Story Archives

Archive Results — 24526 thru 24550 of about 25225 items

Parents say tests clear teen driver

  • Jul 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:41AM

Records dispute DUI claim The parents of a South Whidbey teen who was involved in a high-profile crash last month say they have blood tests that prove their daughter is innocent of DUI.

Port meets with state over controversial marina transfer

  • Jul 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:41AM

FREELAND — Port commissioners are in the dark no longer. Since they heard from the state Auditor’s Office in June that the marina agreement between the Port of South Whidbey and city of Langley might be in jeopardy, commissioners Geoff Tapert, Lynae Slinden and Rolf Seitle have been looking for answers.

Two sailors from Whidbey killed in Iraq

  • Jul 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:41AM

Two sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island died Tuesday in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced today.

IRAQ CLAIMS TWO MORE FROM WHIDBEY Oak Harbor sailors killed by roadside bomb

  • Jul 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:41AM

There was always laughter. A lot of laughter. It didn’t matter if the laughs came from someone getting beaned in the head with a garbage can lid, or the squeaky sound of a Woody Woodpecker impersonation. The family and friends of two sailors killed in Iraq this week remembered both men as happy-go-lucky souls with a great sense of adventure.

Raising the roof at Island Festival; Concert gets underway at South Whidbey Community Park

  • Jul 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:41AM

LANGLEY — Unless you’re going to the show, stay away. That’s the warning for drivers heading into Langley along Maxwelton Road this weekend. The first-ever Island Festival kicked-off yesterday at South Whidbey Community Park in Langley, and organizers of the three-day concert gala say that will mean a lot more traffic near the festival and on the ferries.

New leader takes helm at SWHS

  • Jul 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

LANGLEY — Robert Prosch, newly-named principal of South Whidbey High School, made his daughter a promise he plans to keep. Larissa Prosch is a senior at Nooksack Valley High School, where her father spent the last five years as principal. Prosch told her if he got the job in Langley, she could graduate with her classmates.

Tough night for Langley developer

  • Jul 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

LANGLEY — The developer of a potential project on Wharf Street said this week his vision for a mixed-use seaside development won’t hurt the cliff on Langley’s coast. But Langleyites wouldn’t buy it.

Navy readies for funeral of bomb squad expert killed in Iraq

  • Jul 25, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

OAK HARBOR — Keri Wade gently placed her hand on her husband’s flag-draped casket, then quickly stepped back. Chief Petty Officer Patrick L. Wade had come home from Iraq. In a silent ceremony not seen at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island since perhaps the Vietnam War, a sailor who died in combat returned to the Navy base amid a somber spectacle of military precision and honor.

Nichols boatyard lines up contract for more tugboats

  • Jul 25, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

LANGLEY — Looks like Nichols Brothers needed more than one bottle of champagne. The Freeland shipbuilder christened the tug boat Valor and turned the vessel over to its new owners and operators Saturday afternoon at its pier in Langley. But Nichols Brothers and Baydelta Maritime also announced that Nichols will construct another two tugs for Baydelta next year to make a production total of four tugs. The work will give shipyard employees more than 100,000 man-hours of labor next year as well.

The Grove developers to rework master plan for site

  • Jul 25, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

LANGLEY — The developers of Langley’s least favorite development, The Grove on Coles Road, are working on improving the popularity of the beleaguered housing project. Bellingham-based Pacific Crest Partners, the developers of the controversial 24-lot residential subdivision, said Monday they are considering adding an arts center and an affordable housing component as part of the company’s peace offering to the community.

School district names its new elementary principal

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

LANGLEY — The South Whidbey primary and intermediate schools have a new principal and her name is known to many South Enders: Jamie Boyd. Boyd, who teaches special education at South Whidbey High School, got the word from school district Superintendent Fred McCarthy late Wednesday.

School board reviews new budget

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

LANGLEY — After welcoming new high school principal Rob Prosch and elementary school principal Jamie Boyd to the district, the school board got down to business Thursday night: money. Superintendent Fred McCarthy told board members the budget is lean, with not much fat.

Man dies in plunge over Langley cliff

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

An 84-year-old Langley man died early Thursday afternoon when he fell nearly 80 feet down a cliff in his backyard. Albert Berni, a resident in the 3600 block of Holmes View Drive, was killed in the accident. He had lived at his home for a long time and had been known to do yard work at the bluff edge, said Fire District 3 Deputy Chief Mike Cotton.

Plenty of options exist for future of LMS

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

LANGLEY — Everyone talks about the problem of affordable housing on the South End, but South Whidbey school superintendent Fred McCarthy may have a solution. “I understand there are 100 homes being built or considered around Langley, not one of which will sell for less than $450,000,” McCarthy noted. “The economics of affordable housing, employment opportunities and access are complex issues.”

“He was my hero.” Whidbey remembers Chief Petty Officer Patrick Wade

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40AM

OAK HARBOR ­— Though his death has changed everything, Kari Wade said one thing would stay the same following the loss of her husband to a roadside bomb in Iraq. “We started a life and a family together and we’re going to finish it together. He is with me always,” she said.

Local soldier recovers from combat injuries

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:39AM

FREELAND — A soldier with South Whidbey roots is recovering from wounds suffered during one of the worst firefights in recent years in the war in Afghanistan. Sgt. Jeremy Czarnik of Freeland was shot in his right arm on July 5, the bullet busting through his ribs and puncturing his chest and lungs before exiting through his sternum.

Report gloomy on Whidbey’s beaches

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:39AM

Climate change could submerge 80-85 percent by year 2100 Enjoy Whidbey Island’s beaches as long as you can. Within a lifetime, 40 percent of the island’s beaches could be history. So says a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, which draws a bleak future for coastal communities in the Pacific Northwest.

State hopes to find ‘Lucky’

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:39AM

Wayward turtle could be used for breeding Turns out that “Lucky” the turtle is quite a catch. And if the wandering reptile of Sills Road shows up again, he may have a love connection in his future. “Lucky” the turtle made news last month when three Clinton residents found him crawling along Sills Road and rescued him from his precarious position on the side of the busy roadway.

Crash shuts down highway near Freeland

  • Aug 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:39AM

FREELAND — Three cars tangled at Highway 525 at Double Bluff Road in Freeland early Monday afternoon, causing one vehicle to roll over multiple times and a highway closure for more than an hour.

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.

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 25 edition online now. Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates