials promote early flu shots

Whidbey Island faced a serious whooping cough outbreak this summer — an epidemic that could have been prevented with a tiny poke of a needle. With flu season just around the corner, Island County Health officials are wondering if Whidbey residents have learned their lesson.

  • Sep 30th, 2008 11:34pm

Oyster Run: Bikers make trek across Whidbey

The 27th Oyster Run brought thousands of motorcyclists to Anacortes Sunday, and a good portion of them rolled through Whidbey Island.

  • Sep 30th, 2008 11:28pm

Businessman charged with vehicular assault six months after crash

More than six month after a crash that injured two well-known South End business people, Leroy E. Olsen III was arraigned this week on charges of vehicular assault.

  • Sep 30th, 2008 11:26pm

UPDATE: PSE ups its spending to fight Whidbey PUD

Puget Sound Energy has thrown major money behind its effort to fight the creation of new public utility districts to take over the power company’s territory on Whidbey Island and in Jefferson and Skagit counties.

  • Sep 28th, 2008 7:16pm

Whidbey’s Boeing workers on strike in its third week today

Their days still start with a 15-minute ferry ride and the commute to the Everett Boeing plant, but Whidbey’s Boeing workers have traded in their tools for strike signs. About 360 Boeing workers live on Whidbey Island and a thousand or so live in Island County. The strike of roughly 27,000 employees at Washington’s largest employer enters its third week today, and there are no indications that it will end soon.

  • Sep 27th, 2008 5:44pm

PSE-funded group continues anti-PUD campaign on island

On the heels of the controversial yard-sign campaign by the Puget Sound Energy-funded “Whidbey Consumers for Affordable Energy,” the group is revving up its anti-PUD campaign on the island with a mailer and newspaper ads. Last weekend, island residents found a flyer from the political committee that is the brainchild of the political strategist firm Strategies 360.

  • Sep 24th, 2008 3:47pm

Soup Box Derby was pretty slick this year

Persistent rain did not keep racers away Saturday as the Langley Soup Box Derby rolled down First Street.

  • Sep 24th, 2008 12:00am

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.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008 11:50pm

Soup Box Derby: He wants to win even if it kills him

After a spectacular crash with his pirate ship racer during last year’s Soup Box Derby in Langley, Peter Lawlor is coming to today’s race prepared for all eventualities. Even the worst of all eventualities. This year, his racer is a coffin on wheels.

  • Sep 21st, 2008 8:38pm

Boeing strike likely to impact South End economy

As the strike by 27,000 machinists at Boeing moved into a second week, experts say it is going to take a bite out of the South End economy.

  • Sep 20th, 2008 5:44pm

DanceAway coming to Bayview; two young South Enders organize an all-ages dance

Since the late 1920s, Bayview Hall has been the hottest dance floor on the South End. Generations of islanders have memories of dancing the night away on the old maple floor, but in recent years dances have become fewer and far between. That’s about to change.

  • Sep 20th, 2008 12:31am

Baker brings back town favorites in Langley

A Langley baker is returning to her roots. Misty Moore has bought Langley Village Bakery on Second Street in Langley and reopened it last week.

  • Sep 21st, 2008 8:40pm

County prosecutor seeks modest budget increase next year

In times of tight budgets, the Island County prosecutor isn’t asking for much.

  • Sep 20th, 2008 4:44am

PSE files complaint against PUD group

uget Sound Energy accused supporters of the effort to create a Whidbey-based electric company of breaking state law in their campaign to take over PSE’s territory on the island. PSE has filed a complaint with the state Public Disclosure Commission against the Washington Public Utilities Association for paying a salary to Dave Metheny, director of the “People For Yes On Whidbey PUD” campaign.

  • Sep 16th, 2008 11:39pm

UPDATE:Langley council approves $10,000 raise for mayor

The Langley City Council approved a $10,000-a-year pay raise for Mayor Paul Samuelson Monday night. Samuelson has been on the job for less than a year. The council voted and approved the 2008 budget amendment during its regular city council meeting.

