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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The Langley City Council unanimously repealed the city’s first-ever development moratorium on a unanimous vote Wednesday.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.”

Tiffany Helm, Small-town gal gets Seahawk fans to their feet

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

It’s going to be pretty loud for Tiffany Helm at her minimum wage job this weekend. Helm wouldn’t have it any other way. Tomorrow afternoon at Seattle’s Qwest Field, history will be writ large on the gridiron as the Seahawks take on the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship game — the victor heads to Detroit for Super Bowl XL. And as 68,000-plus delirious fans scream through 60 minutes of football, Helm will soak it up from the sidelines as a Seahawks Sea Gal.

Local businesses on display in Greenbank

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

The Greenbank Farm, host of a popular summer farmer’s market, is enhancing their support for community enterprises. The annual Home Business Expo will be held inside the main barn next weekend. It will be a showcase for Whidbey Island entrepreneurs’ to exhibit their products and services. Many of these businesses have samples to taste, demonstrations to watch and information on supply.

Nichols nears study phase

  • Jan 18, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:04PM

Damage to fish and wildlife, polluted stormwater runoff into environmentally sensitive areas and Holmes Harbor, the presence of military ships and global warming are just some of the issues people and agencies want to see studied before the proposed expansion of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland.

Pesky rats move in out of the cold, damp weather

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

If you’re all out of Alpo, your Subaru may not be safe. Island County residents are battling a rat invasion, and the four-legged pests are not only scarfing down food left outside for cats and dogs, but making a meal of vehicles across the South End.

Teachers, students benefit from grants

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

This spring about 30 South Whidbey Primary first- and second-graders will be exploring the back 40 acres behind their school. To get a closer look at the flora and fauna, the students from teacher Linda Garl’s multi-age class will each have a magnifying glass. Slung around their necks will be binoculars for bird-watching.

New restaurant’s menu will add innovation to traditional favorites

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill is a new restaurant that incorporates a modern twist on traditional comfort food. Starting up a high-end restaurant on the South End was the right thing to do for Gordon Stewart. “It was just a natural,” Stewart said. “I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant. I’ve been doing this for 20 years.”

Beach Watchers bring a university to the island

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

A one-day “university” with more than 60 classes to choose from is expected to draw 500 islanders this year. Sound Waters University will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Coupeville middle and high schools. This Beach Watchers sponsored event has been going on for more than 10 years, and each year it attracts a larger crowd than before.

Bush Point renovation may be in financial jeopardy

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

The Port of South Whidbey’s long-delayed Bush Point boat ramp project has run into bureaucratic shoals amid a $115,000 shortfall. Department of Fish and Wildlife project engineer Kristen Kuykendall reported both good news and bad to port commissioners Wednesday.

Singer Beverly Graham brings food show to Whidbey Island

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03PM

Local songstress Beverly Graham and her group of Whidbey Island band-mates are bringing their talents home this weekend. The musicians will perform their “Hungry, Will Sing for Food” concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the South Whidbey High School Performance Auditorium.

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