A 23-year-old homeless man who recently led South Whidbey cops on a foot chase through Langley may end up behind bars in a state prison for trying to sell a poodle that belonged to someone else, court documents allege.
South Whidbey is mourning the loss of a long-time community leader this week.
Langley resident and former Seattle mayor Paul Schell has died. His death was announced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and reported by the Seattle Post Intelligencer Sunday morning, and later confirmed by Langley officials and family friends. He was 76.
Starfish are one of Charlie Seablom’s favorite aquatic animals to discover. The pisaster starfish, known officially as a “seastar,” has the traditional five limbs and comes in a wide variety of colors. The orange-colored sunflower sea star grows to be far bigger, can have up to 24 legs and can “run” quite quickly.
A total of 24 employees will be laid off, Saturday bus service is being cancelled and five routes will be eliminated or changed due to financial problems uncovered at Island Transit.
The following are 9-1-1 calls to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Thursday, July 3 8:19 p.m. — A caller reported a Whidbey Island Nourishes food vending machine at Clinton Hall was vandalized.
If the folks who take their dogs for walks to Greenbank Farm weren’t responsible pet owners and poop picker-up-ers, the place would literally be knee-deep in doggy doo-doo. Judy Feldman, the farm director, held a poop scooping event at the farm’s trails for off-leash dogs last Thursday, but only three helpers showed up, armed with gloves pulled to the elbows and something that looked like the Jaws of Life.
Searching for lower rent and more space, Sarah Boin and her husband Patrick may have their ideal space in Langley. Just up the street from Wander on Whidbey, her Anthes Avenue outdoors shop, the Boins have their sights set on space in the former Living Green building on Second Street and De Bruyn Avenue. To be able to move her business there [which she said is tentative] and open a restaurant [which she said is definite], Boin asked the Langley City Council to consider changing the city’s zoning code Monday night.
Langley Director of Community Planning Jeff Arango got high praise at the city council meeting Monday. Mayor Fred McCarthy presented him with an award for his work on the redesign of Second Street that was part public works, part “placemaking,” and part downtown revitalization.
Seven kayaking students were temporarily missing near Deception Pass Bridge Thursday afternoon, but were found uninjured. Two instructors took their class of 12-year-olds and temporarily lost sight of them “due to whatever reason,” according to Ed Wallace from the Island County Sheriff’s Department.
The board unanimously approved the school district’s 2014-15 $15.3 million budget Wednesday evening. Board members previously expressed some concern about the district’s projected spending on increased faculty salaries and maintenance costs, but Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Dan Poolman confirmed that money available from sources such as the General Fund (money earned through state tax dollars) have proven sufficient enough to provide the district with a healthy projected budget for the upcoming year.
In the midst of this past Saturday’s rush, Gerry and Angele Woolery looked at each other and knew the day had finally come.
Candidates running against Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez say they can do a better job handling the county’s money.
Some residents believe the county could be doing more about the island’s beaver problem, but the solutions are not always clear cut.
Langley resident Melyssa Smith is making Whidbey proud. The 17-year-old dancer competed with thousands of other dancers over the five-day Showstopper Nationals competition in Anaheim, Calif. On Friday, July 18, she scored 118.1 out of a total possible 120 points and won fourth place, the “Crystal” trophy, in the lyrical/jazz category for her self-choreographed, emotional solo performance of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the musical “Les Miserables.”
A portion of a Freeland trail project was removed from the county’s Capital Improvement Plan on Monday, despite urging from South Whidbey Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.
Getting people from South Whidbey Harbor up to the city’s business hub is Langley’s next big project. The city seems to have a willing partner in Paul Schell, owner of the Inn at Langley, who is interested in having the elevator installed on his property.
Raider "signature" clear, but suspect still at large
A public hearing on the county’s fish and wildlife habitat conservation plan has been continued to 6:15 p.m. Monday, July 28.
Island County commissioners approved $30,000 for maintenance of the Island County Fairgrounds Monday, but management of the property remains uncertain.