Ben Watanabe

Town is hopping: New event capitalizing on a burgeoning bunny population

Bunny fever is gripping Langley. Now the merchants have a new event they hope will get the town hopping during a traditionally slow time.


Lions Club members celebrated for decades of service

Freeman Boyer and Spence Purvis looked as regal as the Lions for which their service club is named.


Bringing back the beat: South Whidbey band aids in restoring music to country stripped of its customs

Dana Moffett, Leslie Breeden, Donita Crosby and Dyanne Harshman went to Zimbabwe earlier this year, largely thanks to donations and fundraising on South Whidbey, to perform with the African country’s traditional instruments and donate several to an orphanage. They have become ambassadors of music, trying to aid in the restoration of a custom stripped from the land’s native people.


Bunnies dominate Langley council meeting

Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies. It’s about all some people talk about in Langley these days, even in the hallowed halls of City Hall during Monday’s city council meeting.

A Scotchman’s dream: Clinton man brings booze business to limelight

Colin Campbell knows how to make a splashy entrance. After a year working to get all the permits and licensing in place, the Langley resident and native Scot is ready to emerge as a power player in the growing world of craft distilleries in Washington.

Prizes landed during fishing derby, silver salmon still abundant on west Whidbey

A 9-pound, 3-ounce coho salmon was the winning catch at Saturday’s Sebo’s Whidbey Island Coho Derby.

LAKE to perform 10 years’ of music at anniversary show

Ten years later, LAKE has plenty to sing about. The indie pop band that sprung from Olympia’s music scene a decade ago is returning to frontman Eli Moore’s hometown for a free 10-year anniversary performance Aug. 22. LAKE will play every song from its 10 albums (seven published, three unreleased), an estimated 120 pieces, during a 12-hour marathon at Bayview Hall this Saturday.

Confederate flag at Whidbey Fair draws ire

A different set of stars and bars drew the ire and attention of plenty of people at the Whidbey Island Fair parade Saturday. A pair of Confederate flags were flown as part of the parade, along with the U.S. flag and the MIA/POW black flag for lost military veterans, by some American Legions Riders on motorcycles.

Langley struggles with petroleum-laced pond

Discovery of pollutants in a Langley retention pond have put dredging plans in limbo and left city leaders with more questions than answers over their next step.

Classics return for annual Whidbey Island fair

This year’s Whidbey Island Fair is sticking with what works — food, farming, games, rides, music and a parade.

King salmon fishing nets really big opportunities on Whidbey

The early bird gets the worm, and only the earliest of anglers can get the king. A veritable fleet of small boats loaded with anxious anglers took to the waters between Coupeville and Port Townsend last week with the hope of hooking into the most regally named sport fish in Puget Sound, the king salmon.

Hospital candidates will speak at forum

Three candidates for a seat on Whidbey General Hospital’s board of commissioners offered vastly different takes on leadership during a forum on South Whidbey Thursday.

Choochokam celebrates 40

Choochokam Arts Festival, one of Langley’s premier weekend events and biggest crowd pleasers, is turning 40 this weekend.

Restoration for historic Langley tavern moves foward

Plans to restore and reopen the historic Dog House Tavern in Langley cleared a couple of hurdles last week. Dog House owners Janice and Charlie Kleiner won conditional approval from a pair of Langley citizen boards to move forward with conceptual designs.

Tokitae returns in March

Whidbey Island will see the state’s newest ferry return to its route in March. The ferry Tokitae is set to return to the Clinton-to-Mukilteo route March 22. The date is also the start of state ferries’ spring schedule.

Slide destroys family’s South Whidbey cabin

A large slide of earth and trees crashed into a Clinton beachfront cabin, knocking it off its foundation and forcing Island County to restrict entry and occupancy.

Whidbey Island RadioShacks to stay open

None of Whidbey Island’s three RadioShack stores are closing despite news this week that RadioShack Corp. filed for bankruptcy and is shuttering more than 1,700 stores nationwide.

Clinton bakers sweeten up holidays

Santa and his fleet of elven workers would be mighty proud of Gerry Betz and Larry Lowary, the masterminds behind the popular Tree-Top Baking.

Couple’s Wood Goods in Clinton seeing rapid growth

Kelly Cameron puts in 12-hour days in his woodworking shop, a cavernous space in Clinton off Cultus Bay Road.

IRS, Puget Sound Energy phone scams rampant

Island police and Puget Sound Energy is warning Whidbey residents to beware of phone scammers who are targeting utility customers.