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They are cute, and their helpless cries for their mothers can make the hardest heart melt. But no matter how drawn you are to a seal pup, stay away. That's the warning from marine mammal experts now that seal pupping season has returned to Whidbey Island. The Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network is reminding residents and visitors to keep their distance from the animals so they have a better chance of survival.
The group that wants to form a public utilities district and take over Puget Sound Energy's territory on Whidbey Island said Monday they have collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. "People for Yes on Whidbey PUD" wants to put a public takeover of PSE on the November ballot. Organizers for the group would not say exactly how many signatures had been gathered on the petitions that call for a public vote, however.
Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson has picked five members for the new and much anticipated Parks and Open Space Commission. The members to be appointed are Langley residents Michael Cramer, Nancy Rowan and David Schmidt, and non-residents Cary Peterson and Leah Green, who both live in Langley’s urban growth area.
PUD backers say they are close to reaching goal for Nov. 4 ballot
A happy staff makes business go smoothly and heightens productivity. Each year, big corporations put millions of dollars into training to make their employees more effective. A Freeland author and coach says what works for Fortune 500 companies will work for small businesses like many companies on South Whidbey, too.
Thirty-five years, 10 months and seven days after a Langley couple vowed to spend their lives together, they tied the knot last week. Officially.
A crowd of more than 50 showed up at a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the future of energy on Whidbey Island in Freeland. “People For Yes on Whidbey PUD” want to form a public utility district on the island. In order to get the issue on the ballot this fall they have to collect 2,392 signatures from registered voters living on the island — or 10 percent of all registered voters — by July 4.
LANGLEY — The Langley Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director.
Despite chilly temperatures, filling up a gas tank in recent weeks can make a person sweat with gas prices way past the $4 mark. Now imagine having to fill up 131 gas tanks. With an eye on next year’s budget, the Island County motor pool is considering its options on how to save money while running a “greener” fleet. County officials are collecting data on vehicle use and as part of the research, they will also evaluate the performance of its hybrid vehicles.
Hundreds of pairs of sneakers added a few extra miles to their soles this weekend as South Enders walked for the cure during this year’s Relay For Life. The weather held up for the 20 teams that walked for 18 hours between 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the South Whidbey High School track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Amid the controversy about beach access at the end of Wonn Road in Greenbank, the Island County Assessor has found that the current property owner owes three years of back taxes for the tidelands Bruce Montgomery says he owns. It’s not much — $3.63 to be exact — but tax slips have been prepared and Island County Assessor Dave Mattens said the Montgomerys can expect to find a tax bill in their mailbox soon.
Reece Rose is already talking about leaving the job she’s working to land. Rose, who has been fighting to become county commissioner for District 1 for nearly six years, said she only wants to do the job for a maximum of eight. Rose had pledged to follow self-imposed term limits if voters put her in office.
The Whidbey Island group working to take over Puget Sound Energy’s power system on Whidbey is holding a public forum today in Freeland. “People For Yes on Whidbey PUD” want to form a public utility district on the island. In order to get the issue on the ballot this fall they have to collect and submit enough signatures to the county auditor by early July.
The Island County Auditor's Office has reversed course and is now printing the candidate statements of all candidates running in the August primaries. A number of candidates in key races had missed a vital deadline for submitting their statements and pictures to the voter's guide, which will be sent to every household in the county.
Langley City Council meetings have been known to draw big crowds. But in recent months, a four-legged spectator has joined the audience as Langleyites learn about planning and development issues — especially when Fred Evander, Langley’s junior planner, is the speaker. No matter how many people crowd the council chamber for a presentation, as soon as Evander opens his mouth four little paws sneak down the stairs. Randy, the city’s newest mascot cat, wouldn’t miss one of Evander’s speeches.
Glen Russell, a Greenbank resident for 35 years, is fighting to stop construction of a brick-and-concrete wall that a couple from Medina are building near their new home on Wonn Road. The problem is that the wall at the end of the public road will block access to the beach.
A South Whidbey group is fighting land mines and boosting literacy in Vietnam and they now have found an ally in Bayview. The South Whidbey Friendship Force is raising money to build a library that will keep children in Vietnam safe. Friendship Force members are teaming up with Chef Chung Tran of the Basil Café at the Bayview Cash Store. He will be serving cuisine from his native Vietnam at the café from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. The special dinner will raise money for the Friendship Force Peace Library Project.
BAYVIEW — It’s been nearly five years since President George Bush stood aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln under a banner that proclaimed “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq.
