Michaela Marx Wheatley

Whidbey PUD backers say they are close to reaching petition goal

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.

Protesters mark fifth anniversary

BAYVIEW — It was the American thing to do. That’s what protesters and counter protesters said as they lined Highway 525 in Bayview Saturday voicing their opinions about the war in Iraq.

The Exchange offers chance to ask PUD questions

With 62 days left until decision day, it’s clear that there are more questions than answers concerning a potential switch to a local public utility district. On Nov. 4, voters will decided if they want to part ways with Puget Sound Energy, the current provider of energy on the island, and start a publicly-owned and regulated utility. The South Whidbey Record and the Clinton Community Club are sponsoring The Exchange “What does a PUD mean to Whidbey?” and it’s a chance for residents to squeeze some answers out of PUD supporters and PSE officials, alike.

Road rage driver to face judge

The man who was arrested in an alleged road rage case last week in Bayview will face a judge next week.

Businesses hurt by Keystone ferry trouble

LANGLEY — Troubles with the ferry service between Keystone and Port Townsend has meant less money in the cash registers of island businesses.

St. Hubert hosts Russian guest

You don’t need a translator to understand the importance of helping terminally-ill children. Father Alexander Tkachenko, the founder and executive director of the St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice, is visiting Whidbey Island from Russia to speak about his work.

County prosecutor seeks modest budget increase next year

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

Freeland takes party to the street at second Harborside Parade

FREELAND - The Harborside Parade rolled through Freeland for the second time Saturday.

Remarkable women nurtured Good Cheer

As the saying goes, “If you want to get something done, leave it to a busy woman.” Good Cheer was founded in 1962 through the efforts of several remarkable women.

Sweet Sisters take products to farmer market circuit

BAYVIEW — At the young age of 11 and 14, Terra and Rohanna Wildon are seasoned business women. For four years, they’ve been manufacturing body and home care products and selling them at the Bayview Farmers Market or by home order through their label Sweet Sisters. Initially, it was to raise some money for their horses.

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.

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.

South End comes together to spruce up cemetery

Bundled up tightly, defying high winds blowing in their faces, a group of Langleyites took to shuffles, rakes and garden clippers to cleanup the final resting place of those who came before them.

Heating costs soar for Helping Hands clients

As days get shorter and the weather gets colder, utility bills get bigger. None of us look forward to that. Least of which is Helping Hand, the nonprofit organization that helps people in need cover basic necessities, such as heating, electricity and rent.

Two candidates in the running to lead Langley Planning Advisory Board

Langley's Planning Advisory Board has narrowed its choice for chairman down to two.

Islander gives women the tools to succeed

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.

Welcome the Whales Festival, parade, whale watch and educational activities

As if they knew that the weekend that will celebrate them is upon us, the whales in Saratoga passage have put in overtime lately.

New mayor plans changes at city hall

LANGLEY — Langley’s next mayor Paul Samuelson will restructure city hall when he takes office in January. And one of his first changes will cost current City Administrator Walt Blackford his job.

Neighbors pull family from water

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.

Greenbank beach dispute results in (some) back taxes for property owner

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.