Roy Jacobson

South Whidbey Elementary’s Destination ImagiNation team

Brainpower propels South Whidbey team to state tournament

The six members of South Whidbey Elementary School’s Destination ImagiNation team hope their performance will propel them into the competition’s national finals later in the year, with a chance to win a lot of money.

South Whidbey Elementary’s Destination ImagiNation team
A crew moves the apron back to the transfer span for mounting at the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal last week.

UPDATE | Ferry terminal work wrapped up, construction company to get bonus

Crews working to upgrade the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal completed the bulk of their work this past weekend, eliminating the need for a third closure planned for the weekend coming up, ferry officials said Monday.

A crew moves the apron back to the transfer span for mounting at the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal last week.
Kathy McLaughlin (right)

Good Cheer wins an award for its volunteer program

Good Cheer Food Bank has received $5,000 and a special award for its volunteer program from Western Washington’s largest hunger relief organization.

Kathy McLaughlin (right)

Updated subarea plan seen as Freeland’s foundation

The updated plan is in place. Development regulations are on the horizon. Can sewers be far behind?

Shirley Wilson of Shirley’s Kitchen watches for potential customers at the Clinton ferry dock Monday. The snack shack boasted booming business over the weekend

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.

Shirley Wilson of Shirley’s Kitchen watches for potential customers at the Clinton ferry dock Monday. The snack shack boasted booming business over the weekend
Sommer Albertsen surveys flooding damage to her family’s cabin along lower Maxwelton Road on Thursday. “It is what it is

Heavy rains lead to Maxwelton Beach flooding

The water has to go somewhere, and a lot of it late this week was in the Maxwelton Valley.

Sommer Albertsen surveys flooding damage to her family’s cabin along lower Maxwelton Road on Thursday. “It is what it is
Nancy Skullerud

Budget-cuts demonstration draws a crowd in Clinton

There was a crowd of many ages, signs of protest, four police cars — and, best of all, no rain.

Nancy Skullerud
A visitor to Whidbey Island nearly drove into the Glendale Road washout last weekend

Near-miss car accident at Glendale Road raises a hole lot of questions

A young driver from Sequim was lucky this past weekend while trying to find his way near Glendale, residents say — he and his car might have landed in a 25-foot-deep hole.

A visitor to Whidbey Island nearly drove into the Glendale Road washout last weekend

Meerkerk Gardens in Greenbank prunes staff to battle economic pinch

A projected 20-percent decline in revenue has forced Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank to reorganize, board president Robert Boehm said Monday.

Dale Strickland works to remove slide debris in Whidbey Shores on Monday: “If we get another gully washer

Slides continue in beleaguered Whidbey Shores neighborhood

Smaller mudslides continued through the night Monday in the wake of a large slide this past weekend that blocked East Point Drive, hit two houses and damaged two vehicles in the Whidbey Shores waterfront neighborhood north of Langley.

Dale Strickland works to remove slide debris in Whidbey Shores on Monday: “If we get another gully washer

Island County works to clear slide near Glendale

County crews were working quickly on Tuesday afternoon to clear a mudslide just above the beachside community of Glendale, officials said.

Temporary layoffs hit Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Some employees at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland have been laid off temporarily, company officials confirmed Thursday. The layoffs are expected to last less than two months.

Jessica Manca (left) helps to register students for heart screenings at South Whidbey HIgh School.

South Whidbey students take part in heart screenings

Jessica Manca’s senior project at South Whidbey High School in Langley was a huge success — and may have saved lives.Manca, 16, a junior, organized… Continue reading

Jessica Manca (left) helps to register students for heart screenings at South Whidbey HIgh School.
Christine Bunn of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue watches closely as her yellow Labrador retriever Springfield sniffs for human remains on Maxwelton Beach on Friday morning.

Dogs comb Maxwelton Beach for clues to an old homicide

Three four-legged sleuths combed Maxwelton Beach at Useless Bay for nearly four hours on Friday, searching for clues that might lead to the identity of an apparent homicide victim whose skull was found in the same area late last fall.

Christine Bunn of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue watches closely as her yellow Labrador retriever Springfield sniffs for human remains on Maxwelton Beach on Friday morning.
Josh Hauser stands next to a sign pole that was hit by the yarn bombers.

Law and order creates a good yarn in Langley

Langley’s local “yarn bombers” apparently ran afoul of the law, and new Police Chief Randy Heston found himself tangled in a bind in only his second week on the job.

Josh Hauser stands next to a sign pole that was hit by the yarn bombers.
The Langley State Bank

Blast for the past: Historic conservation district eyed in Langley

Fans of Langley’s past are looking for an effective way to preserve it for the future.

The Langley State Bank
Virginia Keck welds the crack that opened above Rachel’s left ear during the sculpture's collision with a Seattle taxi.

Rachel heads home after market run-in

Rachel the Piggybank is expected back in Seattle today after recuperating for a month in Clinton from its confrontation with a taxi cab.

Virginia Keck welds the crack that opened above Rachel’s left ear during the sculpture's collision with a Seattle taxi.
Lolita the orca performs at the Miami Seaquarium. Whale watchers say her health may be in jeopardy.

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.

Lolita the orca performs at the Miami Seaquarium. Whale watchers say her health may be in jeopardy.

Chicken coop burns in fire north of Freeland

Quick action by a Bush Point homeowner, a former South Whidbey firefighter, contained a blaze in a small chicken coop early Monday morning before it could threaten a nearby house, fire officials said.

Skull found on Maxwelton Beach remains unidentified

The search for clues continues in an effort to determine the identity of an apparent homicide victim whose partial skull was found late last fall on Maxwelton Beach.