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Business is booming at the Langley cemetery

Not all is fiscal gloom and doom in Langley. There’s a mini land rush in town — for burial plots at the city cemetery.

  • Jan 6th, 2011 3:30pm

Black ice sends cars off road

Five people escaped injury when their vehicles went off three different roads coated with black ice in the South End on Monday night and Tuesday morning, officials said.

  • Jan 4th, 2011 9:59pm

Freeland sewer backers delay LID hearing

The Freeland Water and Sewer District has pushed back until next spring the date for a hearing to form a local improvement district for a new sewer system.

  • Dec 24th, 2010 5:23pm

Langley vet hails repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

A local pioneer in the fight for the rights of gays and lesbians serving in the military hailed the U.S. Senate’s repeal Friday of the Clinton-era “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

  • Dec 23rd, 2010 6:48pm

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.”

  • Dec 23rd, 2010 6:45pm

Langley dog Mr. Jones still riding high on show circuit

Langley’s celebrity pooch has another plaudit for his pocket, if he only had a pocket. “We finally beat the poodle,” Sandi Smith of Possession Point said this week. “I can’t believe it. It was the highlight of all the shows I’ve been to.”

  • Dec 23rd, 2010 6:33pm

UPDATE | Langley city officials question candidate’s eligibility

Langley officials are raising doubts about whether Kathleen Waters can be a candidate for a vacant city council seat.

  • Dec 18th, 2010 8:00pm

Adams stays in the running for Langley council seat

Langley Passage or no Langley Passage, Robin Adams remains a candidate for the vacant position on the Langley City Council, he confirmed Thursday.

  • Dec 21st, 2010 4:44pm

Investigation continues into fatal crash in Freeland

The investigation continues into why a 42-year-old Langley man was fleeing from police when his car went off the road in Freeland and struck a tree, killing him, officials said Thursday.

  • Dec 20th, 2010 6:02pm

Historic Maxwelton Valley church springing back to life

Maxwelton’s Little Brown Church is easing back into business, but it remains a church in search of a flock.

  • Dec 19th, 2010 4:08pm

Langley radio station plans to air City Council meetings

The operator of a miniscule radio station featuring old-time broadcasts such as “The Cisco Kid,” “I Was a Communist for the FBI,” “Jungle Jim,” “Space Patrol” and “Inner Sanctum” plans to expand to include one of the South End’s longest-running melodramas, “The Langley City Council.”

  • Dec 16th, 2010 5:19pm

Idea to move Mukilteo Ferry Terminal gets chilly reception

A ferry terminal in Mukilteo will remain in Mukilteo, if the traveling public has its say.

  • Dec 16th, 2010 5:00pm

Diking commission to discuss proposed clean water utility

Commissioners of Island County Diking District 1 will have a special meeting this week to discuss the county's proposal to create a clean water utility.

  • Dec 13th, 2010 6:28pm

Dugout canoe replica stretches Freeland boat builder’s creativity

Brad Rice has built and restored classic wooden boats for 30 years, but this time he went right to the source.

  • Dec 12th, 2010 8:00pm

Port looks into scaling back marina project

Like battling a rip tide, Port of South Whidbey officials are trying to keep their Langley Marina expansion project buoyant in a foundering economy.

  • Dec 11th, 2010 6:02pm

South Whidbey’s Holiday House fills the gift gap for families in need

Holiday House is open for business again this year, pledging to help everyone who shows up have a pleasant season despite the economic woes.

  • Dec 11th, 2010 6:02pm

Big crowd enjoys festive holiday parade in Langley

Twenty entries performed under sunny skies at this year’s Holiday Parade in downtown Langley on Saturday, said Sherry Jennings, executive director of the Langley Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the event.

  • Dec 9th, 2010 5:42pm

FD3 to discuss strategic planning

Planning will highlight this week’s meeting of Island County Fire District 3 commissioners.

  • Dec 9th, 2010 5:17pm

Back in the good ol’ days, Langley had a woman’s touch

Get ready for a rare glimpse this week into Langley’s distaff history. With Island County poised to seat its first all-women commission next month, it’s a great time to revisit Langley’s first matriarchal town government in the early 1920s.

  • Dec 8th, 2010 5:00pm

Search goes on for Freeland sewer funds

Despite the stagnate economy and tight-fisted budgets at all levels of government, proponents of a sewer system for Freeland continue to troll for funds while updating their proposal.

  • Dec 10th, 2010 4:55pm

Plan to aid salmon raises hackles in Deer Lagoon neighborhood

A plan to modify Deer Lagoon near Bayview to benefit Puget Sound salmon migration has been reined in for more study. Meanwhile, community concern mounts.

  • Dec 8th, 2010 4:47pm

Two more hope to get seat on Langley council

The field is getting crowded. Two more applicants for the vacant position on the Langley City Council have turned in their paperwork to city hall.

  • Dec 6th, 2010 4:47pm

Update coming on salmon project

An update on plans to rejuvenate migration of young salmon in Deer Lagoon will be held next week in Coupeville.

  • Dec 2nd, 2010 4:35pm

Legal fight may stymie pursuit for Langley council seat

Robin Adams’ bid for a seat on the Langley City Council may be sidetracked by a housing development controversy that refuses to go away.

  • Dec 1st, 2010 12:08am

South Whidbey teachers get grants for innovative classroom projects

Innovation is its own reward, but it’s nice to get a little…

  • Dec 1st, 2010 12:04am

Winds across Whidbey disrupt ferry service

Winds gusting to 50 miles per hour swept across Whidbey Island Tuesday morning, disrupting ferry service on the Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend route.

