Jim Larsen

Editor’s Column: The world can no longer waste its heels

In a fit of frugality I will on occasion make a sandwich with the two heels of a store-bought loaf of bread. They’re the thickest and weightiest part of the entire loaf and it seems a waste to throw them away.

Island County Coroner faces medical doctor in race for another term

Dr. Robert Bishop left his full-time veterinary practice 16 years ago when he was elected Island County coroner, and that’s a job he hopes voters will let him retain in the Nov. 2 election. Bishop keeps his DVM credentials up-to-date and fills in for a veterinary friend on the island, but his true avocation is Island County coroner.

Editor’s Column: Perhaps there’s more to life than cheap booze

Those of us who don’t necessarily think efficiency and low prices are the highest calling of humanity have our doubts about the initiatives that would change how liquor is sold in Washington. It’s too bad initiatives are identified by number, otherwise people would have some idea what they’re voting for. Let’s just call it the-Booze-At-Costco initiative. There’s another similar initiative on the November ballot, but it makes things so complicated that we’ll just ignore it.

Pearl Harbor survivor George Lamm

Pearl Harbor survivor reaches 90th birthday

One of Oak Harbor’s national treasures turned 90 on Aug. 24, celebrating with old flying buddies at the PBY picnic.

Pearl Harbor survivor George Lamm
Whidbey Island Threshold Choir members will sing hospice patients into the next world

A choir to sing you over the threshold

A “threshold choir” is forming on Whidbey Island to give comfort to the ill and help the dying transition peacefully into the next realm.

Whidbey Island Threshold Choir members will sing hospice patients into the next world

It’s probably OK for an adult to eat a Lunchable | Editor’s Column

Older folks can take advantage of the back-to-school sales by reliving not their youth, which is too far back in the murky past to be relevant in today’s world, but the youth of our children. Thus I found the temptation of on-sale Lunchables at Prairie Market too tempting to resist.

Editor’s Column: U.S. Congress finally tracks down its liar

Viewers of C-SPAN have watched in awe in recent months as a steady stream of deceivers, equivocators and prevaricators testified before Congress. They’d take a sip of water, gulp it down nervously past the knot in their silk tie, and set about trying to fool Congress about what they had done to inadvertently destroy America.

Editor’s Column: Island County Fair’s desperate for a grand marshal

Scraping the bottom of the cracker barrel, yours truly was selected as this year’s Island County Fair grand marshal. It’s a history- making decision in several ways. First, no newspaper editor has ever been grand marshal; second I’ll be the first to have to wear a catcher’s mask to ward off the rotten fruit thrown in my honor; and third, I might be walking because I don’t have a horse, a convertible or a tractor.

Steve Lombardo leans against the highly polished fiberglass of his 2003 ZO6 Corvette manufactured for the classic sports car’s 50th anniversary. Get a close-up look at it by attending the North Whidbey Car Show Saturday

Car show’s Saturday in Oak Harbor

There will be a lot of love affairs going on in Windjammer Park Saturday. Make that love between man and machine, rather than the opposite gender-type love so common in a waterfront park on a sunny August weekend.

Steve Lombardo leans against the highly polished fiberglass of his 2003 ZO6 Corvette manufactured for the classic sports car’s 50th anniversary. Get a close-up look at it by attending the North Whidbey Car Show Saturday

Editor’s Column: Give us some rewards for the taxes we pay

My $30 license tab dictated by Tim Eyman’s initiative cost $70 this year because the state once again forced me to buy new license plates, front and back.

Major Megan McClung

Civilians urged to join Megan’s run at NAS Whidbey

The father of a fallen hero hopes the fourth rendition of the Megan McClung Memorial Run will attract a broader group of participants. Set this year for Saturday, Aug. 14, at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, in the past the run has included mostly military participants.

Major Megan McClung

Editor’s Column: Remember our Island County sheriffs as place names

Last week I lamented my inability to find all past Island County sheriffs on Google. Now I have the complete list, thanks to an old fashioned form of communication called a newspaper columm. Our present-day Sheriff Mark Brown sent it along, courtesy of former Sheriff Mike Hawley who now commands the North Precinct. Another list was provided by Larry Marley who found it the traditional way, by digging through his garage and workshop instead of resorting to Google.

Anyone have a list of past Island County Sheriffs? Google doesn’t

Who was Wild Bill Hickok’s sidekick? Today the answer to that is just a Google click away, but there was a time not long ago when finding the answer was a community enterprise.

Editor’s Column: Latest generation of crows is bigger, hungrier

I used to see them flying into the sunset and mistake them for seagulls, and then eagles. Now, I occasionally see them flying into the darkening sky and think I’m seeing a Boeing 787. Either my eyes are playing tricks on me, or Whidbey Island’s crows are getting bigger.

Editor’s Column: An archeological dig in the kitchen drawer

You know you’re getting older when going through a kitchen drawer becomes an archeological dig.

Author Theodore J. Duris gets a chuckle out of his children’s book

Penny the Penguin helps sick children

A crusty old salt has written a cute children’s story in hopes of helping kids battling cancer and other diseases.

Author Theodore J. Duris gets a chuckle out of his children’s book

More answers to unasked questions about current events

Mr. Answer man has spent months coming up with more answer, so here they are regardless of if anyone asked any questions.

With a little more money from the community

Dale’s new house is almost ready

It takes a village to raise a child, and in some cases it takes a village to see that the grown child is cared for properly for the rest of his life. Such is the case with Dale Sylvester, 36, who is well known in Oak Harbor for his 18 years as a Whidbey News-Times paper carrier and his 16 years working two hours a day at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station gymnasium.

With a little more money from the community

Editor’s Column: Oak Harbor drag show brings back fond memories

I regret having missed the Oak Harbor drag show the night of May 8 because of the many fond memories I have of drag shows. In my time it was Arlington, not Oak Harbor, that was the mecca of drag. The Arlington airport had what seemed like an endless supply of asphalt and dragsters from miles around would show up to see who was fastest.

Scientists work at the Whidbey-funded Nativis research facility in La Jolla

Whidbey investors behind a ‘medical revolution’

Business people and investors from Whidbey Island are behind the development of revolutionary advancements that promise to make the treatment of cancer and other diseases more effective while reducing or eliminating side effects associated with current treatments.

Scientists work at the Whidbey-funded Nativis research facility in La Jolla