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Port to discuss preliminary budget tonight

  • Oct 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

An 800-pound gorilla will be sitting at the table during tonight’s regular port meeting — the Langley marina project. At 7 p.m. at the Freeland Library, Port of South Whidbey commissioners will examine next year’s budget prepared by port manager Ed Field.

Drug use, vandalism at Clinton park prompt petition

  • Oct 13, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

CLINTON — Needles. Drug use. Broken glass, beer bottles and cans, stolen furniture and pillows. Sleeping dens for homeless people. Steer clear of Dan Porter Memorial Park, Clinton residents say, especially after dark. Fed up with vandalism, drug use and other illegal activity at the county park, hundreds of Clinton residents and friends of Dan Porter Memorial Park have signed a petition asking the county to clean it up.

Saving sisters

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

Langley woman participates in national breast cancer study LANGLEY — Born nearly a decade after her big sisters, Marilynn Norby spent the first few years of her life toddling behind, looking up in awe and thinking the two were the smartest, strongest and coolest kids around.

District superintendent recommends three levies for 2008

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

LANGLEY — South Whidbey School District officials detailed what voters may face next February in three separate levy requests. The school board held a workshop Wednesday to discuss the district’s draft strategic plan and levy issues.

County calls on Whidbey artists for Scenic Byway

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

It may not become as familiar as the Golden Arches, but officials working on a new logo for Whidbey Island’s scenic byway are hoping to create a truly memorable logo. It’s a tall order. The new logo must fit with the island’s postcard-perfect views; its wide open green spaces, lush forests and mountain backdrop that rises from the horizon across Puget Sound.

Candidates square off at voters forum

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

LANGLEY — Voters had to get out the magnifying glass to spot differences between the candidates in the three contested South End races for the Nov. 7 election. The candidates did not reveal much during Monday’s voters forum at South Whidbey High School. The night with the candidates was organized by the South Whidbey League of Women Voters.

Good Cheer Food Bank completes big move to Bayview

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

BAYVIEW — The new Good Cheer Food Bank site in Bayview looks and feels like a grocery store. A brand new, bright, airy and fully stocked grocery store. Good Cheer opened its food bank Monday at its new location and at noon about five families had been in already to load up on fresh produce, frozen meats and vegetables as well as canned and bagged foods.

Deputies find second pot house

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

Island County sheriff’s deputies arrested a second man in connection with last week’s bust in Coupeville of an underground marijuana farm. Robert Bell, 53, was arrested after police searched his home in Oak Harbor and found pot plants that had been set out to dry. Deputies discovered marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $48,000 at Bell’s home, officials said.

MoveOn Whidbey to discuss Iraq exit strategies

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

MoveOn Whidbey has stepped up its campaign to persuade the nation’s leaders to withdraw troops from Iraq, and local activists are hoping the special showing of an anti-war movie this week will inspire more people to speak out.

Alleged child molester pleads not guilty

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

The Clinton man charged with first-degree child molestation and second-degree incest pled not guilty Monday. Dallas Broyles, 38, was arraigned in Island County Superior Court earlier this week.

Greenbank Post Office gets face lift

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

GREENBANK — It was a special delivery the Greenbank Post Office never expected. In late May, an 84-year-old driver smashed his van into the post office’s outer structural wall, buckling and damaging it to the point that the concrete wall had to be completely removed.

Dock will move to Langley

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

LANGLEY — Port Commissioner Rolf Seitle breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after the Langley City Council gave the green light to move the port’s 400-foot breakwater to Langley.

Season’s first major storm leaves thousands without power

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

It was Mother Nature’s test of how well islanders had done their homework since the storms of last year wreaked havoc on Whidbey Island. The first big windstorm of the season hit the Puget Sound Thursday afternoon, leaving at least one man dead and more than 150,000 Puget Sound Energy customers throughout the region without power.

VIDEO: Windstorm hits Whidbey Island

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

Whidbey Island was hit with its first major windstorm of the season on Oct. 18. Check out this video with scenes from the storm.

SEEK FIRST 8-WIN SEASON SINCE 1992

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

Hold on to your shorts, fans, the football game of the year is coming to a high school field near you. How big? In a word — GINORMOUS.

Marina eyed for port office,

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

Things are going to get cooking at the Langley marina in the months ahead, and it’s much more than the arrival of the 400-foot breakwater from Bremerton in November. Port of South Whidbey officials said they want to explore the idea of putting the port office in a new building at the marina, plus developing commercial space that could be rented out to marine-related businesses.

Cats get new home at WAIF’s Cat Cottage

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

FREELAND — Gracie, Griff and Missy have a new home, with more room to roam and plenty of their furry friends nearby. Animal lovers at the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation, however, hope the trio and their other feline friends will find an even better place to live: in the happy home of a new owner.

Parks district names newly acquired trail property

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

Welcome to Trustland Trails, South Whidbey’s latest outdoor venue. Never heard of it? That’s the new name for more than 200 acres of prime land in the Maxwelton Valley acquired earlier this year by the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District.

THIS IS WOW

  • Oct 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

Places everyone. Lights down, curtain up and everybody go. And everybody did indeed go, again and again, and has kept on going as one spectacular event after another has taken place at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for the past 11 years.

Developer: Waterfront project not dead yet

  • Oct 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

Despite rumors making the rounds in Langley, developer Brian Stowell’s waterfront project is not dead. It’s simply in a comp plan review-induced slumber, the developer said this week. Stowell, a Colorado-based developer, spent the summer in Langley researching and trying to drum up support for his controversial waterfront project. He envisions a multi-level, mixed-use building on Wharf Street that’s nestled against the bluff.

County commissioners to ponder recycling proposal

  • Oct 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

It may be an all-or-nothing proposition for Island Disposal and its proposal to launch a curbside recycling program. Island County commissioners are expected to make a decision on Nov. 7, about the recycling program for Island Disposal’s residential customers.

PSE announces merger plans with foreign consortium

  • Oct 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

Puget Sound Energy officials announced Friday the Bellevue-based utility had signed a merger agreement with a consortium of mostly foreign-based investors.

Shellfish water quality samples waiting on the rain

  • Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

FREELAND — The Holmes Harbor Shellfish Protection District has a thirst that hopefully can be quenched in the coming rainy season. As Freeland sees more rain during the fall and winter months, members of Island County’s Resource Enhancement Program have already begun taking water quality samples from streams and watersheds that drain into Holmes Harbor.

Parks district will ask voters to approve $1.6 million bond

  • Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

LANGLEY — After months of debate, the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District has finally decided. It will ask voters in February for $1.6 million to pay for much needed capital improvements to park facilities.

Fire District 3’s TERC team wins in Canada

  • Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

When it comes to rescuing trapped people from cars, Fire District 3’s auto extrication-and-rescue team showed the Canadians how to do it. Six members of the Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee team traveled to the 13th annual British Columbia Regional 2007 B.C. Auto Extrication Challenge at Courtenay, late last month. They competed against 16 other teams, including one from Fort Lewis.

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