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Island County works to clear slide near Glendale

County crews were working quickly on Tuesday afternoon to clear a mudslide just above the beachside community of Glendale, officials said.

  • Mar 15th, 2011 11:37pm

Dogs comb Maxwelton Beach for clues to an old homicide

Three four-legged sleuths combed Maxwelton Beach at Useless Bay for nearly four hours on Friday, searching for clues that might lead to the identity of an apparent homicide victim whose skull was found in the same area late last fall.

  • Mar 12th, 2011 5:47pm

Law and order creates a good yarn in Langley

Langley’s local “yarn bombers” apparently ran afoul of the law, and new Police Chief Randy Heston found himself tangled in a bind in only his second week on the job.

  • Mar 12th, 2011 1:28am

South Whidbey students take part in heart screenings

Jessica Manca’s senior project at South Whidbey High School in Langley was…

  • Mar 13th, 2011 6:06pm

Temporary layoffs hit Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Some employees at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland have been laid off temporarily, company officials confirmed Thursday. The layoffs are expected to last less than two months.

  • Mar 13th, 2011 6:06pm

Blast for the past: Historic conservation district eyed in Langley

Fans of Langley’s past are looking for an effective way to preserve it for the future.

  • Mar 10th, 2011 5:31pm

Rachel heads home after market run-in

Rachel the Piggybank is expected back in Seattle today after recuperating for a month in Clinton from its confrontation with a taxi cab.

  • Mar 9th, 2011 6:51pm

Tooth trouble may be threatening captured Whidbey orca

Local whale watchers are worried about Lolita, the orca that was captured in Penn Cove in 1970 and has been the star of the Miami Seaquarium, a major tourist attraction in Florida, for more than 40 years.

  • Mar 8th, 2011 11:45pm

Chicken coop burns in fire north of Freeland

Quick action by a Bush Point homeowner, a former South Whidbey firefighter, contained a blaze in a small chicken coop early Monday morning before it could threaten a nearby house, fire officials said.

  • Mar 7th, 2011 7:21pm

Skull found on Maxwelton Beach remains unidentified

The search for clues continues in an effort to determine the identity of an apparent homicide victim whose partial skull was found late last fall on Maxwelton Beach.

  • Mar 6th, 2011 6:02pm

Langley police chief retires after 32 years

True to the lawman tradition, Police Chief Bob Herzberg rode off quietly into the sunset this week after more than 32 years with the department.

  • Mar 5th, 2011 9:35pm

Organizers banking on support for new Whidbey credit union

The effort to establish a new federal credit union on Whidbey Island is gathering steam and daring to dream.

  • Mar 5th, 2011 5:50pm

Freeland man spends a lifetime bringing classic cars back to life

Skip Downing isn’t one to boast, but he says there’s a car in his garage that gets 60 miles to the gallon.

  • Mar 2nd, 2011 10:18pm

Heading up Episcopal parishes is all in the family in Freeland

Nigel and Rachel Taber-Hamilton are together again on the same coast. And now they even have the same job.

  • Mar 2nd, 2011 10:46pm

Freeland in line for $3.5 million loan from state for sewer system

Freeland sewer boosters appear to be in line for a $3.5 million low-interest loan from the state Department of Ecology, officials said Thursday.

  • Feb 27th, 2011 6:43pm

Freeland woman gives birth outside EMS building in Bayview

Carol Maynard of Freeland considers herself a family planner. “I’d never want to have a baby in front of my father-in-law and some men in a parking lot,” she said Thursday afternoon.

  • Mar 4th, 2011 4:29pm

Freeland family escapes injury as nearby building burns

A young Freeland family escaped injury when their detached garage and home theater caught fire early Friday morning, fire officials said.

  • Feb 25th, 2011 11:43pm

Snow keeps Whidbey spring at bay

Whidbey Island’s very own snowstorm struck Wednesday afternoon and overnight, dumping various…

  • Feb 24th, 2011 8:49pm

Revised plan for Freeland moves ahead

A rarified vision of Freeland has moved another step closer to reality.

  • Feb 23rd, 2011 5:06pm

Island County announces end to trash pick-ups

Trash collection will end next week at Whidbey’s most popular county parks because of budget woes, officials said this week.

  • Feb 23rd, 2011 5:06pm

Two cars collide head-on on snowy highway north of Freeland

At least one person was injured in a two-car head-on collision on snow-covered Highway 525 north of Freeland Tuesday morning, emergency officials said.

  • Feb 22nd, 2011 7:27pm

UPDATE | Visitors find skull of possible murder victim on Maxwelton Beach

Specially trained “cadaver dogs” will be brought in next week to search Maxwelton Beach for other remains after a human skull now believed to be that of a homicide victim was found on the wet sand about three months ago.

  • Feb 19th, 2011 5:12pm

UPDATE | Two arrested in string of car prowls

Two young men await theft charges after at least 20 vehicles were entered and items taken in the Clinton area this past weekend, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Feb 19th, 2011 5:10pm

South Whidbey Student advocates for healthy hearts

A friend’s experience convinced Jessica Manca of Langley to focus her senior project at South Whidbey High School on a heartfelt approach to health.

  • Feb 19th, 2011 5:09pm

Two arrested in Clinton car prowls

Two young men await theft charges after at least 20 vehicles were entered and items taken in the Clinton area this past weekend, according to the Island County Sheriff's Office.

  • Feb 17th, 2011 5:51pm

Langley locals pick up their trowels to help spring blossom

Spring is around the corner and heading up the street, and several organizations in Langley have joined together to nudge it along. The Langley Gardens Primrose Project kicks off next week with the city’s first clean-up campaign of the year.

