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New flood maps expensive for some, wash for others

  • Aug 28, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Aug 31, 2015 at 10:03AM

Some Whidbey residents will see their flood insurance premiums rise by up to 400 percent under new flood insurance rate maps released by the federal government, while others’ rates will remain flat.

CORRECTED | South Whidbey's Kody Newman follows in siblings’ footsteps

  • Aug 25, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Aug 30, 2015 at 1:02PM

Though he’s only a freshman, Kody Newman knows the first day of practice drill better than most.

Runaway Langley bunny population could cost taxpayers $55,000

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 10:51AM

Solving the issue of bunny overpopulation in Langley is a long way off, but school officials say they are tackling the problem.

Langley High grad survives wildfire by jumping in lake

  • Aug 28, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Aug 29, 2015 at 8:24AM

The largest wildfire in Washington’s history nearly claimed the life of a former South Whidbey man last week.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Georgia Gardner should be reelected to Whidbey hospital board

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, I am extremely concerned about the upcoming election. I believe it imperative that we re-elect Georgia Gardner to the Whidbey General Hospital board. At a recent League of Women Voters Forum in Langley, I understood Rob Born to say he was interested in affiliating with a faith-based hospital. That concerns me because if that happens my decisions about my end-of-life care will not be honored. With much thought and care, I have completed the legal documents provided by Compassion and Choices.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Tim Callison is the right person for Langley mayor

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, I believe that I have a unique perspective on Tim Callison and his fit for the position of mayor for the City of Langley. I am a Washington resident and also a former employee of Tim’s. Tim was the president of a marketing and sales organization for a global manufacturing company that I was also a part of. He started his career as a laborer on the manufacturing floor and through determination, hard work and diligence he worked his way to the top leadership role. He did not rely on others to do his work for him and he did not ride on the coat tails of others during his journey in corporate America.

EDITORIAL | Passing jail death review on was the right call

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 12:00PM

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks this week announced that he is not the right person to perform a review into the death of Keaton Farris at the Coupeville jail this past April. While perhaps a bit overdue, this was the right call and we applaud the prosecutor’s decision to step away from this important investigation. The results may yet result in no criminal proceedings, no matter who performs it, but he is absolutely correct that his conclusions would always be suspect.

EDITORIAL | Langley rabbit discussion was long overdue

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 6:00AM

The South Whidbey School District this week said it was considering spending up to $55,000 on fencing to combat Langley’s bunny problem. This is both disappointing and encouraging news. It’s disappointing that taxpayers may shoulder such a huge bill to address the cuddly hot potato other leaders have declined to touch, but it’s encouraging to see a public agency finally taking steps to address what is clearly an out-of-control rabbit population.

Beverly Beach donates bench in memory of former resident

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 10:00AM

A bench was recently built and dedicated to former Beverly Beach resident Ron Buzard, who died in February 2015.

Boeing Employees fund donates $35,000 to Good Cheer

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 8:00AM

Good Cheer Food Bank and Thrift Stores got a check earlier this week for $35,000 from the Boeing Employees Community Fund, executive director Kathy McCabe said Thursday.

South Whidbey State Park patrons celebrate unveiling of old sign

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 8:00AM

About 60 people gathered at South Whidbey State Park Tuesday, Aug. 25, for a picnic and unveiling of a restored park entrance sign.

Woodworkers showcase form, function at Woodpalooza

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 12:00PM

Everyone has heard the complaint that nothing is made in America any more.

Banks asks for bigger bucks in 2016 budget request

  • Aug 28, 2015 at 4:00PM

The county’s prosecuting attorney is seeking 2016 budget hikes far higher than those of some other departments, according to documents presented to the Board of Island County Commissioners this week and last during budget workshops.

Langley Soup Box Derby not canceled - yet

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 8:00AM

Anyone planning on watching or racing in the Langley Soup Box Derby at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 should still do so, despite a high chance of rain in the forecast.

County Commissioners approve medical contract with jail

  • Aug 28, 2015 at 6:00PM

The Board of Island County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $284,460, one-year contract with North End Medical Professional Corp., of Oak Harbor, to provide medical services to the county’s jail and juvenile center.

Falcon trio to swim in co-op with Kamiak

  • Aug 29, 2015 at 10:00AM

Desire and dedication. That’s what Kamiak High School head swim coach Chris Erickson said it will take for South Whidbey’s Kinsey Eager, Ally Lynch, and Bella Northup to succeed. In a cooperative agreement between Kamiak and South Whidbey, the trio will swim competitively for the Falcons while practicing with the Knights and using their facilities.

Island County prosecutor recuses himself from jail death review

  • Aug 26, 2015 at 5:18PM

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks announced today that he no longer believes he is the right person to review the April death of Keaton Farris in the Coupeville Jail. In a released statement, Banks said to avoid any perceptions of a conflict of interest that he has requested Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney Dave McEachran perform the review on behalf of his office.

Whidbey judge silences jet-noise lawsuit against Whidbey real estate companies

  • Aug 25, 2015 at 4:00PM

A judge threw out a lawsuit against two Whidbey real-estate companies over disclosures related to aircraft noise Friday afternoon. “We were victorious,” said Eric Mitten, broker and owner with Windermere Real Estate. “The judge ruled that the disclosure was adequate to put buyers on notice that there was aircraft noise.”

SHERIFF'S REPORT | A suspected pot grow, a neighbor who likes to give the finger and a boat chasing orcas

  • Aug 26, 2015 at 6:00AM

The following are 9-1-1 reports from the Island County Sheriff’s Office, South Precinct. Thursday, August 13 10:53 a.m. — A caller in Clinton advised she just saw her husband close a storage shed and she saw a female inside. The caller thinks she may be locked inside and that they’ve been living there.

Langley chocolate shop owner shares 10-year recipe of success

  • Aug 26, 2015 at 6:00AM

The smell is intoxicating in Sweet Mona’s, and wherever owner Mona Newbauer visits after work in her Langley chocolate shop.

Prosecutors charge alleged Greenbank burglar

  • Aug 25, 2015 at 6:00PM

A Coupeville resident accused of breaking a homeowner’s back during a July 27 burglary and then fleeing to Canada was charged recently, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Paul Schmakeit, 20, in Island County Superior Court with burglary in the first-degree and assault in the first degree.

Police nab second brother in suspected bat assault in Clinton

  • Aug 25, 2015 at 4:00PM

The second of two brothers suspected in a baseball bat-related assault and burglary on South Whidbey Aug. 8 faces felony charges in Island County Superior Court. Detectives with the Island County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for 31-year-old Shawn Poolman, a Freeland resident, since the Aug. 8 home-invasion burglary at a Clinton house. He was taken into custody in Port Townsend this past week.

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