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Island Transit breaks all-time ridership record Commuters flock to buses amid soaring gasoline prices

  • Apr 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:50AM

The number of islanders hopping aboard buses has climbed to the highest level since Island Transit was founded 20 years ago as soaring gasoline costs push more commuters to use public transportation.

Putney Woods celebration is today

  • Apr 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:51AM

PUTNEY WOODS — After months of hosting post-digging work parties, marking and verifying trails and beautifying the main entrance, the Island County Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen will offer tribute to the trail system’s namesake, Gary Putney, at a ceremony this morning.

Fire burns wall, books of Bayview guest home

  • Apr 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:51AM

BAYVIEW — A fire broke out in a guest home of a Langley couple Thursday morning, but quick thinking by the owners of the property prevented serious damage.

City, county officials discuss problems at Fairgrounds Road

  • Apr 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:51AM

LANGLEY — The city’s new connector road across the fairgrounds is really more of a divider — a divider of opinions.

Latest Gerber sculpture is heading to Oklahoma

  • Apr 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:51AM

CLINTON — South Whidbey sculptor Georgia Gerber put the final touches her latest piece of public art this week, a 13-foot-long rabbit-and-girl sculpture that will be displayed at a library in Tulsa, Okla.

Shipyard is on the rebound

  • Apr 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:51AM

New CEO says Nichols Brothers is now at capacity

Freeland man files challenge to Freeland’s growth plan

  • Apr 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:51AM

FREELAND — A Freeland man has filed an appeal of the Freeland Sub Area Plan with the county to protect Freeland Hill from development at higher zoning densities.

Fight in Freeland leads to knife wounds

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:52AM

A fight at a Freeland home last week between five men left some of the combatants injured with knife wounds and others with cuts and bruises.

Firefighters, EMTs and others win awards at fire district banquet

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:52AM

FREELAND — Firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other personnel from Fire District 3 were recently recognized by their peers for outstanding service to the community.

Board pauses to consider resignation

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:52AM

BAYVIEW — Bayview School students have started a petition drive to keep Scott Mauk as director of their school. But it may not be enough to keep the popular leader of Bayview School in place. Mauk is deeply dissatisfied with the status quo in his role as teacher and director for the alternative school and said he still plans to step down from the director position.

Bush Point confusion continues as opening day approaches

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:52AM

There is good news for South End boaters — the refurbished boat launch ramp at Bush Point has a smooth concrete finish, from the apron down into the water at high tide. And when the ramp opens on April 8 with the floats back in, drivers can ease their boats backward into the chilly waters of Admiralty Inlet more safely.

Housing concerns top list of issues at meeting with Sen. Murray

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:52AM

Fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis will eventually hit Washington and Island County and could impact everyone from students trying to get a college loan to people who want a bank loan to remodel their homes, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray told leaders from across Island County at a special meeting last week.

Bayview turkey family loses member

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

BAYVIEW — Maybe “Big Fanny” should have gotten some advice from the chicken who crossed the road. Just after 8 a.m. Friday, a white Volvo traveling on Bayview Road hit and killed “Big Fanny,” a member of the turkey family that has roamed the area freely since last fall.

Public works director hired from within

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

LANGLEY — Mayor Paul Samuelson tapped a current public works employee as the city of Langley’s new director of public works this week. Challis Stringer will replace Rick Hill, who resigned late last year. Stringer is a familiar face around town, having worked for the city’s public works department for the past five years.

Temp judge in municipal court threatens to sue prosecutor

  • Mar 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

COUPEVILLE — The 2006 election is still haunting Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks. Banks’ ghost of elections past is Amy Dempsey, a disgruntled former employee who filed $1 million claim against the county in January 2007 saying that he fired her because she supported his opponent in the 2006 race, Steve Selby.

Waterfront developers cut back on project’s size

  • Mar 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

The controversial waterfront project by Nancy Josephson and Steve Day just slimmed down considerably. The two developers, who announced plans last year for a seaside mixed-use complex on Wharf Street, dropped about one-third of the land area they had eyed for the project, Day said Friday.

Another Lost Summer

  • Mar 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

FREELAND — It could be a long while before hikers can freely enjoy the beach again at South Whidbey State Park. Park officials said last week they don’t know when the beach will be reopened after a federal grant they thought would pay for repairs was spent on disaster relief in California. The closure will mark the second summer the popular stretch of sand along Admiralty Inlet will be closed.

County says Goosefoot project at odds with rules

  • Mar 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

COUPEVILLE — Island County said this week that a plan to build an affordable housing project near Bayview Corner can’t be allowed under existing county regulations.

Crash due to alcohol

  • Mar 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

Two well-known South End business people were injured in a crash Sunday evening.

Credit card led to arrest of Freeland burglary suspects

  • Mar 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

Couple is charged on multiple counts

Basil Café on the menu at Bayview Corner

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:01AM

Get ready for an Asian explosion on the South End. Chung Tran, owner of the popular Vietnamese restaurant Pho Huy in Mukilteo, is opening the Basil Café at Bayview Corner in mid-February. The restaurant will be located in the former 3Cats Café and specializes in pan-Asian Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine.

Inn at Langley honored as one of the best

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02AM

Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines have recognized what locals have known for ages: Langley is a top destination with world-class accommodations.

School district has four items for voters

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:03AM

The students pass by the broken plaster several times each day with hardly a glance. Leaks have caused a big separation in the wall at the bottom of a stairwell at South Whidbey High School and the break is getting bigger.

Newsletter raises concerns in school district

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:04AM

South Whidbey School District officials are scrambling this week to knock down criticism that its classrooms and bathrooms are dirty because of cutbacks in the hours for custodians for the Intermediate and Primary schools.

Hospital buying land at Bayview

  • Dec 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:09AM

BAYVIEW — Whidbey General Hospital is finalizing two land deals worth more than $2 million as part of its ongoing plan to improve medical services on the South End.

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