Visitors enjoy walking their dogs on the beach at Joseph Whidbey State Park in late April. The park was under consideration for privately-financed development. - Ron Newberry / Whidbey News Group

State spares Joseph Whidbey park from rec business activity pilot

  • May 27, 2016 at 4:00PM updated May 31, 2016 at 6:51AM

Supporters of Joseph Whidbey State Park upset with the idea of private development in their park can breath a sigh of relief. Joseph Whidbey is no longer under consideration for recreational business activities (RBA). At least, for now. The scenic waterfront park in Oak Harbor didn’t make the final cut of state parks being considered for the proposal, a controversial idea Washington State Parks is exploring that would allow private investors to help develop visitor amenities in an effort to provide additional revenue for a cash-strapped state parks system.


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A secret to business success in Clinton?

  • May 27, 2016 at 4:00PM updated May 31, 2016 at 6:51AM

In an area that many believe is in its economic death-throes, one new business is on the verge of celebrating its one year anniversary. Meet MAKE Whidbey Market, a small-town shop nestled between Cozy’s Roadhouse and Cadée Distillery in the heart of downtown Clinton. According to owner Janae Cameron, the business didn’t just survive the tricky first year, it’s growing. In fact, she’s reporting increased sales for the past two months as a result of adding a wider variety of products to their storefront. And she’s not an isolated success story. Sixteen new businesses have come to town in the past 18 months, and another — a noodle bar — is slated to open this summer. So if Clinton is supposed to be dead, what gives?

A life of service: Freeland veteran reflects on 30 years in Army

  • May 28, 2016 at 6:00AM updated May 29, 2016 at 9:57AM

The odds were already stacked against Don “Juan” Wentworth before he joined the U.S. Army in August 1946. At 16 years old, he forged military documents to enlist. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 113 pounds — roughly 10 pounds less than the minimum — and was eager to abandon a rocky life at home in the Olympia area. Thanks to a sympathetic sergeant, official documents recorded him as being 125 pounds. Wentworth, who turns 86 on June 2 and lives in Freeland, went on to serve in the military for over 30 years in active and reserve roles. He’ll be among the many veterans who will participate in Monday’s Memorial Day service at Bayview Cemetery, beginning at 11 a.m.

U.S. Bank honors Langley branch, staff

  • May 28, 2016 at 6:00PM

U.S. Bank’s Langley branch is one of the company’s best in the country, the publicly traded U.S. Bancorp announced this week. The branch was recently honored with the Top Tier Award, which ranks it among the top 1 percent of community branches nationwide. Additionally, Brandon Turner, branch manager; Michael Davidson, sales and service manager; and Signe Cvar, teller at the Langley branch are among the top performing employees nationwide awarded for their outstanding achievement and superior performance, according to a Wednesday news release.

Final Langley comprehensive plan workshop planned

  • May 28, 2016 at 6:00PM

The Langley City Council’s sixth and final workshop on the city’s draft comprehensive plan is from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 2 in the council chambers.

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