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Last-minute response saves Freeland post office from having water shut off

  • Jun 12, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Jun 16, 2015 at 7:09AM

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stop the mail, but a pesky and persistent water leak came close this week.

WAIF Raises more than $120,000 for shelter animals

  • Jun 15, 2015 at 3:00PM

Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation's 12th annual Spring Fling Gala Auction and Gourmet Dinner raised a record breaking $120,000 in net proceeds, the organization announced today. The event was held Saturday, May 30 before a sold-out crowd of animal supporters.

Votes sought to help Langley biz with grant contest

  • Jun 15, 2015 at 4:00PM

Two Langley merchants are looking for the public's help in securing a $100,000 grant. David and Kimberly Tiller, owners of Whidbey Island Natural, are competing in Chase Bank's Mission Main Street contest. The business must receive 250 online votes before June 19 to be considered for the grant.

Poetry Slam season continues at Freeland Cafe

  • Jun 15, 2015 at 2:22PM

The 2015 Island Arts Council Poetry Slam season will continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 at the Freeland Cafe. Celebrate Life with Poetry will be lead by Conductor of Fun Jim Freeman and Hostess of Fun Petite Bryant-Hunt.

BEACH WATCHERS TO STAND ALONE: Group casts off university shackles to become independent organization

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Jun 14, 2015 at 10:01PM

The Island County Beach Watchers are breaking free from Washington State University Extension, citing frustration with restrictive policies and conflicts in vision.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Emerson has my vote for Langley mayor

  • Jun 12, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, The many reasons to support Sharon Emerson have been said much more elegantly by others but, besides her platform just making good sense, her experience and abilities insuring intelligent governing, I support her campaign because it is a breath of fresh air that could blow away the existing stale, worn out concepts and agendas and offer much needed new direction for Langley.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Sports coverage seriously lacking

  • Jun 12, 2015 at 4:26PM

Editor, I want to say how disappointing it was to see that a debut track didn’t make it in the paper at all this spring season. Not only am I disappointed, but my other team members, my family and my friends are all disappointed as well. We had three home meets and not one picture about it. All season we have had small articles naming what times we got.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Consider re-grade over funicular, lift in Langley

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, Well, it is too late to run for mayor, but if I did my campaign would champion a “Langley re-grade” public works project that would eliminate the need for the maligned funicular. I can’t take credit for the idea that would eliminate the bluff that separates the waterfront from Langley proper. I found the idea in an early 1960s Island County “general plan” by Harstad Associates, an engineering/planning firm. The plan shows a section view of Langley Loop Road and how the re-grade would allow the waterfront to blend in and become a focal point of the town.

EDITORIAL | Hospital’s patient council is a new start

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 6:00AM

Whidbey General’s plan for a new Patient Advisory Council is a great step in the right direction for the public hospital. The agency has been through a lot of turmoil over the last year with turnover in several top management positions and a divisive criminal case that highlighted concerns about how the hospital does business.

South Whidbey Little League claims Andrade Tournament title

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 10:00AM

Behind efficient pitching, solid defense and mighty batting, South Whidbey Little League’s Dodgers squad claimed the Andrade Tournament championship on Thursday in Oak Harbor. South Whidbey never trailed as the 11- and 12 year-old Dodgers broke free from a tie in the fourth inning and piled on more runs in the fifth and sixth to beat Coupeville 9-2.

Langley Pride parade fundraiser starts on festive footing

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 2:00PM

When Kathryn Lynn Morgen peered into the upstairs landing of the main barn at Greenbank Farm Friday evening, her heart swelled. The musicians of PETE had yet to commence playing for the evening’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA)-pride themed community barn dance, but about a dozen children and their respective family members were already celebrating, crafting zines and “freak flags,” taking photos and sharing a collective spirit of laughter and love.

Falcon athletic director leaves SWHS for Vashon job

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 12:00PM

As South Whidbey High School’s days wind to a close, so do they for athletic director Kelly Kirk. Kirk, who took over the assistant principal and athletic director position in the 2013-14 school year, is leaving for a similar position at Vashon Island High School. The departure was necessitated by family needs, he said.

Freeland studio to hold open house Saturday

  • Jun 12, 2015 at 4:14PM

Freeland Art Studio will hold its fifth annual open house this weekend. The event is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at the studio, 1660 Roberta Ave. in Freeland.

Tokitae's sun deck to open for summer sailings

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 2:00PM

Getting to Whidbey Island will be a bit easier and a whole lot breezier starting with the summer sailing season for Washington State Ferries which begins June 14.

Deception Pass bridge work starts

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 4:00PM

The paving project from Frostad Road to Sharpes corner began Monday and will include five nights of full closures for Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges in mid-July or August.

WSDOT to study fares for Whidbey buses

  • Jun 12, 2015 at 6:00PM

It’s unlikely that Island Transit will be able to abandon its fare-free model anytime soon, according to board members.

Old tires finally removed in Langley

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 12:00PM

A bunch of decaying tires in a wooded area in Langley were finally removed this week after boisterous complaints from a resident and a threat of legal action.

9-1-1 dispatch chief proposes fix for Island Transit radio botch

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 10:00AM

The director of the I-COM emergency dispatch center has a proposal that may finally fix a communication problem that has dogged Island Transit buses for years.

Clinton woman wins car in Eagles’ charity raffle

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 6:00PM

Possession Point resident Gay Turner bought a used car this month, for $10. She was the winning recipient of a Whidbey Island Eagles raffle, which raised money for charities across South Whidbey. According to Dave Moulton, a member of the club’s board, Turner was more than a bit excited to learn she was the winner.

Diking District 4 assessment proposal to move forward

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 4:00PM

A proposed property tax hike for Diking Improvement District 4 appears as if it will move forward with little heartburn from area residents.

Langley considers option for firehouse sale

  • Jun 13, 2015 at 8:00AM

Langley is trying to find a way to part with its old fire station. The city had put it up as a surplus property through a request for proposals. Only one proposal was submitted, and it came from current tenant Callahan McVay, who runs Callahan’s Firehouse Studio in the Second Street building.

South Whidbey Academy says goodbye to the Class of 2015 | CORRECTED

  • Jun 5, 2015 at 5:00PM updated Jun 12, 2015 at 9:14AM

True to the individuality brought and sought by South Whidbey Academy students, the class of 2015 graduates got to do things their way during their commencement ceremony Thursday.

South Whidbey teachers Davies, Felgar receive recognition awards

  • Jun 12, 2015 at 7:35AM

High school teachers Charlie Davies and Chad Felgar were honored by the South Whidbey Schools Foundation, students and school faculty last week. The teachers were recognized for their outstanding service Thursday, June 4 at the Senior Farewell Assembly for the Class of 2015.

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