Michaela Marx Wheatley

Christmas bird count on Whidbey results in record numbers

Families, long-time birders, newbies and experts, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists went out on a mission earlier this month.

Premie needs help from the community

Family faces medical bills after premature twin birth

Temp judge in municipal court threatens to sue prosecutor

COUPEVILLE — The 2006 election is still haunting Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks. Banks’ ghost of elections past is Amy Dempsey, a disgruntled former employee who filed $1 million claim against the county in January 2007 saying that he fired her because she supported his opponent in the 2006 race, Steve Selby.

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.

KILLER BABIES, Greenbank couple discovers baby orca

A Greenbank couple had the rare luck to spot a brand-new baby whale just a few hours after it was born off Lagoon Point. They didn’t know it at the time, however. “Let me tell you a secret; we didn’t know we were looking at the baby whale until the whale research people told us,” Gene Ohlson said.

Inn at Langley honored as one of the best

Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines have recognized what locals have known for ages: Langley is a top destination with world-class accommodations.

South Whidbey Legion bikers rally for Good Cheer

The Legion Riders will rev up their bikes this Saturday for a good cause. The motorcyclists of the American Legion Post 141 in Langley are inviting bikers and the rest of the community to a bike ride, barbecue and music. And the whole party will benefit Good Cheer food bank.

The Bayview Cash Store got its style back

BAYVIEW — Starting up her own salon was a big gamble for a young business woman. But Brittney DeMartini, the owner and stylist of La Salon Bella, says taking the risk has paid off.

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...

New wine shop opens in Langley

Two South End women fulfilled their dream to be their “own boss” and in the process they brought fine wine and cheeses to Langley. Laurel Davis and Linda Shafer have opened 2nd Street Wine Shop and tasting room. It’s the newest business to hit Langley. The shop moved into the former home of Joe’s Island Music on Second Street.

South End honors its heroes on Memorial Day

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.

South End pair says raw food is the real deal

Two South End entrepreneurs have started a business that will help introduce people to the raw food lifestyle. The business is called Anambia, Power Food for Body, Mind and Spirit.

Island County evaluates hybrids within its motor pool

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.

Bayview High bids farewell to the Class of 2008

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 is fighting to keep clinic in town

Patients of a Langley doctor’s office are fighting to keep the Langley Clinic in town. Dr. Stan Whittemore of the Whidbey Clinic announced in a letter to his patients earlier this month that he is retiring from medicine and has decided to close the practice at the Langley Clinic.

Auction helps Whidbey Island Dance Theatre stars shine bright

The dancers of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre train all year long to bring audiences top-notch dance productions.

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.

Langley City Council agrees on way to ride herd on new policies

City Council says public will not be ignored in process LANGLEY — A bitter aftertaste from the recent rewrite of Langley’s growth plan has led a Langley resident to continue questioning the city’s new policy on wrapping up changes to the plan.

New nail salon sets high standards

Tucked away in a building on Main Street in Freeland is a brand new nail salon. At first sight the place looks like many salons: lots of tiny bottles of nail color sitting side-by-side in a display case, files and other paraphernalia neatly lined up for the next client.

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.