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County drops new hunting rules

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:01PM

Island County Commissioners decided to stay with the status quo Monday and refused to adopt new hunting rules that have been controversial with both hunters and homeowners. Commissioner Mike Shelton tried to get the new rules passed during this week’s commissioners’ meeting, but the new ordinance failed to get the support of Commissioners Mac McDowell and William Byrd.

South Whidbey historic buildings identified

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:01PM

The Reverend may not row to shore anymore, but members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Clinton have been able to preserve much of their early history while welcoming new traditions in the community. The church is one of the latest recipients of a historical plaque, made possible by the South Whidbey Historical Society.

Useless Bay Colony residents threaten county with lawsuit

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:01PM

Residents of Useless Bay Colony are prepared to fight, in court, to stop hunting in Deer Lagoon. They’ve already hired an attorney, and late last week the colony’s lawyer sent a letter to Island County Commissioners threatening legal action if hunting is allowed in Deer Lagoon.

Port, city still at odds over harbor

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

Langley officials continue to press Port of South Whidbey commissioners for a mediated meeting to talk about improvements to the Langley marina, but commissioners said this week they’re still not entirely sure how the port should participate in the project. Earlier this week, Langley Mayor Neil Colburn sent the commissioners a letter asking the port district to again meet with city officials so the relationship between the port and city can be improved. It echoed a similar request made in August for a joint meeting, and it initially appeared that the port would agree to the meeting so the two sides could find common ground and common goals.

Benefit for Peru family is a big hit

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

Bob and Judyth Ullman wanted to help a family’s children in Peru by holding a fundraiser on Whidbey Island. They succeeded beyond their expectations. “A great time was had by all and we raised $3,370 of the $5,000 needed to build the small house where the children can stay while attending college on the mainland,” Bob Ullman reported.

Volunteers hammer to help neighbors

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

A steep and slippery wheelchair ramp is now safe and properly sloped thanks to a small group of South Whidbey volunteers. Hearts and Hammers workers redesigned and reconstructed the wheelchair ramp at a home on Maxwelton Road last week.

Coffeehouse tips turn into philanthropy grants

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

All the tip jars at the Island Coffee House will soon be empty. And as the baristas collect those quarters, nickels, dimes and dollars into one big kitty, the really hard work begins: Deciding how to spread the money across the island to people and groups who need a bit of a boost to help youth.

Commissioners expected to make a decision Monday

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

Whidbey Island residents took shots at Island County’s new hunting rules — and each other — during a public hearing Monday on an ordinance that would restrict waterfowl hunting in Deer Lagoon. The new rules would also allow deer hunting in the Kettles Trail area, Goss Lakes Woods and on Camano Ridge. Hunters and residents both voiced their opposition to a proposed ordinance that would allow hunting in the county-owned portion of Deer Lagoon.

Santa visits South End this week

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

Santa Claus is coming to town a bit early, and he’ll be getting a ride with local firefighters all across the South End this coming week. Santa’s tour of South Whidbey runs each night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. And his fire engine will gladly slow down to pick up food and unwrapped toys for local charities.

Town meetings focus on future of Freeland

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

No to speed bumps as traffic calming devices, and no to a "cutesy" theme for Freeland. Those were two definite ideas voiced by citizens attending Freeland planning meetings this week. Residents complained that speed bumps are noisy and drivers gun their engines after slowing to drive over the such bumps in the road.

Langley council adopts emergency moratorium to stop development

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

The Langley City Council adopted an emergency six-month moratorium halting the development of subdivisions in the northeast part of town. The moratorium affects "Zone D" in Langley, an area of just under 31 acres that includes properties located between Edgecliff Drive on the north, Sandy Point Road on the south and the eastern boundary of the city.

Mike's Place goes back in time

  • Dec 10, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:00PM

Sometimes in the crazy world we live in today, people can't help but wish that things were still like they were 20 years ago. If you are one of these people, you've lucked out, because for three days next week at Mike's Place in Langley, prices will be what they were in 1985.

