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Brainpower propels South Whidbey team to state tournament

The six members of South Whidbey Elementary School’s Destination ImagiNation team hope their performance will propel them into the competition’s national finals later in the year, with a chance to win a lot of money.

UPDATE | Ferry terminal work wrapped up, construction company to get bonus

Crews working to upgrade the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal completed the bulk of their work this past weekend, eliminating the need for a third closure planned for the weekend coming up, ferry officials said Monday.

Good Cheer wins an award for its volunteer program

Good Cheer Food Bank has received $5,000 and a special award for its volunteer program from Western Washington’s largest hunger relief organization.

Updated subarea plan seen as Freeland’s foundation

The updated plan is in place. Development regulations are on the horizon. Can sewers be far behind?

Long ferry ride to Clinton is money in the bank for local businesses

It wasn’t so great for travelers, but it was dynamite for business. The first round of ferry detours from Clinton to Edmonds and back this past weekend served up 90-minute waits between boats and plenty of pizza and burgers on the Clinton shore.

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.

Budget-cuts demonstration draws a crowd in Clinton

There was a crowd of many ages, signs of protest, four police cars — and, best of all, no rain.

Near-miss car accident at Glendale Road raises a hole lot of questions

A young driver from Sequim was lucky this past weekend while trying to find his way near Glendale, residents say — he and his car might have landed in a 25-foot-deep hole.

Meerkerk Gardens in Greenbank prunes staff to battle economic pinch

A projected 20-percent decline in revenue has forced Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank to reorganize, board president Robert Boehm said Monday.

Slides continue in beleaguered Whidbey Shores neighborhood

Smaller mudslides continued through the night Monday in the wake of a large slide this past weekend that blocked East Point Drive, hit two houses and damaged two vehicles in the Whidbey Shores waterfront neighborhood north of Langley.

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.

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.

South Whidbey students take part in heart screenings

Jessica Manca’s senior project at South Whidbey High School in Langley was a huge success — and may have saved lives.Manca, 16, a junior, organized… Continue reading

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.