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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.

Nichols upbeat about new jobs

Despite last week’s layoffs, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland is confident that more work is on the way.

Diking officials seek specialist to deal with Corps over pump permit

Island County Diking District 1 commissioners will meet in special session on Friday to talk about hiring an attorney to represent the district in dealings with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Shepard ousted from Diking District 1 lawsuit

Island County Diking District 1 commissioner John Shepard has been barred by a judge from participating in any further commission discussion of a pending lawsuit against the district.

No raises next year in Langley budget

As the economy continues to pitch and roll, the city of Langley is keeping a tight grip on the $4 million in its pocketbook.

Habitat will help young family to get a home of its own

Lila Browne can’t wait to strap on her tool belt and get to hammering on her future. Browne and her two young children will be recipients of the 21st house built on Whidbey Island by the local chapter of Habitat.

Search continues for new fire chief on South Whidbey

Island County Fire District 3 commissioners will focus on their search for a new chief at a special meeting today.

Port may sell land sought for cell-phone tower near Clinton

Port of South Whidbey commissioners are inching toward selling a portion of land that’s been eyed for a 140-foot cell-phone tower above Possession Point Waterfront Park south of Clinton.

Abel selected to fill vacancy on Langley council

Fran Abel, a civic activist with a deep interest in land use and local fiscal policy, is the newest member of the Langley City Council.

Brisk turnout upbeat about Langley historical preservation

When people in Langley look ahead, they’re also looking behind, if recent events are any indication.

Estimate is $4.4 million for new Bayview fire district facility

The preliminary estimate for a new Island County Fire District 3 central facility at Bayview came in on the low end, but district officials remain cautious.

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.

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.

UPDATE | Langley’s Dog House snapped up at auction

Langley’s historic Dog House Tavern was sold just above the minimum bid of $590,000 in an auction Friday morning on the steps of the Island County courthouse.

South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers needs a helping hand

Hearts & Hammers needs more volunteers for its annual workday in May, at least according to its computers. And it can use more firewood, too.

Water level in Deer Lake: Too much of a good thing

Even in a water wonderland there can be too much water. One of the wettest late winter and springs in island history has not only caused several large mudslides on the South End, but has swelled lake levels to the possible destructive point, officials said.

Both sides planning appeals on Langley PAB decision

The hot-potato Langley Passage housing project was tossed into the laps of the Langley City Council on Wednesday.

Good Cheer volunteers turn out to honor MLK

The unselfish spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sowed more philanthropic seeds in the South Whidbey community on Monday. More than 35 volunteers, many of them students, turned out at three community garden locations to honor the late civil rights leader with a day of service.

Langley church youth group gathers life lessons during a humanitarian visit to Gabon

Six members of a Langley church youth group are back home and seeing life more clearly after a 16-day summer mission to Gabon in Equatorial Africa.

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.