  • Sep 17th, 2008 3:15pm

PSE files complaint against PUD group

Puget Sound Energy accused supporters of the effort to create a Whidbey-based electric company of breaking state law in their campaign to take over PSE’s territory on the island. PSE has filed a complaint with the state Public Disclosure Commission against the Washington Public Utilities Association for paying a salary to Dave Metheny, director of the “People For Yes On Whidbey PUD” campaign.

  • Sep 17th, 2008 3:15pm

Langley council approves $10,000 raise for mayor

The Langley City Council approved a $10,000-a-year pay raise for Mayor Paul Samuelson Monday night.

  • Sep 16th, 2008 5:02pm

Langley expected to give mayor $10,000 raise

The Langley City Council is likely to approve a $10,000-a-year pay raise for Mayor Paul Samuelson tonight.

  • Sep 16th, 2008 4:02pm

UPDATE: PUD supporters say PSE takeover will cost $57 million

“People For Yes on Whidbey PUD” released its preliminary study of what it could cost to form an island-wide public utility district during The Exchange community forum earlier this week in Clinton.

  • Oct 12th, 2009 4:06pm

Both groups in PUD campaign funded by off-islanders

Campaign finance records show both sides of the hotly-debated ballot measure to form a Whidbey-based power company are being financed by off-island sources.

  • Oct 12th, 2009 4:04pm

Registered nurse practitioner likely to stay at Langley Clinic, hospital says

It’s likely that registered nurse practitioner Ann Lower will remain at Langley Clinic, and many healthcare services will stay in Langley.

  • Sep 13th, 2008 5:20pm

New nail salon sets high standards

Tucked away in a building on Main Street in Freeland is a brand new nail salon. At first sight the place looks like many salons: lots of tiny bottles of nail color sitting side-by-side in a display case, files and other paraphernalia neatly lined up for the next client.

  • Sep 13th, 2008 5:16pm

South Whidbey Record welcomes new publisher, Terry Tinker to lead advertising on Whidbey

Marcia VanDyke is the new publisher of The South Whidbey Record and On!Whidbey magazine. She will replace Sherry Mays who will leave The Record after nearly four years as publisher on Sept. 14.

  • Sep 9th, 2008 11:57pm

Helping Hand fears it will run out of money; staggering economy drains those who help

A group that has helped South Enders in need for more than a quarter century has found itself in a financial pinch. Helping Hand, a faith-based organization that gives grants for housing and energy bills to people who are in a financial crunch, fears that it may run out of money soon.

  • Sep 9th, 2008 11:51pm

Langley residents take fight for clinic to Coupeville

A group of Langley residents concerned about the closure of Langley Clinic plan to attend the Whidbey General Hospital Board meeting Monday to make a case for keeping a physician in town. The group encourages people to attend the public meeting or send letters and e-mails to the board. The board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8 in Conference Room A at the hospital in Coupeville.

  • Sep 7th, 2008 5:48pm

Langley cottage featured on home tour

One of the cottages at the Highlands in Langley is a featured home at the 2008 Skagit and Island Counties Builders Association Home Tour. During the tour, the Highlands is also hosting a sustainability fair.

  • Sep 5th, 2008 11:40pm

UPDATE: PSE pays for anti-PUD campaign

Whidbey Consumers for Affordable Energy, the group that planted countless anti-PUD yard signs across the island this weekend, isn’t a Whidbey consumer at all but the brainchild of a political strategy firm funded by Puget Sound Energy.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008 3:21pm

The Exchange offers chance to ask PUD questions

With 62 days left until decision day, it’s clear that there are more questions than answers concerning a potential switch to a local public utility district. On Nov. 4, voters will decided if they want to part ways with Puget Sound Energy, the current provider of energy on the island, and start a publicly-owned and regulated utility. The South Whidbey Record and the Clinton Community Club are sponsoring The Exchange “What does a PUD mean to Whidbey?” and it’s a chance for residents to squeeze some answers out of PUD supporters and PSE officials, alike.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008 4:18pm

Anti-PUD group pops up on Whidbey

A new player has jumped into the battle over creating a public utility district on Whidbey Island. This weekend, anti-PUD yard signs popped up on the island from Clinton to north of Oak Harbor. The signs, part of the campaign is sponsored by Whidbey Consumers for Affordable Energy, show a power outlet and the phrase "pull the plug."

