Leslie Kelly

Neighbors weigh in on South End pot farm plan

You may not like having a pot farm sprout up in your backyard, but that doesn’t make it illegal.


South Whidbey carver hopes to build studio

Nathan Gilles is an artist. His medium is wood, his focus Native American carving. He makes bowls, masks, drums, boxes, hand tools — pretty much anything in the genre. He even made a traditional dugout canoe once, which you may have seen. It’s been on display in front of the museum in Coupeville for years.


Coupeville man crashes glider into Saratoga

Michael Clark, a 63-year-old Coupeville resident, crashed his plane into Saratoga Passage on Friday and waded away with nary a scratch. In fact, the only victims in the potentially fatal accident were Clark’s aircraft, a Pipistrel Virus touring motor glider valued at about $85,000, and his dripping and nonfunctional smartphone.


Voters will decide future of fairgrounds in Langley

Ownership of the fairgrounds in Langley will be decided in an August election.

WhidbeyHealth is new name of hospital

WhidbeyHealth. No, it’s not a typo. It’s Whidbey General Hospital’s new name. Organization officials announced the change Thursday in Langley at the first of a series of island-wide, town-hall style meetings. CEO Geri Forbes delivered the news.

Coupeville teacher closes books to run South Whidbey store

A respected Central Whidbey school teacher and tennis coach has bid adieu to a life of academia to become the proud new owner of Bailey’s Corner Store in Cultus Bay.

Wedding Tour shows off island’s offerings

A wedding planner, photographer, florist and a host of other industry vendors and support businesses will have some extra work this winter thanks to the second annual Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour this past weekend.

Golf cart zones headed for county approval

Island County may soon join Coupeville and other communities across the state in allowing golf carts on public roads.

Mobile butcher to serve island farmers

Greg Gilles is known throughout South Whidbey as a respected homebuilder.

Crane arrives at Central Whidbey anchor site

Members of Anchor Ventures LLC, the group hoping to recover the long lost anchor from English explorer ...

Inslee signs bill taking aim at derelict vessels

The 2012 sinking of the F/V Deep Sea in Penn Cove is again making waves across Washington.

Goat farm to open doors for baby visits April 1

Yes, they are as cute as they look. Their cries, their little wagging tails, their bids for attention: it’s the whole package and Vicky Brown, owner of Little Brown Farm in Freeland, sums it up best.

Proposal could result in Lolita’s freedom

A 20-year quest to bring home Lolita, the last of seven orcas captured from Penn Cove decades ago, has resulted in what may be a small but significant victory.

Coupeville woman dies after car accident Saturday

A Coupeville woman died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle this week after sustaining injuries Saturday in a three-car pile up on North Main Street.

Anti-OLF group files federal suit against Navy

A Central Whidbey community group aiming to close Outlying Field Coupeville has taken its fight to federal court. Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe & Peaceful Environment filed a lawsuit Monday. Capt. Mike Nortier, commander of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander Fleet Forces Command, are both named as parties in the suit.

Cort named interim manager of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Coupeville resident Lisbeth Cort has been selected to serve as interim manager of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. She will be filling in for the next three months as Reserve Manager Mark Preiss is leaving for a job in Montana. His last day is July 26.

Fate of Driftwood Way a concern for residents

Driftwood Way residents in the Ledgewood community will have to rely on a tiny, single-lane gravel road as the sole access to their homes for at least two years.

Police chase man driving stolen tractor

A Central Whidbey man is facing two felony charges this week following a joyride down State Highway 20 on a stolen John Deere farm tractor. The very slow-speed chase ended with the man at gunpoint.

Ledgewood gets additional state funds for drilling

Ledgewood residents’ plea to the governor and state lawmakers paid off this month with an appropriation of $200,000.

Priess hangs up hat with reserve

After more than six years at the helm, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve Manager Mark Preiss is hanging up his hat and headed for high country.