Ben Watanabe

Spirit

Mule and Horse Clinic sure to be a kick

Rose Shoemaker knows she gets plenty of long glances and odd looks when she rides atop her 13-year-old steed Evelyn.

Spirit
Kathryn Sandy O’Brien plays actress Tallulah Bankhead in OutCast Productions’ take on “Looped

‘Looped’ — reciting the same line while finding your voice

The lives and times of stars and celebrities are commonplace today.

Kathryn Sandy O’Brien plays actress Tallulah Bankhead in OutCast Productions’ take on “Looped
This recent photo is of the storm water pond before it was pumped.

City storm water pond pumped, no outfall pipe found in Langley

A storm water retention pond in Langley found to have petroleum and barium contaminants in the sediment was recently pumped of its water.

This recent photo is of the storm water pond before it was pumped.

Langley Design Review Board seeks greater role, oversight

Crafting and curating the look and feel of Langley may become the purview of the city’s Design Review Board sooner rather than later.

Dog House Tavern deal back on track after hearing

A missed step was made up in the land swap transaction between Langley and owners of the Dog House Tavern with a public hearing Monday night.

Colin Campbell has spent a year building his business

A Scotchman’s dream: Clinton man brings booze business to limelight

Colin Campbell knows how to make a splashy entrance.

Colin Campbell has spent a year building his business
Christine Schwager

Woodworkers showcase form, function at Woodpalooza

Everyone has heard the complaint that nothing is made in America any more.

Christine Schwager
Sarah Holm holds up her first-place prize

Good tunes, ‘fish dance,’ having fun help land prize pink at derby

Sarah Holm beamed a bright smile while holding up her mighty, first-place winning fish at the Freeland Ace/Fishin’ Club Pink Salmon Derby on Saturday.

Sarah Holm holds up her first-place prize
Mona Newbauer

Langley chocolate shop owner shares 10-year recipe of success

The smell is intoxicating in Sweet Mona’s, and wherever owner Mona Newbauer visits after work in her Langley chocolate shop.

Mona Newbauer
Several rush plants in one Langley rain garden were recently cut back after growing a few feet tall this summer

Sick trees, tall grass become eyesore for Langley’s Second Street

One of the gleaming jewels of Langley’s redesigned Second Street has a blemish, according to City Hall.

Several rush plants in one Langley rain garden were recently cut back after growing a few feet tall this summer
Tim Leonard inspects the driver’s seat of his Soup Box Derby racer

Soup Box Derby becomes race for remembering

Another name in memoriam will be included in the upcoming Langley Soup Box Derby.

Tim Leonard inspects the driver’s seat of his Soup Box Derby racer

Langley considering uploading council meeting audio online

Putting audio recordings of city council meetings online is on Langley’s list of things to do.

Langley Police Chief Dave Marks (right) addresses the city council Monday concerning noise at Mo’s Pub.

Langley cops serve popular pub first noise fine

Langley city leaders were wondering this week how to permanently resolve long-standing conflicts between residents and a neighboring tavern.

Langley Police Chief Dave Marks (right) addresses the city council Monday concerning noise at Mo’s Pub.
Walk-on passengers prepare to disembark from the Tokitae on Thursday morning.

Port of South Whidbey to back parking study in Mukilteo

Overnight parking in Mukilteo recently took another step toward becoming reality — some day.

Walk-on passengers prepare to disembark from the Tokitae on Thursday morning.
LAKE performs at a recent show at the SOhO in Santa Barbara

LAKE, 10 years later: Olympia indie band with South Whidbey roots to perform 100+ songs during 12-hour set

Ten years later, LAKE has plenty to sing about. The indie pop band that sprung from Olympia’s music scene a decade ago is returning to frontman Eli Moore’s hometown for a free 10-year anniversary performance Aug. 22. LAKE will play every song from its 10 albums (seven published, three unreleased), an estimated 120 pieces, during a 12-hour marathon at Bayview Hall this Saturday.

LAKE performs at a recent show at the SOhO in Santa Barbara
Duaine Weston

Dog House howls quieted with City Hall assurances

The Dog House Tavern land swap deal is still on the table and is actively being pursued, Langley city leaders affirmed this week.

Duaine Weston
Brad Johnson

Freelanders tell county they want smallest urban growth area option

A small and vocal crowd of Freeland residents let Island County planners know Thursday they wanted the smallest possible urban growth area boundary.

Brad Johnson
Bonnie Nichols holds a pink salmon she just landed at Bush Point on Aug. 13 with her daughter

Freeland Ace/Fishin’ Club Pink Salmon Derby celebrates community, fishing

Bonnie Nichols likes her chances to claim a prize at the upcoming Freeland Ace Hardware/Fishin’ Club Pink Salmon Derby next Saturday.

Bonnie Nichols holds a pink salmon she just landed at Bush Point on Aug. 13 with her daughter
American Legion Riders drive along as part of the Whidbey Island Fair parade on Langley Road toward the Island County Fairgrounds on Saturday

Confederate flags flown in Whidbey Island Fair parade draw ire

A different set of stars and bars drew the ire and attention of plenty of people at the Whidbey Island Fair parade Saturday.

American Legion Riders drive along as part of the Whidbey Island Fair parade on Langley Road toward the Island County Fairgrounds on Saturday
Elizabeth Derrig

Luise’s legacy: German composer’s descendant brings music to Whidbey Island

A German woman’s compositions will be played in full on Whidbey Island with the first Luise Greger International Music Festival this month. Luise Greger, a German composer whose works from the early 1900s were discovered only recently in the past two decades, will receive a new life. She is featured in Brigham Young University’s list, The Sophie Project, of German-speaking women’s works. Deer Lagoon-area resident Elizabeth Derrig, Greger’s great-great granddaughter, organized the Aug. 14-15 festival in honor of her ancestor.

Elizabeth Derrig