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Beach Watchers win volunteer honors from Washington state

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Two Beach Watchers contingents from Island County were recognized as top volunteer groups Thursday by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The Beach Watchers of Island County and the Beach Watchers of Camano Island received awards from State Parks Director Rex Derr in a ceremony under the dome at the Capitol.

New antique mall holds many treasures

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Replacing a cracked old drinking glass started it all. It wasn’t just any old glass, but Depression-era glassware that had been passed down to Pat Egging from his mother. The set was missing a few pieces.

Man charged for imprisoning, assaulting woman

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Charges were filed Monday in Island County Superior Court against a Bellingham man for tying, assaulting and threatening to kill a woman at his family cabin in Freeland last week.

Surprise snow delays schools, blankets South End

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Icy roads and a dusting of snow delayed the start of South Whidbey schools by two hours Tuesday. South Whidbey residents were greeted by scattered snowfall from Clinton to just south of Greenbank. School district transportation officials began driving bus routes at 5 a.m. to determine if they were safe for buses.

Friends group and U.S. Bank plan to beautify Freeland

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Look for a colorful display of flowers this spring at the intersection of Main Street and Harbor Avenue in Freeland. The Friends of Freeland and U.S. Bank are planning a joint project to transform the existing landscape at U.S. Bank’s branch on the corner of South Harbor and Main Streets in Freeland “from blah to aha.”

School levies approved by voters

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

Voters gave a lopsided thumbs-up to two levies for the South Whidbey schools on Tuesday, approving both a capital projects technology measure and a maintenance and operation levy to help supplement state funding.

A year of waiting and pain after deadly Langley crash

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

A cigarette butt, some earrings, bits of broken glass, a girl’s sock and a small bit of dark hair tucked inside a Whidbey General Hospital envelope. Patty Rankin took the hair and pulled it to her nose, trying to catch the scent of Aussie Shampoo, her daughter Tinna Ann Rankin’s favorite brand. Patty Rankin started to cry, then gave everything a last look and put it all in a little wood jewelry box.

THE FINAL LOOP: Island athlete finds he’s never alone

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

From none, to one, to a crowd of almost 40. Matt Simms started out alone on his final long distance run last Saturday, the last loop he would run across South Whidbey before his deployment to the war in Iraq.

New commercial space attracts new business

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

New office and retail space is nearing completion in Clinton; the construction on the Clinton Square Complex will be finished in early March. “This is when the first businesses are moving in,” said Libby McCauley, owner of L&L Properties, the builder of the complex.

Many low-lying homes along coast damaged by storm surge

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

Mike O’Connor stood in a shock-like daze, staring at the foot-high water that had roared across his front yard, through his Columbia Beach home, and into his back yard. Potted plants were floating away; the barbecue grill had toppled and his patio furniture was submerged and soaked. Inside was even worse.

WINDSTORM SLAMS, SWAMPS SOUTH END

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

A monster windstorm slammed South Whidbey early Saturday morning with 70 mph hurricane-strength winds, leaving thousands without power, stranding residents in their neighborhoods because of fallen power lines, and leaving homeowners along the coast with severely damaged flood-soaked homes.

Fire district 3 plans for the future

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

Island County Fire District 3 staff and board members are planning for the future. Chief Dan Stout and the district’s three commissioners have begun a series of meetings to plan for the next five years and beyond.

New Chamber director “discovers” Whidbey Island

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

In 1992 Nancy Rowan visited Whidbey Island on a business trip. She bought a post card of Langley and tucked it away in a box of mementos. Now 16 years later, after many twists and turns, she is the executive director of the Langley Chamber of Commerce. And she couldn’t be happier.

Minor earthquake shakes Whidbey

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

A minor earthquake of 3.6 magnitude shook South Whidbey at 5:47 p.m. Thursday, but no injuries or damages were reported immediately following the temblor. The quake, 20 miles deep, was centered in Clinton. Though originally reported at 3.3 magnitude, 18 miles below Puget Sound, seismologists at the University of Washington upgraded the trembler on Friday morning to 3.6.

