Michaela Marx Wheatley

Michaela posted 293 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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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.

  • Aug 21st, 2008 12:43am

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.

  • Sep 22nd, 2008 7:13pm

Ordinance gives Langley the option to sell old fire hall

The Langley city council will discuss an ordinance at the city council meeting Wednesday that gives the city the option of selling the old fire hall on Second Street.

  • Aug 20th, 2008 3:53am

Candidates trade jabs in District 1 commissioner’s race

In the District 1 race for Island County Commissioner, history will be made this year. What kind of history remains to be seen.

  • Aug 16th, 2008 3:47pm

Expressive art unites Langley and British dancers

A love of expressive arts and dance helped connect two women from opposite ends of the world, and were the seeds that blossomed into an international collaboration. Katherine Trenshaw, who lives in Great Britain, is a visual artist who attended one of Langley resident Emily Day’s 5Rhythms dance classes during a visit to Whidbey Island. Day, the creator of Dancing Colors scarves and educational materials, said the women connected over their shared passions.

  • Aug 16th, 2008 1:53am

ISLAND COUNTY FAIR UPDATE: Porkers are aplenty at the county fair this year

Pigs are the fourth-smartest creatures on the planet, trailing only humans, primates and whales. So it’s not a surprise that it takes three 4-H’ers and their entourage of parents, grandparents and an aunt to wrangle the nine hogs.

  • Aug 16th, 2008 3:46pm

UPDATE: PSE says takeover could cost $130 million

Puget Sound Energy released a study by the consulting firm UtiliPoint International that says a proposed takeover of PSE’s electric utility business on Whidbey Island would cost residents of Whidbey Island more than $130 million and lead to an average of 20 percent higher electric rates.

  • Aug 13th, 2008 5:06pm

PSE says Whidbey takeover could cost residents $130 million

Puget Sound Energy released a study today by the consulting firm UtiliPoint International that says a proposed takeover of PSE’s infrastructure on Whidbey Island would cost residents of Whidbey Island more than $130 million and lead to an average of 20 percent higher electric rates. Backers of a Whidbey-based PUD, however, said the study was nothing but a scare tactic and said the cost estimate is too high.

  • Aug 12th, 2008 5:18pm

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.

  • Aug 10th, 2008 5:46pm

Haddon and Hart hope to unseat longtime senator

Republican challenger Linda Haddon and America’s Third Party candidate Sarah Hart hope that the troubled ferry system will sink longtime Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s ship.

  • Aug 9th, 2008 5:36pm

Defendant in Freeland stabbing case requests new trial

The man who was convicted of stabbing a girlfriend has filed a motion for a retrial.

  • Aug 6th, 2008 5:22pm

Hutchinson pleads not guilty to police threats

The man accused of threatening the lives of Island County Sheriff’s deputies’ pled not guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday.

  • Aug 6th, 2008 5:21pm

Neighbors pull family from water

LANGLEY — The quick response of some Langley neighbors may have saved a Seattle man’s life when he fell into the choppy waters of Saratoga Passage Friday.

  • Aug 6th, 2008 5:21pm

Premie needs help from the community

Family faces medical bills after premature twin birth

  • Aug 6th, 2008 5:21pm

Islander gives women the tools to succeed

In the past four years, a Clinton woman has made it her mission to give women the tools to succeed in home improvement projects — quite literally.

  • Aug 2nd, 2008 4:47pm

Jury finds man guilty in stabbing case

A South End man was found guilty by a jury last week of assault in the second degree with a deadly weapon.

  • Jul 30th, 2008 1:48am

Man involved in Choochokam brawl suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder

LANGLEY — The man who allegedly attacked Langley Police officers during Choochokam Arts suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. And his family says the altercation with police was the result of nearly two years of suffering by a young veteran.

  • Jul 30th, 2008 9:16pm

Book store adds to ‘Book Town By The Sea’

Langley is turning into a readers and book collectors haven. The latest addition to “The Book Town By The Sea” is Words & Pictures Bookshop. John Williams and his wife, Joy Griffin recently opened Words & Pictures Bookshop at 220 Second St. in Langley.

  • Jul 26th, 2008 10:00pm

Commissioner warns of legal battle over beach access

Property owner improves access at Greenbank

  • Jul 26th, 2008 6:13am

Nephew of convicted cop killer threatens deputies with murder

A Clinton man is in jail after threatening to kill deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office and repeat what his uncle did nearly 21 years earlier.

  • Jul 26th, 2008 5:36pm

Candidates square off at first forum

At the first voters’ forum of the campaign season, many of the candidates for office shared a common theme. They’re not looking for a career in politics.

  • Jul 28th, 2008 5:27pm

Weekend ‘push poll’ aims to make Sen. Haugen look bad

Somebody is hoping to score points for Team Haddon in the upcoming primary with a political “dirty trick” called “push polling.”

  • Jul 23rd, 2008 4:00pm

UPDATE: Governor gets big welcome in Langley

Gov. Christine Gregoire visited Langley Monday afternoon and she had her fighting gloves on during her first official campaign stop on South Whidbey.

