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It’s been a long year for school superintendent Fred McCarthy

  • Aug 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:38AM

Yesterday in Olympia, South Whidbey school Superintendent Dr. Fred McCarthy was asked to describe his first year to fellow superintendents. He freely admitted it was a bumpy ride at best.

Ferry captain blamed in Mukilteo crash

  • Aug 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:38AM

The captain who piloted the ferry that crashed into the Mukilteo ferry dock June 1 has been fired from his job. Port Captain Mark McElwaine, Washington State Ferries lead investigator, called Capt. Dan Tracy’s actions leading to the accident “grossly negligent.”

Freeland remains on sub-area plan timeline

  • Aug 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:38AM

FREELAND — Urban sprawl in Freeland is likely to increase while the city moves forward with its growth plan, according to incorporation proponents. Sometime this month Island County’s Planning Commission will hold public hearings about Freeland’s draft environmental impact statement to gather comments about the EIS.

Water connects islanders, is a focus in development

  • Aug 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:38AM

COUPEVILLE — A childhood rhyme tells rain, rain to go away. If that rhyme rang true and the rainfall ceased on Island County, a lot of people might get pretty thirsty 20 years from now. Every glass of water Whidbey Islanders drink, every car they wash and every shower they take is supplied by a groundwater aquifer, which is fed only by rain.

Fallen sailors remembered through tearful ceremony

  • Aug 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:38AM

OAK HARBOR — Even the resolve of this seasoned commander was visibly challenged by the sight before him. A tight-knit unit of sailors was gathered to commemorate the death of two of their teammates just 92 days after losing three others in combat.

Go By Bus!

  • Aug 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:38AM

COUPEVILLE — Get on the bus, Gus; there must be 50 ways to leave your car at home. For Martha Rose, the one way that counts is Island Transit’s fleet of fare-free buses that range up and down island roads, from Clinton to Deception Pass and beyond. As executive director, Rose is responsible for the system that hit the road in 1987.

Long-awaited Bush Point boat launch ramp is open for business

  • Aug 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:37AM

FREELAND — Bush Point is good to go. At last. Thursday morning, workers for the Department of Fish and Wildlife anchored four 3,400-pound floats firmly to existing concrete pilings next to the boat launch ramp. Most of last winter’s storm damage repair items are completed and bird caps were mounted on the top of the pilings.

Fireworks could lose their sparkle in city of Langley

  • Aug 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:37AM

LANGLEY — Fourth of July fireworks sparked discussion among the Langley City Council Wednesday about banning the sparkling noisemakers within city limits. Langley resident Shirley Jantz and Janet Hall of the WSU Extension made a presentation to the council about the danger fireworks pose to humans, animals and the Puget Sound ecosystem.

Whidbey General Hospital celebrates an international delivery

  • Aug 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:37AM

Isaac Kershaw Payne was a world traveler before he was born in Coupeville on the weekend. The baby boy’s mother, Jessica Uhl, had chosen Whidbey General Hospital for his birth and the family — including dad Michael and siblings Malou and Lucas — came from Den Haag, Netherlands, in June to welcome Isaac to the family.

PSE’S PERFECT STORM Long-awaited study reviews utility’s response to December 2006 storm

  • Aug 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:37AM

Despite leaving people in the dark about when their power would come back on, Puget Sound Energy did a good job of restoring power after last December’s deadly windstorm, according to an independent study commissioned by the power company.

Commissioners approve tax increase for mental health spending

  • Aug 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:36AM

COUPEVILLE — It’s not often Island County commissioners get a standing ovation for voting for a tax increase. An audience of concerned citizens and mental health professionals rose as one, however, to show their approval of the commissioners’ unanimous vote to raise sale taxes .1 percent increase. The money raised will eventually fund chemical dependency and mental health treatment services.

Start building your Langley Soup Box Derby racers

  • Aug 11, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:36AM

LANGLEY — The countdown is on for this year’s Soup Box Derby in Langley. And organizers want potential racers to start building their speed machines now so the vehicles are ready for the Sept. 15 race. “It’s not easy and it could take a couple of weekends to pull something together,” said Tucker Stevens, one of the organizers.