City council pulls plug on housing moratorium

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

The Langley City Council unanimously repealed the city’s first-ever development moratorium on a unanimous vote Wednesday. The six-month moratorium was adopted Dec. 7 amid an outpouring of concern from Edgecliff residents about the potential negative impacts of new housing development in their neighborhood at the northeast end of town.

Greenbank’s annual Home Business Expo promotes Island-grown efforts

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

There’s an old adage that states, “From small acorns, mighty oaks grow.” Applied to small business, it means you have to start somewhere, maybe even in your own home, especially if you believe you can offer a great idea, product or service. After all, Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard began their corporate existence in someone’s garage.

Langley’s ban on new development could be called off

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:05PM

The moratorium currently blocking new subdivisions from being developed in Langley’s Zone D could be discontinued at Wednesday’s public hearing. The city has spent the past 60 days documenting “findings of fact” about Zone D. After compiling these findings, Langley’s city staff is recommending the moratorium be lifted and the area’s current zoning be retained.

Teens Unlimited join SWYC

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

Two youth organizations have joined forces to better serve South Whidbey teens. Teens Unlimited has been taken under the wing of the South Whidbey Youth Connection, or SWYC. Both are non-profit organizations that serve youth in a variety of different ways.

Levy approval would upgrade school technology

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

“Out of order signs” are taped on three of the 29 computers in the career center at South Whidbey High School. Several students researching class projects complain the machines that do work are too slow, they aren’t loaded with the software they need, and the keyboards are clunky to use. “Our home computer is faster and easier to use,” said Denita Farmer, a freshman.

Island Arts Council’s Whidbey Telecom grants give local artists a needed boost

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

With each brush stroke, Joyce May was channeling Renaissance artists of the past. As she sat in a classroom at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art earlier this month she knew the experience would last a lifetime. She was one of only 11 students accepted for a six-day workshop that had the students painting seven hours each day. “It exhausted everyone because it’s such an intense process,” May said. Their teacher was British painter Geoffrey Laurence, who is known for his expressive paintings of the human condition.

New owners at Clinton businesses

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

Peggy and Mark Hockett moved to the island from California a short time ago and purchased Serendipity Gifts. The couple were largely attracted to the South End because of the community. “We lucked out that the store was available,” Mark Hockett said. “We liked the store because it was in a small community,” he said. “You really get to know people here.”

Vision meetings draw a crowd in Freeland

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

Lucy Kent remembers when there was a push to route the new highway right through the middle of Freeland. In 1972 the residents and business owners on Main Street made it clear to the county and the state they did not want their community bisected by Highway 525. Now, 24 years later, Kent and other Freeland residents hope to have a say in future development of Freeland.

Haugen offers new laws to restrict hunting in Island County

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

Citizens opposed to hunting in Deer Lagoon and on public trails in Island County are getting some extra fire power from Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen. Haugen is sponsoring two new bills that would prohibit hunting near schools and would allow hunting on public trails on county-owned property only when stringent conditions are met.

South Whidbey's KONG Connection: Clinton resident appears in summer blockbuster

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

Maybe if King Kong had the same sort of devotion as South Whidbey’s Amy Walker, he wouldn’t have ended up as a big monkey mess at the bottom of the Empire State Building. Walker recently returned home to South Whidbey after more than three years in Australia and New Zealand. While she went overseas to study acting, her enthusiasm and gumption got her onto the big screen as an extra in the remake of “King Kong.”

Philip Simon is not happy with port-city harbor fuss

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

As he surveyed the little park named for his grandfather at the Langley marina, Philip Simon was not happy. “We’ve waited 30 years for the city to make good on a promise made to our family,” he said. “We’re fearful there’s some kind of turf war brewing between the port (of South Whidbey) and Langley and we are worried.”

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