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First-year coach Michael Coe brings fresh energy to the Falcon football program

  • Aug 11, 2015 at 6:00PM

Charlie Patterson was a bit dubious of what to expect when first-year head coach Michael Coe took the reins of the football program.

Suspect wanted in violent South Whidbey burglary

  • Aug 10, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Aug 11, 2015 at 12:04PM

Detectives are looking for a 31-year-old man who was allegedly involved in a Aug. 6 home invasion attack on South Whidbey, according to the Island County Sheriff's Office. Shawn Poolman is wanted in connection with the burglary and felony assault. He may be hiding out in the Oak Harbor area, the sheriff's office reported.

Family seeks damages, reform in death at Island County jail

  • Aug 10, 2015 at 5:49PM

An attorney representing the family of a man who died from dehydration in Island County jail filed a tort claim with the county Friday. The claim asks for a nonspecific amount of damages related to the April 7 death of Keaton Farris in a jail cell. The claim also states that his family will seek injunction relief "to ensure that the same thing doesn't happen to any other inmates in the jail," according to attorney Kathy Goater of the Seattle firm Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender. "We're asking the court to take an affirmative action, which could take any number of forms," she said.

Langley UGA to shrink, Island County says

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Aug 9, 2015 at 5:41PM

Langley’s urban growth area will likely shrink to meet its needs over the next 20 years, an Island County planner told a public meeting at City Council chambers on Wednesday evening. Washington law defines an urban growth area (UGA) as an area in which urban growth is encouraged and outside of which growth can occur only if it is not urban in nature.

Sunny View affordable housing development finalized

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 6:00PM

It took about seven years, was riddled with hurdles and cost $6.8 million, but it’s finally done. Sunny View Village, a 26-unit affordable or workforce housing project in Freeland, is officially complete. “What a glorious day, seven years in the making,” said Carolyn Zielinski, assistant director of Asset Management for the National Development Council, during a grand opening ceremony this week.

Luise’s legacy: German composer’s descendant brings music to Whidbey Island

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 6:00AM

A German woman’s compositions will be played in full on Whidbey Island with the first Luise Greger International Music Festival this month. Luise Greger, a German composer whose works from the early 1900s were discovered only recently in the past two decades, will receive a new life. She is featured in Brigham Young University’s list, The Sophie Project, of German-speaking women’s works. Deer Lagoon-area resident Elizabeth Derrig, Greger’s great-great granddaughter, organized the Aug. 14-15 festival in honor of her ancestor.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Thank you for the vote of confidence

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, The vote of confidence by Whidbey Islanders in my candidacy for the hospital board is heartening. In reviewing the numbers, I see that voters in each of the four precinct areas (North, Central, and South Whidbey and Oak Harbor) supported me over the incumbent, showing the north and south citizens aren’t always political opposites.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Salmon shirts a touching reminder

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, After reading the recent article about pink salmon fishing I would like to add a little more to the story. If you were lucky enough to have a bought a shirt from Freeland Ace Hardware you will see the artistic pink “humpy” salmon on the back. The fish was drawn by my granddaughter, Nichol Zalewski. Nichol was a very gifted artist and this was her last piece. She passed away in May. She was 23.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Don’t make ferry line assumptions

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 8:00AM

Editor, With summer here, the ferry lines reflect the increase in the number of passengers using the system. With long lines to board and hot temperatures making wait times uncomfortable, it’s no wonder tempers flare when cars cut in line. However, not all cars that bypass the line are malicious cheaters. Carpools, vanpools and motorcycles load first. Washington State Ferries (or WSF) also allows people with medical conditions to bypass the line and grants them priority loading. As stated on their website: “Medical preferential loadings are given to passengers who find it detrimental to their health to wait in a ferry line.”

VIEWPOINT | It’s time to take out invasive weed tansy ragwort

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 2:00PM

It is the time of year when roadsides and pastures glow with golden flowers on long stalks. Before admiring, however, take a good look to be sure the flower is not tansy ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), a poisonous invasive plant that affects horses, cows, pigs, goats, deer and, yes, humans.

New arrival | Asaya Ray Spratt

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 8:00AM

A warm welcome to Asaya Ray Spratt, who was born at the Greenbank Birth Center on May 21 to parents Stephanie Spratt and Monte Sharp.

New arrival | Karsyn Rayne Gardner

  • Aug 7, 2015 at 6:00PM

Karsyn Rayne Gardner was born at the Greenbank Birth Center on July 28 to parents Alyscia Spratt and Isaiah Gardner.

New Langley shop with fair trade mindset opens

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 6:00PM

Lilly and Barry van Gerbig are taking a stand and an admittedly exciting and nerve-wracking risk by opening their store, Fair Trade Outfitters.

FEMA changes flood predictions for Whidbey Island

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 4:00PM

Numerous Whidbey Island residents may find they are now at greater risk of flooding, thanks to changes that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing to its federal flood insurance rate maps, a county official said Friday.

Homeless grant funds approved in Island County

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 2:00PM

Whidbey Island’s homeless by year-end will have a single place to come in order to find housing, thanks in part to a $24,000 planning grant approved Tuesday by the Board of Island County Commissioners.

Callison, Emerson, Born, Gardner lead

  • Aug 7, 2015 at 4:46PM

Tim Callison and Sharon Emerson have maintained their lead this week in the three-way race for Langley mayor, largely guaranteeing their progression to the November general election.

Work on Mukilteo terminal begins

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 12:00PM

The first construction phase for the new Mukilteo ferry terminal began with a bit of destruction Thursday.

Clinton woman charged in fatal Valentine’s Day car crash

  • Aug 7, 2015 at 4:45PM

A South Whidbey woman was charged this week for her role in a fatal two-car crash earlier this year.

EDITORIAL | Langley, the city where issues never sleep

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 6:00AM

A lot of news has come out of Langley of late. Some of it is good, some of it not so much. First and foremost, knowledge that soil in a storm water retention pond at Suzanne Court is contaminated with barium and diesel fuel sounds more alarming than it likely is. As multiple experts have pointed out, it’s not a public safety issue. We hope, however, the city’s decision to forgo earlier dredging plans due to the unexpected complication and expense of removing the soil, and simply drain the pond, remove underwater vegetation and clear drains, is only a first step.

Greenbank man left paralyzed after burglary, assault

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 10:00AM

Detectives with the Island County Sheriff’s Office traveled to the border Thursday to pick up a suspect in a July 27 burglary and assault that left a Greenbank man paralyzed, according to Detective Ed Wallace.

Bags brighten poopy task at Island County beach

  • Aug 8, 2015 at 6:00AM

The dark task of picking up dog poop on Whidbey beaches is a bit brighter this month, thanks to the recent efforts of a community group.

Whidbey Island Fair slides to start with plenty of fun, sun on opening day

  • Aug 7, 2015 at 4:42PM

The signs that the 91st Whidbey Island Fair has begun are noticeable well before any waft of fried food, blaring tunes of stage music or shrieks of ecstasy from rides. Cars lined Camano Avenue/Langley Road, and the few paid parking lots were already smattered with cars before noon on the fair’s opening day on Thursday.

SLIDESHOW | Fun aplenty at first day of Whidbey Island Fair 2015

  • Aug 9, 2015 at 8:00AM

Hundreds of people flocked to the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley for the opening day of the Whidbey Island Fair on Aug. 6.

South Whidbey Little Leaguers face tough competition at state

  • Aug 9, 2015 at 12:00AM

It had only been a couple of days after the season had ended and Brent Batchelor was already missing baseball.

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