South Whidbey firefighters fought what they called the largest brushfire on the South End since the 1990s today. According to Mike Cotton, deputy chief for South Whidbey Fire/EMS, it scorched about 15 acres of grassland, damaged power lines and power poles, and threatened a number of buildings. Multiple island and state agencies responded to the emergency, it caused heavy traffic delays along Highway 525 and even resulted in some residents leaving their homes as a precautionary measure.
The Langley City Council unanimously approved on Friday night a two-day stay of an order to desist business issued Thursday to food truck owner Joe Wierzbowski. The city suspended the man's mobile food vendor license for a violation of the ordinance's maximum vehicle length. City code dictates that mobile food vehicles not exceed 20 feet, and Mayor Fred McCarthy said the city measured it at 25 feet, while he also said that the owner said it was 23.5 feet.
Island County’s 2014 beaver dam rules sprang a significant leak recently when a state regulatory board found they failed to protect critical areas as required by state law and were not based on best available science.
The Langley City Council will meet in a special session tonight to consider a two-day suspension of a desist business order given to The Big Wierzbowski earlier this week.
Ferry fare increases totaling 5 percent for vehicles and 2 percent for passengers over two years are proposed by the Washington State Transportation Commission. In a news release, the fare hikes would be staggered over time. The first increase would occur Oct. 1 this year with 2.5 percent for vehicles and 1 percent for passengers. That would be mirrored again in May 2016.
South Whidbey’s own Evan Thompson has joined the South Whidbey Record as the editorial department’s newest reporter. Young, hungry and ready to write, the 21-year-old Clinton resident comes to the paper fresh from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in print/online journalism and intern experience at a host of dailies.
Langley’s still unformed ethics board is on its way with the scheduled appointment of two additional members Monday, July 6. The Langley City Council is expected to hear and confirm a pair of appointments to the ethics board. The two candidates are Sharon Betcher and Monica Guzman.
A one-car accident shut down East Harbor Road for more than an hour early Wednesday and knocked out power to a nearby home. The driver was identified by the Island County Sheriff’s Office as Freeland resident Newton Kellogg, 18. He was southbound in a 2003 Mazda MPV at about 5 a.m. when his vehicle veered off the road and struck a power pole. The vehicle also rolled and destroyed a fence.
Councilwoman Robin Black is willing to give up her seat if a particular mayoral candidate wins. That candidate is Tim Callison, her husband. Black announced her decision to submit a contingent resignation earlier this month after speaking about the issue with Callison. They checked the state’s laws and found no rule prohibiting a husband and wife from holding positions in government together, and Black said she did not believe there was an issue after reviewing the state’s Appearance of Fairness Doctrine.
In response to a report on an inmate’s death, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown announced that he instituted immediate reforms to ensure the safety and health of people in the Island County jail.
Deception Pass bridge will close to traffic for five consecutive nights beginning Sunday, July 12, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Roads, bridges, highways, ferries — all are essential for the economic health of the state and Island County, and Congress needs to pass a long-term bill to pay for critical infrastructure, Congressman Rick Larsen told county officials this week.
Whidbey General Hospital paid its chief nursing officer’s legal fees in defending against a gross-misdemeanor criminal charge of which she was found not guilty.
It was once a small family affair, a chance for relatives and close friends to come together and celebrate America’s birthday.
The Independence Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year for Washington State Ferries. In a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation, the agency encouraged ferry riders to plan ahead for heavy traffic at the Mukilteo and Clinton terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. Ferries will operate on normal sailing schedules Saturday, July 4.
A Freeland woman won $75,000 from a Scratch ticket sold at the Freeland Payless Food Store. The woman opted to remain anonymous after claiming her prize from the Everett regional office of Washington’s Lottery. A Freeland couple won $75,000 from a Scratch ticket sold at the Freeland Payless Food Store. They opted to remain anonymous after claiming their prize from the Everett regional office of Washington’s Lottery. According to a press release from Curator Assistant Account Executive Anna Brown, the woman who bought the ticket was ecstatic.
The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the Northwest Workforce Development Council. The board appoints council members for two- or three-year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement. Washington State is divided into 12 Service Delivery Areas (or SDA), and Island County’s SDA consists of the four counties: Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island.
In its 21st year, the annual Third of July fireworks festival in Freeland, Celebrate America, is now old enough to order a drink.
It’s hot and dry on Whidbey Island, so unseasonably Hades-like that the Island County fire marshal issued a countywide burn ban.