The 20th annual Whidbey Island Triathlon will cause road restrictions in Langley and surrounding areas from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. The following road restrictions will be in effect for the safety of runners and cyclists:
“Coach” Jim Leierer’s memory, wisdom and corny jokes lived on at a recent remembrance ceremony.
If South Whidbey’s school campuses look a little bit cleaner lately, there’s a reason for that.
The only person fired in connection with a young man’s death inside the Island County jail has returned to work.
South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is preparing for an Aug. 9 presentation to the Recreation and Conservation Office, or RCO, as part an application to score more than half a million dollars in grants to build a campground at Community Park.
A collision on Highway 525 at the intersection of Cultus Bay Road closed down the southbound lane for about 45 minutes on Sunday afternoon. The wreck occurred at 3:20 p.m. when a silver Ford Ranger driven by Clinton resident John Meredith, 82, ran a red light heading southbound on Highway 525 and collided with a gold Honda Accord driven by Langley resident Jaci Adams, 58.
Outdoor burning won’t be allowed in Island County as of Aug. 1. Sheriff Mark Brown, acting as the county fire marshal, put a burn ban in effect due to “atmospheric conditions of reduced moisture levels, low humidity, and warm weather.” The burn ban proclamation also notes “the reduced availability of firefighting resources” in the county.
Despite a slew of complaints by residents following what they claimed to be a loud display of fireworks on July 4, Langley fireworks policy will remain unrevised. The decision is not final, however, as discussions on the topic will continue moving forward, said Mayor Tim Callison.
Two teens with a drone and sheriff’s deputies thwarted South Whidbey boat bandits out for a joyride Wednesday. The unusual case, complete with a happy ending, made regional and even national TV news this week.
Langley’s sewer comprehensive plan received approval from the Department of Ecology, said Public Works Director Stan Berryman at the regular monthly city council meeting Monday night.
For more than a couple dozen South Whidbey girls this past week at Langley Middle School, it was time to dream big. That, and having fun along the way. At a free, three-day “Start Dreaming” camp sponsored by Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island, girls going into the sixth, seventh and eighth grades participated in a plethora of activities ranging from career planning to fitness activities. The focus, organizers said, revolved around empowering the young women.
A $2.7 million federal grant will help manufacturing businesses across Washington pay for worker training at nearly no cost, according to a recent press release from the Workforce Training Board.
Congressman Rick Larsen visited Clinton’s MAKE Whidbey Market owner Janae Cameron to learn about her business and efforts with the Clinton Chamber of Commerce to attract new businesses to Clinton on Thursday, according to a press release.
Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles on South Whidbey Wednesday afternoon when a pickup truck burnt to a crisp in Freeland. The truck, located on Timber Lane, was fully engulfed in the middle of the street when South Whidbey Fire and EMS received the call around 2:30 p.m. The flames reached as high as nearby power lines — about 25 feet, South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Mike Cotton said. The cloud of smoke rose about 50 feet. The truck was on fire for about 20 minutes before it was extinguished by firefighters. Nobody was injured in the incident.
With room for 58 inmates, the Island County Jail is small by most standards, but the responsibility to provide inmates with sufficient medical care is anything but. “We’re a small jail but we still have to define a minimal level of care,” said Sheriff Mark Brown. What that level of care should be was the focus for Brown and other county officials last week.
South Whidbey Parks and Recreation district has amended its alcohol policy to allow consumption in Community Park at events that anticipate over 250 guests.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS will graduate 18 volunteer EMTs from the department’s EMT program on Saturday.
The Whidbey Veterans Resource Center is inviting veterans and families to a resources and information open house from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the American Legion Post 141 on 14096 State Route 525, Bayview. Presentations will provide information on no-cost burial or internment for veterans and spouses at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent; employment programs for local veterans; connecting with small businesses employing veterans; Opportunity Council assistance programs; Island County Veterans Assistance Resources; VA benefits for veterans and eligible spouses; and VA healthcare enrollment and services.
Construction to install a new right turn lane from Harbor Avenue to Highway 525 in Freeland will begin on Monday.
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is hosting its first Sea, Trees, and Pie Bike Ride on Sunday, July 31. The noncompetitive ride with two routes to land trust properties is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Greenbank Farm, Barn C on 756 Wonn Road. The routes include 10-plus miles of gentle hills to Smuggler’s Cove, and 25-plus miles of steep hill and some highway riding on Admiralty View Loop.