Whidbey Island's first recreational marijuana store is expected to open its doors Friday. Whidbey Island Cannabis Company owner Maureen Cooke said she's waiting for the delivery of her occupancy permit, but all the other hurdles are cleared for an 11 a.m. grand opening Oct. 24. She expects the first day to be "a zoo."
Demolition of a registered historic building officially has a process for review and rules to avoid “demolition by neglect” in Langley.
Whidbey Island parents can help keep their little trick-or-treaters safe by checking a sex-offender website before hitting the streets this Halloween. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown urges people to be aware of how lives in your neighborhood by visiting www.islandcounty.net and clicking on the "sex offender information" tab.
Chris Baker’s home in Rolling Hills was filled with both tears and laughter Monday night. Family and friends sat round the dining table and shared memories of Baker’s grandson, Adam Garcia. The 21-year-old Oak Harbor man was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning in the city.
Signer, song writer, warrior for the hungry and former Whidbey Island resident Beverly Graham will perform at a free concert in Seattle this weekend in celebration of the 25th anniversary of OPERATION: Sack Lunch. Graham, who moved to New Mexico in 2010, is founding executive director of the organization, which began in 1989 and has now served 4 million meals to the hungry, according to a news release. OPERATION officials are celebrating the milestone and anniversary with a gala event, including a no-cost concert, private reception and silent auction.
The Island Transit Board of Directors will convene for a special meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the organization's new headquarters, 19758 Highway 20. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and possibly take action regarding the job description for the vacant interim executive director position, and to talk about the state audit exit conference.
Christopher Malaga showed no emotion as he sat in court today. He remained stone-faced as a woman wailed in sorrow from the galley crowded with members of his alleged victim's family. The 23-year-old is accused of shooting and killing Adam Garcia, a man who apparently was his friend before a falling out.
South Whidbey’s orca community is mourning what appears to be the loss of a new calf. The Center for Whale Research confirmed that seven-week-old baby L120, the third known offspring of the 23-year old Southern Resident orca L86, was not with his or her mother when L pod was photographed recently in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
An old-world sight sailed into the South Whidbey Harbor at Langley recently. A ketch, the Ya Sure, docked in the marina the night of Oct. 11 after picking up grain in Sequim. The Ballard-based vessel is part of the Salish Sea Trading Cooperative, a non-profit trade group aiming for carbon-neutral transportation of goods. The crew delivered grains for Sundance Bakery in Langley, run by Kelly Baugh. According to an email from Kathy Pelish, general manager and co-founder of Salish Sea Trading, Baugh got in touch with her after a visit to the South Whidbey Yacht Club and Slow Food Whidbey meeting this summer.
Langley may take a timeout to reconsider its mode of transportation along the Cascade Avenue bluff. Jeff Arango, Langley’s director of Community Planning who recently resigned, recommended the city take a step back and pursue a new master plan related to the marina at South Whidbey Harbor. Rather than support the bridge-and-elevator Langley Lift as proposed by Paul and Pam Schell, the former of whom died in July shortly after presenting the project to the city, Arango backed the idea of redoing a 10-year-old plan in concert with the Port of South Whidbey.
Two candidates will vie for the favor of the South Whidbey School District Board of Directors and the appointment to the District 2 seat on Wednesday. The selected interim school director will hold the position until the next election in Nov. 2015.
Candidates took each other on one last time at Thursday’s final political forum put on by the League of Women Voters in Oak Harbor.
Langley’s city leaders are looking for answers to the persistent problem of noise complaints about Mo’s Pub and Eatery. Over the next few months, the city will look at ways to resolve neighbor complaints which Mayor Fred McCarthy categorized as “chronic problems we are hearing at Mo’s.” Fall and winter months are ideal, said McCarthy, because the pub will be less busy, allowing for a reprieve for both parties.
Island police are looking into the death of an Oak Harbor man on South Whidbey last week.
Langley Community Planning Director Jeff Arango is stepping down. After three-and-a-half years at the helm, Arango confirmed he has accepted a position at Seattle-based BERK Consulting, a private planning company, and submitted a letter of resignation to city officials. Arango said he enjoyed his time as Langley’s planning chief, but that he was ready for a new challenge.
While most students headed home to relax after an early release from school Wednesday, about handful of kids gathered in the spacious MakerTron lab in Clinton to learn the basics of computer-aided design and 3-D printing techniques.
Whidbey Island’s version of a SWAT team arrested a carjacking suspect at an apartment building outside Oak Harbor Wednesday, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with a stake in Clinton or interest in seeing what has happened, and can happen, should make their way to the Clinton Community Council meeting Thursday, Oct. 23.
An hour-long meeting between the owners of the Dog House Tavern and Langley’s mayor and planning director has them all back to where they started more than a year ago: renovation and restoration.
Island County Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan announced at the Island Transit meeting last week he would seek the organization’s top job, but he appears to have had a change of heart over the weekend.