Ben Watanabe

Parking spaces to be striped behind Langley post office barricade

Facing the reality that the one-time, interim access from Third Street to Second Street through the post office lot is no more, Langley’s mayor is hoping to make lemonade out of lemons, so to speak. Mayor Tim Callison has a plan to stripe a few more parking spaces adjacent to the concrete barriers set near the former Third Street access to the post office parking lot. That area of Third Street already offers public parking and essentially operates as a dead-end lot. A private home blocks Third Street from connecting to Cascade Avenue, just east of the post office. Parking spaces are available on either side of the road, from Anthes Avenue to the dead end. Among persistent criticism that there is not enough parking in the downtown hub, any additional parking is welcome.

 

Langley city leaders are considering adding stop signs into and out of town on Third Street/Brooks Hill Road near Coles Road.

Coles Road stop sign necessary, Langley residents say; city to research issue

Langley, a city without a single signal light, is thinking about putting in a couple more stop signs at one of its gateways.

 

Langley City Council nixes proposed business restrictions

The Langley City Council this week rejected a first-draft proposal from city hall to lobby state regulators to place restrictions on the liquor license of Spyhop, the new restaurant and lounge trying to open up in the space formerly occupied by Mo’s Pub & Eatery.

 

Jennifer Krouse arranges some stuffed animal rabbits in her shop

Bunny fever grips Langley stores, ready to hop on fame

Bunny fever has gripped Langley’s stores, and now the merchants are coordinating a new event in honor of the little critters bounding around town.

Jennifer Krouse arranges some stuffed animal rabbits in her shop
Cj & Y Decadent Desserts hopes to carry on the quality made famous by JW Desserts.

New famous Clinton cake shop owners promise same quality

JW Desserts, a South Whidbey bakery that achieved national fame, is no more, but in its place is something just as sweet.

Cj & Y Decadent Desserts hopes to carry on the quality made famous by JW Desserts.

Culinary scholarship struggles to find any takers

Like so many dishes, a Whidbey scholarship board is having a hard time finding the right ingredients to entice would-be chefs to apply for a culinary school award.

Jill Johnson

Restoring an epic tradition: Langley woman to help retell 1,500-year-old Celtic story

Telling a nearly 1,500-year-old Celtic story is challenging on its own. Memorizing it is another task entirely, and one Jill Johnson of Langley is taking on with a dozen other storytellers March 19 in Seattle.

Jill Johnson

Langley roosters rescued

Like a fox in a hen house at night, a South Whidbey woman plucked chickens on the loose in Langley one by one this past week, but a couple of cluckers eluded her.

Langley Mayor Tim Callison explains the process ahead of the Spyhop owners for obtaining a business license to the Langley City Council on Monday night.

Liquor license for lounge at old Mo’s Pub spot gets OK from Langley council

The usually simple approval of a liquor license request turned into a long discussion of past problems being projected onto a new business in Langley.

Langley Mayor Tim Callison explains the process ahead of the Spyhop owners for obtaining a business license to the Langley City Council on Monday night.

Langley mayor picks 20-year veteran to head Langley planning dept.

Langley’s new planner is a nearby foreigner with expertise in environmental sustainability and affordable housing.

Alicia Clancy tweezes customer Bridgit Howard's eyebrows during a recent visit to the one-chair salon in Clinton. The Freeland woman opened the business in a former espresso stand along the highway near the ferry terminal.

Big dreams brew in a small space: Clinton salon hopes to capitalize on traffic, convenience

Alicia Clancy has a grand vision brewing in Clinton, and it only requires a small footprint.

Alicia Clancy tweezes customer Bridgit Howard's eyebrows during a recent visit to the one-chair salon in Clinton. The Freeland woman opened the business in a former espresso stand along the highway near the ferry terminal.
Yvette Lantz inspects a coral bark maple in her friend Christine Johnson’s back yard in Langley. Both women are officers in the South Whidbey Garden Club

Gardeners of South Whidbey continue philanthropy, spreading natural beauty

Winter is no time to rest for the busy bodies of the South Whidbey Garden Club.

Yvette Lantz inspects a coral bark maple in her friend Christine Johnson’s back yard in Langley. Both women are officers in the South Whidbey Garden Club
Someone put fake legs as if crushed by concrete barricades near Third Street to the post office in Langley.

Barricade placement a safety matter, Langley Post Office supervisor says

Bright orange barricades that have Langley residents in a huff were placed there for safety reasons, according to a post office official. The federal agency is required to provide a safe working environment for its employees, and the three concrete barriers that showed up this week to block the back entrance on Third Street to the Langley Post Office, much to the chagrin of city residents, were installed for just that purpose.

Someone put fake legs as if crushed by concrete barricades near Third Street to the post office in Langley.

Events, RV campground, ownership change focus of Island County Fairgrounds plan by South Whidbey port

Improving the Island County Fairgrounds is going to cost millions, and some of it may be in the form of increased taxes.

Supporters for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wave signs and holler at traffic in Bayview during a rally Feb. 27.

Bayview ‘Feels the Bern’ at second South End rally for Sanders

Smiles, shouts, waves, honks, and a lot of signs were all part of the two-hour rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday.

Supporters for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wave signs and holler at traffic in Bayview during a rally Feb. 27.
Mischka Burr

Hundreds scour Langley for mystery weekend

Another year, another faux murder was solved at the 32nd Langley Mystery Weekend.

Mischka Burr
Tim Leonard

All signs point to Museo

Need a sign? Look no further than First Street in Langley. Museo will open an exhibit all about signs in the literal sense with an artist reception 5-7 p.m., Saturday, March 5.

Tim Leonard
Cars cruise up Highway 525 heading south from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal. An early concept to improve pedestrian and bicyclist access over the railroad tracks could eliminate one southbound lane from the proposed new ferry terminal.

One-lane merger in Mukilteo won’t affect ferries, state transportation officials say

A possible revision to the existing Highway 525 bridge in Mukilteo will not affect offloading ferry traffic, state transportation department officials said Tuesday.

Cars cruise up Highway 525 heading south from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal. An early concept to improve pedestrian and bicyclist access over the railroad tracks could eliminate one southbound lane from the proposed new ferry terminal.
Zach Simonson-Bond of Clinton asks Washington State Department of Transportation officials about parking considerations in Mukilteo for Whidbey Island commuters and visitors near the proposed new terminal. The answer at the Tuesday meeting in Clinton was that there’s no money for it.

Overnight parking left out, crowd slams new Mukilteo ferry terminal’s lack of parking, second slip

Ferry users let state officials have an earful about poor parking considerations and a lack of preparations for emergencies Tuesday night.

Zach Simonson-Bond of Clinton asks Washington State Department of Transportation officials about parking considerations in Mukilteo for Whidbey Island commuters and visitors near the proposed new terminal. The answer at the Tuesday meeting in Clinton was that there’s no money for it.
Colin Campbell

Trio of businesses seek to jump-start Clinton with rebranding; area christened Port Clinton

With patience and persistence, a few Clinton businesses are hoping to get a head start in making the once seemingly vacant commercial area into a destination town.

Colin Campbell