Roy Jacobson

Diking District 1 foes find candidate

A group opposed to recent actions by Island County Diking District 1 has its own candidate to fill a vacant diking district commissioner seat.

Timothy and Stephanie Abernethy.

Former South Whidbey resident killed while on police duty in Houston

Timothy Abernethy was a kind, quiet leader with a good sense of humor who put his family first and treated everyone with respect, say some of those who knew him.

Timothy and Stephanie Abernethy.
Tom McCabe and Marty Behr pause on the Hoypus Hill Trail in Deception Pass State Park on their last day of hiking. They spent a year walking the length of Whidbey Island.

Tom and Marty’s excellent adventure: Pair beat feet from one end of Whidbey to the other

Marty Behr and Tom McCabe went on “a journey of discovery” from one end of Whidbey Island to the other. It took them a year. They walked.

Tom McCabe and Marty Behr pause on the Hoypus Hill Trail in Deception Pass State Park on their last day of hiking. They spent a year walking the length of Whidbey Island.

Diking commissioner resigns amid pump brouhaha

Disgruntled residents of Island County Diking District 1 won’t have Bob Kohlwes to kick around anymore.

NINE TO WATCH IN ’09 | New pipes for Freeland

Freeland sewers may ride the coattails of President-elect Barack Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress.

NINE TO WATCH IN ’09 | New push for Freeland cityhood

After some quiet percolation behind the scenes, there may be another push this year to make Freeland a city.

NINE TO WATCH IN ’09 | Langley looks to rebound

Look for the city of Langley to try to shake off the gloom that descended at the end of 2008, when economic woes hit merchants hard.

Clinton man counts blessings after cabin burns

Chuck Flannery-Jones has been couch-surfing with his friends and pondering the future after a fire burned him out of his one-room rental cabin and destroyed most of his possessions. It was the third South End house fire in five days during the recent cold snap.

Commissioners may take back the latest planning appointment

Island County commissioners will meet in special session Monday, Dec. 29, to reconsider last week’s appointment to the county planning commission.

Wendy Baesler of Freeland and her brother

Freeland woman home after donating kidney

Most of Wendy Baesler was back home for Christmas. Her right kidney stayed on in California, with her brother Dan.

Wendy Baesler of Freeland and her brother
Volunteer Dan Graybill helps Chelby Thomas

Langley coffeehouse has a new owner and a veteran volunteer

Island Coffeehouse & Books has new landlords, and among their most valuable assets is an old youngster named Dan Graybill.

Volunteer Dan Graybill helps Chelby Thomas

Nichols Brothers ready to go on new state ferry contract

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is ready to begin work on a new ferry for the Keystone-Port Townsend run, but it’s too soon to say when laid-off workers will be called back, said Matt Nichols, managing director for business development.

Laurie Thompson and Tucker: “He showed wonderfully. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Clinton dog misses the cut at national championship

Clinton’s celebrity canine didn’t make the cut in a prestigious California dog show last weekend, but he still enjoyed himself, said his owner-handler, Laurie Thompson.

Laurie Thompson and Tucker: “He showed wonderfully. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Dan and Amy Lynds on Thursday: “We’ll be fine.”

Newlyweds look to rebuild their lives after devastating fire

A young couple who lost nearly everything but each other in a fire Tuesday are starting to look ahead, slowly and wistfully, to a new life.

Dan and Amy Lynds on Thursday: “We’ll be fine.”
Firefighters pour water on a Sunlight Beach house that caught fire Monday morning. The fire also spread to another house next door.

UPDATE | Sunlight Beach fire destroys one house, damages another

The owners of two summer houses at Sunlight Beach are pondering what to do next after fire destroyed one home and gutted the other Monday morning. “It was a very happy cabin,” said Victoria Larson of Seattle, who with her husband, Gary, owns the gutted house. “We had lots of good times there, with lots of kids, lots of dogs, lots of very happy experiences.”

Firefighters pour water on a Sunlight Beach house that caught fire Monday morning. The fire also spread to another house next door.
Langley City Hall has been placed on a new historic preservation register.

Three properties placed on Langley’s historic register

Three links to Langley’s past are first on the list of the Langley Historic Preservation Commission’s new Register of Historic Places. They are Langley City Hall, the South Whidbey Historical Museum and the old section of Woodmen Cemetery.

Langley City Hall has been placed on a new historic preservation register.
Two homes were damaged by fire early Monday morning near Sunlight Beach.

South Whidbey fire claims two homes

Two small summer houses near Bayview were gutted by fire Monday morning. No one was at home at the time, and there were no injuries reported, officials said.

Two homes were damaged by fire early Monday morning near Sunlight Beach.
Gordy Grove of Langley poses on a police motorcycle in front of the Capitol building on his first tree-trucking trip to Washington

Langley man delivers official Christmas tree to Washington, D.C.

For the second time in three years, Gordy Grove, a long-haul trucker, lugged the official Capitol Mall Christmas tree to Washington, D.C. In 2006, he drove the official tree from Washington state to D.C.

Gordy Grove of Langley poses on a police motorcycle in front of the Capitol building on his first tree-trucking trip to Washington

Church soup kitchen donation jar stolen in Langley

Christmas wasn’t ripped off by the Grinch, but the tip jar was.

Controversial pump expected soon; upset residents to persist

Commissioners of Diking District 1 near Bayview expect to take delivery of their controversial new drainage device soon, perhaps next week.