Kevin Lungren considers himself similar to Ciscoe Morris or any other gardener, only his garden is underwater most of the time.
Shellfish harvesting is returning to Holmes Harbor after a nearly nine-year hiatus.
Island County commissioners approved an agreement with Environmental Sciences Associates last week to assist in the completion of the critical areas ordinance, as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update.
The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District board of directors voted to simplify the district’s mission statement at a regular business meeting Wednesday, March 18.
The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District has established a memorandum of understanding with the Port of South Whidbey, Island County and the City of Langley.
The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s Dad and Daughter Ball attracted a record number of participants this year, prompting talks of potentially relocating the dance to a larger space in 2016.
Eric Nerison has resigned from his position as Langley Middle School principal. Nerison will leave in order to take a position as superintendent of the Kalama School District.
All hands will be on deck today to discuss preparations for the upcoming charrette, a stakeholders meeting Tuesday, April 14 about how to connect the marina to the downtown area and parking.
The crew at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders are tough, grizzled, even burly. They’re the quintessential shipyard workers, which makes picturing their 10-minute morning exercise routine a bit hard to image. In dirty overalls and leather welding jackets, these rough-and-tumble men and women will be found with hands on their hips and dipping one knee, and then the other; throwing their hands above their heads and then swinging them back down behind them; reaching forward with one arm while stretching the opposite leg back.
Eighth-grader Connor McDanniel has crafted an end-of-year project to help mitigate the effects of storm water runoff in Maxwelton Creek.
The scenic acreage that surrounds Monroe Landing has been a home and refuge to many. Initially one of three Salish villages located on the shores of Penn Cove, the beach made a perfect canoe landing area and temporary encampments cropped up around the cove.
People who ask the South Whidbey School District for public records will no longer be identified online, the school board decided this week. At a workshop Wednesday evening, directors informally agreed with Superintendent Jo Moccia’s recommendation to drop the practice in the wake of public criticism, extensive news coverage and because naming requesters doesn’t help the board understand the financial impacts of complying with the state’s Open Public Records Act — the board’s stated goal of the policy.
Whidbey General Hospital is 45 years old. Staff gathered in front of the entrance March 25 to take a group photo commemorating “45 years of Neighbors Caring for Neighbors.”
South Whidbey School Board meetings are now being recorded, and the audio posted online. Directors approved the change during a Wednesday workshop at the request of Superintendent Jo Moccia. It's one of several changes the district is making to improve communication and responsiveness to the public.
Where others saw an area in decline, Karin Bolstad saw a dream and an opportunity. The 42-year-old Langley woman (whose name is pronounced car-in) and lifelong artist opened Blueschool Arts in Clinton, just off the highway and a block away from the commercial area in October 2014. The bright blue building is part studio, part classroom, part event center.
Driving through Freeland on Highway 525, it’s likely you’ve seen the cart and banner advertising Mutiny Bay Blues blueberry farm. The farm itself is as unassuming as its marketing strategy, with a large old barn and acres upon acres of blueberry bushes situated on a property just off of Mutiny Bay Road. But by summertime, the farm will become a bustling hive of activity, expected to produce about 20,000 pounds of berries to be distributed to grocers and farm stands from Clinton to Oak Harbor.
Allowing wineries to become rural event centers has become a heated discussion among commissioners and South Whidbey residents alike. Business owners have said the existing regulations are too restrictive and “problematic” while residents have complained that the events destroy the rural atmosphere of their neighborhoods. The Island County commissioners could not agree last week on how to approach these regulations for wineries and rural event centers, but agreed that the issue needed to be addressed at some point.
Congressman Rick Larsen will hold a town hall in Coupeville next week.
The Whidbey Island Conservation District is asking farmers to participate in a survey to establish how state, county and local organizations can better serve their needs.
A draft multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for Island County is now complete and officials are seeking public input.