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Commissioners OK Freeland growth plan

  • Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:11AM

FREELAND — Island County commissioners unanimously voted to designate Freeland an urban area after a public meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church Monday night.

County planning commission starts deliberations on wetlands rules

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

Rules criticized for allowing building on all lands The first overhaul of the county’s rules for developing property with wetlands in more than two decades is nearing completion. Island County planning commissioners were scheduled to begin their review of the county’s new wetlands rules this week.

State announces plan to devote $100 million for new ferries

  • Dec 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:10AM

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen said the announcement Thursday that the state will spend $100 million on three new ferries is good news for South Whidbey. During a press conference in Seattle earlier this week, Gov. Chris Gregoire said she will put $100 million in the 2008 supplemental state budget to pay for the new ferries.

Chiropractor organizes ERGO Day

  • Dec 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:10AM

A Clinton computer store is hosting ERGO Day today, which will include a lecture and day-long market of ergonomic furniture and other computer accessories.

County to create new department for mental health programs

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

Island County government will go through a bit of remodeling once the 2008 budget is put into action. Beyond pulling the parks department into the county’s planning department, county commissioners have also decided to create a new department to handle programs that will be funded by this year’s passage of the county’s mental health initiative.

A PASSION PIECE

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

A night out at the theater can be magical. There’s the privilege of a ticket in hand; the lobby with its promise of refreshment; the fresh program offered by a welcoming usher. Upon entering the theater, the sinking down into a comfy chair designated solely for your singular body and then the darkness; the lights; the set; the costumes; the actor projecting the very essence of a playwright’s soul strung on the vision of the director.

SWHS teen killed while crossing Highway 525

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

A 15-year-old Greenbank teen was hit by a car and killed while on her way home from Christmas shopping Saturday afternoon. Tonya Scriven, a sophomore at South Whidbey High School, was trying to walk across Highway 525 near Greenbank Farm when she was hit by a car driven by a Coupeville man.

Colburn says he will resign

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

Minutes after being sworn in as Langley city councilman, outgoing Mayor Neil Colburn announced his resignation from the council effective Jan. 1.

Sen. Haugen: State can’t wait forever for new ferries

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

COUPEVILLE — State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen lambasted critics this week who are second guessing the move to spend $100 million on new ferries.

Langley Marina, A look at the future

  • Dec 22, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

LANGLEY — Port officials presented their new plan for the future of the city’s small boat harbor to city officials Wednesday, a $15 million make-over that will make the Langley marina a magnet for visitors and residents alike.

Colburn steps down from Langley council

  • Dec 22, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

LANGLEY — His health is fine. In fact, he’s been working out. Mayor Neil Colburn said he’s sick, though, sick of the sniping that’s been filling an online chat room about his efforts to lead Langley.

Hundreds gather to remember life of Greenbank teen

  • Dec 22, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

LANGLEY — Pastor Matt Chambers held the small, battered box up high for all to see. It was an old music box, one that had been dropped and dinged too many times to remember. Glue, tape and a rubber band held it together.

Bayview School student wins logo contest

  • Dec 26, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

FREELAND — A Bayview School student is the winner of the design contest for Saratoga Community Housing’s new logo. The Saratoga Community Housing, a community land trust project, is so new that it didn’t have a logo.

Arise Trust helps women achieve their full potential

  • Dec 26, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

Twenty years ago an anonymous Whidbey Island woman did a remarkable thing; she proposed giving significant money to programs that benefit local women in the form of scholarships to individuals and grants to social service agencies.

Fresh from the garden: Ruby cooks it all

  • Dec 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

One of the truly palatable luxuries of life is having an excellent meal cooked for you. Now “Ruby’s Cooking!” puts that delicious luxury at your fingertips.

Fireworks ban finds lack of support in Langley

  • Dec 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

LANGLEY — In one of his final jobs as outgoing city administrator, Walt Blackford tackled an explosive issue — fireworks. At the last city council meeting of 2007, Blackford presented a report to the Langley City Council in response to residents’ complaints over fireworks.

Blaze claims home

  • Dec 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

FREELAND — A fire that ignited in a garage raged through an adjacent Freeland home, destroying it and many of the homeowner’s possessions. The Dec. 19 fire also displaced the house’s owner, Don Binder, who is now living at a nearby hotel.

Hospital buying land at Bayview

  • Dec 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

BAYVIEW — Whidbey General Hospital is finalizing two land deals worth more than $2 million as part of its ongoing plan to improve medical services on the South End.

Whidbey woman seeks end to stalking saga

  • Jan 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:09AM

Friday can’t come soon enough for Yvette Esparza. Esparza is waiting for the Jan. 4 sentencing of Tracy Adams, a former Whidbey General Hospital paramedic who Esparaza says started stalking her after they broke up more than two years ago.

Bigger ferry to start Sunday from Keystone

  • Jan 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:08AM

Be aware. Be very aware. That’s the advice from passengers transiting from Keystone to Port Townsend. “We expected to ride a bigger ferry,” John Colton said as he watched the whale watch tour boat Glacier Spirit tie up in Keystone Dec. 27. “That’s what the ferry Website said, a big catamaran called the Snohomish.”

Pair hope to develop Langley’s shoreline

  • Jan 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:08AM

When developers Steve Day and Nancy Josephson arrived in Langley, they faced an uphill battle — quite literally. The couple wants to build a mixed-use complex nestled into the steep bluff on Langley’s waterfront. The development would stretch across four properties between Wharf Street and Cascade Avenue, including what is now the Edgecliff Restaurant. Commercial space, an inn, a conference center and residences are planned.

Big year coming for city of Freeland backer

  • Jan 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:08AM

FREELAND — It’s going to be a busy year for Chet Ross, whether he runs for mayor of Freeland or not. Though his name has been bandied about as a potential mayor of the future city of Freeland, Ross said getting the town incorporated is his main focus.

Respected voice to weigh in on cityhood question

  • Jan 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:08AM

People take note when Stan Walker speaks up. The longtime community volunteer has never been afraid to show the courage of his convictions, from wading into contentious debates on the opinion pages of the local newspaper to his thoughtful leadership that helped the Holmes Harbor Water District through its bond crisis several years ago.

Clinton woman leads relief effort for flood victims

  • Jan 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:08AM

LANGLEY — She just wanted to donate some clothing and pet food to Lewis County flood victims in the days following last month’s deadly disaster.

County continues search for source of harbor pollution

  • Jan 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:07AM

FREELAND — Island County officials said last week it’s still too early to pinpoint the source of pollution that is fouling Holmes Harbor. Shellfish harvesting at Holmes Harbor has been banned since last year, and the area will remain off-limits for the foreseeable future, county officials said Thursday.

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