Spencer Webster

Activist recounts arrest in Nigeria

FREELAND — At times, it was like one big joke.


Nichols wraps up work on second tugboat

New round of layoffs hit Freeland boatyard this month LANGLEY — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders launched its latest tug into Holmes Harbor without the usual fanfare that has been seen in years past.


Good Cheer looks for a new delivery truck

BAYVIEW — The well-known Good Cheer Food Bank delivery truck was on its last mile in December when its engine failed. The non-profit organization that helps people in need of food has since found itself in need of a new truck.


Board pauses to consider resignation

BAYVIEW — Bayview School students have started a petition drive to keep Scott Mauk as director of their school. But it may not be enough to keep the popular leader of Bayview School in place. Mauk is deeply dissatisfied with the status quo in his role as teacher and director for the alternative school and said he still plans to step down from the director position.

Newsletter raises concerns in school district

South Whidbey School District officials are scrambling this week to knock down criticism that its classrooms and bathrooms are dirty because of cutbacks in the hours for custodians for the Intermediate and Primary schools.

County revises its environmental review of Camp Casey proposal

Seattle Pacific University has more work to do to pass muster with the county on its development plans for Camp Casey.

Bike riders ask for respect at latest Exchange forum

LANGLEY — Bicyling is the Rodney Dangerfield of transportation.

Residents rally to fight proposal

GREENBANK — Neighbors of Rempel Brothers Concrete, Inc. are protesting the company’s proposed expansion of mining operations. Residents of the Wildwoodview Acres neighborhood south of Ledgewood Beach warn the proposed 100-acre gravel pit could contaminate the aquifer that supplies drinking water. They are also angry that Island County told nearby property owners about the proposal during a long holiday break, giving residents little time to respond to the company’s application for the pit.

Commissioner puts brakes on new regulations for Freeland

McDowell says vote for cityhood should come first COUPEVILLE — Island County Commissioner Mac McDowell said this week the county shouldn’t be spending its time, resources and money on crafting new development rules while the future for Freeland is so uncertain.

Freeland business hit by thief

FREELAND — A thief broke into Island Tea Company in Freeland sometime between noon on Sunday and 9 a.m. on Monday, walking away with more than $500. An employee of the Main Street business arrived Monday morning and could see before she got inside that something was wrong.

Commissioners OK Freeland growth plan

FREELAND — Island County commissioners unanimously voted to designate Freeland an urban area after a public meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church Monday night.

Another life lost

In August 2001, at the age of 21, Bewley joined the ranks of the Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal technicians as his father Ronald and brother J. Patrick witnessed his proud moment. But friends and family in Hector, a tiny town in central Arkansas, are now mourning the loss of Bewley. The sailor was killed in action on Nov. 8 in Salah ad Din province, Iraq; the sixth sailor assigned to Whidbey who had died in the war.

Fire destroys portable restroom at Freeland Park

FREELAND — A suspicious fire destroyed a portable restroom at Freeland Park sometime Sunday night. Nearly four miles away at Double Bluff, Island County Sheriff’s Office deputies later discovered an attempted torching of the new bathroom facilities at the park.

School district signs contract for water treatment facility

LANGLEY — The South Whidbey School District has moved closer to turning the taps back on in local schools.

WISH nets more than $15,000 in fundraiser

FREELAND — Whidbey Island Share A Home has raised $15,600 during its third annual fundraiser. “That is a fantastic number,” said WISH director Julie Pigott. That’s $1,500 more than the nonprofit organization received last year, she said.

Healthy food guru offers classes

CLINTON — Eating and preparing food is a necessary part of life. But for one Clinton resident processed foods are not on the menu. Raven Odion, owner of Raven’s Nest, an in-home cooking school where she teaches people about a variety of healthy foods and methods to prepare them.

SWHS teen killed while crossing Highway 525

A 15-year-old Greenbank teen was hit by a car and killed while on her way home from Christmas shopping Saturday afternoon. Tonya Scriven, a sophomore at South Whidbey High School, was trying to walk across Highway 525 near Greenbank Farm when she was hit by a car driven by a Coupeville man.

Big year coming for city of Freeland backer

FREELAND — It’s going to be a busy year for Chet Ross, whether he runs for mayor of Freeland or not. Though his name has been bandied about as a potential mayor of the future city of Freeland, Ross said getting the town incorporated is his main focus.

Another Lost Summer

FREELAND — It could be a long while before hikers can freely enjoy the beach again at South Whidbey State Park. Park officials said last week they don’t know when the beach will be reopened after a federal grant they thought would pay for repairs was spent on disaster relief in California. The closure will mark the second summer the popular stretch of sand along Admiralty Inlet will be closed.

Propane tanker rolls over; closes Highway 525 and Freeland businesses

FREELAND – A propane tank trailer flipped over in Freeland Friday afternoon, causing a shutdown of Highway 525 and the evacuation of people within a 1/3-mile circle.