LANGLEY — The city of Langley seems to be in no rush to appoint a new chairman for the Planning Advisory Board. Mayor Paul Samuelson said at the regular city council meeting Wednesday that he won’t announce a new chairman until the next city council meeting July 2.
The Langley City Council unanimously approved the city's long-awaited wellhead protection plan Monday night.
Langley's Planning Advisory Board has narrowed its choice for chairman down to two.
Three months after a South End crash that allegedly involved high speed and alcohol, the Island County Prosecutor’s Office has not yet filed charges against the driver, a well-known South End business owner. Leroy E. Olsen III, who has run fireworks shows on the South End, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence following a crash on Goss Lake Road earlier this year. Olsen’s passenger, Kim Blain of PayLess Foods in Freeland, was seriously injured in the crash. The delay in the court proceedings had sparked some South End rumors that the two well-known South End business people were getting preferential treatment from law enforcement.
The 2008 South Whidbey Relay For Life is in the final two weeks of preparation. South Enders will walk for a cure June 20 and 21. There are now more than 200 people working tirelessly to raise funds and create activities for the overnight event that supports the American Cancer Society.
A mom, a jock, a romantic, a ballerina, a tech wizard, a Columbian power house, a culinary master, a nurturer, a quiet soul, a world traveler, the eye of justice, a Bayview legacy, a lemonade maker, a perfect storm and the fearless one. They are brilliant, talented individuals and together they are Bayview School’s Class of 2008. Under sunny skies, 15 students graduated from Bayview School in an outdoor ceremony behind Bayview Hall Thursday.
LANGLEY — The Langley Community Emergency Shelters are taking shape after more than 18 months of planning.
In the last few weeks, Ann Medlock has heard every vampire joke imaginable.
Coupeville attorney Craig Platt is challenging longtime Island County Judge Vickie Churchill for the Position 2 seat in Island County Superior Court. It was an unexpected surprise — for some. Platt filed as a candidate for Island County Superior Court, Position 2 late Friday and said Monday that people have been encouraging him to enter the race.
LANGLEY — Death may get a little more expensive in Langley.
LANGLEY — The Langley City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to extend the moratorium against building in residential zones for another six months. But while it quickly became clear that the extension was a done deal, lots of talk focused on a potential new extension in December.
The Langley City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to extend the moratorium on building for another six months — without exemptions.
GREENBANK — It’s just a frame, the skeleton of a home, that rose this weekend at Teronda West in Greenbank, but 6-year-old Chloe can already picture her room.
Whidbey Telecom has reached an agreement to allow Sprint Communications Company into the local telephone company’s territory.
LANGLEY — The Langley City Council will decide tonight if the ban on building in town will be extended for six months.
Seattle is about to get a bit closer.
The Dog is barking for help. Dog House Tavern owner Wendy Jacobs posted a desperate plea to save Langley’s historic tavern on craigslist this week.
LANGLEY — Talks between the city and waterfront property owners on both First Street and Wharf Street are off to a good, yet slow, start.
LANGLEY — It was a South End institution was born out of necessity. Two moms who had recently moved to South Whidbey needed a place for their kids to be safe and learn while they took care of other business.
LANGLEY — Langley’s Planning Advisory Board is concerned about impacts that new zoning for the fairgrounds could have on Langley.
An Oak Harbor man pled guilty Thursday to raping a 2-year-old girl.
Langley’s Planning Advisory Board has tabled the decision to pick two members as choices for its new leader.
The man who was arrested in an alleged road rage case last week in Bayview will face a judge next week.
CLINTON — The fallen were remembered at the Clinton Cemetery by those looking back on days in uniform and those seeking to honor soldiers who gave everything in the fight for freedom.
The city of Langley will likely continue its moratorium on building in its residential zones, city officials said earlier this week.
One of the most important jobs on Memorial Day since the 1920s is that of the Poppy Girl.
The city of Langley will likely continue its moratorium on building in its residential zones, city officials said today.
The Port of South Whidbey wants the Langley City Council to endorse the port's proposed tax increase.
The Port of South Whidbey wants the Langley City Council to endorse the port's proposed tax increase.
LANGLEY — If Mayor Paul Samuelson gets his way, the majority of the city’s advisors could be out-of-towners.
Many business owners have long said that the local economy is largely dependent on the ferry links to the mainland.
FREELAND - The Harborside Parade rolled through Freeland for the second time Saturday.