Board picks new president

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

New officers were elected on the South Whidbey Board of Education at their last meeting. The annual reorganization of the board allows for different directors to step up and serve as board president during their term. Stepping out of the president's position was Helen Price Johnson, who has served for two years. She passed the gavel to Rich Parker.

Whidbey Islanders sing for food to help those in need

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

A South Whidbey resident who spends her time filling the bellies of those who need it most is inviting the community to spend an evening listening to music that feeds the soul. Beverly Graham and her band are holding their annual concert benefiting Operation: Sack Lunch at the Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Friends ask port to expand park

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

With the scuttling of a proposal to build a boat storage shed at Freeland Park, a group of local volunteers are pressing for the expansion of the park in case the controversial idea comes back again. The local volunteer organization Friends of Freeland is asking Port of South Whidbey officials to support the expansion of the park.

Tempting tourists with island treasures

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

Marketer hopes to grow tourism on Whidbey Instead of telling tourists to "do nothing," Whidbey visitors are being invited to play pirate. Well, sort of. The new tourism marketing slogan is "Find what you treasure on Whidbey and Camano Islands," and replaces the previous message, "Do nothing here."

Holmes Harbor Sewer District throws out fees

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

The Holmes Harbor Sewer District unanimously agreed Thursday to stop billing vacant properties that aren't connected to its sewer system. The move came in response to a recent state Supreme Court decision that said the district cannot assess sewer charges to undeveloped properties in the Holmes Harbor subdivision if those properties are not connected to the neighborhood's treatment system.

The tale of 2 families

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

Bob and Judyth Ullman live about two feet above Saratoga Passage in Langley, their neat cottage-style home alive with colors, the sort one might find in a travel poster of South America. Simon and Candelaria Yanarico and their children live in a small, mud-spattered hut with an earthen floor in the high Altiplano region of Peru with no electricity, a place that will never appear on a travel poster. And though they also live near a body of water, Lake Titicaca, any similarity with the Ullmans ends there.

Holiday event benefits community

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

A not-to-miss holiday gala that has been held for seven years on the north end is coming to South Whidbey for the first time. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County will host the Festival of Trees gala and auction at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday. The Oak Harbor festival will be held Dec. 2, the night before the South Whidbey event.

Land Trust trying to save at-risk farmland

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

Whidbey Camano Land Trust is trying to create public access to almost 10 acres of scenic farmland that sits next to 40 acres of untouched forest. A few obstacles are still in the way, however. The Whidbey Camano Land Trust needs to raise a total of $160,000 before March to buy the property. Otherwise, the land will be sold off to developers.

More and more students 'opt out' on giving info to military

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

Number of opt-out students rises this year from 70 to 107; increases to almost half of eligible students Fifteen-year-old Spencer Cyr believes high school should be a place for learning, not a clearinghouse for military recruiters.

State to handle Main Street Sewer appeals

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

The Freeland Water District is in a holding pattern while the legal battle between an existing sewer system provider and the state is resolved. Main Street Sewer System, which provides service to a senior housing development in Freeland, is appealing the state's approval of the Freeland Water District's move to form a sewer district.

School facilities study planned

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59PM

Langley Middle School and the district office could be sold at some future date to consolidate the South Whidbey School District on Maxwelton Road. Home schoolers and other programs now in portables could be pushed into existing classrooms at the high school.

Supreme Court rules against Holmes Harbor

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:58PM

The state's highest court on Wednesday may have dealt a serious financial blow to Holmes Harbor Water District. In a unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Nov. 23 that the Holmes Harbor Sewer District cannot assess fees and collect money from property owners who have unimproved home sites within the Freeland subdivision.

Sno-Isle is new owner of library

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:58PM

Library to be expanded next summer. After more than a decade since they first opened the building, the Friends of the Freeland library are transferring their ownership of the building to Sno-Isle Libraries. "The Friends of the Freeland Library have done a remarkable job making library services available to their community," said Sno-Isle director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. "Their care and dedication is evident throughout the library."

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