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Larsen’s ‘GI Bill for Life’ act gets hearing

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:02AM

Congressman Rick Larsen has introduced the GI Bill for Life Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would remove the 10-year time limit on GI Bill benefits to improve education and job training opportunities for veterans.

Linda Haddon announces challenge to Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

Linda Haddon is mad as heck and doesn’t want to take it any more. Mainly, she’s upset about high property taxes and the state ferry system. Haddon will run this year as a Republican against longtime state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen for the 10th District Senate seat. The district includes all of Island County and parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties.

Fire claims Clinton home

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

SCATCHET HEAD — Fire tore through the kitchen of a double-wide mobile home in Clinton Sunday afternoon. The owner of the mobile home in the 7800 block of Decatur Avenue was not home at the time. Neighbors noticed smoke coming through the windows and called 911, Fire District 3 officials said.

Whidbey sailors return from war in Afghanistan

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

OAK HARBOR — The happy homecoming tears began to fall before the jets even touched the tarmac. As a crowd of more than 100 watched, three Navy jets from Electronic Attack Squadron 133 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Monday from a six-month deployment to the war in Afghanistan.

Port is ready for comment on marina plan

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

Love it? Hate it? The Port of South Whidbey is hoping South End residents will come out tonight to throw roses or rocks at the port’s new plan to expand the Langley Marina.

Unity of Whidbey one step closer to a home of its own

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

LANGLEY — For more than 20 years, members of the Unity of Whidbey Church have looked to the day when they could worship in their own home. That day could arrive as early as November, with a little help from students at Seattle Central Community College and South Whidbey local Frank Mestemacher.

Local author writes two more nature books

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

FREELAND — Nature is a teacher. And South End writer Chris Highland of Langley should know. Highland has penned a nature meditations series and recently added two more books to his list.

Student writers win scholarships

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

Since 1999, the Whidbey Island Writers Conference has brought together authors, publishers and aspiring writers. The annual event has produced book contracts and writing careers.

Basil Café on the menu at Bayview Corner

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

Get ready for an Asian explosion on the South End. Chung Tran, owner of the popular Vietnamese restaurant Pho Huy in Mukilteo, is opening the Basil Café at Bayview Corner in mid-February. The restaurant will be located in the former 3Cats Café and specializes in pan-Asian Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine.

Commissioners pick councilwoman for new county auditor

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

Island County’s new auditor is Sheilah Crider. The Oak Harbor councilwoman and Realtor was picked unanimously by the board of county commissioners Wednesday to fill the position vacated by Suzanne Sinclair in December.

WISH nets more than $15,000 in fundraiser

  • Jan 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:01AM

FREELAND — Whidbey Island Share A Home has raised $15,600 during its third annual fundraiser. “That is a fantastic number,” said WISH director Julie Pigott. That’s $1,500 more than the nonprofit organization received last year, she said.

South End newspaper wins national awards

  • Jan 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

BY RECORD STAFF The South Whidbey Record has won three awards for reporting, photography and page design in a national newspaper competition. Winners in the 2007 Suburban Newspapers of America contest were announced last week.

Larsen: Troops will be in Iraq ‘well into next the administration’

  • Jan 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

Despite a drawdown of troops that is expected at the end of the “surge” of U.S. forces in Iraq, American soldiers will likely be in Iraq for another 10 years, Congressman Rick Larsen said.

Snow blankets South Whidbey

  • Jan 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

South Enders woke up to a surprise snowfall Monday, and the blast of winter weather delayed the start of school and was blamed in more than 30 accidents in Island County.

Artist quilts her way to Japan

  • Jan 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

The busy hands of one artist will take her to the other side of the Pacific. Of the 72 quilts that will be exhibited in Japan in one of the most prestigious quilt shows in the world, two were made by Whidbey Island artist Marianne Burr.

Sparkman gets council nod

  • Jan 31, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

Russell Sparkman has been appointed to the Langley City Council.

Nichols Brothers sells at auction for $9.2 million

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

SEATTLE — Nichols Brothers auctioned off its assets during a bidding war earlier this week to a Texas-based capital investment group. The Freeland shipyard was purchased Ice Floe, a limited liablity corporation backed by Treadstone Capital Management, L.P. of Dallas and Joseph E. Usibelli, of Alaska, for nearly $9.2 million.

Planning volunteer picked for vacant seat

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

LANGLEY — One thousand people live in Langley and there are probably 1,000 opinions on what Langley should look like in the future. That was the view of G. Raymond McCullough, one of four candidates vying to fill a vacant seat on the Langley City Council. And a variety of viewpoints became clear as council members grilled council member wannabes for nearly two hours during a special council meeting Wednesday night.

Drain the swamp?

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

LANGLEY — His official title may be “Facilities and Grounds Supervisor,” but Tom Fallon insists he’s simply “the maintenance guy.” And if the levy and bond proposal from the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District is approved by voters on Feb. 19, Fallon will be the one most affected — the money raised will keep Fallon very, very busy. The supervisor will be the go-to guy in making sure essential improvements are made at South Whidbey Community Park and other district facilities.

Giant wave tilts Keystone ferry, damages ship

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

It will take more than a deep breath for sisters Celina and Twyla Dill to stay calm when they board the Port Townsend ferry to visit their mother next weekend. The two students from Freeland, along with their father, Walter Dill, were aboard the Snohomish passenger ferry on Friday when an encounter with a violent wave pushed the vessel under water and gallons of seawater streamed into the cabin.

School district could be drinking its own water by summer

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

LANGLEY — Water coolers with full boxes of conical paper cups line the hallways of South Whidbey High School and sit next to water fountains covered with plastic. For years now, the school district and parents have wondered why there was lead in the water and how long the students would have to drink bottled water.

High school faces drastic shortage of volunteer tutors

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

LANGLEY — If Ann Johnson had her way, she would post “WANTED” posters throughout the South End. The usual suspects would understand algebraic equations, verbs or the periodic table of elements.

Management shift underway at Nichols

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

FREELAND — Same name, new game. Officials involved in the sale of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. indicated this week that Matt and Bryan Nichols will continue to work at the Freeland shipyard but will no longer serve in the roles of company CEO and president.

Port kills condo plan

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

FREELAND — Port commissioners said this week the master plan for rebuilding the Langley Marina is too much, too expensive, too tall and too big. The Port of South Whidbey has decided to eliminate multi-story buildings capped with condominiums from its development plan for the public property.

Caucuses expected to draw big crowds

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

Ed Bennett has a spotless voting record that stretches back 58 years. But the Freeland man has never been to a political caucus. This weekend, he’ll go to his first. And for Washington voters — and the candidates for president — the state’s caucuses on Saturday mark the first time Washington will have a direct impact on the two people who will top the ticket come November.

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