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Fire destroys portable restroom at Freeland Park

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

FREELAND — A suspicious fire destroyed a portable restroom at Freeland Park sometime Sunday night. Nearly four miles away at Double Bluff, Island County Sheriff’s Office deputies later discovered an attempted torching of the new bathroom facilities at the park.

Former Island County Sheriff’s deputy seeks $1.5 million

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

Former Island County Sheriff’s deputy Jay Wallace has filed a $1.5 million claim for damages against Island County. Wallace was fired in April 2006 by then-Sheriff Mike Hawley for false reporting and failing to follow the sheriff’s office protocol for 911 hang-up calls.

Kirk Francis gets his due

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

Langley resident Kirk Francis made his way to the podium Sunday night to accept an Oscar for his work on “The Bourne Ultimatum” during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 80th celebration of the movies.

Tax increase may pay for new marina

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

Increase in property taxes would not go to a public vote Port of South Whidbey commissioners continued to revamp their plans for rebuilding the Langley Marina this week, raising the price tag from $15 million to almost $20 million dollars while adding more boat slips to the mix.

Freeland’s sewer funding plan nets early opposition

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

A new sewer system in Freeland could become a case of many people paying for something only a few need, said several Freeland business owners. According to the latest draft of the financial analysis for the new system, the project could cost $15 million. The high cost laid out in the plan prepared for the Freeland Water and Sewer District would be funded by a variety of sources, including $6 million in rural sales tax revenues from around the county.

Langley identifies needed rule changes

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

LANGLEY — The Langley City Council and the community got their chance last week to pitch their top picks for changing policies that will guide growth over the next two decades. Planning chief Larry Cort, who had come up with a list of changes to Langley’s rule books based on the growth plan rewrite that was finalized in December, invited everyone to add ideas.

Highlands buys water hook-ups before costs increase

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

Construction of cottages set to be finished in fall Developers of The Highlands snapped up more than a dozen water hook-ups before the city of Langley’s new water hook-up fees went into effect late last year.

Highway 525 to be repaved

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

Drivers can expect a smooth ride on Highway 525 in Clinton by summer. The highway from the Clinton ferry terminal to Bob Galbreath Road is set to receive a fresh coat of asphalt, the state Department of Transportation said Thursday.

Middle school tutor continues to inspire youngsters at 90

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

LANGLEY — Rudy Mayko has a lifetime of experience that helps him tutor Langley Middle School students in math and sciences. More than 47 million minutes of experience, to be exact. Mayko turned 90 Monday and the students of the Seabiscuit Club, a club founded by Mayko and fellow-senior Dolores Fresh, celebrated his birthday Wednesday. The Seabiscuit Club helps students achieve their goals through mentoring.

Eating green in a post-carbon world

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

Have good food; will not travel. Shop any local supermarket’s produce display and you’ll come across apples from Chile, grapes from Mexico, lettuce from California and oranges from Florida.

Developers warn of legal trouble on waterfront

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

The same treatment for all. That’s the basics of a legal argument that potential waterfront developers Nancy Josephson and Steve Day have presented to Langley officials in recent weeks.

Freeland seeks funding support for new sewer system

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

COUPEVILLE — Freeland incorporation proponents left an Island County Council of Governments meeting Wednesday morning with smiles on their faces. The reason? The Island County Council of Governments have expressed initial support for partial funding of Freeland’s new sewer system with the county’s rural sales tax.

The mind is a wonderful thing for these students

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

LANGLEY — Remember the name of the Austrian physicist who measured the frequency of light waves? How about the place where Thor Heyerdahl built his raft, Kon-Tiki? Can you figure out the probability of certain numbers appearing when three dice are thrown, or explain Einstein’s interpretation of gravity? How about naming something easy, like the place in England where a laser is projected to mark the prime meridian?

Freeland business hit by thief

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:56AM

FREELAND — A thief broke into Island Tea Company in Freeland sometime between noon on Sunday and 9 a.m. on Monday, walking away with more than $500. An employee of the Main Street business arrived Monday morning and could see before she got inside that something was wrong.

One year. Without getting into a car. Seriously.

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

It all began with a casual conversation over breakfast. Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” was a big hit and the subject turned to global warming. “This is not the world I want to bequeath to my grandchildren. I don’t want to wait until Antarctica is hospitable to crocodiles before I decide it is time to change,” Clinton resident Kurt Hoelting said.

Port’s tax plan finds few fans

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

South End residents reacted quickly to news that the Port of South Whidbey is considering a property tax hike to pay for rebuilding the Langley Marina. The new marina, to be built in three phases over four years beginning in 2010, is expected to cost almost $20 million.

Council to get first look at board report

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

LANGLEY — The controversial recommendations by Langley’s Planning Advisory Board covering waterfront development will be presented to the city council tonight, but Langley officials say people shouldn’t expect a drawn-out debate.

Model of Reseverance

  • Mar 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

Mike Crowell has nothing to hide. Neither his body nor the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The Greenbank man takes on the taxing task of posing as an artist’s model for students at Skagit Valley College.

Council says waterfront is a top priority

  • Mar 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

LANGLEY — Proposed changes to the city’s development rules near the marina don’t go far enough, developer Steve Day told the city council Wednesday. The city council got its first official look at the Planning Advisory Board’s recommendations on changing the regulations at the council meeting this week.

Thief hits more Freeland shops

  • Mar 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

FREELAND — Several more Freeland businesses were hit by an overnight thief last week, and the burglar made off with beer, cash and candy. But one business owner on Main Street was able to get video footage of the thief, and has turned over the tape to Island County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

More Businesses Hit in Weekend Break-ins

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

FREELAND — The string of South End burglaries continued over the weekend, with three more businesses in Freeland reporting attempted break-ins.

Port considers smaller marina project

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

Their first pass was a champagne-and-cavier marina with lots of bells and whistles. Two months later, as financial reality raises its ugly head, the Port of South Whidbey is looking at a different scenario for redevelopment of the Langley Marina — a beer-and-pretzels version.

Affordable housing is the topic for the next Record Exchange

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

While house prices continue to rise on South Whidbey, workers’ paychecks are not increasing. Add to that a lack of high-paying jobs and it’s easy to see the cause of the affordable housing crisis that’s gripping Island County.

Clinton man gets 98 months plus for child molestation

  • Mar 15, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

An Island County Superior Court judge sentenced Dallas Broyles to 98 months to life for first-degree child molestation March 7. The Clinton man, a registered sex offender, was arrested last fall after allegations surfaced that he had violated a 4-year-old victim.

Breaking Down the Vote

  • Mar 15, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:55AM

It was never really close. The record-shattering and history-making turnout by Democrats in 2008 Presidential Primary last month was due to an early avalanche of Democratic votes, according to a Record analysis of ballot returns.

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