Ben Watanabe

Langley planning board rejects retail move outside downtown

The Langley City Council and Planning Advisory Board are at odds over the expansion of retail zoning to areas beyond downtown. City zoning limits retail to the city’s commercial core, largely bound by Anthes and Cascade avenues to the west and east, and First and Third streets to the north and south. The idea, as discussed by city council members Monday, is to keep a vibrant commercial area and limit the disruptions to residents. For example, a high-traffic store may mean regular noise of cars and people, whereas a doctor’s office is less busy.


SLIDESHOW | Goalie’s saves, pair of shootout scores lift Falcons over Knights

South Whidbey boys soccer senior goalie Andrew Holt recorded several saves in regulation and two bonus periods before saving three shootout shots to beat King's.


Environmental review ends for proposed new Mukilteo ferry terminal

An environmental review of the proposed Mukilteo ferry terminal is officially completed. With the Federal Transit Administration’s Record of Decision, the state Department of Transportation, Ferries Division can move on to the terminal’s design.


Falcon volleyball sweeps rival Wolves

South Whidbey volleyball overcame an off night for its best hitter and early mistakes in a crucial sweep of island rival Coupeville on Thursday.

SLIDESHOW | South Whidbey High School graduation ceremony

Photos from the ceremony for the South Whidbey High School class of 2012.

South Whidbey Falcons say thanks to Christensen

South Whidbey High School and the booster club presented Jim Christensen with a certificate of appreciation during halftime of the boys basketball game against Coupeville on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

South Whidbey’s track runners torch non-conference meets

Maybe South Whidbey’s conference is the problem. The Falcons went beyond their Cascade Conference affiliation for a non-league meet with 2A schools Lake Washington and Sammamish last week. Based on the nine first-places the Falcons claimed, South Whidbey was in its element on April 4.

Langley officials search for solutions to ongoing city pub noise problems

Langley’s city leaders are looking for answers to the persistent problem of noise complaints about Mo’s Pub and Eatery. Over the next few months, the city will look at ways to resolve neighbor complaints which Mayor Fred McCarthy categorized as “chronic problems we are hearing at Mo’s.” Fall and winter months are ideal, said McCarthy, because the pub will be less busy, allowing for a reprieve for both parties.

Mystery Weekend: Longest running event in U.S. takes one year to organize

As has happened for three decades, hundreds of amateur sleuths will flood Langley’s streets and shops, searching for clues to solve a fictitious murder this weekend.

Linds theft nets little, leaves plenty of damage

An attempted jewelry heist resulted in a little lost jewelry and lots of damage to Linds Jewelry in Freeland.

Falcons fend off feisty Tigers with fourth-quarter score

LANGLEY — South Whidbey quarterback Nick French ended the back-and-forth contest with Granite Falls with one big play.

Boys hoops: Falcons soar past Friday Harbor, 67-43

The Falcons’ boys team won 67-43 behind aggressive defense and senior guard Riley Newman. Newman led all scorers with 17 points on 8-of-12 field goals, including one three-point goal.

Penalty kick boots Falcon soccer from automatic state berth

The joy of taking an early lead was short lived for the South Whidbey boys soccer team in the 1A District 1 title match Saturday against King’s, which won 3-2.

UPDATE | Buechner scores 3 TDs in Falcon win against Coupeville

For another 365 days, South Whidbey owns The Bucket. South Whidbey rebounded from a tough road loss and hit the grass running against Coupeville High School. The Falcons relied on junior quarterback Avery Buechner and its defense to beat Whidbey Island rival Coupeville 33-7.

Huden trial enters jury deliberations

COUPEVILLE — Now comes the wait. Through eight days of jury selection, arguments, cross examinations, rebuttals and closing statements, the fate of James Huden is in the hands of 12 Island County citizens.

Falcon wrestlers miss 2nd place by one point at Darrington tournament

One point separated South Whidbey and Lakewood’s wrestling teams after a long day of grappling at the King of the Mountain Tournament in Darrington this past weekend.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS will seek levy increase

FREELAND - Commissioners of South Whidbey Fire/EMS unanimously agreed to seek a 15-cent levy increase in the General Election.

Jones wins Cascade Conference volleyball Coach of the Year

LANGLEY — There were coaches with better records. There were coaches with more playoff wins. Didn’t matter. After a meeting of Cascade Conference volleyball coaches, South Whidbey head coach Mandy Jones was voted the Coach of the Year.

Falcon boys soccer coaches may share duties next season

Fresh off one of the best boys soccer seasons in years, head coach Joel Gerlach is busy planning for next season.

SLIDESHOW | Nooksack Valley vs. South Whidbey volleyball tri-district tournament

South Whidbey reversed course and defeated Nooksack Valley 25-22, 26-24, 22-25, 25-15 in the 1A tri-district volleyball tournament Nov. 9 at The King's School in Shoreline.