Michaela Marx Wheatley

Good Cheer celebrates 50th birthday

It’s been half a century since a small group of friends from the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church got together to spread some holiday “good cheer” to their less fortunate neighbors.

Harvest Party serves up fun, food for Good Cheer Food Bank

Good Cheer is kicking off its 50th birthday celebration with a party for the whole community. The fourth annual Good Cheer Harvest Party & Music Fest is from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Good Cheer Bayview Campus. The theme of this year’s event is “celebration of the harvest.” The nonprofit organization is inviting the community to enjoy the gardens and celebrate the group’s 50 years of service to South Whidbey. Good Cheer was founded in 1962 and was the first service nonprofit on the South End.

Bright smiles meet students on first school day

It was a busy morning Tuesday at South Whidbey elementary school as the kids, including 80 kindergartners, swarmed the school.

South Whidbey port draws criticism over marina project

After his failed bid for port commissioner last November, Ed Jenkins has been flooding Port of South Whidbey officials with unsolicited business advice, ranging from how to run the Langley Marina to suggestions on property purchases.

Parks levy is passing

The property tax levy for the South Whidbey parks district is passing in early vote returns. After 48.9 percent of all Island County ballots counted, the measure is passing with 3,323 votes to 2,056 votes, or 61.8 percent to 38.2 percent.

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.

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.

Whidbey PUD issue polarizes Whidbey Island

The power struggle on Whidbey Island is heading into the home stretch. But despite thousands of dollars spent to inform voters about the measure to create a Whidbey-based utility and numerous and debates, many people on Whidbey say they still haven’t heard enough to make up their minds on the PUD question.

Langley’s ash garden provides an alternative to traditional burial

Ten years ago, four Langley women planted the seed for what has become one of Langley’s most beautiful places — the ash garden at the Woodmen Cemetery.

Five vie for three PUD commissioner seats

It’s lots of work and little or no pay, but there is no shortage of people who want to be commissioner for Whidbey Island’s proposed public utility district.

Cake artist wins $10,000 on TV show

A metallic Emerald City made of cake towered above three other iconic skylines in Food Network’s Big City Cake Challenge. John Auburn of JW Desserts in Clinton won $10,000 in the TV culinary square-off.

Whidbey’s ace of cake competes on the Food Network

Whidbey’s John Auburn competed with the country’s best cake artists to build an American city skyline out of cake in just eight hours. Along with three other chefs, he squared off on the Food Network Challenge earlier this year. As the clock ticked on, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle arose from cake, sugar and chocolate in a studio in Centennial, Colo.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.