  • Nov 30th, 2010 4:53pm

‘Supernanny’ TV episode in Clinton to air this week

This is the week television’s “Supernanny” puts her behavioral stamp on South Whidbey. The episode in which Britisher Jo Frost meets and works with a young Clinton family with three rambunctious young boys will air Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. on ABC TV, local Channel 4.

  • Nov 29th, 2010 8:00pm

Fire District 3 officials thinking about a name change

What’s in a name? When it comes to the local fire department, plenty. “Our legal name is Island County Fire Protection District Number 3,” Chief Rusty Palmer said Tuesday. “That’s a mouthful.”

  • Nov 29th, 2010 5:46pm

Fire District 3 budget reflects caution about local economy

A new fireboat, a looming financial squeeze and a small measure of employee sacrifice all figure prominently in Island County Fire District 3’s proposed budget for 2011.

  • Nov 26th, 2010 10:41pm

Seligson, Adams seek vacant Langley council seat

Two residents with high-powered credentials in business and government who have closely followed the contentious issues facing the city are the first to apply for the vacant position on the five-member Langley City Council.

  • Nov 22nd, 2010 11:46pm

UPDATE | Hold tight: More wind expected to hit Whidbey today

Another windstorm is predicted to hit from the south sometime today in the wake of a sudden blow Monday night that caused an island-wide power outage on Whidbey.

  • Nov 17th, 2010 5:12pm

New Freeland series delves into the mixture of science and ethics

Kit Ketcham is stepping up her campaign in the defense of science, so long as science is done right.

  • Nov 17th, 2010 5:58pm

UPDATE | Dynamite scare near Lone Lake forces evacuation

Kristen Aley knows one thing for sure about the box of dynamite she found in the woods on Wednesday. “I knocked it open with a sledgehammer,” she said Thursday. “I’m glad I didn’t get the grinder out to get the lid off.”

  • Nov 16th, 2010 5:05am

Leaking dynamite forces evacuation in Lone Lake neighborhood

A dozen residents of the area north of Lone Lake were evacuated for several hours Wednesday as Navy explosives experts disposed of an old container of leaking dynamite.

  • Nov 11th, 2010 6:54pm

Langley Vietnam vet strives to help others scarred by war

Gary Nau pretty much knows what he’ll be doing on Veterans Day on Thursday.

  • Nov 10th, 2010 12:13am

Board takes up a tree ordinance for Langley

Dormant for several months on the issue, the city is branching out into a new area of debate. After more than two years of study, development of a proposed tree ordinance for Langley will come before the city’s volunteer Planning Advisory Board this week.

  • Nov 11th, 2010 4:57pm

Well runs dry for South End nonprofit Helping Hand

It’s tough to help others when you need it yourself. Helping Hand of South Whidbey, a front-line nonprofit organization assisting local people with basic needs, is running on empty.

  • Nov 7th, 2010 8:08pm

UPDATE | Early support strong for Langley library annexation

It looks like Langley won't go without a library, thanks to city voters. Residents appear to be overwhelmingly approving annexation to the Sno-Isle Libraries District, according to early election returns released on Tuesday night.

  • Nov 3rd, 2010 4:06am

Giving Circle supports youths dealing with sexuality or gender identity

Whidbey Giving Circle is hoping to expand its efforts to support young members of the island’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, at a time of increasing torment nationally.

  • Nov 2nd, 2010 11:02pm

Meeting set on Maxwelton Beach flooding problem

Another meeting on the county’s ongoing proposal to end periodic flooding of Maxwelton Road near Maxwelton Beach will be next week in Freeland.

  • Nov 1st, 2010 3:32pm

Elsie Olkonen, Clinton’s guiding light, passes away at 92

Elsie Olkonen, a cornerstone in Clinton’s foundation, went out the way she came in, with a smile on her face, her son said.

  • Oct 30th, 2010 8:00pm

New online program is a way of saying thanks to Good Cheer volunteers

Volunteers are the bedrock of nonprofit organizations. Why not do something for them, too? That’s the philosophy behind a new pilot program about to be launched by Good Cheer Food Bank through a new website created by online entrepreneur Andy McRea of Clinton.

  • Oct 29th, 2010 11:51pm

Pets die in house fire near Freeland

Two pet dogs died in a house fire in the Freeland area this past Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

  • Oct 27th, 2010 3:31pm

Disabled Clinton corgi rolls to victory in California rally event

When it comes to competition, Candy is more than dandy. He’s hell on wheels.

  • Oct 28th, 2010 8:14pm

Ferry Kittitas expected to be out several more weeks

It will be several weeks before the ferry M/V Kittitas returns to the Clinton-Mukilteo route, ferry officials said Monday.

  • Oct 28th, 2010 8:14pm

Bayview rescuers look for owner of two wayward goats

If your two goats have gone missing, take a look in Bayview.

  • Oct 22nd, 2010 12:59am

Heated debate continues at Clinton forum

Spirited political debate continued at a South End political forum this week, as candidates for Island County coroner, clerk and treasurer, and community members for and against the school bond ballot proposal, squared off at Clinton Community Hall.

  • Oct 22nd, 2010 12:50am

Langley Passage review put off again by city council

For the second time in a month, there were more questions than answers as the Langley City Council resumed discussion of the controversial 20-home Langley Passage subdivision proposed for the Edgecliff neighborhood.

  • Oct 20th, 2010 4:13pm

Bush Point racer sets land-speed mark in his hopped-up Ferrari

It doesn’t always take long to be the best. It took Steve Trafton about 1 minute and 12 seconds.

  • Oct 18th, 2010 3:43pm

Hackles raised over Mukilteo terminal planning

The planners wanted to talk about options, but the crowd wanted to talk about parking and crossing times. About 80 people showed up at the first of several planned community meetings on the long-range fate of Mukilteo’s aging and overworked ferry terminal.

  • Oct 16th, 2010 12:17am