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Six Island County residents have filed to run for three commissioner seats for the proposed Whidbey-based public utility district.
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.
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.
In the District 1 race for Island County Commissioner, history will be made this year. What kind of history remains to be seen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The man who was convicted of stabbing a girlfriend has filed a motion for a retrial.
The man accused of threatening the lives of Island County Sheriff’s deputies’ pled not guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday.
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.
Family faces medical bills after premature twin birth
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.
A South End man was found guilty by a jury last week of assault in the second degree with a deadly weapon.
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.
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.
Property owner improves access at Greenbank
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.
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.
Somebody is hoping to score points for Team Haddon in the upcoming primary with a political “dirty trick” called “push polling.”
Gov. Christine Gregoire visited Langley Monday afternoon and she had her fighting gloves on during her first official campaign stop on South Whidbey.
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.
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.
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...
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.
LANGLEY — Langley residents told the city council Wednesday that the old fire hall on Second Street should stay a public building.
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.
County sets date for hearing on new district boundaries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trees damaged at fire hall project
Prosecutor notes driver had previous convictions
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beverly Graham and Julie Keegan are launching an online radio program called “Breathe in radio” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11.
The city of Langley nearly doubled parking on the waterside of First Street by changing the striping from parallel to angle parking.
Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson has picked Jim Sundberg to be the new chairman of the Planning Advisory Board.
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.
"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.
The Friendship Force raised more than $2,500 to help educate and save people in Vietnam from land mines.
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.
Supporters collect enough signatures to force vote
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.