Roy Jacobson

Bayview School mourns recent grad killed in Tacoma shooting

Students, teachers and staff of Bayview School were struggling this week to cope with the senseless shooting death Sunday night of a recent graduate.

Heavy rains lead to Maxwelton Beach flooding

The water has to go somewhere, and a lot of it late this week was in the Maxwelton Valley.

Cuteness can be lethal: Experts say steer clear of seal pups

If you find a harbor seal pup on the beach, keep your distance. You may save its life, and protect yourself from disease or injury.

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.

Islanders to ferry service: Keep the terminal in Mukilteo

Go ahead and move the ferry terminal out of Mukilteo — when Saratoga Passage freezes over. “It was a clear theme,” Hadley Rodero, a Washington State Ferries consultant, said this past week. “They want that terminal to stay in Mukilteo.”

New full-day kindergarten to be offered by district

Kindergarten will have a new look in the South Whidbey School District next fall.

Economy may force Langley to make more budget cuts

The city of Langley continues to feel the economic pinch, and if things don’t pick up may be forced to amend its budget and make more cuts, city finance director Debbie Mahler warned.

Iraq War protesters take their first break in seven years

For the first time in seven years, there will be no Saturday morning protests of the Iraq War at the Bayview park-and-ride lot.

UPDATE | Nichols will get stimulus money

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders will get nearly a million dollars in federal stimulus funds as one of 10 small shipyards in the state to receive grants.

Water districts battle bill that would authorize utility tax increase

A Clinton water commissioner is battling state legislation that would let cities, towns and the county raise local utility bills by as much as six percent.

Meetings will help chart the fate of Glendale Creek

The first of five public meetings focusing on the future of Glendale Creek and its delicate surroundings is this week in Clinton.

Decision near on next hospital commissioner for South Whidbey

Four South End candidates vying for a vacant position on the Whidbey General Hospital board of directors were interviewed last week, and one is expected to be confirmed soon.

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.

Parking for Whidbey commuters fading away in Mukilteo

Overnight commuter parking in Mukilteo is going fast, and what’s left of it is going up. Diamond Parking notified Whidbey Island ferry commuters this past Friday that the city of Mukilteo will take over the two remaining 75-space overnight lots near the Mukilteo Lighthouse.

County exploring boat-launch fees at South End parks

Cash-strapped Island County is considering collecting boat-launch fees at the eight facilities it owns, including three on the South End.

Two-car commuters facing dire future in Mukilteo

Island commuters who keep a car in Mukilteo to avoid waiting in line for the ferry are rapidly losing their overnight parking spots. As many as 300 islanders keep an extra car on the mainland to avoid the hassles of driving on. But by September, there may be no overnight parking spots left.

Critics of diking district get a seat at the table

Embattled Island County Diking District 1 has a new commissioner — one of its critics. John Shepard, a retired professor of medicine, was appointed to the three-man commission this week by Island County Commissioners.

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.

Two red-tailed hawks shot on South Whidbey

Two red-tailed hawks in the South Whidbey area have died in the past two weeks after being shot, local veterinarian Dave Parent said.

Langley Community Forum curtails its online debate

The Langley Community Forum, a spirited platform for the discussion of city issues, is scaling back its online operation, organizers said.