Jim Larsen

This was the scene moments after the first firefighters arrived to fight a house fire on Anthes Avenue in Langley late Friday afternoon. The house appeared to be a total loss by 7 p.m. but a woman and her two grandchildren got out unharmed.

Unexplained blaze destroys Langley home

Nobody may ever know the exact cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Langley late Friday afternoon. The next day there was little but charred, crumbled remains of the home at 460 Anthes Ave.

 

Suspect in Clinton stabbing turns himself in

A man suspected of stabbing another man multiple times in Clinton turned himself in at 2:15 p.m. Monday at the Island County jail. Sheriff’s Detective Ed Wallace with the Island County Sheriff’s Office said Kamren Adams, 21, turned himself in to authorities only a few hours after his picture was posted on news websites. The victim, identified Monday afternoon as Justin Hilleary, 34, was initially listed in critical condition at an Everett area hospital, but his condition was subsequently upgraded to stable.

 

Whidbey’s newest gun shop to open

If all goes as planned South Whidbey residents looking for a rifle or handgun won’t have to go to Oak Harbor or the mainland. Whidbey Arms is opening at Ken’s Korner Mall under the ownership of Freeland resident Jim Childers. “We’ll be opening Wednesday or Thursday,” he said as workers pieced together display cases, furniture and the security system.

 

With their summer home floating in the background in Mutiny Bay

Issaquah family barges reservation house to new location on Mutiny Bay

One person’s loss is another’s gain, which means there was one happy family Wednesday when a barge brought a fine, two-story house to the shores of Whidbey Island at Mutiny Bay. The house was offloaded and spent the night at the public parking lot at Mutiny Bay, and the next day was moved to its final resting place at a lot on East Mutiny Lane. From there the Schinnerer family, including Mike and Annie and their two children, Kailey, 10, and Teige, 7, can enjoy island life along with a stunning view of Mutiny Bay, Admiralty Inlet and sunsets over the Olympics.

With their summer home floating in the background in Mutiny Bay

Corps: Nichols lacked permit to move ferry

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders launched the superstructure of the new state ferry Tokitae into the cold waters of Holmes Harbor, and now find themselves in hot water with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Freeland boat building company didn’t have a permit to build the long structure to launch the 2.5 million pound Tokitae, and now must answer to the Corps. In a letter dated March 5 addressed to Matt Nichols, company CEO, Bruce Estok, a colonel for the Corps and the district engineer, advised that “installation of structures, including temporary structures, within navigable waters of the U.S. requires a Department of the Army permit.”

This fuzzy photo of a mysterious footprint was taken near the body of a cow that died in the Maxwelton area Feb. 22. The skin from half its face had been removed.

Muddy footprint adds to South Whidbey cow mystery

The mystery of the dead cow with the skin removed from half its face deepened this week with the discovery of a strange looking footprint. The cow’s owner, Diane Schneider, said farmhand Javier Meja came across the track and photographed it with his cell phone.

This fuzzy photo of a mysterious footprint was taken near the body of a cow that died in the Maxwelton area Feb. 22. The skin from half its face had been removed.

Langley cow’s death remains a mystery this weekend

There’s a whodunnit on South Whidbey and it has nothing to do with Langley’s Mystery Weekend. This mystery involves a healthy black Angus cow found dead by its owner, Diane Schneider, on her farm near Midvale off Maxwelton Road. “I’ve got 11,” she said when asked how many cows she has. “I had 12 until just a few hours ago.” She was standing over the body of what was a healthy 6-year-old cow. She discovered its carcass lying in the corner of a muddy, grassy pasture.

FEMA money available but Island County sheriff’s boat undecided

A $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency finally came through for the Port of South Whidbey, but a mystery remains about how it will all be spent. There’s enough in the FEMA grant to purchase a fire boat for South Whidbey Fire/EMS, to be moored at the port’s remodeled Langley Marina when that project is finished. But there’s also enough for an new boat for the Island County Sheriff’s Office, which was part of the original funding request.

Geoduck harvest returns to Whidbey Island

The geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) has a funny name and its appearance often elicits embarrassed laughter, but Washington’s biggest clam means big money to the Department of Natural Resources and fine eating, particularly for wealthy devotees in China.

Adam Peterson displays two fine examples of geoducks caught near Langley last week. He estimated the harvest that day between 800 and 1

Whidbey’s big clams pay big dividends for Washington state

The geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) has a funny name and its appearance often elicits embarrassed laughter, but Washington’s biggest clam means big money to the Department of Natural Resources and fine eating, particularly for wealthy devotees in China. For the first time in years, commercial geoduck harvesting is under way in Langley. It started Monday, Jan. 7 and ended Friday. The DNR manages two geoduck fishery tracts near Langley. Langley North is 129 acres in size and Langley South is 54 acres. Other Island County tracts are listed as Admiralty Bay, Austin, Cultus Bay, Dines Point, Double Bluff, Holmes Harbor, Lagoon Point, Point Partridge, Randall, Rocky Point and Useless Bay.

