Jim Larsen

Editor’s Column: The ferry system survey for Keystone

Readers will be happy to know that I was secretly slipped the Keystone to Port Townsend version of the Washington State Transportation Commission 2008 Ferry… Continue reading

Higher class litter is disturbing

A disturbing new trend in roadside litter leaves us wondering about the future of Whidbey Island.

Needed: Fish for my obituary

Habitual readers of obituaries can’t help but notice that a lot of the guys in the listings are pictured holding a fish. This happens occasionally in the Whidbey News-Times, and continually in The Herald of Everett. It must the the Scandinavian heritage. You see more fish-picture obituaries in The Herald than the Seattle Times, which has four times the circulation.

Congress swings into inaction

Mr. Average Citizen: Tell me, Mr. Capitol Hill Observer, what is Congress doing about this $4 a gallon gasoline? It’s killing me. Memorial Day Weekend we stayed home and ate raw hot dogs. We couldn’t afford gas or charcoal lighter fluid.

Fix for a soggy summer? It’s all about Rain-X

One of the coolest products for the Northwest is Rain-X, the magical stuff that knocks water right off your windshield.

Top two primary could make for less-than-great debates

One interesting thing about our state’s new Top Two primary system is that two candidates of the same party could advance to the general election. On the plus side, this means there is finally competition in areas that heavily favor one party or another. On the negative side, the public might have to listen to some very tedious debates.

You can be a switch mouser, too | Jim Larsen

One of my childhood baseball heroes was Mickey Mantle, the greatest switch hitter who ever lived. There are a lot of switch batters, but few can hit equally well from both sides of the plate. Mantle was a true switch hitter, meaning he could actually hit from either side. He was a more prolific home run hitter from the left side, thanks in part to the short porch in Yankee Stadium, but he could drive the ball even deeper from the right side.

Oak Harbor needs disaster relief

To: Federal Emergency Management Agency

This drawing shows what the new Northwest Maritime Center will look like in Port Townsend. Construction is under way with completion scheduled for the fall of 2009.

$8.1M boating museum under construction in Port Townsend

A whole world of boating adventures and maritime learning is available to Whidbey Islanders. All they have to do is take a boat across Admiralty Inlet to Port Townsend. Many islanders have already discovered the Wooden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend and others are working on an associated project, the new Northwest Maritime Center, an $8.1 million complex presently under construction.

This drawing shows what the new Northwest Maritime Center will look like in Port Townsend. Construction is under way with completion scheduled for the fall of 2009.

Blockhouse on solid footing

First work since 1930 saves treasure

Island boat builder closes

Nichols Brothers sinks

Oak Harbor grad awarded Distinguished Service Cross

An 2001 Oak Harbor High School graduated has been awarded for his bravery as a member of the U.S. Army fighting in Iraq.First Lt. Bryan… Continue reading

Nichols boat builders may return to work

No promises have been made, but even Nichols Brothers Boat Builders President Bryan Nichols is optimistic that workers will be back on the job before… Continue reading

Oak Harbor grad awarded Distinguished Service Cross

An 2001 Oak Harbor High School graduated has been awarded for his bravery as a member of the U.S. Army fighting in Iraq.First Lt. Bryan… Continue reading

Search fails to find teenager

Sheriff’s office keeps looking

Fire district goes for 6 percent

Now that I-747 may be history

Nichols bros. sale pending

Bankruptcy filed, Alaska buyer eyed

Bailey calls for special session on I-747

State Rep. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, has lent her name to those calling for a special session of the Legislature to reinstate Initiative 747.The initiative… Continue reading

Larsen votes to redeploy

Wants out of ‘civil war’ fighting

Keystone ferry route closed

Sen. Haugen: 'This couldn't have happened at a worse time of the year."