Roy Jacobson

Glendale flood damage estimated at more than $5 million

Damage caused by this month’s destructive Glendale flood is nearly $5.2 million and climbing, county officials estimated this week. It will cost at least $3 million to repair damage to public infrastructure, Island County Public Works Director Bill Oakes said.

New diking district commissioner John Shepard outside the house he’s completing on Sunlight Beach Road: “We’re not even being benefited.”

Diking commissioners prepare for a spirited first meeting

A pending Diking District 1 resolution is the latest wrinkle in the continuing story of pumps, tax assessments, charges, countercharges, ecological debates and the clash of island cultures in the 743 tranquil acres surrounding Deer Lagoon on Useless Bay.

New diking district commissioner John Shepard outside the house he’s completing on Sunlight Beach Road: “We’re not even being benefited.”
Langley aerial photographer Veronica von Allworden snapped these gray whales swimming recently in Saratoga Passage off Langley.

Langley gets ready for a whale of a festive Saturday

Langley’s sixth annual Welcome the Whales Day will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18 and will feature a parade, events, activities for all ages, music, presentations, fun, food, T-shirts and “Gary,” a 20-foot-long gray whale puppet.

Langley aerial photographer Veronica von Allworden snapped these gray whales swimming recently in Saratoga Passage off Langley.

District 3 firefighters re-up

Four of the six paid on-call firefighters who lost their jobs in budget cuts this month have rejoined Island County Fire District 3 as volunteers.

Langley still looking for a drugstore

Discussions are continuing for a new pharmacy in town, Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson told the city council at its meeting this week.

Single beaver behind broken dam that flooded Glendale

Go easy on the Glendale beaver. He was just doing his job. Actually, he wasn’t doing his job, and that’s the problem. The beaver blamed for last week’s Glendale flood may have been dead for weeks, apparently run over while waddling across Cultus Bay Road.

Logs carried by the flash flood damaged homes in the Glendale neighborhood on Friday.

Flash flood swamps Clinton neighborhood

A break in a massive beaver dam sent a flash flood roaring down Glendale Creek overnight, swamping homes and washing out Glendale Road.

Logs carried by the flash flood damaged homes in the Glendale neighborhood on Friday.

Water districts battle bill that would authorize utility tax increase

A Clinton water commissioner is battling state legislation that would let cities, towns and the county raise local utility bills by as much as six percent.

Ed Jenkins of Clinton wants to set up an island-wide volunteer corps. “The whole thing hinges on whether people are willing to step up and step out

Island that pulls together stays together, community activist says

Ed Jenkins is ready to meet hard times head-on, if he can get some help. The community activist from Clinton wants islanders to circle the wagons and pull together in the economic gloom by forming a Whidbey Volunteer Corps.

Ed Jenkins of Clinton wants to set up an island-wide volunteer corps. “The whole thing hinges on whether people are willing to step up and step out

It’s nitty-gritty time in planning for Freeland’s future

Island County’s lens is back on Freeland, and community boosters are more than ready for their close-up. Work to create a customized set of development regulations for Freeland will start next week with a public meeting.

Freeland boosters have fingers crossed for federal sewer funds

The spigot’s beginning to flow, and boosters of Freeland’s proposed sewer system are expecting to hear soon if the project will receive federal stimulus funds.

Five cars damaged in crash

Five cars were damaged in the PayLess Shopping Center parking lot in Freeland on Monday afternoon when a driver unintentionally hit his gas pedal instead of his brake, according to the Washington State Patrol.

John Carty on a Gates Foundation construction site near the Space Needle in Seattle on his birthday this past January. His family arranged a banner high on the crane that read “Happy 75th John Carty.”

John Carty never quit working for his island community

Talk about enthusiasm. Three days before he died, John Carty of Langley was still doing his best to help out the South Whidbey School District.

John Carty on a Gates Foundation construction site near the Space Needle in Seattle on his birthday this past January. His family arranged a banner high on the crane that read “Happy 75th John Carty.”

Budget includes $18 million for reservation system

There’s $18 million in the Senate transportation budget to set up a pilot project for a ferry reservation system, but it can’t be tapped for at least a year.

Harry Case with one of the Douglas fir trees on his 176-acre wooded property near Langley: “I’m doing what  I always wanted to do.”

Musician puts his 176-acre South Whidbey forest into protective custody

Harry Case, 81, a retired Seattle Symphony trombonist, has donated a conservation easement on the South Whidbey forest he has owned and nurtured for 63 years. The easement relinquishes future development rights. Without the easement, the mature conifer forest could be clear cut and subdivided into 35 homesites.

Harry Case with one of the Douglas fir trees on his 176-acre wooded property near Langley: “I’m doing what  I always wanted to do.”

Nichols Bros. may have inside track on new ferries

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland stands to benefit directly if the state builds three more 64-car ferries in the next four years.

Helen Kuschnereit outside the newly-dedicated Unitarian Universalist church north of Freeland: “It’s perfection.”

Unitarian Universalists dedicate their new church in Freeland

South Whidbey’s newest church building was dedicated Sunday afternoon, a work of togetherness mirroring the philosophy of its denomination.

Helen Kuschnereit outside the newly-dedicated Unitarian Universalist church north of Freeland: “It’s perfection.”

More ideas bubble to the surface for Langley’s old fire hall

There’s renewed interest in Langley’s vacant fire station. Three new proposals and a recycled one are being considered by city staff. New ideas include a fitness and boxing center, an expanded Whidbey Island Soap Company and a local artisan marketplace.

Fire district to drop part-time on-call program

sland County Fire District 3’s paid on-call firefighter program will end April 1, a victim of the economy. The district’s three commissioners unanimously agreed to drop the program to make up a projected $90,000 budget shortfall.

Doug Marks

Nichols Bros. launches new tug, waits on barge contract

The fourth in a series of five large tugboats being built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland has been launched and is undergoing sea trials and fitting at Langley Marina. Meanwhile, the company is still waiting to secure financing for a $25 million barge-building contract that would provide jobs for as many as 75 new employees.

Doug Marks