Jim Larsen

Convention experience ‘phenomenal,’ Larsen says

You had to be there to really appreciate the atmosphere when Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech Thursday night in Denver.

Motorcycle accident claims Navy man

A young Navy man died as a result of an accident that occurred late Tuesday night near Oak Harbor when the motorcycle he was driving struck a house, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Russians are coming, again

Mildred: Harold, they’re back!Harold: Who, the Democrats?Mildred: No, the Russians. They’re invading U.S. allies, skirting U.S. skies with their old Bear bombers, and sending their… Continue reading

Electronic warfare changes sought

Electronic warfare is the bread and butter at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, but it doesn’t enjoy such a high priority across the military.

There’s room for more festivals

Having come off a weekend with the Lions Car Show, Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, Highland Games and Fidalgo Avenue Block Party and Pig Roast, one would think Whidbey Island already has enough festivals. One would think wrongly.

Hilton and Spears at the helm

When John McCain’s campaign likened Barack Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears last week, millions of Americans were outraged by the comparison. Others couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened had Ms. Hilton and Ms. Spears been elected, say, eight years ago, and how their first cabinet meeting might have gone.

Ray Payeur adjusts the convertible top on his 1969 Torino that will be on display Saturday at the North Whidbey Lions Club Car Show.

When Cars were truly Cars

The North Whidbey Lions Club this weekend will make people forget that gas is over $4 a gallon, that tiny cars are in vogue, and that American car companies are struggling just to survive.

Ray Payeur adjusts the convertible top on his 1969 Torino that will be on display Saturday at the North Whidbey Lions Club Car Show.

Editorial: Keep Conard, elect Dannhauer

Small town politics at its best is alive in Coupeville where there is competition for the mayoral position as well as three Town Council seats.… Continue reading

Editorial: New stadium, perfect year

The Oak Harbor Wildcats football team managed to create a perfect season for their namesake Wildcat Memorial Stadium, built in part on the good will… Continue reading

Editorial: Boat builder still needed

If Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland is indeed finished, it is a great economic and cultural loss for Whidbey Island.The company’s 250 employees came… Continue reading

Editorial: I-747 was never tried

The state Supreme Court killed off Tim Eyman’s Initiative 747 last week. The move was highly controversial and came on a 5-4 vote, but the… Continue reading

Editorial: 54 reasons to be thankful

Every year at Thanksgiving time there are plenty of reasons for Whidbey Island residents to be thankful. All you have to do is look at… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: This Thanksgiving, pass the rolls

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving dinner is rather boring. For all the buildup to the big holiday, all we do is eat, chat a bit between… Continue reading

Editorial: Hopes hinge on tall tree

Oak Harbor’s new downtown Christmas tree towers 40 feet into the sky, symbolizing a rebirth of sorts for holiday festivities in the heart of the… Continue reading

City educates on stormwater

Oak Harbor has launched a major public education effort on the issue of stormwater runoff that should pay dividends down the road.Even the mayor is… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: Whidbey Island social life at risk

A call to action is needed to protect Whidbey Island’s great but endangered social gathering places.We are speaking, of course, of our recycling centers, formerly… Continue reading

Editorial: Let’s end the Dillard dispute

The 30-plus residents of Dillard’s Addition, the small housing development on Oak Harbor’s waterfront, have a right to be furious. In a controversy that has… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: Santa sets a fashion example

Every Christmas in recent years my thoughts have turned to Santa Claus. Not the gifts he may bring me, or the joy he gives to… Continue reading

Editorial: Businesses make noise

The new Oak Harbor City Council members taking over in January would be wise not to further limit business operations due to noise concerns.The noise… Continue reading

Editorial: Be realistic about inflation

Oak Harbor School District leaders seem to be having trouble facing the reality of inflation. Every time they estimate the cost of the high school… Continue reading