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Kwarsick resigns effective today as Langley mayor

  • Jan 7, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 12:08PM

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick emailed a brief letter of resignation to the city of Langley Sunday, with the effective date of his resignation today, Jan. 7. Kwarsick has been caught up in a legal tangle since admitting to falsifying a city document when he was planning director in 2011. It had to do with a relative’s land use permit.

Coupeville athletes find success throughout 2012

  • Jan 3, 2013 at 3:02PM

January The Cascade Conference and Coupeville High School came to an agreement to allow the Wolves to play a partial league football schedule in 2012, dropping the larger schools. Coupeville’s Dalton Engle signed a letter of intent to play college football for Montana Western University.

For Morelock, a stroll in the park is 100-mile run

  • Jan 3, 2013 at 3:00PM

John Morelock often uses the phrase “run gently out there.” He said the phrase is “yet to be defined.” And it is not because he hasn’t had time to think it over. He often goes on solitary runs — long solitary runs.

Business receives counterfeit $10

  • Jan 3, 2013 at 2:49PM

The following items were selected from reports made to the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office: Sunday, Dec. 23 2:19 a.m. — A caller on NE Parker Road reported a small, thin, black line was hanging down over the road and she hit it with her vehicle, but there was no arcing or sparking.

Holiday House provides more than 700 gifts

  • Jan 3, 2013 at 2:48PM

With thanks to about 150 of Santa’s best helpers, the Readiness to Learn Foundation’s Holiday House projects provided gifts for 714 Whidbey Island children this holiday season. “We estimate upwards of $30,000 of toys, clothes and trees were donated by Whidbey residents as well as nearly $20,000 in monetary donations,” said Gail LaVassar, executive director of Readiness to Learn Foundation.

Kwarsick submits resignation

  • Jan 3, 2013 at 2:47PM

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick, caught up in a scandal of his own making, resigned from his part-time job as planner for the Town of Coupeville on Friday. In a brief letter to Mayor Nancy Conard, Kwarsick asked that his firm, Sound Planning Services, be released from its contract.

Storm wallops Coupeville wharf

  • Dec 28, 2012 at 10:05AM

A severe storm that hit Whidbey Island left Port of Coupeville officials scrambling to find someone to make repairs to a fuel float. The high tides and high-speed winds that marked the Dec. 17 storm caused the brackets on one of the two 40-foot, concrete fuel floats at the Coupeville Wharf to fail.

Farm future crux of Port meeting

  • Dec 29, 2012 at 9:00AM

A volunteer committee examining the operations of the Greenbank Farm will make its recommendations during a special meeting next week about how the publicly owned farm should be managed. That meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Coupeville Public Library.

Commissioners approves curbside recycling plan

  • Dec 27, 2012 at 9:52AM

A five-year discussion about curbside recycling for Island Disposal customers came to an end last week. On Thursday, the Island County Commissioners agreed in a 2-0 vote to move forward with the program, which will apply to everyone who subscribes to trash service in rural parts of Whidbey Island.

Kwarsick’s Coupeville career unclear

  • Dec 27, 2012 at 9:49AM

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick admitted to falsifying public records in a court of law and a judge found him guilty of the crime, but elected officials in Coupeville are reserving judgement.

Coupeville classes help adults expand education

  • Dec 27, 2012 at 9:48AM

It’s never too late to learn or to share what you know. That’s the philosophy behind the Coupeville Community Education program. The school district offers classes for youth and adults three times a year, and the winter session is starting up in January.

Letter: Move if you don’t like the sound of freedom

  • Dec 27, 2012 at 9:47AM

I read with much frustration the article concerning the petition to close the Naval Outlying Field south of Coupeville. I am always amazed at the folks who visit the island, love it here, move here and then try to change it. When I built my home in 1984 one mile east of the OLF, I knew I was in the noise zone.

Letter: Don’t let pension be tainted by gun funds

  • Dec 27, 2012 at 9:46AM

I am absolutely horrified to find that a portion of my teacher’s retirement funds each month have been from investments in a company that specializes in the production and sales of assault guns. California State Teacher’s Retirement System invested in this company for me and my fellow retirees benefit. I was ignorant about their purchase.

Options for Parker Road being debated

  • Dec 29, 2012 at 9:00AM

About 50 residents, transportation officials and community leaders discussed options being considered to alter several intersections on Highway 20 between Island Transit’s headquarters and Outlying Field.

Surprise wetlands to delay trail work

  • Dec 28, 2012 at 9:00AM

An unexpected discovery has driven up the cost of Freeland Trail and will likely delay the project’s completion, Island County officials said last week. Public Works Director Bill Oakes alerted the Board of Commissioners last Wednesday that a wetland had been identified on the northern section of the planned path along Highway 525.

Longhouse, carousel win top prizes in 2012 gingerbread contest

  • Dec 27, 2012 at 9:43AM

Students from the Whidbey Island Christian School earned a top prize in this year’s Gingerbread Challenge, sponsored by The Whidbey Examiner. The entry, “Native Indians of Whidbey Island - Longhouse on the Beach,” won the People’s Choice prize in the group category.

Latest loss may be most bitter for CHS boys

  • Dec 27, 2012 at 9:38AM

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team lost at home to Sultan Tuesday, Dec. 18, and at Friday Harbor Thursday, Dec. 20, but the loss at home to Orcas Island Saturday may be the most bitter.

Wolves reverse 4th-quarter follies, bury Vikings

  • Dec 27, 2012 at 9:36AM

After letting the games at Sultan Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Friday Harbor Thursday, Dec. 20, slip away in the fourth quarter, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team wasn’t about to let it happen again. The Wolves used a 19-0 run in the second half to defeat visiting Orcas Island 39-31 Saturday.

Coupeville council to hold special meeting Thursday

  • Dec 26, 2012 at 3:00PM

Coupeville Town Council will hold a special meeting 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec 27 in the Island County Hearing Room.

Prosecutor sues to kick Langley’s embattled mayor out of office

  • Dec 20, 2012 at 5:26PM

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick announced earlier today he is keeping his position despite a guilty plea to a gross misdemeanor that resulted in a 15-day jail sentence starting in February.

Town council signs off on stormwater park

  • Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00AM

Plans for a forward-thinking stormwater remediation facility on an undeveloped property off NE Ninth Street took a big leap forward last week. In an unanimous 4-0 vote, the Coupeville Town Council wrapped up the last part of the land permitting process when it approved a conditional use permit for the 1.2 acre stormwater park.

Try a bite of Coupeville

  • Dec 23, 2012 at 8:00AM

Enjoy a dinner out, add an evening of music and dancing, mix in an optional overnight stay and you’ve got all the fixin’s for the first ever “Take a Bite out of Coupeville” New Year’s Eve celebration, set to take place from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall.

Sickly domesticated duck visits Coupeville park

  • Dec 22, 2012 at 8:00AM

The following items were selected from reports made to the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office:

Letter: Curbside recycling is the way of the future

  • Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00AM

I would like to express my strong support for curbside recycling in Island County. Our family lives outside of the Town of Coupeville. We currently collect our recycling and self haul it to the Coupeville transfer station every two weeks.

Letter: Connect the dots before it’s too late

  • Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00AM

So, let me get this straight. You have an unstable, withdrawn, 20 year-old son at home according to the “doomsday prepper” mother. She told friends last week that she was “losing her son,” saying “it was getting worse,” and that she “was having trouble reaching him.”

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