Bret Holmes holds a microphone for Bob Gentz, who was awarded the 2015 Jan Holmes Coastal Volunteer of the Year award at Sound Waters in Langley. Beside them is Don Meehan, former director of Washington State University Extension, Island County. - Jill Hein photo

Langley man named Volunteer of the Year

  • Feb 9, 2016 at 2:42PM

Bob Gentz admits he briefly considered bolting from the auditorium Saturday when his name flashed up on the screen at Sound Waters University.


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Sound Waters geologist ‘We’re getting better prepared for the big one’

  • Feb 9, 2016 at 6:00PM

No one knows how many Native Americans died when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck the Washington coast on Jan. 26, 1700. Besides battering the coast, the tsunami surged the entire length of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and reached the northwest shores of Whidbey Island.

Public sets high standard for Langley’s next planner

  • Feb 9, 2016 at 4:00PM

Langley’s next planner will need to be a tightrope walker, balancing growth against preservation, emotional intelligence mixed with code acumen and enforcement, organization and communication.

Annual showcase hopes to shed light on SWHS

  • Feb 9, 2016 at 4:00PM

For South Whidbey seniors Rohini Mikkelsen and Chandler Hagglund, the school’s first annual showcase in 2015 was a success in all but one area: attendance. Mikkelsen, the associated student body president, and Hagglund, the class treasurer, are working alongside school administrators and teachers to make this year’s event widely attended.

Fireworks bill to temporarily ban fireworks clears committee

  • Feb 9, 2016 at 4:00PM

The Island County commissioners may soon have the flexibility they so desired last year to temporarily ban fireworks in times of extreme drought.

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