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Highlands draw praise, concerns

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:19PM

The Langley city council chambers were bursting with people Tuesday. Every last seat was taken. People sat on the floors and stood out in the hallway. The official presentation of the Highlands development before the Planning Advisory Board drew crowds.

Negotiations over farm continue

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:19PM

Though more details are emerging about the negotiations underway between the Port of Coupeville and Greenbank Farm’s management group over the farm’s future, all sides agree no decisions have been reached.

SOUTH WHIDBEY HIGH’S Terrific trio

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:19PM

It’s been a busy four years for the South Whidbey High School graduates of 2006, three of whom managed perfect grade point averages. They include a community volunteer, an athlete and student who is passionate about learning.

Intern helps city save energy, greenhouse gas emissions

  • Jun 17, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:19PM

Ten weeks of hard work may help improve Langley’s energy use. Mariah VanZerr, a Bard College graduate student, will intern at the city of Langley, spending her summer analyzing the towns energy use, and helping develop a plan to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Visitor kiosk more costly due to new design

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:19PM

Next spring, possibly sooner, a gem of a visitor center will grace the corner of Highway 525 and Langley Road. For now, it’s just a diamond in the rough. The wooden visitor kiosk sits on the bare corner of the intersection next to the Exxon gas station on Ken’s Corner. To make it more inviting, renovations and park-like landscaping are planned for the joint project between the Langley and Freeland chambers of commerce.

Prima Bistro brings a breath of fresh air

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:19PM

South Enders have been keeping a close eye on the restaurant space above the Star Store. They are ready to reclaim their favorite summer hang-out, the outdoor patio overlooking Saratoga Passage. The wait is over. In time for Fourth of July, the Prima Bistro will open its doors.

Freeland man on a mission to present the colors

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:19PM

Jay Hale has always loved the American Flag. The Freeland resident can’t remember a time when flying the flag wasn’t important. Even as a child before becoming a pilot in Air Force, the flag had significance for him.

Group hears concerns, questions about Freeland incorporation

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

It won’t be simple. That’s the message backers of the incorporation effort in Freeland had for residents during town hall meetings to discuss the prospects of cityhood for the fastest-growing area on South Whidbey.

Why we fly the flag

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

Vietnam veteran Tom Rose doesn’t necessarily dwell on the past. But then, he isn’t about to forget it, either. Each day he raises three flags outside his home in Greenbank: Old Glory, a black POW/MIA pennant and the official flag of the United States Air Force.

South End mourns passing of Eva Mae Gabelein

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

Born and raised on Whidbey Island, Eva Mae Gabelein loved the country feel of the island and the glorious view from her window. “The mountains are just beautiful,” she would say when one of her children would call to see how she was doing.

Shellfish closure may mean state money for sewers

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

There is a possibility that something positive may come out of the shellfish harvesting closure at Holmes Harbor: Money. Officials from the state Department of Health said that counties with a shellfish protection district — something the state requires when ongoing pollution is found — receive high priority for state water-quality financial assistance.

Boundary split finds few fans

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

The proposal to create separate districts for Conservation Futures funding died from lack of support Monday, but Island County commissioners hinted the battle between the north and south will someday rise again.

A CARING COMMUNITY

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

Island County law enforcement is recognizing elder abuse as a problem. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks and Cmdr. Mike Beech of the Island County Sheriff’s Office both spoke at the recent elder abuse conference in Oak Harbor.

South End ‘helping hand’ passes away

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

The former executive director of Helping Hand of South Whidbey, Margaret “Peggy” Norton, passed away May 26 at her home in Clinton. On April 4, Norton had been awarded the Island County “Lee Martens Health Hero Award” for her compassionate and selfless work on behalf of those in need.

WASL results show gains on South Whidbey

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

South Whidbey sophomores will learn how they did on the state assessment test, known as the WASL, this week. For students who failed to meet test standards, it will mean making plans to attend summer school.

Talk focuses on creating a safe haven for the elderly

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

The South Whidbey Senior Center is a safe haven for many older South Enders. It provides activities ranging from Tai Chi to driving classes, keeping seniors’ minds and bodies engaged

Artist cooperative opens gallery in Langley

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

The Artists’ Cooperative of Whidbey Island has moved to Anthes Street in Langley. The co-op had a grand re-opening of its gallery Memorial Day weekend. New gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Hearing coming for Langley’s Highlands development

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

eople interested in the largest development in Langley history can get a closer look at the Highlands project next week. A public hearing before the Planning Advisory Board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 in council chambers at City Hall.

Former South Whidbey con man arrested in California casino

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:18PM

James McDowell learned he could run but not hide from the police when the bright lights of television shone on him. McDowell was arrested in California this past weekend after being featured on the television show, “American Most Wanted.”

Pilots say Scatchet Head is perfect, precarious

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

High atop a Scatchet Head cliff at the extreme end of South Whidbey, Jimmy Culler said he has a simple way to know when it’s OK to step off what local hang gliders say is one of the most treacherous launch spots in the Northwest.

The biggest birthday: Making a mark at 11

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Imagine the thrill of celebrating your 11th birthday with 75 of your friends and classmates. There’d be a big party — held in the cavernous Bayview Hall — with games, balloons, cake and a DJ to play your favorite tunes. Think of the presents you’d get — why, it would take weeks just to open them all.

WEAN slams farms, county

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Farming is a constant menace to streams and wetlands on Whidbey Island and is threatening the public health, an environmentalist group is warning a state growth board. It’s the latest broadside from the Whidbey Environmental Action Network, or WEAN, against Island County growth planners and the farming community. WEAN has been embroiled in a bitter battle against Island County that boiled over last year about the county’s new farming regulations.

New water tank replaces storage facility damaged in Nisqually quake

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

On the route to Clinton, a new structure on Highway 525 draws the attention of drivers just past the Dairy Queen. And it actually owes its existence to a few shakes. It’s the Clinton Water District’s state-of-the-art water tank that went “online” in late May. It now provides better, safer water service for Clinton.

District feels pinch of fewer students

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

It’s not a matter of if, only when. Faced with declining enrollment, the South Whidbey School District will be forced to downsize as early as the 2007/08 school year. That means some schools will close and send its students to other South Whidbey schools.

Life in the Ecuadorian Andes brings change to South End pair

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:17PM

Two young South Enders traded island life for work in the Ecuadorian Andes to get a taste of the world, and to protest the current political climate in the U.S. “I think our decision to continue traveling was also partly spurred by our disgust with the political conditions in the U.S.” Estevan Munoz-Howard said.

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