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A big year for Whidbey Telecom, the Hennys

  • Jan 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:07AM

When a business turns 100, it can either ponder the past or look ahead. The Henny family, owners of Whidbey Telecom, have decided to concentrate on the next century with a host of technologically-oriented ideas to help cement their place in the communications universe on Whidbey Island.

Langley’s PAB chairman has big plans for the new year

  • Jan 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:07AM

Ladies and gentlemen — Welcome to the most anticipated boxing match of the year. In one corner, Langley’s new code and zoning proposals resulting from the comp plan review. In the other corner, the many opposing opinions of the community.

Jamie Boyd leads two South End schools in transition

  • Jan 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:07AM

LANGLEY — If you are a small child and had done something bad in school, there are worse places to be than in principal Jamie Boyd’s office. For starters, there’s a large, floppy tan-and-white stuffed pooch in one chair, his head on the table, snout pressed close to a ceramic red apple.

Nichols wraps up work on second tugboat

  • Jan 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:06AM

New round of layoffs hit Freeland boatyard this month LANGLEY — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders launched its latest tug into Holmes Harbor without the usual fanfare that has been seen in years past.

Brody is first baby in 2008

  • Jan 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:06AM

Brody Shawn Messer rang in the new year as the first born island baby of 2008. Brody was born at 10:27 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor. He was a healthy 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 ½ inches long.

Students acquit ‘criminal’ during mock trial

  • Jan 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:06AM

Casey Campbell stood accused of planting a bomb at his school. And the longtime target of schoolyard bullies was now in the sights of the justice system. Campbell faced not only a jury of his peers, but a courtroom filled with them. The fictional character took center stage at a recent mock trial at Bayview School.

County says wetlands rules almost complete

  • Jan 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:06AM

COUPEVILLE — Puffed up by a largely laudatory letter from the state, Island County commissioners said Monday they were nearly ready to adopt new rules covering development on properties with wetlands.

Port searches for marina money

  • Jan 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:06AM

FREELAND — First, there was the plan. Now comes the search for the money to make the plan work. On Monday, Port of South Whidbey commissioners met with representatives of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

Local groups draw attention to U.S. torture

  • Jan 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:05AM

Torture is a moral issue and Americans have the responsibility to stop the use of torture. That is the message a coalition of local religious groups would like to send to Congress and to fellow Americans.

Senior Services welcomes new director

  • Jan 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:05AM

A new director has taken the helm for Senior Services of Island County. The board of directors hired Farrell Fleming to run the nonprofit organization that serves 12,000 senior residents in Island County.

Scientists come ashore to study island beaches

  • Jan 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:05AM

POSSESSION POINT — Some say the best spot on Whidbey Island is a home on the beach. But forage fish such as surf smelt and sand lancers also make their homes near Whidbey’s shores and spawn on the upper portions of beaches.

Board split on relaxing city rules

  • Jan 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:05AM

LANGLEY — The city’s Planning Advisory Board appears split over whether property owners with land along the bluff near the Langley Marina should get a break from regulations that restrict development. Last September, the city council asked the advisory board to review rules that guide development along the Langley waterfront at Seawall Park and near the bluff at the Langley Marina.

Freeland coffee shop raises $1K for African HIV/AIDS orphans

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 5:32PM

It looks like coffee and compassion go together as well as, well, coffee and cream. A community event on June 7 to raise money for orphans in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe was an incredible success, said organizer Laurel Johnson.

Port plan under attack

  • Jan 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:05AM

FREELAND — The much-heralded master plan for the South Whidbey Marina has come under attack from an unlikely source. Port of South Whidbey Port Commissioner Lynae Slinden said the master plan update presented to the Langley City Council — specifically the part dealing with the uplands development — was too detailed.

Norma Smith picked to replace Strow for House seat

  • Jan 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:04AM

Norma Smith of Clinton got the nod Tuesday to fill Chris Strow’s vacant seat in the state House of Representatives. Strow resigned last year from his job as 10th District representative to spend more time with his family. Smith, a Republican party insider, was unanimously picked during a meeting of GOP leaders at the Snohomish County administration building in Everett.

Port to hold marina design workshop June 25 | South Whidbey News Briefs

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 5:32PM

The Port of South Whidbey will hold a workshop today to examine the design for the South Whidbey marina. “The session is to evaluate with our engineer the input we got at our last public meeting,” said port manager Ed Field. “We’ll be taking a look at berthing spaces, fairway widths and breakwater placement.” The meeting is at 9 a.m. today at the port’s office in Freeland.

Langley’s combined fire station and park-and-ride taking shape

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 5:32PM

With gas at the pump headed well north of $4 a gallon, the need for park-and-ride facilities becomes more urgent daily.

Newsletter raises concerns in school district

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:04AM

South Whidbey School District officials are scrambling this week to knock down criticism that its classrooms and bathrooms are dirty because of cutbacks in the hours for custodians for the Intermediate and Primary schools.

S. Whidbey school board 'happy' with superintendent in contract review

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 5:32PM

South Whidbey School District Superintendent Fred McCarthy had his contract reviewed by the South Whidbey School Board last night, but school officials said beforehand the review was expected to be routine.

Windstorm leads to power outage

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:04AM

High winds with gusts up to 50 mph caused scattered power outages on South Whidbey Monday afternoon. “There were strong winds from the southeast recorded about 3 p.m., then shifting to westerly winds,” said forecaster Chris Burke of the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Coupeville farmers meeting to focus on future of Whidbey agriculture

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 10:04AM

Farmers from Snohomish County will help guide a discussion on the current problems facing farms at an upcoming gathering of farmers and government officials on Whidbey Island. The meeting is the second such gathering, and will be held next week in Coupeville.

Port looks at salmon study

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:03AM

It’s taken longer than expected, but a sanctuary for baby salmon on South Whidbey may be closer to fruition. On Jan. 9, research ecologist Aundrea McBride from the Skagit River System Cooperative presented an update on the feasibility study being done for property owned by the Port of South Whidbey at Possession Beach Waterfront Park.

Island County evaluates hybrids within its motor pool

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 10:03AM

Despite chilly temperatures, filling up a gas tank in recent weeks can make a person sweat with gas prices way past the $4 mark. Now imagine having to fill up 131 gas tanks. With an eye on next year’s budget, the Island County motor pool is considering its options on how to save money while running a “greener” fleet. County officials are collecting data on vehicle use and as part of the research, they will also evaluate the performance of its hybrid vehicles.

Burglars target homes in Freeland

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:03AM

At least seven homes have been burglarized in Freeland during the past month. From Harbor Hills to Mutiny Bay, homes that have been sitting empty have been targeted. Most homeowners only discovered the crimes after returning to Whidbey Island for a visit.

Cityhood group changes name, possible election date

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:03AM

Incorporation by any other name is still incorporation. But supporters of cityhood in Freeland recently changed the name of their group to Freeland City Committee in an effort to distance themselves from the term “incorporation.”

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