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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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussions are continuing for a new pharmacy in town, Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson told the city council at its meeting this week.
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.
A break in a massive beaver dam sent a flash flood roaring down Glendale Creek overnight, swamping homes and washing out Glendale Road.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland stands to benefit directly if the state builds three more 64-car ferries in the next four years.
South Whidbey’s newest church building was dedicated Sunday afternoon, a work of togetherness mirroring the philosophy of its denomination.
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.
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.
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.