Michaela Marx Wheatley

Planning board postpones decision on new leader

Langley’s Planning Advisory Board has tabled the decision to pick two members as choices for its new leader.

UPDATE: Governor gets big welcome in Langley

Gov. Christine Gregoire visited Langley Monday afternoon and she had her fighting gloves on during her first official campaign stop on South Whidbey.

Move starts to form PUD

Activists want local control of power company

Nonprofits vital to Whidbey Island life

When it comes to circulating a buck in the local economy, nonprofits are not only on the receiving end.

Dave Colburn to bring wild animal show to Freeland’s Celebrate America

This year’s Celebrate America festival will be a wild one. During Freeland’s holiday celebration on the eve of Independence Day, the “Predators of the Heart” with Dave Colburn will make sure the show has plenty of bite. Colburn will bring wolves, cougars, alligators and other predators to Freeland Park. His wild animal program is a favorite across the Northwest.

Guaranteed Education Tuition program draws record enrollment

Some South End toddlers are college ready and it has nothing to do with Baby Einstein toys. A record number of parents with newborns are saving for college through Washington’s prepaid college tuition plan.

Ex-spokesman alleges threats, PUD leader says it never happened

The ex-spokesman of the group pushing to start a public utility district on Whidbey Island to take over Puget Sound Energy’s territory has added oil to the fire that ignited this weekend, when he charged the leader of the effort with accepting payments from the state PUD association. After being “removed” by the board Saturday, and resigning himself in an e-mail on Monday, Ed Jenkins sent out another e-mail to PUD supporters, TV stations and newspapers across the state Wednesday saying that he isn’t done yet.

Council to get first look at board report

LANGLEY — The controversial recommendations by Langley’s Planning Advisory Board covering waterfront development will be presented to the city council tonight, but Langley officials say people shouldn’t expect a drawn-out debate.

Langley cottage featured on home tour

One of the cottages at the Highlands in Langley is a featured home at the 2008 Skagit and Island Counties Builders Association Home Tour. During the tour, the Highlands is also hosting a sustainability fair.

Students at Island Christian Academy raise money to help beat blood cancer

Island Christian Academy students raised $1,079.71 to help fund blood cancer research and provide help and hope to thousands of patients and their families through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program.

Commissioners pick councilwoman for new county auditor

Island County’s new auditor is Sheilah Crider. The Oak Harbor councilwoman and Realtor was picked unanimously by the board of county commissioners Wednesday to fill the position vacated by Suzanne Sinclair in December.

Dedication to craft pays off for Whidbey winemakers

A small Whidbey winery is winning accolades. Blooms Winery’s 2010 Syrah was rated along with other Washington Syrahs and given a 90-point rating in the current issue of Wine Spectator Magazine.

Jury finds man guilty in stabbing case

A South End man was found guilty by a jury last week of assault in the second degree with a deadly weapon.

Whidbey woman recalls bat attack

In the last few weeks, Ann Medlock has heard every vampire joke imaginable.

Whidbey Telecom and Sprint finally reach agreement

Whidbey Telecom has reached an agreement to allow Sprint Communications Company into the local telephone company’s territory.

Langley identifies needed rule changes

LANGLEY — The Langley City Council and the community got their chance last week to pitch their top picks for changing policies that will guide growth over the next two decades. Planning chief Larry Cort, who had come up with a list of changes to Langley’s rule books based on the growth plan rewrite that was finalized in December, invited everyone to add ideas.

Bayview turkey family loses member

BAYVIEW — Maybe “Big Fanny” should have gotten some advice from the chicken who crossed the road. Just after 8 a.m. Friday, a white Volvo traveling on Bayview Road hit and killed “Big Fanny,” a member of the turkey family that has roamed the area freely since last fall.

Woman busted in Freeland burglary gets prison term

COUPEVILLE — One of two people arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in Freeland last month broke down in tears as she apologized in court to a Freeland business woman for breaking into her shop and stealing her identity.

Kids celebrate national Adoption Day

COUPEVILLE — Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock stood before a standing-room-only court room. And it was a good thing. “Is there anything you want to say?” he asked. The two young children before him shook their heads “No” in unison.

SWES teacher goes on Middle East adventure of a lifetime

When school started last week, one face was noticeably absent at South Whidbey Elementary School. Longtime elementary school teacher Carolyn Bippart wasn’t there.