Roy Jacobson

This adult female California sea lion relaxes at the Bush Point Bed & Breakfast on Monday after climbing a flight of stairs.

Sea lion stops off at Bush Point Bed & Breakfast

There’s nothing like a six-hour nap after a workout. Followed by a shower. A sea lion climbed out of Admiralty Inlet about 9 o’clock Monday morning, hung around for awhile on the Bush Point wharf, then waddled up 16 outside stairs, including a landing, at the Bush Point Bed & Breakfast.

This adult female California sea lion relaxes at the Bush Point Bed & Breakfast on Monday after climbing a flight of stairs.

Credit crunch puts healthcare facility on hold

Whidbey General Hospital’s new South End healthcare facility at Bayview has been put on indefinite hold because of the economy, officials said.

City moving ahead on tree ordinance

When it comes to trees, the city is inching out on a limb. An intrepid committee is moving deliberately to come up with a tree ordinance — a set of rules governing the handling and protection of trees in the city.

Angus Buchanan spreads the soil in front of Good Cheer headquarters that will be used for raised vegetable beds. The project is expected to be completed next month.

Good Cheer moves ahead on ambitious garden project

Good Cheer Food Bank is going to the ground to enhance its food-distribution system.

Angus Buchanan spreads the soil in front of Good Cheer headquarters that will be used for raised vegetable beds. The project is expected to be completed next month.

Linds to close in Langley

Linds Langley Drug, the city’s only pharmacy for the past 39 years, will close next month, owner Ron Lind said. The store’s last day of operation will be Friday, March 13.

Langley council to get update on tree rules

Trees will highlight tonight’s meeting of the Langley City Council. A committee that has been working on a proposed tree ordinance for the city will bring the council up to date.

Diking District board to meet in Freeland

Island County Diking District 1 commissioners will meet for the first time this week in a new venue in Freeland.

The Rev. Kit Ketcham outside the new Unitarian Universalist Congregation church in Freeland: “It’s really important to take a stand on issues of value.”

Church will offer wedding ceremonies to gay couples

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island is offering the gift of moral equality to local gay and lesbian couples. It’s making available the use of its brand new church in Freeland and the assistance of its minister, the Rev. Kit Ketcham, in creating personalized ceremonies for the celebration of the “marriage of the heart.”

The Rev. Kit Ketcham outside the new Unitarian Universalist Congregation church in Freeland: “It’s really important to take a stand on issues of value.”
John and Ann Kirkham stand in front of their “Snack Shack” hot dog stand along Cameron Road in Freeland.

Couple puts on the dog to make ends meet

For John and Ann Kirkham of Clinton, life is a moveable feast on a bun. “There’s nothing like a plain, old-fashioned, standard good dog,” John Kirkham said.

John and Ann Kirkham stand in front of their “Snack Shack” hot dog stand along Cameron Road in Freeland.

School board may modify its rule for students caught with guns

The South Whidbey School District board is expected to modify its zero-tolerance policy on dangerous weapons on campus. The modifications, to be discussed at tonight’s school board meeting, would allow for “special circumstances.”

Don Jewett of Langley remembers the Great Depression. “Keep things close to the vest

For some, sour economy brings memory of the Great Depression

Having lived his early life during the Great Depression, Don Jewett of Langley is stoic about today’s economic calamities. “Keep things close to the vest,” he advises. “Be sure you’re on the Burpee seed list and have a little spot to raise vegetables.”

Don Jewett of Langley remembers the Great Depression. “Keep things close to the vest
Lulu Noble

Volunteers heed President Obama’s summons to give back on Martin Luther King Day

It was a beautiful day in their neighborhoods, as Mister Rogers used to say on television. So they came to make their neighborhoods better.

Lulu Noble

County to oversee applications for diking district post

If you want to be a commissioner of Island County Diking District 1, send your letter of application to the county.

New law permits DUI drivers to apply for ignition device

Take a deep breath. You may need it to start your car, if you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence and want to continue driving. A new state law went into effect this month that permits people who have been arrested for DUI to apply for an ignition interlock device. If you get one, you can continue to drive legally.

Finally home: Lightweight Lily puts up a helluva fight

Lily Joan Celeste Sansbury is a little ball of fire who can still put up her dukes, even if its just to scratch her tiny nose. “She’s definitely a fighter,” said her grandmother, Marlene Sanford of Coupeville. “She fought through everything.”

Local activists make a move on Larsen’s office

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

Ken Preston waits for his new house to be moved up Fiske Road to his driveway on Tuesday. He and his wife bought the house for $1 and moved it about a mile to their property.

New house comes to Clinton couple, but falls a little short

Who says house prices are out of sight? Ken and Rachel Preston bought one for $1. But then they had to move it nine-tenths of a mile.

Ken Preston waits for his new house to be moved up Fiske Road to his driveway on Tuesday. He and his wife bought the house for $1 and moved it about a mile to their property.

Fossils give glimpse of whale origins

James Goedert is pretty much always on track, but he has a whale of a hobby. “Not too many other railroaders are involved in this kind of thing,” said Goedert, who lives near Gig Harbor in Pierce County. Goedert, 52, is a signal inspector for Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway. He’s also a historical detective, searching for indications of mammal life millions of years ago.

PSE sale moves another step forward

The $7.4 billion sale of Puget Sound Energy to a consortium of private investors remains on track, a company official said Monday. Despite some initial public opposition to the proposal, no objections were filed during the window provided following approval of the deal two weeks ago by a state agency.

Freeland sewer fund gets a big boost from county

Freeland got a big boost from the county on Monday in its quest for a downtown sewer system. Island County commissioners voted to give the Freeland Water and Sewer District a $2.5 million lump sum from sales-tax revenue, plus an additional $100,000 a year for 20 years.