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Freeland woman home after donating kidney

Most of Wendy Baesler was back home for Christmas. Her right kidney stayed on in California, with her brother Dan.

No trouble with these truffles: Rate one and get one free

The economy’s a bummer, Christmas is coming, everybody’s stressed, but Mona Newbauer is ready and waiting with a sugar coat. A free chocolate for everyone. Just one. But that’s $2 worth of bliss for free.

Cammermeyer joins hospital board of commissioners

Grethe Cammermeyer was seated Monday as the South End’s representative on the Whidbey General Hospital board of commissioners, the board’s president said Tuesday. Cammermeyer, of Langley, was the unanimous choice of a five-member selection committee to represent District 1.

Trillium default has preservationists hopeful about saving property

The failure of the latest effort to develop the 750-acre former Trillium Woods property north of Freeland has environmentalists daring to dream again.

Deadline nears for $30 million Freeland sewer-grant application

Freeland sewer backers may know in August if they’ll get as much as $30 million from the federal government to build a new system.

PSE sale moves another step forward

The $7.4 billion sale of Puget Sound Energy to a consortium of private investors remains on track, a company official said Monday. Despite some initial public opposition to the proposal, no objections were filed during the window provided following approval of the deal two weeks ago by a state agency.

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.”

Crider holds off Palmer in Island County auditor race

Sheilah Crider, who was appointed Island County Auditor in January, was being elected in her own right to the post on Tuesday.

UPDATE | Power back on after windstorms sweep Whidbey

Power was restored Monday to thousands of island customers whose service was disrupted by windstorms early Monday morning, Puget Sound Energy reported Tuesday.

Mukilteo rejects more parking for commuters

Island commuters looking for overnight parking in Mukilteo will have to keep looking.

UPDATE | Sparkman resigns from Langley council

Russell Sparkman resigned Monday from the Langley City Council. The resignation was effective immediately.

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.

New pastor promises to continue forward-looking tradition

It’s déjà vu for Rev. Mary Boyd, who will have a homecoming of sorts when she becomes new pastor of Langley United Methodist Church in July.

Plane makes hard landing at Langley airpark after pilot forgets to lower the wheels

t would have been a perfect landing, Fred Lundahl said. If only he’d remembered to put the wheels down.

Langley police officers plan to unionize

Langley’s three police officers are about to form a union. The three officers intend to form a local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, a national organization with 2,100 guilds and a membership of more than 325,000.

Fire District 3 faulted by state audit over bidding on contracts

Island County Fire District 3 failed to comply with state bidding and conflict-of-interest laws on contracts worth $354,000 that fire officials signed in 2006 through 2008, a state audit says.

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.

A century later, historic Maxwelton church is back in business

Maxwelton’s historic Little Brown Church will be back in action Saturday, 100 years to the day since the first service was conducted inside.

UPDATE | Engstrom named to South Whidbey school board

Jill Engstrom wasted no time getting involved after being named to the South Whidbey School District board of directors.

Sea and shore events will commemorate orca captures

Forty years later, Lolita the orca whale is still doing her two 20-minute shticks down at Miami Seaquarium in Florida after being snatched from Penn Cove.