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.

Health officials promote early flu shots

Whidbey Island faced a serious whooping cough outbreak this summer — an epidemic that could have been prevented with a tiny poke of a needle. With flu season just around the corner, Island County Health officials are wondering if Whidbey residents have learned their lesson.

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.

Businessman charged with vehicular assault six months after crash

More than six month after a crash that injured two well-known South End business people, Leroy E. Olsen III was arraigned this week on charges of vehicular assault.

UPDATE: PSE ups its spending to fight Whidbey PUD

Puget Sound Energy has thrown major money behind its effort to fight the creation of new public utility districts to take over the power company’s territory on Whidbey Island and in Jefferson and Skagit counties.

Whidbey’s Boeing workers on strike in its third week today

Their days still start with a 15-minute ferry ride and the commute to the Everett Boeing plant, but Whidbey’s Boeing workers have traded in their tools for strike signs. About 360 Boeing workers live on Whidbey Island and a thousand or so live in Island County. The strike of roughly 27,000 employees at Washington’s largest employer enters its third week today, and there are no indications that it will end soon.

PSE-funded group continues anti-PUD campaign on island

On the heels of the controversial yard-sign campaign by the Puget Sound Energy-funded “Whidbey Consumers for Affordable Energy,” the group is revving up its anti-PUD campaign on the island with a mailer and newspaper ads. Last weekend, island residents found a flyer from the political committee that is the brainchild of the political strategist firm Strategies 360.

Soup Box Derby was pretty slick this year

Persistent rain did not keep racers away Saturday as the Langley Soup Box Derby rolled down First Street.

Beach access conflict may turn into legal battle

More than three months after he called the attention of county officials to the potential loss of public beach access in Greenbank, Glen Russell has had enough and is considering legal actions.

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.

UPDATE: Island County commissioner’s race a battle between Bakke and Gordon for second spot on ticket

It's too early to call, but first vote counts indicate that incumbent Republican Phil Bakke and no-party candidate Curt Gordon will duke it out for the second spot on the November ballot, while Democrat Helen Price Johnson took an early lead in the primary election.

Baker brings back town favorites in Langley

A Langley baker is returning to her roots. Misty Moore has bought Langley Village Bakery on Second Street in Langley and reopened it last week.

Soup Box Derby: He wants to win even if it kills him

After a spectacular crash with his pirate ship racer during last year’s Soup Box Derby in Langley, Peter Lawlor is coming to today’s race prepared for all eventualities. Even the worst of all eventualities. This year, his racer is a coffin on wheels.

Boeing strike likely to impact South End economy

As the strike by 27,000 machinists at Boeing moved into a second week, experts say it is going to take a bite out of the South End economy.

County prosecutor seeks modest budget increase next year

In times of tight budgets, the Island County prosecutor isn’t asking for much.

DanceAway coming to Bayview; two young South Enders organize an all-ages dance

Since the late 1920s, Bayview Hall has been the hottest dance floor on the South End. Generations of islanders have memories of dancing the night away on the old maple floor, but in recent years dances have become fewer and far between. That’s about to change.

UPDATE:Langley council approves $10,000 raise for mayor

The Langley City Council approved a $10,000-a-year pay raise for Mayor Paul Samuelson Monday night. Samuelson has been on the job for less than a year. The council voted and approved the 2008 budget amendment during its regular city council meeting.

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.

PSE files complaint against PUD group

uget 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.

Langley council approves $10,000 raise for mayor

The Langley City Council approved a $10,000-a-year pay raise for Mayor Paul Samuelson Monday night.