Roy Jacobson

UPDATE | Engstrom named to South Whidbey school board

Jill Engstrom wasted no time getting involved after being named to the South Whidbey School District board of directors.

Chocolate Flower Farm puts Langley fire station offer on hold

The Chocolate Flower Farm won’t be moving its shop to the city’s vacant fire hall after all, at least not right away.

Engstrom named to South Whidbey school board post

Jill Engstrom, a longtime schools advocate, is the newest member of the South Whidbey School District board of directors.

South Whidbey school board strives to grasp its economic future

The future in light of current economic realities will highlight tonight’s public work session of the South Whidbey School District board of directors.

Cammermeyer joins hospital board of commissioners

Grethe Cammermeyer was seated Monday as the South End’s representative on the Whidbey General Hospital board of commissioners, the board’s president said Tuesday. Cammermeyer, of Langley, was the unanimous choice of a five-member selection committee to represent District 1.

Ray Gabelein stands on hillside property owned by his family overlooking 54 acres of bottomland

Gabelein family leaves a legacy at Deer Lagoon

Here’s one South End farm that’s going to stay a farm forever. And a wildlife preserve, too. A conservation easement on 54 acres next to Deer Lagoon has been acquired by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust.

Ray Gabelein stands on hillside property owned by his family overlooking 54 acres of bottomland

Six apply for Price Johnson’s school board post

Six candidates have applied for the vacant position on the South Whidbey School District Board of Directors. Among the candidates are a retired Navy officer, a Freeland businesswoman, a longtime educator, a cabinetmaker, a retired space physicist and a retired school counselor.

Mona Newbauer

No trouble with these truffles: Rate one and get one free

The economy’s a bummer, Christmas is coming, everybody’s stressed, but Mona Newbauer is ready and waiting with a sugar coat. A free chocolate for everyone. Just one. But that’s $2 worth of bliss for free.

Mona Newbauer
Laurie Thompson at home with Tucker in Clinton. “He’s just another member of the family.”

Tucker hits the Big Time

Good ol’ Tucker, he’s just a regular dog. Then comes the weekend.

Laurie Thompson at home with Tucker in Clinton. “He’s just another member of the family.”

New state law may prompt mandatory burn bans, fines

If you have a fireplace, wood stove or outdoor burn pile or fire pit, take note: For the first time in history, there may be mandatory burn bans on Whidbey Island this winter, Northwest Clean Air Agency officials warn.

Decision near on next hospital commissioner for South Whidbey

Four South End candidates vying for a vacant position on the Whidbey General Hospital board of directors were interviewed last week, and one is expected to be confirmed soon.

UPDATED | State orders new ferry; Nichols to benefit

The state will order one new ferry for the Keystone-Port Townsend run, state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen said Wednesday.And Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland,… Continue reading

Immunizations at all-time low in local schools

Too many South Whidbey students are not getting their immunizations, and they’re not only breaking the law but also endangering the community, health officials warned this week.

Nichols upbeat about new jobs

Despite last week’s layoffs, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland is confident that more work is on the way.

Whidbey Fire district tightens firefighter hours — and its belt

Island County Fire District 3 is feeling the economic pinch along with almost everyone else.

Fate uncertain for longtime Langley drugstore

Linds Langley Drug, a city fixture for 38 years, may close next year, a victim of the economy and changes in the health-insurance industry, owner Ron Lind said Thursday.

County won’t shut down diking district

At a spirited hearing Monday before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 50, Island County Commissioners voted 2-1 to deny a petition by disgruntled residents to suspend the operations of the diking district and dismiss its three commissioners.

George and Lila Mills outside the historic church they purchased at French and Maxwelton roads in the Maxwelton Valley.

Historic Maxwelton Valley church is back in the family

The Little Brown Church is back in the family, and before long it will be back to the right color, too. The iconic church was built in 1910 by the congregation’s founders, among them Mills’ grandfather and great-grandfather.

George and Lila Mills outside the historic church they purchased at French and Maxwelton roads in the Maxwelton Valley.

Mobile Turkey Unit will be on the road again on Thanksgiving

Tom Arhontas won’t be at the wheel, but the Mobile Turkey Unit will hit the road again this year, bringing Thanksgiving dinners to shut-ins and other people in need. For the eighth year in a row, the volunteers on wheels will prepare holiday turkey dinners with all the trimmings, and deliver them throughout the South End, from Coupeville to Clinton.

Island County District 3 Fire Chief Dan Stout outside the new Langley fire station on Camano Avenue. “It’s going to be here for a long time

New Langley fire station ready for action

The city’s new $1.5 million fire station is open for business. An open house for the public will be today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The station is at 820 Camano Ave., across the street from the Island County Fairgrounds. There will be refreshments, and tours of the building.

Island County District 3 Fire Chief Dan Stout outside the new Langley fire station on Camano Avenue. “It’s going to be here for a long time