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Teen driver escapes icy crash on Saratoga Road unharmed

A young driver escaped injury Thursday afternoon when the pickup she was driving hit an icy patch on Saratoga Road, sending it off the roadway into a deep ravine.


Council, citizens support Langley mayor despite jail sentence

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick, a day after admitting to a crime and being sentenced to 15 days in jail, has the full support of the City Council as well as most of a roomful of people who turned out for a meeting Tuesday night.


Choochokam band dispute plays out on YouTube clip

Choochokam organizers were figuratively high-fiving one another for pulling off one of the most successful events in recent years and then, YouTube struck.


South Whidbey pummels Lakewood after slow start

After a slow start, the South Whidbey soccer team dominated Lakewood in a rain-dampened game Tuesday evening on the Falcon pitch. The Cougars went home with an embarrassing 9-2 loss hanging over their heads, while the Falcons likely secured a playoff spot, according to coach John Gerlach.

Tokitae on track in Freeland

The tug pilots expected the Tokitae would be loaded late Friday afternoon and, if all went well, they would hold the barge overnight in Holmes Harbor, probably leaving with Saturday afternoon’s high tide. The Tokitae, named after a killer whale captured in Penn Cove in the 1970s and still alive in a Miami aquarium, is the first of four planned 144-car ferries. Two are funded and Nichols Brothers will start work on the second, named the Samish, as the Tokitae makes its journey to Seattle.

Holmes Harbor Sewer District eyes Freeland golf course purchase

The Holmes Harbor Sewer District is making another effort to purchase the defunct golf course it wants to keep its state sewer permit in order.

Four seek Langley mayor appointment

The next mayor of Langley will be chosen from among at least four candidates, two of whom presently sit on the five-member City Council.

Freeland sewer district’s purchase of Holmes Harbor Golf Course nears

After months of discussions, it appears the Holmes Harbor Sewer District is about to buy itself a golf course and then lease it out to someone else.

Port Commissioner Jerome votes remotely from Montreal

The Port of South Whidbey took a step into the future Tuesday by allowing Commissioner Chris Jerome to fully participate by telephone all the way from Montreal, Canada, where he was attending a business conference.

Ceremony celebrates long awaited Langley marina project

The start of long-awaited improvements to the marina in Langley was cause enough for a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

Barge brings home from reservation to Whidbey

One person’s loss is another’s gain, which means there was one happy family Wednesday when a barge brought a fine, two-story house to the shores of Whidbey Island at Mutiny Bay.

Langley Marina expansion green lighted

There was a party going on at the Port of South Whidbey meeting Tuesday night, even it it was only in the head of Port President Curt Gordon.

Control those natural-born killer kitties, Whidbey

As a bird lover and cat lover who’s allergic to cats, Linda Bainbridge has had to make some unusual adjustments in her life.

Couple puts $250K on the table to stop Port of South Whidbey’s cell tower

A special meeting of the Port of South Whidbey commissioners has been called to mull over a surprise property bid that would scuttle a cellular tower — the idea of which is despised by some neighbors — near the top of the Dorothy Cleveland Trail at the port’s Possession Beach Waterfront Park.

Simmons Garage stays in the family

The long transition from Simmons Garage to Simmons Garage is complete in Clinton.

A Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun club Easter | NOTABLE

Here are a few photos from the Easter egg hunt at Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club on March 30.

Beach wheelchair shows access need

One sees a lot of things at South Whidbey’s most popular beach: People with sun umbrellas, teens on skimboards, adults with sailboards and parasailing gear, dog lovers letting Fido roam free and chase sticks tossed into the water. What you don’t often see is someone in a wheelchair enjoying being pushed along, oblivious to the soft sand and shallow saltwater at low tide and coasting through salty pools of water.

Two Langley tourism projects funded

The city of Langley tapped out its tourism fund by awarding approximately $10,600 to support two projects this summer.

South Whidbey port district takes a gamble planning for FEMA grant

The race is on to obtain permits necessary to complete phase one of the Port of South Whidbey’s Langley Marina enhancement project during 2013.

Fire boat looks like done deal in port grant

South Whidbey Fire/EMS will get a new fire boat worth approximately $500,000 thanks to a federal grant confirmed this week by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen.