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Alleged child molester sought on South Whidbey

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 4:23PM

Deputies are looking on South Whidbey for a former resident who is wanted for child molestation in Iowa.

EDITORIAL | Asking for assistance was the right call

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 12:00PM

Sometimes indecision and a little delay isn’t such a bad thing. This week, the South Whidbey School Board wrestled to fill the District 2 seat, which has been vacant since Fred O’Neal resigned in late August. While the board was ultimately unsuccessful in selecting one of two candidates, the outcome was no failure. Rather, the board’s decision to bring in a bit of outside help, an expert in education if you will, was a demonstration in good government and institutional humility.

New arrival | Aurora Lynn Blanton

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 7:00PM

Aurora Lynn Blanton was born at Whidbey General Hospital to parents Shawn Blanton and Erica Feris of Clinton on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Aurora weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces at the time of her birth.

New arrival | Kian Wesley Fouts

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 1:00PM

Kian Wesley Fouts was born at Whidbey General Hospital to parents Daniel and Amber Fouts of Freeland on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2014. Kian weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces at the time of birth.

Crowd ponders how to spark vitality, growth in Clinton

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 10:00AM

Island County’s comprehensive plan, the Clinton Community Council’s goals and the Clinton area’s desires and needs all intersected at a meeting Thursday night.

Whidbey Ryther Center unit raises nearly $25,000

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 12:00PM

Nearly $25,000 was raised by the South Whidbey Mardi Unit of Ryther Child Center, a nonprofit that helps at-risk children and families.

Dia de los Muertos honors dead, celebrates life

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 10:00AM

In Mexico—as well as in many parts of the United States—the days from Nov. 1-2 are spent celebrating life and honoring the deceased during Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday which has developed through a pairing of Catholic and ancient Aztec traditions.

Family celebrates 25 years of leadership at Freeland Trinity Lutheran Church

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 10:00AM

Jim Lindus, senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland, and wife Felicia will celebrate 25 years of pastoral leadership this Sunday, Oct. 26. Felicia Lindus is the director of the church’s preschool. They have been married 30 years.

Windermere welcomes new broker to South Whidbey

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 6:00PM

Sheila White has joined Windermere Real Estate in Freeland as a new broker.

Langley girl takes high place at 5K

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 6:00AM

A 10-year-old girl from Langley finished second in her age division at the Dawg Dash 5K run on Sunday in Seattle.

Regional education chief to help in South Whidbey school director selection

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 6:00AM

Unable to reach a decision themselves, South Whidbey School Board directors are now looking to the region’s top education official for help in selecting a new member.

Lakewood rallies for five-set victory

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 6:00PM

Lakewood bounced back from a two-set deficit and avoided a sweep by winning three straight sets to beat South Whidbey in a Cascade Conference volleyball match Wednesday.

Whidbey’s first retail pot store finally opens

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

Whidbey Island’s first legal sale of recreational marijuana occurred Friday.

Girls soccer ends season winless after narrow loss

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 8:00AM

South Whidbey’s last and best hope for a victory was dashed in a wet and windy loss Wednesday night to Lakewood, 1-0.

Whidbey Island Cannabis Company to open tomorrow

  • Oct 23, 2014 at 6:43PM

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."

Sheriff's website can help trick-or-treaters avoid sex offenders

  • Oct 23, 2014 at 11:00AM updated at 3:37PM

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.

Clinton author draws on power of religious icons

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Oct 23, 2014 at 1:34PM

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.”

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

  • Oct 23, 2014 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

  • Oct 23, 2014 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.

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