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Nichols Brothers sells at auction for $9.2 million

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

SEATTLE — Nichols Brothers auctioned off its assets during a bidding war earlier this week to a Texas-based capital investment group. The Freeland shipyard was purchased Ice Floe, a limited liablity corporation backed by Treadstone Capital Management, L.P. of Dallas and Joseph E. Usibelli, of Alaska, for nearly $9.2 million.

Port searches for marina money

  • Jan 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 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.

County says wetlands rules almost complete

  • Jan 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 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.

Local groups draw attention to U.S. torture

  • Jan 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 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.

Port plan under attack

  • Jan 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 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, 2013 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.

Windstorm leads to power outage

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 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.

Port looks at salmon study

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 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.

Burglars target homes in Freeland

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 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, 2013 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.”

School officials present plans for improving schools

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:03AM

LANGLEY — South Whidbey schools continue to make progress with their school improvement plan goals, school officials told South Whidbey school board members at their most recent workshop.

Clinton ferry back in service

  • Jan 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:03AM

Clinton route was limited to one ferry Thursday morning due to mechanical problems.

Greenbank man found guilty on meth charges

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02AM

Dealer could get up to 12 years in prison A jury found a drug dealer who had set up shop in the heart of Greenbank guilty last week of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Residents are worried about wayward hunters

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02AM

CLINTON — For years the Schultz family has looked the other way when hunters used their wooded lands to hunt. There was a lot of land and a lot of trees; about 180 acres worth on their property near Heggenes Road.

Scatchet Head Bust

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02AM

Deputies from the Island County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Clinton man and seized marijuana plants with an estimated street value of nearly $15,000 during a raid early Tuesday evening. “We served a search warrant for a marijuana grow operation in Clinton and recovered more than 50 starter plants, six plants 3 feet or taller and two dozen big, fully-mature plants that were drying,” said Island County Undersheriff Kelly Mauck.

Ex-principal gets 90 days in jail

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02AM

COUPEVILLE — The former principal of South Whidbey Primary School will go to jail for 90 days for stealing kindergarten funds. Bernie Mahar pled guilty to one count of first-degree theft Friday. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail and was ordered to pay restitution to the school district, as well as $217 in court costs and $500 to the county’s victim compensation fund.

Mayor to form group to boost economy

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02AM

Mayor Paul Samuelson said earlier this week he would like to start up a mayor’s “council on economic development” as early as next month to find innovative ways to strengthen the economy in the Langley area.

Smith takes first week of Legislature in stride

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02AM

Newly minted lawmaker Norma Smith spent a busy first week as a state representative for the 10th District. Smith learned about the status of issues around the state and connected with colleagues and staff. She also took her first two votes as a state representative.

Larsen’s ‘GI Bill for Life’ act gets hearing

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02AM

Congressman Rick Larsen has introduced the GI Bill for Life Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would remove the 10-year time limit on GI Bill benefits to improve education and job training opportunities for veterans.

Linda Haddon announces challenge to Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:01AM

Linda Haddon is mad as heck and doesn’t want to take it any more. Mainly, she’s upset about high property taxes and the state ferry system. Haddon will run this year as a Republican against longtime state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen for the 10th District Senate seat. The district includes all of Island County and parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties.

Fire claims Clinton home

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:01AM

SCATCHET HEAD — Fire tore through the kitchen of a double-wide mobile home in Clinton Sunday afternoon. The owner of the mobile home in the 7800 block of Decatur Avenue was not home at the time. Neighbors noticed smoke coming through the windows and called 911, Fire District 3 officials said.

Whidbey sailors return from war in Afghanistan

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 10:01AM

OAK HARBOR — The happy homecoming tears began to fall before the jets even touched the tarmac. As a crowd of more than 100 watched, three Navy jets from Electronic Attack Squadron 133 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Monday from a six-month deployment to the war in Afghanistan.

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