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Local activists make a move on Larsen’s office

Two Whidbey Island residents got in a little grassroots action this week.


Long ferry ride to Clinton is money in the bank for local businesses

It wasn’t so great for travelers, but it was dynamite for business. The first round of ferry detours from Clinton to Edmonds and back this past weekend served up 90-minute waits between boats and plenty of pizza and burgers on the Clinton shore.


Diversity a big issue in Langley council race

Growth, diversity and identity in this seaside city of 1,100 dominate the debate in the only contested race for the five-member Langley City Council.


Gabelein family leaves a legacy at Deer Lagoon

Here’s one South End farm that’s going to stay a farm forever. And a wildlife preserve, too. A conservation easement on 54 acres next to Deer Lagoon has been acquired by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust.

Fundraising falling short for preservation of Trillium Woods

There are only a few hours left to bridge the $2 million gap in funding needed to preserve Trillium Woods, Whidbey Camano Land Trust officials said Thursday morning.

Holmes Harbor course and club up for sale

The Schuster Group, a Seattle-based real estate development and investment firm, will sell its interest in Holmes Harbor Golf and Beach Club in Freeland, the company announced Tuesday.

County seeking federal funds for roundabout on Highway 525 at Freeland

To take advantage of available federal funds for road projects, Island County has dusted off a 10-year-old proposal for a circular intersection at Highway 525 and Honeymoon Bay Road-Bush Point Road.

Quake fault under Whidbey linked to potential mainland dangers

The quake-prone geologic fault under South Whidbey extends farther east than previously suspected, and may affect the severity of earthquakes in the Cascade foothills, scientist… Continue reading

Four injured in T-bone collision at notorious Freeland intersection

Four people were injured in a T-bone vehicle collision Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Bush Point and Mutiny Bay roads north of Freeland, one of the South End’s most dangerous intersections, officials said.

Board takes up a tree ordinance for Langley

Dormant for several months on the issue, the city is branching out into a new area of debate. After more than two years of study, development of a proposed tree ordinance for Langley will come before the city’s volunteer Planning Advisory Board this week.

$20 million bond on the horizon for schools

With one eye on the economy and the other on the number of requests for public money, South Whidbey school officials are considering a bond issue next year for building maintenance and improvements.

South Whidbey activist restarts drive to decriminalize marijuana

South End activist Steve Erickson has put himself on the business end of the statewide push to decriminalize marijuana.

Sinkhole the sequel opens on a road near Clinton

Bob Galbreath Road remained closed Monday after the roadway began to crumble early Sunday evening right next to a repaired sinkhole that had closed the road late last October.

Tooth trouble may be threatening captured Whidbey orca

Local whale watchers are worried about Lolita, the orca that was captured in Penn Cove in 1970 and has been the star of the Miami Seaquarium, a major tourist attraction in Florida, for more than 40 years.

Ferries have Nichols seeing green

The first of four sleek twin-hull passenger ferries destined for the San Francisco Bay Area is being prepared for sea trials at the Langley marina. Built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, the $8.8 million catamaran “Gemini” was launched last week and towed to Langley for finishing work.

Langley begins budget hearings

Public hearings will begin this month on the city of Langley’s 2010 preliminary budget. The first hearing will be at the city council’s regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at city hall on Second Street. A council workshop will be at 4 p.m.

LMS seismic upgrade cut in half

It’ll cost half as much as previously estimated to bring Langley Middle School up to current seismic standards, South Whidbey School District officials were told Friday.

Drinking fountains are almost ready, school officials say

After a seven-month delay, the South Whidbey School District may be within a couple of weeks of bringing water fountains back to its buildings.

Fire District 3 commissioners choose a new chief

A new fire chief to replace retiring Dan Stout has been selected by Island County Fire District 3 commissioners, it was announced at their meeting in Freeland on Thursday night.

Langley hopes improved road markings will coax more people to town

You CAN get there from here, and Langley hopes snappier road signs will help point the way.