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Crime watch goes online

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

FREELAND — As homes continue to be burglarized across the South End, residents along Bercot Road are jumpstarting the Neighborhood Watch program they launched almost 20 years ago.

Commissioner puts brakes on new regulations for Freeland

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

McDowell says vote for cityhood should come first COUPEVILLE — Island County Commissioner Mac McDowell said this week the county shouldn’t be spending its time, resources and money on crafting new development rules while the future for Freeland is so uncertain.

Final resting place isn’t

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

Angé Cooper of Clinton gets up each morning and walks out onto her beach near Possession Point. And she never is quite sure what she might find half-buried in the sand.

Clinton icon Jim Harwell dies

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

Jim Harwell, 68, a beloved longtime South End resident and owner of Jim’s Hardware, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10 at home after a short bout with cancer. Harwell, who lived in Langley with his wife Mary, owned the store for the last 35 years and was considered an institution by friends and customers alike.

Propane tanker rolls over; closes Highway 525 and Freeland businesses

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

FREELAND – A propane tank trailer flipped over in Freeland Friday afternoon, causing a shutdown of Highway 525 and the evacuation of people within a 1/3-mile circle.

OBAMA SWEEPS TO WIN

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

The stairwell leading to the cafeteria at North Whidbey Middle School was packed with bodies. Hundreds of people swirled through the room, looking for a seat in a tuneless game of musical chairs.

Greenbank meth dealer gets maximum sentence

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

A Greenbank meth dealer was sentenced to 12 years in jail Thursday. Mark Crow, 56, was arrested last year for selling drugs from a motor home parked in the middle of a neighborhood.

Caucus talk looked trivial at times

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

Saturday’s Democratic caucus was our first experience with the U.S.’s shiny, streamlined political system. After fighting our way through throngs of milling voters to scribble one of two famous names on a piece of paper, we stayed to witness the rowdy and chaotic debate.

Shipyard looks to rebound by April

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

FREELAND — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. expects to rehire more than a 100 employees by mid-April in the face of a full work load of construction projects. “By the end of March, we’re going to be up to 100 folks. By the middle to end of April, we’ll go up to 130 to 140, somewhere in there,” Nichols CEO Len York said Thursday as the shipyard launched its latest project, extensive repairs to a custom fishing boat.

Freeland’s new sewers could cost $15 million

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

FREELAND — A new sewer system for Freeland will cost $15 million, according to a consultant’s memo prepared last week for the Freeland Water and Sewer District. Most of the money to pay for the project would come from Island County. The memo lists County Rural Sales Tax revenues as a source for $6 million of the money needed to build the sewer system. Other funding would come from a $1 million grant from the county and a $1 million Centennial Clean Water Fund grant from the state.

Wait until 2011 for changes, board advises

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

LANGLEY — Recommendations from the Planning Advisory Board on what to do next about waterfront development could cost the city of Langley time and money. The Planning Advisory Board wrapped up an extensive six-month review of potential changes to Langley’s regulations on shoreline development. The review was requested by city council in September and covers seaside development and improvements to existing structures.

END OF THE LINE

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

LANGLEY — Bus No. 3 has seen better days. With a busted transmission, a slight tilt from an under-inflated tire, some rust spots and 250,281 miles on the odometer, it has just about reached the end of its useful life.

Gov. Gregoire approves new ferries for Port Townsend–Keystone run

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

Gov. Chris Gregoire approved the construction of three new 100-car ferries Thursday to replace the Steel Electrics that were pulled off the Keystone-Port Townsend run days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Schools pass, parks split

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

School measures pass, parks bond borderline.

Case file reveals details on Wallace-911 case

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

While the final chapter has yet to be written, disturbing new details have come to light on the 911 call scandal that cost Island County deputy sheriff Jay Wallace his chance to become sheriff and, likely, his career in law enforcement.

Downtown owners blast board report

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

LANGLEY — Some property owners on Langley’s waterfront say their property rights are being ignored in the ongoing discussion about shoreline development.

Benefit planned to assist Highland Games, Tartan Thistle owners

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

A local singer is starting a benefit for organizers of the Whidbey Island Highland Games, who lost their inventory in a fire last year. On May 30, 2007, fire ripped through Angus and Maureen MacDonald’s business warehouse, destroying all of their Highland Games inventory. The fire was part of an unsolved string of suspicious fires that happened over nearly a month throughout the South End.

Whidbey's favorite fil?ms, predictions and picks

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

Sunday night, all will be revealed. Oscar turns 80 this year and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate by awarding their gold-plated statues to Hollywood’s best and brightest.

Lawyer fights lab test in DUI homicide crash

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

COUPEVILLE — It’s been 13 months since Karen Gervais-Boone, a mother of two, was killed in a three-car collision on Highway 525 in Freeland. But a trial date is not in sight for the driver accused of drunk driving blamed for causing the crash.

Democrats make history

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

Dems winning in five north end precincts, total turnout For the first time in Island County history, more Democrats cast ballots for their presidential pick than Republicans during the presidential primary.

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.

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