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Suspect in Oak Harbor shooting death appears in court, motive still unclear

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Oct 23, 2014 at 11:09AM

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.

Langley OK’s historic buildings demolition rules

  • Oct 21, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Oct 23, 2014 at 10:20AM

Demolition of a registered historic building officially has a process for review and rules to avoid “demolition by neglect” in Langley.

Hometown Hero Beverly Graham to sing at free Seattle concert

  • Today at 8:31AM

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.

Island Transit board to hold special meeting Friday

  • Today at 7:47AM

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.

Oak Harbor rocked by murder: Police apprehend suspect in Bellingham

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 10:38AM

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.

Orca calf likely dead, scientists say

  • Oct 21, 2014 at 2:33PM

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.

Sail trading brings in grain to Langley

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 4:00PM

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 planner urges pause on lift

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 2:00PM

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.

South Whidbey School Board candidate interviews Wednesday

  • Oct 21, 2014 at 4:00PM

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.

Red Wolves fend off upstart Falcons’ fourth-quarter rally

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 9:00AM

Cedarcrest withstood South Whidbey football’s furious fourth-quarter charge for a 22-20 win Friday night.

Sultan storms South Whidbey in girls soccer

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 2:00PM

South Whidbey had no answer for Sultan’s potent offense or sophomore forward Alexis Griggs on Saturday, as the Turks won 8-0.

Clinton author draws on power of religious icons

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 6:00PM

Mary Green always listened to the words of her god; throughout her life she had meaningful conversations through prayer and found guidance within the gospels. But Green, a self-described “highly visual” person, said she lacked the “eyes to see.”

Saratoga Orchestra raises curtain on new season

  • Oct 21, 2014 at 4:00PM

The Saratoga Orchestra, now in its eighth season, will present its first concert of the 2014-15 season, entitled “Curtains Up!”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Jacks deserves commissioner job

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 12:00PM

Jacks deserves commissioner job Editor, I want to thank Island County Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan for the courage of his convictions and for his willingness to act on them. His endorsement of Karla Jacks reflects well on him, Karla Jacks and Island County. It is time for all islanders to move toward unity in an effort to build and sustain our community. Karla deserves his endorsement and our vote. She is a well-respected community member with the proven ability to lead, develop consensus, and make positive contributions for the benefit of youth, seniors, business and the environment.

Poinsettia sale for senior center, Good Cheer Food Bank ends soon

  • Oct 21, 2014 at 6:00PM

Sunday is the last day to support South Whidbey High School band and choir students’ annual poinsettia sale.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | McDowell’s letter was disappointing

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, Saturday, I was sorry to see the letter from former hard working county commissioner Mac McDowell. I have always respected his work for Island County. In his letter he states what he believes are Karla Jacks’ positions on Outlying Field and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Interestingly just Friday, I had several neighbors state the same concerns. Being a strong supporter of the base and OLF, I called her campaign and talked to her campaign manager, who stated Karla Jacks’ support for OLF and the base then directed me to her web site (, which states the following:

Empty Bowl Soup Night returns for Good Cheer

  • Oct 21, 2014 at 4:00PM

A night of soup will benefit Good Cheer Food Bank’s fresh produce program.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | I-594 is sensible, right for state

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 8:00AM

Editor, There is a lot of misinformation about state Initiatives 594 and 591, both of which will be on our 2014 ballot. Purpose of I-594 The goal is to prevent criminals from purchasing guns. Nowhere in I-594 is there any language about the confiscation of guns. I-594 merely closes a loophole in the existing criminal background check system. Right now anyone who buys a gun from a licensed dealer in Washington has to go through a criminal background check.

EDITORIAL | Jacks, Grone, Crider right for county seats

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

Last-minute voters, time is running out. Ballots were mailed last week and the clock is steadily ticking down to the Nov. 4 general election. For those who haven’t had the chance to dive into the issues, get to know the candidates, or are still wrestling with the right decisions, here’s who we think deserves your vote.

Candidates spar in final forum

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 12:00PM

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.

NOTABLE | South Whidbey couple celebrates 68th wedding anniversary

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

Dick and Janice Dahlman Stallbaum met in early 1946 at Cozy’s in Clinton. They were married at the Methodist Church in Langley, and are blessed with three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

KUDOS | Greenbank artist chosen to show works at La Conner museum

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 8:00AM

Greenbank artist Kathleen Otley was chosen for an Invitational Show by La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art. Otley’s willow wall sculptures will be presented at the 30th annual Arts Alive! Invitational Show in La Conner on Halloween and Dia de los Muertos weekend.

Langley officials search for solutions to ongoing city pub noise problems

  • Oct 21, 2014 at 4:00PM

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.

SLIDESHOW | Lady Turks take down Falcons in girls soccer, 8-0

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 5:00PM

Sultan showed off with an 8-0 thrashing of South Whidbey in a Cascade Conference girls soccer match Oct. 18.

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