Roy Jacobson

Break-ins shake Maxwelton Beach residents

A series of residential break-ins in the Maxwelton Beach area in the past month have neighbors concerned.

Zach Van Lue and his wife

South Whidbey native escapes mounting turmoil in Cairo

A former South Whidbey resident escaped the turmoil in Egypt on Friday after a knuckle-biting trip from his houseboat on the Nile River to the Cairo airport, his mother said.

Zach Van Lue and his wife
Captn Blynd with marijuana plants he grows for health reasons: “This is a solution that changed my life.”

Freeland man plans a medical marijuana co-op

Captn Blynd says the reaction to his plan to form a local medical marijuana cooperative has been slim to none. For local law enforcement, it appears to be wait-and-see.

Captn Blynd with marijuana plants he grows for health reasons: “This is a solution that changed my life.”
The ferry from Clinton approaches the Mukilteo terminal recently.

Everett, Edmonds cut from Mukilteo terminal plan

Breathe easy, South Whidbey ferry commuters. Edmonds and Everett are off the table.

The ferry from Clinton approaches the Mukilteo terminal recently.
Mike McVay scopes out a public beach access near his home in the Baby Island neighborhood with Marjorie Montaperto of Freeland. “We want to get everybody working on something that will last

GETTING TO THE BEACH: Campaign under way to identify neglected public access points

ROCKY POINT — Mike McVay just wants to stroll from his house across Saratoga Road down to the beach in his community near Baby Island without causing a ruckus. He wants others on Whidbey to be able to do the same in their neighborhoods, and for kayakers and canoeists to be able launch and to put into shore without impinging on private property, “and without getting yelled at.”

Mike McVay scopes out a public beach access near his home in the Baby Island neighborhood with Marjorie Montaperto of Freeland. “We want to get everybody working on something that will last

Lorax loses, forest named after Trillium

Sorry, Lorax. Trillium Woods has a new name, chosen from 95 suggestions received by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, and it’s not yours.

South End hoops court could be replaced in a snap

Louis Muniz, an avid basketball player, says the South End needs a better outdoor place to play, so he’s jumping through hoops to try to get a new modular court for South Whidbey Community Park.

Latest Freeland plan update no longer takes a village

An ambitious vision for a second “Village by the Sea” on the South End, this one in Freeland, appears destined for the shredder, by popular demand.

Robert Frey at Trustland Trails on Thursday: “Community support has made the Mudder a success.”

Mudder founder vows to find a new venue

The Mudder will take the year off while organizers of the intrepid off-road bicycle race find a new place to pedal, founder Robert Frey said Thursday.

Robert Frey at Trustland Trails on Thursday: “Community support has made the Mudder a success.”
World War II veteran Savy Savinelli at home in Freeland: 'I was the old man of the outfit.'

SAVY’S WAR: A 99-year-old vet looks back on China and the Flying Tigers

Savy Savinelli has strong memories of the Flying Tigers. “I dug myself a foxhole, and laid in it and watched them shoot down Zeroes,” he said.

World War II veteran Savy Savinelli at home in Freeland: 'I was the old man of the outfit.'
Rudy Benavidez welds a section inside the superstructure for the newest state ferry being built by Nichols Brothers in Freeland.

Todd sale won’t hurt Freeland boatyard

The impending sale of Todd Pacific Shipyards to an Oregon firm should have no effect on Nichols Brothers Boat Builders’ relationship with the Seattle company, said Matt Nichols, managing director for business development.

Rudy Benavidez welds a section inside the superstructure for the newest state ferry being built by Nichols Brothers in Freeland.

300-pound safe stolen from Casey’s Crafts in the Bayview Shopping Center

Someone broke into Casey’s Crafts in the Bayview Shopping Center late last Saturday night or early Sunday morning and made off with a heavy safe from the office, owner Laurie Davenport of Langley said Tuesday.

Main Street program may be the spark Langley seeks

he city got a glimpse Wednesday night of what could be, through the eyes of a nonprofit movement specializing in downtown revitalization.

Workers spread gravel across Frog Water Road during the installation of a new culvert system to protect the road from washing out. Island County crews have been at the site around the clock since Jan. 5

Pumping reduces latest flood threat to Glendale

Around-the-clock emergency pumping in the upper Glendale Creek area near Clinton has all but ended the most recent flood threat to Glendale Beach, Island County Public Works Director Bill Oakes said Thursday.

Workers spread gravel across Frog Water Road during the installation of a new culvert system to protect the road from washing out. Island County crews have been at the site around the clock since Jan. 5

Likely Langley council candidates keep cool and coy

It could get crowded on the Langley City Council election ballot in the fall. Or maybe it won't, if you listen to the likely candidates.

Steven and Beverly Heising outside the bunker that houses their new distilling operation.

Langley couple to open Whidbey’s first legal distillery

Steven and Beverly Heising are toasting their retirement as the spirits move them. They've put up a still in their back yard - the first legal still in island history.

Steven and Beverly Heising outside the bunker that houses their new distilling operation.
Clinton resident Craig Williams stands on submerged Deer Field Lane

County mans the pumps as water backs up behind failed culvert on Glendale Creek

Island County waded in this week to reduce severe flooding on upper Glendale Creek before it can pose another threat to the beleaguered Glendale beach community downstream.

Clinton resident Craig Williams stands on submerged Deer Field Lane
Visitors relax on a sunny Saturday at Tilth Farmers Market.

Tilth Farmers Market will make the move to Sundays

South Whidbey Tilth, one of the island’s oldest farmers market, will switch from Saturdays to Sundays this spring.

Visitors relax on a sunny Saturday at Tilth Farmers Market.
Cara Collins

Merry Christmas, and here’s $50

Santa came early to several visitors to Good Cheer Food Bank in Bayview, thanks to members of three South End organizations.

Cara Collins
Laurie Cecil and her poodle Sebastian: “He’s always loved having his picture taken.”

Clinton woman’s dog is a real rocker

Sebastian, the South End’s distinctive 10-year-old poodle, is rapidly cementing his celebrity.

Laurie Cecil and her poodle Sebastian: “He’s always loved having his picture taken.”