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Whidbey sailor dies in Iraq

  • Nov 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:19AM

Another sailor from Whidbey Island has died in the Iraq war, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

School levies amendment fails; Recupero wins another term

  • Nov 7, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:19AM

Langley councilman is on his way to another term; fire commissioner race still close.

South End pair says raw food is the real deal

  • Nov 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:19AM

Two South End entrepreneurs have started a business that will help introduce people to the raw food lifestyle. The business is called Anambia, Power Food for Body, Mind and Spirit.

City council puts no-build setback rules at Seawall Park on hold

  • Nov 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:19AM

LANGLEY — A request by Langley’s Planning Advisory Board for an emergency zoning change was shot down by the city council Wednesday. Two weeks ago, the Planning Advisory Board requested an interim zoning ordinance for a 60-foot, no-build setback for development on the Seawall Park waterfront.

Another life lost

  • Nov 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:19AM

In August 2001, at the age of 21, Bewley joined the ranks of the Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal technicians as his father Ronald and brother J. Patrick witnessed his proud moment. But friends and family in Hector, a tiny town in central Arkansas, are now mourning the loss of Bewley. The sailor was killed in action on Nov. 8 in Salah ad Din province, Iraq; the sixth sailor assigned to Whidbey who had died in the war.

Dog saves man from mattress fire

  • Nov 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:19AM

BAYVIEW — Dan Weehunt wasn’t too thrilled when Lil’ Miss, his Boston bull terrier/boxer mix, started jumping on his stomach in the middle of a deep sleep. Now he couldn’t be happier.

Art sale offers unique gifts for the holidays

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:18AM

Whidbey Islanders are lucky to live where the best gifts are made. Their friends and family are even luckier because they reap the rewards of receiving something made by some very fine local artists and craftsmen.

‘Superbug’ concerns lessen at South End schools

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:18AM

Swift action by the South Whidbey School District and Island County medical officials have lessened parents’ worries over the potential spread of the “superbug” skin infection called MRSA.

‘Superbug’ concerns lessen at South End schools

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:18AM

Swift action by the South Whidbey School District and Island County medical officials have lessened parents’ worries over the potential spread of the “superbug” skin infection called MRSA.

‘Superbug’ concerns lessen at South End schools

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:18AM

Swift action by the South Whidbey School District and Island County medical officials have lessened parents’ worries over the potential spread of the “superbug” skin infection called MRSA.

Beach Watcher grads find new rewards, friends as community volunteers

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:18AM

Mohamoud Abdel-Monem was looking for a challenge. So was Neal Clark. On a sunny afternoon in Coupeville recently, the retired Washington State University dean of pharmacy and the self-confessed Internet techie both celebrated their new challenges, each starting an intriguing new chapter in their lives with 21 other whooping and hollering new friends from all over Whidbey Island.

KILLER BABIES, Greenbank couple discovers baby orca

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:17AM

A Greenbank couple had the rare luck to spot a brand-new baby whale just a few hours after it was born off Lagoon Point. They didn’t know it at the time, however. “Let me tell you a secret; we didn’t know we were looking at the baby whale until the whale research people told us,” Gene Ohlson said.

Power is gone with the wind once again

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:17AM

BAYVIEW — Getting used to something isn’t the same as liking it. The second windstorm of the season was brief and strong, but not powerful enough to ruin the day for most South Enders on Monday. “It’s still a pain. But we were ready,” said Frank Parra, owner of Sebo’s Do-It-Center on Bayview Corner.

Restaurants offer Thanksgiving alternatives

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

Shopping, cooking, baking, coordinating travel plans and making sure family members are taken care of are just a few minor things people are juggling before Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be great to escape some of this work?

Kids celebrate national Adoption Day

  • Nov 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:17AM

COUPEVILLE — Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock stood before a standing-room-only court room. And it was a good thing. “Is there anything you want to say?” he asked. The two young children before him shook their heads “No” in unison.

Nichols Brothers files for bankruptcy

  • Nov 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:17AM

Company could get sold at auction Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 proceedings at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Washington on Friday, Nov. 16.

Members of Navy’s bomb squad share stories of Iraq

  • Nov 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:17AM

FREELAND — Veterans of several 20th century wars stood in awe of the high-tech military gear that was on display Friday, but it was the modern-day war stories told by local sailors that captivated the crowd at last week’s Old Goats’ luncheon.

Public gets to weigh in on Langley’s budget tonight

  • Nov 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:17AM

More help in city hall, new vehicles for the police department and public works, as well as software updates are in next year’s spending plan for the city of Langley.

Driver rescued from overturned car

  • Nov 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:17AM

FREELAND — A Clinton woman was lucky to escape serious injuries Friday afternoon after her Toyota Corolla went airborne during a dramatic crash on Highway 525.

Gene-testing system donated to Whidbey General Hospital

  • Nov 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:16AM

Whidbey General Hospital now has a gene-based testing system that can spot the “superbug” MRSA faster than ever. With the combined philanthropy of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation, Island Thrift, the Tulalip Tribes and the Norcliffe Foundation, Whidbey General Hospital was recently gifted an important laboratory instrument called the GeneXpert.

Ferry run between Port Townsend and Whidbey island suspended

  • Nov 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:16AM

Washington State Ferries pulled the ferries running between Port Townsend and Whidbey Island out of service Wednesday, leaving hundreds of commuters and holiday travelers stranded.

Langley B&B Tour returns for the 14th year

  • Nov 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:16AM

LANGLEY — Eat your way through Langley. That's one of the ways to approach Langley’s Bed and Breakfast Tour and Taste. The Langley Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 14th annual Bed and Breakfast Tour and Taste of South Whidbey Island on Dec. 2. Besides checking out the many charming bed-and-breakfasts all decorated for the holidays, guests can also sample house specialties. “The tasty treats made by the lodging owners are always a highlight of the tour and the fact that all the recipes are provided in the souvenir cookbook means everyone will be able to recreate them at home for friends and families during the holidays and all year long,” said Nancy Rowan, executive director of the chamber. “It’s a big hit.” Select lodging members of the Langley Chamber of Commerce will be opening their doors to the public for just one afternoon. Their special accommodations will be decorated for the holidays and serving some of their favorite recipes. The recipes will be compiled in a souvenir 2007 Tour and Taste cookbook. Susanne Paulson and husband Bill own the Carriage House, which will be featured on the tour this year. Paulson said the tour is a great way to let locals know that her bed-and-breakfast is here. “It’s the third year we’re doing it,” she said. “Last year we had a lot of people come through. We’ve been here for 12 years and people usually aren’t really aware.” The timing of the tour is also good. Many lodging owners still have some openings for the holidays and some South Enders still need accommodations for visitors, Paulson said, so the tour is a great way to check out what the greater Langley area has to offer. Plus, it’s a lot of fun, she said. An important part of the tour is

South Whidbey school board is honored by state

  • Nov 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:16AM

The Washington State School Directors’ Association has named the South Whidbey School Board as one of three “Boards of the Year.” The award recognizes school district boards of directors that have demonstrated outstanding efforts and accomplishments in promoting student achievement.

People sharing homes in Island County is WISH’s mission

  • Nov 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:16AM

FREELAND — People have homes. People need homes. It’s just that simple. With the economy and housing markets struggling, people on the south end are likely looking for unique ways to find living arrangements or to help make their mortgage payments.

Water rates may go up for Langley users

  • Nov 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:16AM

LANGLEY — Water fees across the board will go up for Langley water users next year if the Langley City Council signs off on a proposed water rate increase Dec. 5. Water customers inside and outside city boundaries will be affected, as will hook-up fees for new construction. The increases will be substantial.

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