Roy Jacobson

Reading gets lucky students rolling in Langley

here was reading, riding and a little ‘rithmetic at South Whidbey Elementary School this past week. Not two but four new bicycles were given to four students participating in a school reading contest.

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.

Land trust salutes four South End activists at its 25th anniversary party

Four South End activists, and a retired Seattle trombonist who donated a huge chunk of his South Whidbey forest land for conservation, will be honored as the Whidbey Camano Land Trust celebrates it 25th anniversary this week.

Langley ends subdivision moratorium

The city’s nearly three-year moratorium on subdivisions was terminated Monday night. The five-member Langley City Council voted unanimously not to extend the ban again when it expires today.

Island County treasurer Riffe will step down at end of term

Linda Riffe, Island County’s treasurer for more than seven years, will retire when her second four-year term ends on Dec. 31.

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.

Plan to reopen Freeland golf course hits snag

A fast-tracked effort to reopen Holmes Harbor Golf Course in Freeland may have landed in the rough, although backers of the plan remain optimistic.

Former Trillium property now facing foreclosure

The economy appears to have delivered a heavy blow to the proposed residential development of 750 acres north of Freeland. Two notices of foreclosure and trustee sale were posted Thursday at the entrance to Estates at Whidbey, formerly called Trillium Woods.

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.

NINE TO WATCH IN ’09 | New pipes for Freeland

Freeland sewers may ride the coattails of President-elect Barack Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress.

Good Cheer Food Bank manager, 9-year-old partner gear up for Mother’s Day talent show

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the “Mother of All Talent Shows” to benefit Good Cheer Food Bank is shaping up nicely, thanks to the efforts of a couple of unlikely but intrepid troopers.

Island County Diking District’s pump project dinged in court

Round One of a lawsuit against Island County Diking District 1 over its controversial pump project has gone to its upset property owners.

Greenbank landmark will get a new owner

The historic Greenbank Store changes hands Thursday, but it won’t be changing families. Tom and Mary Coupe, who have owned and operated the store for 45 years, are selling it to their niece, Kate Buzard of Clinton.

Smith rebounds in 10th District race

Incumbent Representative Norma Smith has overtaken Democratic challenger Tim Knue in the 10th legislative District Position 1 race. Smith was at 33,125 votes (50.34 percent) as of Monday afternoon, compared to Knue's 32,676 votes (49.66 percent).

Busy Nichols Brothers adds to workforce in Freeland

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders has added about 10 new employees in the past month, and the yard is full of partially built vessels, new CEO John Collins said Monday.

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.

County hopes end is in sight for shellfish ban

County officials hope they can get the ban on shellfish harvesting removed from Holmes Harbor by next spring, three years after it was imposed.

Freeland burglars caught on home surveillance camera

The search continues for two persons caught by a home-surveillance video system burglarizing a Freeland-area waterfront home this past week.

Woodworking stays alive on Whidbey with Woodpalooza

It goes against Gary Leake’s grain to think about the demise of woodworking as a craft.

Langley still looking for a drugstore

Discussions are continuing for a new pharmacy in town, Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson told the city council at its meeting this week.