  • Jul 24th, 2008 7:25pm

Governor gets big welcome in Langley

Gov. Christine Gregoire visited Langley Monday afternoon and she had her fighting gloves on during her first official campaign stop on South Whidbey. Her message was loud and clear: She wants to see Democratic leadership in the state Senate, the governor’s mansion and the White House.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008 12:36am

UPDATE: Damaged trees next to Langley’s new fire station get first aid

LANGLEY — 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.

  • Jul 19th, 2008 8:00am

Sex and the small Village by the Sea

On an island where fleece sweaters and Croc rubber slip-ons are considered appropriate attire for a night out and coffee in a paper cup is the beverage of choice, I couldn’t help but wonder...

  • Jul 19th, 2008 12:59am

South Ender asks fellow inmates to kill ex-wife

A South Whidbey man has been charged with solicitation to commit murder after police learned that he allegedly tried to recruit two other inmates to kill his ex-wife for $2,500 and a motorcycle.

  • Jul 19th, 2008 4:14pm

Keep fire hall public, Langley residents say

LANGLEY — Langley residents told the city council Wednesday that the old fire hall on Second Street should stay a public building.

  • Jul 19th, 2008 4:14pm

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.

  • Jul 17th, 2008 11:24pm

PUD supporters say tax impact won’t be huge

County sets date for hearing on new district boundaries

  • Jul 16th, 2008 4:00pm

Stars gather for Choochokam ’08: Festival still a success despite smaller crowds

Summer heat, gas prices and the whooping cough scare kept some Choochokam visitors away, but those who came said it was the best festival ever.

  • Jul 16th, 2008 4:00pm

Langley Police struggle with intoxicated man at Choochokam

The Langley Police Department got a bit more action than usual in the small and usually quiet Village by the Sea on Saturday night when officers stopped a 23-year-old Langley man on a rampage after Choochokam.

  • Jul 16th, 2008 3:35pm

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.

  • Jul 16th, 2008 3:43pm

Langley City Council presses for change in meeting days

The Langley City Council wants to hold its regular meetings two days sooner. The council is likely to vote on a resolution Wednesday that will move the meetings from the first and third Wednesday of the month to the first and third Monday.

  • Jul 15th, 2008 4:49pm

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.

  • Jul 14th, 2008 5:37pm

City finds fault with unapproved work at construction site

Trees damaged at fire hall project

  • Jul 15th, 2008 4:46pm

DUI driver receives prison term for Highway 525 crash

Prosecutor notes driver had previous convictions

  • Jul 15th, 2008 4:47pm

Police probe crab caper

Langley may have a crab bandit on its hands. The crabbing season opened just last week, but the Langley Police Department has received an unusually high number of phone calls about stolen crabs and crab pots.

  • Jul 15th, 2008 4:47pm

Goosefoot to sell real estate to pay for Bayview Center improvements

Goosefoot Community Fund is selling more than 10 acres of land in Bayview — including the historic Sears House — to pay for improvements to Bayview Center.

  • Jul 15th, 2008 4:45pm

Parishioners ask judge to go easy on vandal

COUPEVILLE — The very people who Craig Firth hurt with his crime came to his defense when he was sentenced Monday to more than four years in prison.

  • Jul 9th, 2008 12:07am

Langley street repairs expected to interfere in Coochokam festival

With road construction going on in the heart of Langley, it’s hard to imagine that Choochokam is only three days away. And Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg predicts that the construction on Anthes Avenue will cause a bit of a traffic nightmare. Especially for those festival visitors, who try to park as close as possible to the action.

  • Jul 9th, 2008 4:30pm

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.

  • Jul 6th, 2008 8:54pm

City of Langley opens up more parking in Langley business core

The city of Langley nearly doubled parking on the waterside of First Street by changing the striping from parallel to angle parking.

  • Jul 5th, 2008 4:31pm

Langley has new chairman for city’s Planning Advisory Board

Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson has picked Jim Sundberg to be the new chairman of the Planning Advisory Board.

  • Jul 5th, 2008 12:00am

PUD measure qualifies for November ballot

Only 27 hours after submitting a petition to form a local public utilities district, the auditor's office announced late Thursday that "People For Yes on Whidbey PUD" had collected enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. Auditor staff, led by Michele Reagan, started counting and validating signatures immediately after the petitions were turned in Wednesday morning and notified "People For Yes on Whidbey PUD" today at 1:15 p.m. that the minimum number of 2,464 valid signatures had been reached.

  • Jul 3rd, 2008 11:45pm

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.

  • Jul 3rd, 2008 4:31pm

Friendship Force comes closer to funding goals

The Friendship Force raised more than $2,500 to help educate and save people in Vietnam from land mines.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 1:41am

St. Hubert Catholic Church burglar enters guilty plea

COUPEVILLE — He was ready for his punishment. But Craig Firth, one of the men who was caught vandalizing St. Hubert Catholic Church, has to wait a week.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 8:46pm

UPDATE: Local PUD looks likely for ballot

Supporters collect enough signatures to force vote

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 8:46pm

Dave Colburn to bring wild animal show to Freeland’s Celebrate America

This year’s Celebrate America festival will be a wild one. During Freeland’s holiday celebration on the eve of Independence Day, the “Predators of the Heart” with Dave Colburn will make sure the show has plenty of bite. Colburn will bring wolves, cougars, alligators and other predators to Freeland Park. His wild animal program is a favorite across the Northwest.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 8:46pm