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Ministry of Sound

  • Jul 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Like all of Ministry of Sound’s annual compilations, this was released in the waning days of last year, but the title alone makes it a natural choice for the first review of the new year. And if UK-flavoured, Dido-esque, trance-based club anthems are your cup of E—er, make that tea—what an album this is! For those looking for headliners, you’ll find heaps among these 40 non-stop pumping tracks (Roger Sanchez, Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx, BeatFreakz), as well as more than a few licks lifted from songs to keep old-schoolers like myself amused (“Party All The Time”, “Tarzan Boy”, “Layla”), but regardless of who’s spinning the mix, these discs are just chock-a-block with strong dance beats. Ministry of Sound has a long and well-respected track record when it comes to club compilations, and Annual 2007 is no exception. If your New Year’s Eve didn’t have enough get-up-and-boogie, just slip this double-disc on your stereo and be prepared to dance for the next couple of hours. Just don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Happy New Year!

  • Jul 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Santa visits ski club

  • Jul 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

The magic of Christmas showed on the faces of the Cariboo Ski Touring Club’s jackrabbits when Santa skate skied down into the stadium area with a sack full of presents Dec. 18.

Vikings bow to Summit

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Work ramps up at Bush Point launch

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Bush Point residents used to the song of shore birds in the morning woke up to a completely different sound Saturday — the rough cacophony of workers trying to re-align a concrete piling at the new boat launch ramp.

Farm hires new manager

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Greenbank Farm officials announced the hiring of a new farm manager at a special meeting Monday. Effective immediately, Cheryl Sagmeister replaces former farm director Laura Blankenship, who resigned in April.

Fair board fires back at Langley

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Island County Fair officials said they are appalled by Langley’s plans to acquire a piece of the fairgrounds for a road easement by using the condemnation process. Discussions about the easement across fair property have been going on since last year, but when negotiations hit an impasse earlier this month, the city council authorized Mayor Neil Colburn to start the eminent domain process so the city can build a connector road between Al Anderson and Langley roads.

City council postpones Highlands decision

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

The Langley City Council postponed a decision on the Highlands, the largest development in city history, after council members raised a multitude of questions about the project last week.

Fire district questions deal from WGH

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Fire districts and Whidbey General Hospital officials are continuing to struggle over the best way to provide emergency services to the public. While Whidbey General Hospital is asking local fire districts to play a larger role in providing basic life support services, commissioners with Island County Fire District 3 are questioning the viability of the hospital’s plan.

Inmate dies in county lockup

  • Jul 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Island County says inmate dies during custody.

Greenbank Farm hires new manager

  • Jul 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Cheryl Sagmeister will replace former Greenbank Farm director Laura Blankenship.

Rising construction costs may change Commons project

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Increased construction cost could mean a change in plans for The Commons, a planned community center for all ages in Bayview. Even so, supporters say the project will be built on time and no corners will be cut.

Woe is we: Ferry riders face long lines

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

Ferry travelers faced a grueling two-hour wait as visitors left Whidbey Island Wednesday after the Fourth of July holiday. It was one of the worst waits in recent memory. In Clinton the long line of cars waiting for the ferry snaked up Highway 525 past the end of the ferry holding lane. At times vehicles were stopped beyond Campbell Road, almost to Ken’s Korner shopping mall.

Langley to condemn fairground property

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:22PM

After several failed attempts, the city of Langley has ended negotiations with the Island County Fair Board about an easement over the fairgrounds. Instead, city officials are taking legal steps to acquire the property needed to build a new road through condemnation and eminent domain proceedings.

Legal challenges wind down, sewer study ahead

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

The legal challenges by Main Street Sewer District to become the sewer entity for Freeland appear to be finished. But that isn’t going to stop commissioners with Main Street from pushing their case forward in the court of public opinion.

Supporters, opponents of I-933 are near even in campaign contributions

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

Campaigns for and against Initiative 933 have raised almost equal amounts, but supporters of the controversial proposal are now facing a much-depleted war chest after wrapping up their signature drive to get I-933 onto the ballot.

Local golf course has not yet sold

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

The Island Greens Golf Course and Driving Range is for sale. Current owners Karen and Dave Anderson would like to preserve the popular links as a 9-hole golf course. The Andersons have turned down offers from potential buyers who wanted to purchase the property to build homes on the land.

Councilman Allderdice resigns from post

  • Jul 6, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

Langley City Councilman Doug Allderdice resigned Wednesday.

School board may increase graduation requirements

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

Students graduating in 2010 may have to take a few more classes to earn their diploma at South Whidbey High School. A proposal to increase graduation requirements at the high school will be considered by the South Whidbey Board of Education this summer.

Fine art sale this week benefits Youth Connection

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

Not all the art is in booths on the streets of Langley this weekend. One of South Whidbey’s most popular art sales coincides with Choochokam, South Whidbey’s well-known arts festival.

Interesting hobby is just a stone’s throw away

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

The Whidbey Pebble Pushers are tumbling down to the South End this weekend for a rock and gem show and sale. The free event will feature a wide variety of displays, including individual collections, large collective displays and a fossil display gathered by a paleontologist.

Public calls for ex-director’s return

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

The public had one clear message for the Greenbank Farm leadership during a special Port of Coupeville meeting on Monday: An onsite manager must be hired to fill the vacancy left by former executive director Laura Blankenship. Fast.

Public calls for ex-director’s return

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

The public had one clear message for the Greenbank Farm leadership during a special Port of Coupeville meeting on Monday: An onsite manager must be hired to fill the vacancy left by former executive director Laura Blankenship. Fast.

Quake shakes Whidbey Island

  • Jul 4, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:21PM

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.6 shook Whidbey and Camano islands Tuesday afternoon.

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