  • Feb 14th, 2011 4:35pm

Langley restaurant to become an English pub

Maureen Cooke is reaching back to the old country to put a new patina on her business life. The longtime downtown Langley shopkeeper and food purveyor is about to turn her hard-pressed Langley hamburger joint into a traditional English pub.

  • Feb 10th, 2011 4:24pm

Volunteers step up to help with Main Street

More than a dozen Langley boosters have moved closer to affiliation with a national program that focuses on downtown revitalization. They formed an interim board of directors and agreed on a name — Langley Main Street Association.

  • Feb 9th, 2011 6:22pm

Nichols Brothers worker injured in fall

A shipfitter at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland was due to be released from the hospital Monday after being injured in a 15- to 20-foot fall from the deck of a boat, company officials said Monday.

  • Feb 9th, 2011 6:02pm

Orcas put on a big show all around Whidbey Island

It was a whale of a weekend for travelers on the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry.

  • Feb 9th, 2011 5:06pm

South Whidbey native escapes mounting turmoil in Cairo

A former South Whidbey resident escaped the turmoil in Egypt on Friday after a knuckle-biting trip from his houseboat on the Nile River to the Cairo airport, his mother said.

  • Feb 5th, 2011 5:40pm

Break-ins shake Maxwelton Beach residents

A series of residential break-ins in the Maxwelton Beach area in the past month have neighbors concerned.

  • Feb 6th, 2011 6:22pm

Freeland man plans a medical marijuana co-op

Captn Blynd says the reaction to his plan to form a local medical marijuana cooperative has been slim to none. For local law enforcement, it appears to be wait-and-see.

  • Feb 1st, 2011 7:27pm

Everett, Edmonds cut from Mukilteo terminal plan

Breathe easy, South Whidbey ferry commuters. Edmonds and Everett are off the table.

  • Jan 31st, 2011 4:53pm

GETTING TO THE BEACH: Campaign under way to identify neglected public access points

ROCKY POINT — Mike McVay just wants to stroll from his house across Saratoga Road down to the beach in his community near Baby Island without causing a ruckus. He wants others on Whidbey to be able to do the same in their neighborhoods, and for kayakers and canoeists to be able launch and to put into shore without impinging on private property, “and without getting yelled at.”

  • Jan 27th, 2011 6:25pm

Lorax loses, forest named after Trillium

Sorry, Lorax. Trillium Woods has a new name, chosen from 95 suggestions received by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, and it’s not yours.

  • Jan 26th, 2011 6:58pm

South End hoops court could be replaced in a snap

Louis Muniz, an avid basketball player, says the South End needs a better outdoor place to play, so he’s jumping through hoops to try to get a new modular court for South Whidbey Community Park.

  • Jan 26th, 2011 12:45am

Mudder founder vows to find a new venue

The Mudder will take the year off while organizers of the intrepid off-road bicycle race find a new place to pedal, founder Robert Frey said Thursday.

  • Jan 23rd, 2011 6:29pm

Latest Freeland plan update no longer takes a village

An ambitious vision for a second “Village by the Sea” on the South End, this one in Freeland, appears destined for the shredder, by popular demand.

  • Jan 24th, 2011 5:00pm

SAVY’S WAR: A 99-year-old vet looks back on China and the Flying Tigers

Savy Savinelli has strong memories of the Flying Tigers. “I dug myself a foxhole, and laid in it and watched them shoot down Zeroes,” he said.

  • Jan 20th, 2011 9:29pm

Todd sale won’t hurt Freeland boatyard

The impending sale of Todd Pacific Shipyards to an Oregon firm should have no effect on Nichols Brothers Boat Builders’ relationship with the Seattle company, said Matt Nichols, managing director for business development.

  • Jan 19th, 2011 10:00pm

300-pound safe stolen from Casey’s Crafts in the Bayview Shopping Center

Someone broke into Casey’s Crafts in the Bayview Shopping Center late last Saturday night or early Sunday morning and made off with a heavy safe from the office, owner Laurie Davenport of Langley said Tuesday.

  • Jan 19th, 2011 4:43pm

Main Street program may be the spark Langley seeks

he city got a glimpse Wednesday night of what could be, through the eyes of a nonprofit movement specializing in downtown revitalization.

  • Jan 16th, 2011 5:48pm

Pumping reduces latest flood threat to Glendale

Around-the-clock emergency pumping in the upper Glendale Creek area near Clinton has all but ended the most recent flood threat to Glendale Beach, Island County Public Works Director Bill Oakes said Thursday.

  • Jan 15th, 2011 6:04pm

Langley couple to open Whidbey’s first legal distillery

Steven and Beverly Heising are toasting their retirement as the spirits move them. They've put up a still in their back yard - the first legal still in island history.

  • Jan 13th, 2011 12:00am

Likely Langley council candidates keep cool and coy

It could get crowded on the Langley City Council election ballot in the fall. Or maybe it won't, if you listen to the likely candidates.

  • Jan 13th, 2011 4:06pm

Merry Christmas, and here’s $50

Santa came early to several visitors to Good Cheer Food Bank in Bayview, thanks to members of three South End organizations.

  • Jan 8th, 2011 4:00pm

Tilth Farmers Market will make the move to Sundays

South Whidbey Tilth, one of the island’s oldest farmers market, will switch from Saturdays to Sundays this spring.

  • Jan 9th, 2011 8:21pm

County mans the pumps as water backs up behind failed culvert on Glendale Creek

Island County waded in this week to reduce severe flooding on upper Glendale Creek before it can pose another threat to the beleaguered Glendale beach community downstream.

  • Jan 9th, 2011 8:22pm

Clinton woman’s dog is a real rocker

Sebastian, the South End’s distinctive 10-year-old poodle, is rapidly cementing his celebrity.

  • Jan 7th, 2011 4:00pm