Justin Burnett

Public meeting draws mixed sides on Freeland growth issues

Developing rules to guide growth in Freeland was the topic of a public meeting Tuesday, and it did just what it was supposed to — draw a healthy cross section of people with varying views and visions.

Hearings board gives Island County deadline to comply with critical areas rules

Island County’s 2014 beaver dam rules sprang a big leak recently when a state regulatory board found they failed to protect critical areas as required by state law and were not based on best available science. The Growth Management Hearings Board for Western Washington issued the ruling late last month. It identified six other failures in the fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas update adopted by the Island County commissioners in September.

Island County Council of Governments goes against tide, pushes incorporation study

Absolutely not. Well, maybe. OK fine, let’s send it to the Island County commissioners and let them figure it out. That was the course of a turnaround discussion Wednesday by members of the Island County Council of Governments about a proposal to fund a Freeland incorporation feasibility study.

Shirley’s Kitchen

Fire destroys food stand at Clinton ferry dock

Shirley’s Kitchen, a longtime food stand located next to the Clinton Ferry Terminal, was destroyed by an unexplained fire late Thursday.

Shirley’s Kitchen
Freeland resident Keith Anderson walks through empty campgrounds at South Whidbey State Park Tuesday. The grounds

Campground closes at South Whidbey State Park

The days of overnight camping at South Whidbey State Park are likely over for good.

Freeland resident Keith Anderson walks through empty campgrounds at South Whidbey State Park Tuesday. The grounds
Above: Master boat builder Brad Rice secures the bow of the folding boat he made for Bob Kertell. He’s moving to Europe and needs a boat that would fit into a 20-foot container.

‘Frog Prince’ makes debut on South Whidbey

A maritime marvel literally unfolded before a crowd at Lone Lake this week.

Above: Master boat builder Brad Rice secures the bow of the folding boat he made for Bob Kertell. He’s moving to Europe and needs a boat that would fit into a 20-foot container.
Theresa Johnson

Stylist reflects after 30 years of Whidbey Island haircuts

After nearly three decades of cutting hair on Whidbey Island, Theresa Johnson set down her shears for good this week.

Theresa Johnson
A bruised and emaciated eagle is transported in a pet carrier to a rehabilitation center.

Freeland residents rescue eagle

An injured mature bald eagle will likely survive to soar another day over Whidbey Island thanks to the quick actions of a few Freeland residents.

A bruised and emaciated eagle is transported in a pet carrier to a rehabilitation center.
The Freeland Water and Sewer District will conduct a feasibility study for a proposed sewer plant site.

Freeland sewer district approves feasibility study

A $66,000 feasibility study approved this week may determine the future location of a proposed sewer treatment plant in Freeland.

The Freeland Water and Sewer District will conduct a feasibility study for a proposed sewer plant site.
Apple’s mobile map program erroneously shows Whidbey Island on Hat Island.

Apple acknowledges Whidbey map errors, promises app fix

After three years of complaints, tech giant Apple, Inc. acknowledged two major Whidbey Island errors on its mobile map program this week and promised to have at least one of the problems fixed within two months.

Apple’s mobile map program erroneously shows Whidbey Island on Hat Island.

Apple can’t find Whidbey, Langley on its map program

Hat Island is getting more crowded by the second, according to Apple Inc.

Rite Aid’s purchase of Freeland drug store finalized

The national drug store chain has been in the process of purchasing the longtime and locally owned South Whidbey pharmacy for months, and the acquisition wrapped up this month when operations formally changed hands. Wasting no time, the old Linds sign came down that very afternoon and a new Rite Aid sign went up.

George

Celebrating 50 years of boat building on Whidbey

Like it’s done nearly 200 times before, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders christened a newly completed vessel over the weekend.

George

South Whidbey schools shine light on record requestors

Asking the South Whidbey School District for public records comes with a new price tag these days — your name, the information sought and the time and cost to fulfill the request posted for all the world to see on the district’s website.

The remains of a cabin destroyed in a mudslide on South Whidbey include two Adirondack chairs and other possessions belonging to the shaken owners.

Clinton mudslide wipes out beach cabin, but rattled residents plan to stay

One beach cabin was destroyed and another damaged in a mudslide in Old Clinton this past weekend.

The remains of a cabin destroyed in a mudslide on South Whidbey include two Adirondack chairs and other possessions belonging to the shaken owners.
Jessica and Kayla Cooks

Plunge a new intergenerational tradition for Oak Harbor family

Temperatures that dipped into the 20s and frost on the roads weren’t enough to stop 178 people from taking a New Year’s swim in Useless Bay Thursday.

Jessica and Kayla Cooks

Clamming hotspot on South Whidbey to reopen, but dig limited to six weeks

Clammers will hit Holmes Harbor for the first time in eight years this spring.

Whidbey pharmacy manager aims to enter medical marijuana business

Adam Lind, a longtime front-end retail manager at a well-known Whidbey pharmacy, may be entering the medical marijuana business.

Freeland property owner Minda Wicher and her daughter inspect flooding on their land earlier this week. Gary Hays

Trouble flows from affordable housing project in Freeland

Island County Housing Authority’s new pride and joy in Freeland is once again raising the ire of neighbors.

Freeland property owner Minda Wicher and her daughter inspect flooding on their land earlier this week. Gary Hays
Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Curt Gordon listens to Commissioner Ed Halloran. The board agreed

Port of South Whidbey to manage county fairgrounds

If the money comes through, the Port of South Whidbey is getting into the fairground management business.

Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Curt Gordon listens to Commissioner Ed Halloran. The board agreed