Adam Peterson displays two fine examples of geoducks caught near Langley last week. He estimated the harvest that day between 800 and 1
Rabbi (Dave Hollett) and wife Rope Cutter (Tammy Hollett) make themselves at home in their Mountain Man tent set up for Rendezvous Days this weekend just south of Coupeville.

Mountain men, women, rendezvous on Whidbey

People born a couple of centuries too late are making the best of it by reenacting the lives of Mountain Men and Mountain Women this weekend south of Coupeville. They’re having their annual Rendezvous Days Saturday and Sunday to bring back the days before the West started getting civilized in the 1840s.

Rabbi (Dave Hollett) and wife Rope Cutter (Tammy Hollett) make themselves at home in their Mountain Man tent set up for Rendezvous Days this weekend just south of Coupeville.

Four men cited for exceeding Washington state crab limit

Four Bothell men were cited and their boat was confiscated when they were found with too many crab in the Baby Island area of Holmes Harbor July 23. Mike Cenci, deputy chief of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said Thursday that two officers were patrolling the area in the daytime incident.

Island County commissioner District 1 candidates face off in Clinton forum

Jeff Lauderdale put a little distance between himself, the tea party and even the Republican party in front of more than 100 citizens at the Clinton Progressive Hall Wednesday night. Probably the favorite of the Island County Republican Party to unseat incumbent Democrat Helen Price Johnson for the District 1 commissioner position, Lauderdale opened his remarks by saying, in effect, he’s his own man.

Oak Harbor veterans, citizens honor the nation’s fallen

After a sunny weekend, dark clouds and a steady drizzle Monday seemed to enhance the sad experience of the Memorial Day ceremony at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor.

Curt Gordon

Gordon makes another run at Island County commissioner

Longtime South Whidbey businessman and elected official Curt Gordon is trying again to win his first island-wide position.

Curt Gordon
With spaces in Maple Leaf Cemetry’s first columbarium (background) almost sold out

Whidbey cemeteries’ columbaria create room

Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville erected its first columbarium in October while Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor added two more.

With spaces in Maple Leaf Cemetry’s first columbarium (background) almost sold out
Relaxing on her front porch as the sun rises over Oak Harbor Bay

From the shores of Tripoli: Whidbey author updates book on Barbary Wars

Trouble in Tripoli. What’s a president to do? President Barack O’Bama joined forces with NATO to address the situation. President Thomas Jefferson sent in Lt. Presley Neville O’Bannon, USMC.

Relaxing on her front porch as the sun rises over Oak Harbor Bay
Bob Barber laughs at the trouble he had exiting  his hot tub. It required the help of five emergency service personnel.

Rescuers free Oak Harbor man stuck in hot tub

Longtime Oak Harbor resident Bob Barber thinks residents are taking things too seriously these days what with the economy, local politics and the Pioneer Way construction delays. So Barber called the paper with a humorous story that the main character might find embarrassing -- except that the main character is himself. “I got in the hot tub and couldn’t get out,” he said with a laugh.

Bob Barber laughs at the trouble he had exiting  his hot tub. It required the help of five emergency service personnel.
Mark Spadaro displays the hunk of plastic found in his daughter’s chicken fajita pita purchased at the Oak Harbor Jack-in-the-Box. The local store offered to refund only the price of the fajita

Unhappy customer finds satisfaction at Jack-in-the-Box in Oak Harbor

When dissatisfied with a restaurant experience, Mark Spadaro isn’t willing to stop until he gets what he wants. The retired Navy man drove to the Oak Harbor Jack-in-the-Box Aug. 9 to pick up a large order to bring home to his family. The fast food feast was going well until his daughter, Virginia Lockard, 28, bit into something hard.

Mark Spadaro displays the hunk of plastic found in his daughter’s chicken fajita pita purchased at the Oak Harbor Jack-in-the-Box. The local store offered to refund only the price of the fajita
The German pocket battleship Graf Spee is scuttled by its captain in Montevideo Harbor. He saved his men from almost certain death

Before Pearl Harbor, there was the Graf Spee

Long before the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, there was a war going on, and while the United States wasn’t yet officially involved, its sailors saw a lot of action all over the world.

The German pocket battleship Graf Spee is scuttled by its captain in Montevideo Harbor. He saved his men from almost certain death