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Yacht club celebrates opening day

  • May 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:14PM

What do you think of when someone says, “yacht club?” A bunch of stuffy folks dressed in ill-fitting blazers hoisting champagne glasses and eating caviar on toast points, all the while gazing at their anchored mega-yachts in the harbor?

Officer leaves Langley PD after 15 years

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

Langley Police Officer Leif Haugen has left the city’s police department after almost 15 years of service to the community. Haugen will continue his career in law enforcement at the Island County Sheriff’s Office. He reported for duty at the sheriff’s office on May 1.

Feds present bird flu plan

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

County health officer says plan is “ full of fluff” Communities across the country should not expect to be rescued by the federal government if a flu pandemic strikes, warns a draft of the latest national response plan. Details released Wednesday on the U.S. government’s flu pandemic preparedness plan outlined the strategy’s finer points while focusing on a worst-case scenario.

New zoning may change fairgrounds

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

When the fair comes to town for a few days every August, Langley is in a state of upheaval — mostly in a good way. Residents living close to the fairgrounds have to deal with some extra traffic and noise. “It’s kind of a nightmare, but not unbearable,” said Charleen Sanders, who lives on Manchester Way.

‘Younger Next Year’ - free seminar at IAC

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

Exercise keeps the mind and body young. Proof for that is Betty Redmond. She turns 90 this month and she does regular water aerobics at the Island Athletic Club in Freeland. “It helped me to stay active and do as I please,” she said. “And I made many nice friends there.”

School district audit comes through almost spotless

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

A just-released 2004-2005 state audit of the South Whidbey School District has dinged the district for minor reporting problems in documenting how federal grant money was spent. The report says that the district did not have documentation in its files that detailed to whether one of the district’s vendors was certified to receive federal funds. Federal guidelines require that all federal grant recipients ensure vendors with contracts exceeding $25,000 are not suspended or debarred from participating in federal programs.

White powder sent to Haugen’s home

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

An envelope containing a mysterious white powder was delivered to state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen at her home on Camano Island. The mail was opened by a house-sitter who contacted authorities.

Teenage girls learn self-defense

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

Girl power. Some South Whidbey teens are becoming more powerful by learning self-defense techniques at Tiger Martial Arts in Freeland. The classes focus on safety training; discussions of dating and relationship issues and hands-on training involving martial art techniques.

Driver charged in 2005 crash

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

The driver in a 2005 car crash that left a Langley woman dead was charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault Friday by the Island County prosecuting attorney’s office. J.C. “Jayce” Bahl of Clinton will be arraigned on the two charges on May 12.

Uncertainty clouds farm’s future

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

Port of Coupeville commissioners are considering an early end to the management contract for Greenbank Farm. The move comes just one week after Greenbank Farm executive director Laura Blankenship resigned her position in a dispute with Greenbank’s board of directors.

Big turn-out at first meeting

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

Langley citizens took full advantage of their chance to shape the city’s future. More than 120 people gathered at the Fellowship Hall at the Langley Methodist Church for a special town hall meeting with the city’s comprehensive plan group Thursday night.

District looking at property sale to

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

South Whidbey school officials are considering selling portable classrooms instead of laying off teachers as a potential solution to balancing next year’s budget. District Superintendent Bob Brown told the board of education Monday that he hopes to avoid a teacher reduction in force, or RIF, this spring.

New farm rules clear final phase

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

Island County is finally nearing the end of the years’ long controversy over farming near environmentally-sensitive areas such as streams and wetlands. Island County commissioners approved new rules covering farming near “sensitive areas” earlier this week, and the board will adopt “findings of fact” that lay out the legal basis for the new rules on May 1.

Tilth market opens

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

Spring has sprung. Seeds are being sown, and veggies are starting to sprout. Local farmers are ready to join up with artisans at the South Whidbey Tilth farmers’ market. The first Tilth market of the season starts today, and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gas prices break $3 mark — again

  • Apr 26, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:13PM

High prices have people climbing aboard Island Transit

Inside 911: High-tech help for folks in distress

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:12PM

Dispatch center opens up after recent 911 controversy

Ousted deputy gets just one vote at GOP convention

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:12PM

Fired deputy and Island County sheriff candidate Jay Wallace received just one vote from his fellow Republicans during the county’s GOP convention in Oak Harbor Saturday.

Freeland alley is fun for young and old

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:12PM

Freeland Lanes has been under new management and Roger Simmons, the new owner, has a good sense of humor.

Growing the future of Africa

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:12PM

Peace Corps volunteer spends years enhancing Niger

Main Street sues county over sewers

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:12PM

Main Street Sewer District has filed a lawsuit to stop a competing wastewater treatment system from being built in Freeland.

Banks fires Selby

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

Island County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Banks fired Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Steve Selby Monday morning. The dismissal came on the heels of Selby’s Friday announcement that he would run against Banks for county prosecutor in the fall election.

County investigates possible voter fraud

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

Ballots from two recent elections will get another look. But not by vote counters. Island County Auditor Suzanne Sinclair recently turned over 400 ballots from last year’s general election and February’s special elections to law enforcement officials for investigation.

Lies led to deputy’s dismissal

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

Former Island County Sheriff deputy Jay Wallace was fired for lying and shirking his duty, according to a just-released report from the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Wallace was fired for lying about his response to two 911 calls from a woman who was allegedly assaulted and held prisoner for hours in a cabin near Freeland Park in February.

Prosecutor fires chief deputy

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

Island County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Banks fired Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Steve Selby Monday morning.

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