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After years of dreaming and planning about a better boat launch at Possession Beach Waterfront Park, the project is finally about to become a reality. The Port of South Whidbey recently hired a construction manager, and officials say work on the new ramp and docks will likely begin within two months. “I’d say the first week of November is a safe bet,” said Jan-Marc Jouas, interim executive director for the port. Regular users of the popular launch are looking forward to the improvements.
At a time when state ferry leaders are heralding “record” ridership increases throughout the system, statistics for the Clinton-to-Mukilteo route reveal second quarter growth is at its lowest level in five years.
Taxpayers may end up paying more than top dollar for a small parking lot in Langley.
You may not like having a pot farm sprout up in your backyard, but that doesn’t mean it’s illegal. A key land use official made that clear to a crowd of about 30 people during a public hearing in Coupeville on Thursday. The meeting was the final step in the review process of a site plan for Now in Zen, a proposed 30,000-square-foot marijuana production facility located off Bayview Road.
I’ve got a new neighbor, and I admit I don’t like him. He’s loud, rude and spends way to much time looking in my bedroom window. Squirrels — they think they own the world. This one seems convinced he owns the tree just a few feet from where I sleep.
Well, here I am again. Back at my desk penning my first column in weeks. For those who didn’t know, and it appears that’s limited to a very few, I’ve been away on vacation. For two full weeks, the family and I cruised British Columbia getting sunburned, swimming in Desolation Sound, enjoying phenomenal sailing and spending way too much money, though much of it was on basics such as food.
The Port of South Whidbey got what it asked for this week, becoming the proud new owner of the Island County Fairgrounds.
A South Whidbey bicyclist is dead and another man facing charges of vehicular homicide following a collision on East Harbor Road in Freeland Thursday evening. The Washington State Patrol identified the deceased Friday morning as Randall L. Lorraine, 58, of Langley. According to a press memo, Lorriane was riding a bike eastbound on the right shoulder of East Harbor Road shortly after 9 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a 1997 grey Lexus E300, also eastbound. He died at the scene.
A South Whidbey bicyclist is dead and another man in jail following a fatal collision on East Harbor Road in Freeland Thursday evening. The Washington State Patrol identified the deceased Friday morning as Randall L. Lorraine, 58, of Langley.
It appears a majority of South End voters are in favor of a port-owned fairgrounds and are willing to pick up the tab. According to the first round of primary election results released by the Island Auditor’s Office Tuesday evening, the Port of South Whidbey’s fairgrounds proposal is passing with 61.76 percent of voters casting “yes” votes.
For better or worse, voters will decide the fate of the Island County Fairgrounds in just two weeks time. The primary election is Aug. 2 and it will determine whether ownership of the 13-acre facility is transferred to an optimistic Port of South Whidbey and a property-funding 5-cent tax hike OK’d, or if stewardship will remain with a reluctant board of county commissioners, a body that’s said the fairgrounds’ proverbial checkbook is quickly running out of pages.
The Port of South Whidbey held the second of two planned open houses on the district’s fairgrounds proposal this week, and was once again met with a small, albeit largely supportive audience.
A University of Washington researcher is hunting for answers about last year’s landslides in Old Clinton, and he’s looking for the community’s help. Justin Brooks, a graduate student with the university’s Earth and Space Sciences, applied geoscience masters program, is studying the series of slides that destroyed or damaged several cabins on Campers Row Walk in 2014 and 2015. He’s got a hunch that the events’ triggers were more complex than the old “lots of rain” explanation, and that understanding the circumstances better will not only further scientists’ knowledge about how and why landslides occur, but may also help predict future movements.
So NASA made it made it back to Jupiter. Big deal. Donald Trump could become the next president, Choochokam has been called off and rabbits are back in my yard. Yeah, things couldn’t be worse.
Choochokam Music & Arts Festival organizers confirmed Thursday what many have suspected for more than a month — there will be no show this year. The 2016 event was cancelled late last week, according to Celia Black, president of the Choochokam Arts Foundation. Blaming “logistical” problems associated with the move to Community Park, she said the challenges hampered planning efforts over the past few months. By the time they were finally hammered out it was too late to responsibly move forward, she said.
The first of two open houses on the Port of South Whidbey’s fairgrounds proposal took place this week, but public sentiment on the August ballot measure remains unclear. The Wednesday evening meeting in the Coffman Building was attended by only about 20 people, not including district staff and vocal supporters. At least one commissioner said he’d been hoping for more.
America will celebrate its independence this weekend, and like every year South Whidbey won’t be left out of the fun. The 22nd annual Celebrate America blasts off Sunday, July 3 at Freeland Park, and the Maxwelton Fourth of July Parade will follow Monday at Maxwelton Beach. Organizers for both events are banking on sunny skies and healthy attendance. “It’s an optimal day because it’s Sunday… and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate so we’re expecting a good turnout,” said Matt Chambers, pastor of South Whidbey Assembly of God and Celebrate America event organizer.
The large evergreen tree at Boy and Dog Park may get the ax, a Langley official announced Monday.
An estimated 2,000 disadvantaged children and their families will visit the M-Bar-C Ranch in Freeland this summer. They’ll dress up in Old West-style clothes, ride… Continue reading
Nathan Gilles is an artist. His medium is wood, his focus Native American carving. He makes bowls, masks, drums, boxes, hand tools — pretty much anything in the genre. He even made a traditional dugout canoe once, which you may have seen. It’s been on display in front of the museum in Coupeville for years. But it’s totem poles that are Gilles’ specialty.