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Clinton duo build Web sites from the ground up

CLINTON — There is a new company in the South End that is looking for people and businesses who want to make a bigger splash on the Web. With more than 150 million Web sites already in existence, it’s easy to see why. Richard Consulting, a Clinton Web site design and online presence business, aims to help its customers be seen past all the flotsam.


Healthy food guru offers classes

CLINTON — Eating and preparing food is a necessary part of life. But for one Clinton resident processed foods are not on the menu. Raven Odion, owner of Raven’s Nest, an in-home cooking school where she teaches people about a variety of healthy foods and methods to prepare them.


Another life lost

In August 2001, at the age of 21, Bewley joined the ranks of the Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal technicians as his father Ronald and brother J. Patrick witnessed his proud moment. But friends and family in Hector, a tiny town in central Arkansas, are now mourning the loss of Bewley. The sailor was killed in action on Nov. 8 in Salah ad Din province, Iraq; the sixth sailor assigned to Whidbey who had died in the war.


Nichols Brothers files for bankruptcy

Company could get sold at auction Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 proceedings at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Washington on Friday, Nov. 16.

Clinton woman helps cancer patients as a Chemo Angel

CLINTON — Clarence may have gotten his wings, but some angels don’t need wings to do their good work. Take Roberta Tarr for instance, who works as a Chemo Angel.

Bayview students get close-up look at science at Hutch High

SEATTLE — Most days, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle is a nonprofit biomedical-research institution. Last week, though, the research center added teaching teens to its duties when it hosted “Hutch High.”

Navy honors sailor killed in Iraq

OAK HARBOR — He had the go-get-’em gusto of a professional wrestler, set off by the wild whiskers of a mountain man or a rock-n-roll rebel like Elvis. A somber crowd of sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island gave a tear-filled farewell Tuesday to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Bewley at a memorial service in the Navy’s base movie theater.

Nichols hires back workers

Work restarts on new tugboat Nichols rehired 50 of its employees Friday night and put them back to work Monday morning on Baydelta Maritime’s tugboat, company officials said.

Residents rally to fight proposal

GREENBANK — Neighbors of Rempel Brothers Concrete, Inc. are protesting the company’s proposed expansion of mining operations. Residents of the Wildwoodview Acres neighborhood south of Ledgewood Beach warn the proposed 100-acre gravel pit could contaminate the aquifer that supplies drinking water. They are also angry that Island County told nearby property owners about the proposal during a long holiday break, giving residents little time to respond to the company’s application for the pit.

Commissioners OK Freeland growth plan

FREELAND — Island County commissioners unanimously voted to designate Freeland an urban area after a public meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church Monday night.

Chiropractor organizes ERGO Day

A Clinton computer store is hosting ERGO Day today, which will include a lecture and day-long market of ergonomic furniture and other computer accessories.

SWHS teen killed while crossing Highway 525

A 15-year-old Greenbank teen was hit by a car and killed while on her way home from Christmas shopping Saturday afternoon. Tonya Scriven, a sophomore at South Whidbey High School, was trying to walk across Highway 525 near Greenbank Farm when she was hit by a car driven by a Coupeville man.

Bayview School student wins logo contest

FREELAND — A Bayview School student is the winner of the design contest for Saratoga Community Housing’s new logo. The Saratoga Community Housing, a community land trust project, is so new that it didn’t have a logo.

Blaze claims home

FREELAND — A fire that ignited in a garage raged through an adjacent Freeland home, destroying it and many of the homeowner’s possessions. The Dec. 19 fire also displaced the house’s owner, Don Binder, who is now living at a nearby hotel.

Whidbey woman seeks end to stalking saga

Friday can’t come soon enough for Yvette Esparza. Esparza is waiting for the Jan. 4 sentencing of Tracy Adams, a former Whidbey General Hospital paramedic who Esparaza says started stalking her after they broke up more than two years ago.

Big year coming for city of Freeland backer

FREELAND — It’s going to be a busy year for Chet Ross, whether he runs for mayor of Freeland or not. Though his name has been bandied about as a potential mayor of the future city of Freeland, Ross said getting the town incorporated is his main focus.

Respected voice to weigh in on cityhood question

People take note when Stan Walker speaks up. The longtime community volunteer has never been afraid to show the courage of his convictions, from wading into contentious debates on the opinion pages of the local newspaper to his thoughtful leadership that helped the Holmes Harbor Water District through its bond crisis several years ago.

Clinton woman leads relief effort for flood victims

LANGLEY — She just wanted to donate some clothing and pet food to Lewis County flood victims in the days following last month’s deadly disaster.

County continues search for source of harbor pollution

FREELAND — Island County officials said last week it’s still too early to pinpoint the source of pollution that is fouling Holmes Harbor. Shellfish harvesting at Holmes Harbor has been banned since last year, and the area will remain off-limits for the foreseeable future, county officials said Thursday.

Nichols wraps up work on second tugboat

New round of layoffs hit Freeland boatyard this month LANGLEY — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders launched its latest tug into Holmes Harbor without the usual fanfare that has been seen in years past.