Jim Larsen

Editor’s Column: New license plates have hospital possibilities

My $30 license tab promised by Tim Eyman cost way more this year, because the tab came packed inside a large envelope containing two new license plates.

Editor’s column: Why we lost assembly line to South Carolina

Curious about Boeing’s decision to build airplanes in South Carolina instead of Washington, I did a little research on the winning state. What I discovered fully explains Boeing’s decision.

Book features 10 of island’s ‘Special Places”

With the gloom of winter setting in soon, you can always find warmth and blue skies in the pages of a new book on the market, “Whidbey Island’s Special Places ... and the People Who Love Them,” which is a labor of love by its author, Langley resident Dan Pedersen.

Editor’s column: In pursuit of the wild Whidbey Island humpie

The wine, cheese and art set gets most of the publicity on Whidbey Island these days, but the real action is usually elsewhere. On odd-numbered… Continue reading

Daily Grind owner Tammi DeRosa

Clean living rewarded at Oak Harbor’s Daily Grind

Ultra-clean living has paid off for Daily Grind owner Tammie DeRosa in terms of customer and spousal satisfaction. Another perfect score after an inspection by the county health department sent two of her customers scurrying up to the Whidbey News-Times to announce the accomplishment.

Daily Grind owner Tammi DeRosa
Jean Wieman

Oak Harbor food bank explains discard policies

A small drama unfolded Friday at North Whidbey Help House involving a woman raiding the charity’s garbage can and a resulting drive-by by the Oak Harbor police.

Jean Wieman
The North Whidbey Car Show Saturday was popular with woman and beast. Vicki Harvey of Langley and her faithful dog Geezer study the impressive engine of a 1977 Chevy SS owned by Bob Johnson. While the 190-pound Geezer appreciates a good engine

Hollywood Graham takes North Whidbey Car Show honors

The 24th edition of the North Whidbey Car Show attracted several thousand visitors to Windjammer Park Saturday who reminisced over classic custom cars, fantasized over driving the muscle cars, and collectively marveled at how many hours were involved in maintaining, refurbishing and building the scores of dazzling vehicles on display.

The North Whidbey Car Show Saturday was popular with woman and beast. Vicki Harvey of Langley and her faithful dog Geezer study the impressive engine of a 1977 Chevy SS owned by Bob Johnson. While the 190-pound Geezer appreciates a good engine
Scott Fraser

The porker has landed

Approximately 1,000 pounds of pork landed in Oak Harbor Friday, ready to become the main course in a free dinner offered to the community.

Scott Fraser

Editor’s column: Another un-American election in progress

t’s time for another all-mail election and another diatribe from yours truly, apparently the only person left in American who cares about voter privacy and… Continue reading

Latroleum C. Lawrence is one of the mechanics charged with keeping Island Transit’s fleet of buses and vans running during tough economic times. Voters will decide Aug. 18 whether to increase the sales tax going to Island Transit by 0.3 percent

Future of transit rides on tax increase

Island Transit officials will begin a series of public meetings next week to explain the need for a sales tax increase to keep the bus system operating without major cutbacks.

Latroleum C. Lawrence is one of the mechanics charged with keeping Island Transit’s fleet of buses and vans running during tough economic times. Voters will decide Aug. 18 whether to increase the sales tax going to Island Transit by 0.3 percent

Editor’s column: A dozen columns suitable for tweeting

When this column was started many years ago it was based on the assumption that the public was tired of long, boring newspaper columns, and… Continue reading

Editor’s column: Some answers to your probable questions

Occasionally we receive questions, but if we don’t we make them up. Here are some answers to questions that may be befuddling our reading public.Q:… Continue reading

Editor’s column: Newspaper flyer arouses one’s curiosity

I was leafing through the Sunday newspaper advertising flyers when I came upon a weird product, something called "K-Y Intense" described as "arousal gel for… Continue reading

Editor’s column: Ways to raise more money for Island Transit

When times are tough, Island Transit always comes under fire for not charging fares to the freeloaders such as myself who frequently ride the buses.Personally,… Continue reading

Wild roses can be found all over Whidbey Island. This particular bush is located along the Freund Marsh trail in Oak Harbor.

Take time to smell the wild roses

The nondescript bushes are overlooked 11 months of the year on Whidbey Island, but in June the flowers pop out and suddenly we’re decorated with wild roses.

Wild roses can be found all over Whidbey Island. This particular bush is located along the Freund Marsh trail in Oak Harbor.
Janice Fisher relaxes in a couch in Furniture World. For 42-years

A new era in Oak Harbor furniture

After 42-years selling furniture, Janice Fischer deserves a chance to sit on a couch and just relax for a while. Fischer recently sold her Bargain Center business located just outside the main gate of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on Ault Field Road.

Janice Fisher relaxes in a couch in Furniture World. For 42-years

Editor’s column: New law creates septic system confusion

Like most people, I am befuddled and confused about Island County’s new septic system regulations, mainly because as an American, I feel it is not… Continue reading

Dave Hollett

The voice of AHAB

The Cascade subduction zone gives way, causing the largest earthquake in the Pacific Northwest since the last time it did that, 300 years ago.

Dave Hollett
Perry Harris shouts

Tenants plea for help as time runs out

Perry Harris took advantage of the Memorial Day crowd heading to Maple Leaf Cemetery to stage a noisy but peaceful one-man protest over the closure of a trailer park. “What did they die for — for us to be kicked out?!,” Harris demanded of passersby Monday morning.

Perry Harris shouts