Greenbank property owner Bruce Montgomery poses for a picture on a wall at the end of Wonn Road. The wall has been a source of controversy and legal dispute for years. A judge recently denied a second request to end a lawsuit, which means the case will likely go to trial.  - Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News Group

Montgomery wins again: Skagit County judge nixes summary judgment bid for second time, case heads to trial

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Aug 28, 2016 at 11:10AM

A dispute over public beach access in Greenback will likely go to trial in October. Skagit County Superior Court Judge Laura Riquelme denied Island County’s motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against Greenbank residents Bruce and Joanne Montgomery. County officials asked the judge to end the three years of litigation and find that a disputed beach property at the end of Wonn Road belongs to the public.


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Port of South Whidbey makes counteroffer for marina parking lot

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 12:00PM

Taxpayers may end up paying more than top dollar for a small parking lot in Langley.

Freeland business finds success in crafting wheels for the wobbly

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Aug 27, 2016 at 11:12AM

If your beloved pooch has lost the ability to use its legs, fear not. There are animal wheelchairs on the market, and the company that pioneered the contraption operates out of the South End. And business is booming.

Ante raised in Goosefoot, garden program fundraising campaign

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 8:00AM

After a strong showing in 2014 and 2015, Goosefoot is raising the stakes with a bigger matching grant fundraising campaign for the South Whidbey School District Garden Program.

Souring song prompts piano’s removal in Langley

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

At times, the piano on the patio of Mike’s Place spurred beautiful harmonies and joyful moments. In the wrong hands, however, it played a different tune. What began in early July as a fun experiment for visitors and shoppers downtown became a headache for nearby businesses. Poor and untimely usage of the piano by children and adults led to its removal Friday morning. Langley Main Street Association Program Manager Lorinda Kay said kids were making more racket than music with the piano while adults would sometimes play past an 8 p.m. curfew. Nearby businesses that require quiet environments requested the Langley Chamber of Commerce prohibit public usage of the piano. While many who used it were proficient pianists, too many saw it as a toy rather than a musical instrument, Executive Director Michaleen McGarry said.

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