Michaela Marx Wheatley

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.

Langley baker specializes in Easter delights

For over 50 years, Peter Boden has spent every early spring molding chocolate bunnies, squirrels, ducks and eggs for Easter giving.

Port want support from city for tax increase

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

Six sign up to run for PUD board

Six Island County residents have filed to run for three commissioner seats for the proposed Whidbey-based public utility district.

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.

Life By Design connects caregivers and patients

A Langley woman has turned her lifelong passion for caring into a business venture. Dr. Eileen Jackson has created Life By Design, which offers care management for the elderly and disabled. The business also provides training and consulting for independent care providers.

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.

Public works director hired from within

LANGLEY — Mayor Paul Samuelson tapped a current public works employee as the city of Langley’s new director of public works this week. Challis Stringer will replace Rick Hill, who resigned late last year. Stringer is a familiar face around town, having worked for the city’s public works department for the past five years.

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.

City, county officials discuss problems at Fairgrounds Road

LANGLEY — The city’s new connector road across the fairgrounds is really more of a divider — a divider of opinions.

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.

New doctor takes over Freeland practice

Dr. McCabe to retire after decades as a South End practitioner. He’s the new kid on the block despite being on the job for more than 24 years. Dr. Bill Wien is now working alongside Dr. Donald McCabe at Freeland Family Medical Center. Wien began seeing patients this week, and eventually will take over the practice when McCabe retires.

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.

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.

Whidbey, Camano chamber luncheon focuses on tourism

Sherrye Wyatt of Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism was the featured speaker at the Freeland Chamber of Commerce’s business luncheon Tuesday.

Poppy Girl to place wreath at Bayview Cemetery

One of the most important jobs on Memorial Day since the 1920s is that of the Poppy Girl.

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.

Damaged trees next to new Langley fire station to get first aid

The trees damaged during construction on a new fire hall in Langley may survive if the city administers life-saving first aid, Langley's planning director told city council members Wednesday night. Larry Cort, director of community planning, said the city will take steps to rescue the trees today.

Much ado about Shakespeare in a circus tent

The Island Shakespeare Festival will get a home under the big top this summer when the group takes up residence at the Langley Middle School campus.

New radio program launched by Island duo

Beverly Graham and Julie Keegan are launching an online radio program called “Breathe in radio” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11.