Roy Jacobson

A blue heron grabs lunch near Deer Lagoon. Some residents of Diking District 1 are worried about the consequences of draining water from the environmentally sensitive area.

Residents seek removal of diking commissioners

A flood of protest over recent actions by Diking District 1 commissioners may be more than even its new half-million-dollar pump can handle. Alleging irregularities by the diking commissioners, more than 50 residents of the district signed a petition asking county commissioners to suspend all diking district actions until a new group of commissioners can be installed.

A blue heron grabs lunch near Deer Lagoon. Some residents of Diking District 1 are worried about the consequences of draining water from the environmentally sensitive area.

South End recalls doctor who made the rounds across rural Whidbey

Longtime friends of Dr. Donald D. Purdy, at times the only doctor serving residents of South Whidbey, still shake their heads at his intrepid devotion to the job.

Smith rebounds in 10th District race

Incumbent Representative Norma Smith has overtaken Democratic challenger Tim Knue in the 10th legislative District Position 1 race. Smith was at 33,125 votes (50.34 percent) as of Monday afternoon, compared to Knue's 32,676 votes (49.66 percent).

This 3-bedroom house near Mutiny Bay in Freeland is loaded onto a barge to be transported to Everett. An Everett company recycles unwanted houses

Freeland house recycled by Everett moving company

On Wednesday morning, a trim but redundant three-bedroom rambler was sitting next to the beach along Ebb Tide Lane, facing Mutiny Bay in Freeland. A few hours later, it was sitting on blocks in a storage lot in Everett.

This 3-bedroom house near Mutiny Bay in Freeland is loaded onto a barge to be transported to Everett. An Everett company recycles unwanted houses

Work begins on new Bayview emergency medical services building

Work began last week on Whidbey General Hospital’s new emergency medical services building at Bayview.

Crider holds off Palmer in Island County auditor race

Sheilah Crider, who was appointed Island County Auditor in January, was being elected in her own right to the post on Tuesday.

Sandy Whiting

Changes in the works for Goosefoot, Bayview Cash Store

The Front Room of the Cash Store at Bayview Corner will be converted to office and retail space in January, according to the building’s owner.

Sandy Whiting
The cost of a seismic retrofitting of Langley Middle School’s eight buildings would be half as much as  previously estimated

LMS seismic upgrade cut in half

It’ll cost half as much as previously estimated to bring Langley Middle School up to current seismic standards, South Whidbey School District officials were told Friday.

The cost of a seismic retrofitting of Langley Middle School’s eight buildings would be half as much as  previously estimated
Matt Nichols of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland checks out the company’s latest vessel

Ferries have Nichols seeing green

The first of four sleek twin-hull passenger ferries destined for the San Francisco Bay Area is being prepared for sea trials at the Langley marina. Built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, the $8.8 million catamaran “Gemini” was launched last week and towed to Langley for finishing work.

Matt Nichols of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland checks out the company’s latest vessel

Coupeville port floundering on a big chunk of dry land

A champion of preservation, the Port of Coupeville bought the endangered Greenbank Farm in 1997. Now, as in a Western-movie shootout, it’s trying not to “buy the farm.” “In a nutshell, the port bit off more than it could chew, and it’s been chewing on it ever since,” said Jim Patton, the port’s executive director.

Work continued Monday on this new office-retail building near the PayLess Shopping Center in Freeland.

New office building nearing completion in Freeland

Susan Specht likes to take the long view. “I’m an optimist by nature,” the Seattle businesswoman said. “This is my retirement plan.” Why else would she put up a new office building in Freeland, where there’s a mini-glut of empty commercial space, at a time when she admits the economy keeps her up at night?

Work continued Monday on this new office-retail building near the PayLess Shopping Center in Freeland.

Students expelled for bringing shotgun to high school campus

Two students have been kicked out of school for a year after a shotgun was discovered in a pick-up truck at South Whidbey High School.

Economy the major issue in 10th District House race

If one door is pushed shut in politics, there’s always another one to knock on. Two years ago, longtime educator Tim Knue, 54, of Conway, came in a strong second to Barbara Bailey in the battle for state representative from the 10th Legislative, District Position 2.

Economic crunch was theme at voter’s forum

Voter quizzed candidates on issues at League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island forum and commissioner candidate Bakke insisted his support for a 1-percent increase in the property tax doesn't violate the pledge, because that's an increase in an existing tax, not a new tax.

Lt. John Jefferies

Fire district donates surplus engine to Whitman County

Daisy will finish out its days doing what it was made for, responding to emergencies. Island County Fire District commissioners handed over the keys to its reserve fire engine Thursday to representatives of Whitman County Fire Protection District 10.

Lt. John Jefferies

Langley Middle School seismic estimate $4.4 million

It'll cost nearly $4.4 million to bring Langley Middle School up to current seismic standards, the South Whidbey School District board was told Wednesday.

Annual church recycle sale today in Freeland

The annual Trash & Treasure Sale at St. Augustine in-the-Woods Episcopal Church in Freeland will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church.

Clinton Community Hall gets a new tree

The South Whidbey Garden Club, in cooperation with the Clinton Progressive Association, owner and operator of the Clinton Community Hall, planted a 15-foot Frazier fir on community hall property on Tuesday

Economic crisis takes hold of area campaigns

The economy was the 800-pound empty-pockets gorilla in the room as nearly 100 enthusiastic voters gathered for a candidates’ forum at South Whidbey High School on Wednesday night.

School district examines costs of seismic study

The South Whidbey School District board will meet in a workshop session today to find out how much a seismic upgrade of Langley Middle School will cost.