  • Sep 2nd, 2008 6:06pm

Langley is fighting to keep clinic in town

Patients of a Langley doctor’s office are fighting to keep the Langley Clinic in town. Dr. Stan Whittemore of the Whidbey Clinic announced in a letter to his patients earlier this month that he is retiring from medicine and has decided to close the practice at the Langley Clinic.

  • Sep 1st, 2008 6:22pm

Clinton supporters slowly enter the fold

Never has the nation seen as many blue “Unity” signs being waved as this week during the National Democratic Convention in Denver. But national polls show that presidential nominee Barack Obama still needs to win the hearts of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s supporters.

  • Aug 29th, 2008 11:54pm

South Enders celebrate Obama’s speech

It had all the makings of a good Super Bowl party: Snacks, burgers sizzling on the grill and a huge crowd scattered among six television sets. But the roughly 60 people at the Riley residence in Langley had come together to hear Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama accept his party’s nomination for president Thursday.

  • Aug 29th, 2008 11:50pm

Whidbey PUD, PSE officials square off at first forum

Puget Sound Energy and backers of creating a Whidbey Island-based electric company got a chance to pitch their case to local leaders Wednesday night at a special session of the Council of Governments at Coupeville High School.

  • Aug 28th, 2008 8:43pm

Ex-spokesman alleges threats, PUD leader says it never happened

The ex-spokesman of the group pushing to start a public utility district on Whidbey Island to take over Puget Sound Energy’s territory has added oil to the fire that ignited this weekend, when he charged the leader of the effort with accepting payments from the state PUD association. After being “removed” by the board Saturday, and resigning himself in an e-mail on Monday, Ed Jenkins sent out another e-mail to PUD supporters, TV stations and newspapers across the state Wednesday saying that he isn’t done yet.

  • Aug 27th, 2008 9:45pm

PUD state association counters PSE’s Whidbey study

The Washington Public Utility District Association released a report Monday saying that a Whidbey-based public utilities district could lead to a 20-percent rate cut on islanders’ electric bills. The study followed on the heels of a report released by Puget Sound Energy earlier this month that said a local takeover would not only cost $130 million, but would also cause a 20-percent rate increase for customers.

  • Aug 27th, 2008 4:00pm

UPDATE: Sparks fly among Whidbey PUD supporters

The dispute between the former spokesman of “People For Yes on Whidbey PUD” and the remaining board ignited last weekend and continued this week. While the campaign director of the group admitted Monday to being paid more than $6,000 by the Washington Public Utility District Association, Ed Jenkins, who was the spokesman for “People for Yes On Whidbey PUD,” maintains the actions were unethical.

  • Aug 27th, 2008 9:45pm

Internal dispute heats up for Whidbey PUD group

A few megawatts were added to the high voltage sparks that are flying within the group that wants to form a public utilities district and take control of Puget Sound Energy's territory on Whidbey Island.

  • Aug 26th, 2008 4:09pm

Fairgrounds Road passes fair test

Access to the fairgrounds via the new Fairgrounds Road has gone through its ultimate test: The Island County Fair. And city of Langley and fair officials said it passed.

  • Aug 24th, 2008 10:50pm

Historic preservation moves forward in Langley

Langley’s newly-formed Historic Preservation Commission is ready to put its first three choices on the local historic registry.

  • Aug 23rd, 2008 12:39am

House Party: Langley landmark turns 100

A Langley landmark turns 100 and the community is invited to pay its respects to a home that has a century’s worth of stories to tell.

  • Aug 23rd, 2008 12:04am

UPDATE: Island County commissioner’s race a battle between Bakke and Gordon for second spot on ticket

It's too early to call, but first vote counts indicate that incumbent Republican Phil Bakke and no-party candidate Curt Gordon will duke it out for the second spot on the November ballot, while Democrat Helen Price Johnson took an early lead in the primary election.

  • Sep 22nd, 2008 7:12pm