Stargazers await meteor shower, full lunar eclipse

  • Aug 11, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:36AM

OAK HARBOR — August will be a good month for Whidbey astronomers — amateur and professional alike — with the Perseid meteor shower beginning this weekend and a full lunar eclipse coming later this month.

Interest in waterfront development is growing

  • Aug 11, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:36AM

Nichols Bros. puts new clause in agreement with Langley LANGLEY — As new developers eye prime waterfront near Langley’s Wharf Street, longtime property owners are launching their own building projects or positioning themselves to develop their seaside land in the future.

Port considers takeover of troubled ramp

  • Aug 11, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:36AM

FREELAND — Enough is enough; it’s time for Plan B at Bush Point. And the chief engineer of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Olympia agrees. When Port of South Whidbey manager Ed Field reported to commissioners about more damage to the Bush Point boat ramp on Wednesday, the commissioners’ mounting frustration with the beleaguered project was evident.

Thief takes safe, cash and scales from Bayview business

  • Aug 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:36AM

BAYVIEW — When breaking into Bayview Farm & Garden through a restroom ceiling proved too difficult Sunday night, a “knucklehead” thief entered through a shattered window instead. Maureen Rowley arrived Monday morning at her business to discover not only a broken window, but a damaged restroom door, a gaping hole in the restroom ceiling, a pried door to her administration offices and missing digital scales and a safe that contained petty cash.

FD3 firefighters learn from competition

  • Aug 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:35AM

FREELAND — The crunch of metal is horrendous and the smell of fuel fills the air. No, it’s not the aftermath of demolition derby, but a rollover accident involving one or more cars, injuries to drivers and passengers. Or is it?

Super 17 challengers hope to make hay this year

  • Aug 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:35AM

When the Island County Fair rolls around, some people just want to do it all. That’s the theme behind Super 17, an attempt to spur more entries into specific categories of exhibits at the fair by the general public.

Local driver shares her DUI story with a national audience

  • Aug 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:35AM

Jessica Leon passes by the spot on Bayview Road every day, where she stood in handcuffs in the pouring rain getting arrested for driving under the influence. It’s a daily reminder of a dark chapter in her life, but also that she is doing the right thing now.

State says yes to deal

  • Aug 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:35AM

Port can take over marina FREELAND — State officials have given their blessing to the transfer of the Langley marina to the Port of South Whidbey. But not in writing.

VIDEO: 2007 Highland Games

  • Aug 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:34AM

The 2007 Highland Games attracted Celtic clans and fans to Greenbank Farm this year. Watch the video.

City council continues to support historic preservation

  • Aug 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:34AM

Staff to research strain on city employees and financial impact LANGLEY — Langley council members have asked the city to take a close look at how much it will cost the city to get a historic preservation program up and running. Councilman Bob Waterman, the chairman of the council’s historic preservation committee, introduced a draft historical preservation ordinance to his fellow council members Wednesday.

City council continues to support historic preservation

  • Aug 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:34AM

Staff to research strain on city employees and financial impact LANGLEY — Langley council members have asked the city to take a close look at how much it will cost the city to get a historic preservation program up and running. Councilman Bob Waterman, the chairman of the council’s historic preservation committee, introduced a draft historical preservation ordinance to his fellow council members Wednesday.

Kids get an early taste of the fair

  • Aug 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:34AM

Dairy goats and their owners from Kidding Around 4-H Club and others got an early taste of the Island County Fair when they presented their animals for judging Wednesday. One goat owner, Arianna Broyles, 4, of Clinton, brought Dot, her LaMancha. Arianna entered Dot in the Peewee Showmanship class, where kids under 8 get to show their animals.

Search starts for the greatest zuke

  • Aug 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:34AM

Jamie Summerland is just 6, but even at her tender age, she seems to already have the drive of a super gardener who is destined to live up to her sunny name. Jamie lives in Coupeville and is a first-time entrant in the Island County Fair’s giant zucchini contest. Judging starts at noon Sunday, Aug. 19, in front of the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds.

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