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Greenbank meth dealer gets maximum sentence

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:58AM

A Greenbank meth dealer was sentenced to 12 years in jail Thursday. Mark Crow, 56, was arrested last year for selling drugs from a motor home parked in the middle of a neighborhood.

Caucus talk looked trivial at times

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:58AM

Saturday’s Democratic caucus was our first experience with the U.S.’s shiny, streamlined political system. After fighting our way through throngs of milling voters to scribble one of two famous names on a piece of paper, we stayed to witness the rowdy and chaotic debate.

Shipyard looks to rebound by April

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:58AM

FREELAND — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. expects to rehire more than a 100 employees by mid-April in the face of a full work load of construction projects. “By the end of March, we’re going to be up to 100 folks. By the middle to end of April, we’ll go up to 130 to 140, somewhere in there,” Nichols CEO Len York said Thursday as the shipyard launched its latest project, extensive repairs to a custom fishing boat.

Freeland’s new sewers could cost $15 million

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:58AM

FREELAND — A new sewer system for Freeland will cost $15 million, according to a consultant’s memo prepared last week for the Freeland Water and Sewer District. Most of the money to pay for the project would come from Island County. The memo lists County Rural Sales Tax revenues as a source for $6 million of the money needed to build the sewer system. Other funding would come from a $1 million grant from the county and a $1 million Centennial Clean Water Fund grant from the state.

Wait until 2011 for changes, board advises

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:58AM

LANGLEY — Recommendations from the Planning Advisory Board on what to do next about waterfront development could cost the city of Langley time and money. The Planning Advisory Board wrapped up an extensive six-month review of potential changes to Langley’s regulations on shoreline development. The review was requested by city council in September and covers seaside development and improvements to existing structures.

END OF THE LINE

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:58AM

LANGLEY — Bus No. 3 has seen better days. With a busted transmission, a slight tilt from an under-inflated tire, some rust spots and 250,281 miles on the odometer, it has just about reached the end of its useful life.

Gov. Gregoire approves new ferries for Port Townsend–Keystone run

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:58AM

Gov. Chris Gregoire approved the construction of three new 100-car ferries Thursday to replace the Steel Electrics that were pulled off the Keystone-Port Townsend run days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Case file reveals details on Wallace-911 case

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

While the final chapter has yet to be written, disturbing new details have come to light on the 911 call scandal that cost Island County deputy sheriff Jay Wallace his chance to become sheriff and, likely, his career in law enforcement.

Downtown owners blast board report

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

LANGLEY — Some property owners on Langley’s waterfront say their property rights are being ignored in the ongoing discussion about shoreline development.

Benefit planned to assist Highland Games, Tartan Thistle owners

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

A local singer is starting a benefit for organizers of the Whidbey Island Highland Games, who lost their inventory in a fire last year. On May 30, 2007, fire ripped through Angus and Maureen MacDonald’s business warehouse, destroying all of their Highland Games inventory. The fire was part of an unsolved string of suspicious fires that happened over nearly a month throughout the South End.

Whidbey's favorite fil?ms, predictions and picks

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

Sunday night, all will be revealed. Oscar turns 80 this year and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate by awarding their gold-plated statues to Hollywood’s best and brightest.

Lawyer fights lab test in DUI homicide crash

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

COUPEVILLE — It’s been 13 months since Karen Gervais-Boone, a mother of two, was killed in a three-car collision on Highway 525 in Freeland. But a trial date is not in sight for the driver accused of drunk driving blamed for causing the crash.

Democrats make history

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

Dems winning in five north end precincts, total turnout For the first time in Island County history, more Democrats cast ballots for their presidential pick than Republicans during the presidential primary.

Fire destroys portable restroom at Freeland Park

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

FREELAND — A suspicious fire destroyed a portable restroom at Freeland Park sometime Sunday night. Nearly four miles away at Double Bluff, Island County Sheriff’s Office deputies later discovered an attempted torching of the new bathroom facilities at the park.

Former Island County Sheriff’s deputy seeks $1.5 million

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

Former Island County Sheriff’s deputy Jay Wallace has filed a $1.5 million claim for damages against Island County. Wallace was fired in April 2006 by then-Sheriff Mike Hawley for false reporting and failing to follow the sheriff’s office protocol for 911 hang-up calls.

Guaranteed Education Tuition program draws record enrollment

  • Mar 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53AM

Some South End toddlers are college ready and it has nothing to do with Baby Einstein toys. A record number of parents with newborns are saving for college through Washington’s prepaid college tuition plan.

Tax increase may pay for new marina

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

Increase in property taxes would not go to a public vote Port of South Whidbey commissioners continued to revamp their plans for rebuilding the Langley Marina this week, raising the price tag from $15 million to almost $20 million dollars while adding more boat slips to the mix.

Freeland’s sewer funding plan nets early opposition

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:56AM

A new sewer system in Freeland could become a case of many people paying for something only a few need, said several Freeland business owners. According to the latest draft of the financial analysis for the new system, the project could cost $15 million. The high cost laid out in the plan prepared for the Freeland Water and Sewer District would be funded by a variety of sources, including $6 million in rural sales tax revenues from around the county.

Langley identifies needed rule changes

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:56AM

LANGLEY — The Langley City Council and the community got their chance last week to pitch their top picks for changing policies that will guide growth over the next two decades. Planning chief Larry Cort, who had come up with a list of changes to Langley’s rule books based on the growth plan rewrite that was finalized in December, invited everyone to add ideas.

Kirk Francis gets his due

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:57AM

Langley resident Kirk Francis made his way to the podium Sunday night to accept an Oscar for his work on “The Bourne Ultimatum” during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 80th celebration of the movies.

Highlands buys water hook-ups before costs increase

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:56AM

Construction of cottages set to be finished in fall Developers of The Highlands snapped up more than a dozen water hook-ups before the city of Langley’s new water hook-up fees went into effect late last year.

Highway 525 to be repaved

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:56AM

Drivers can expect a smooth ride on Highway 525 in Clinton by summer. The highway from the Clinton ferry terminal to Bob Galbreath Road is set to receive a fresh coat of asphalt, the state Department of Transportation said Thursday.

Eating green in a post-carbon world

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:56AM

Have good food; will not travel. Shop any local supermarket’s produce display and you’ll come across apples from Chile, grapes from Mexico, lettuce from California and oranges from Florida.

Developers warn of legal trouble on waterfront

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:56AM

The same treatment for all. That’s the basics of a legal argument that potential waterfront developers Nancy Josephson and Steve Day have presented to Langley officials in recent weeks.

Freeland seeks funding support for new sewer system

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:56AM

COUPEVILLE — Freeland incorporation proponents left an Island County Council of Governments meeting Wednesday morning with smiles on their faces. The reason? The Island County Council of Governments have expressed initial support for partial funding of Freeland’s new sewer system with the county’s rural sales tax.

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