Jim Larsen

Jim posted 114 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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EDITORIAL | Final edition

This is the final edition of The South Whidbey Record with my name listed as editor. For those of you thinking of chiseling my tombstone, the dates would be from November 1981 to October 2001, and then again from November 2012 to July 2013. I like to make things difficult for chiselers.

  • Jul 5th, 2013 10:19pm

Third Nichols Brothers ferry unlikely this session

A transportation bill that provides for a third 144-passenger Washington State ferry important to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland passed the state House Thursday evening but likely isn’t going any further this year.

  • Jun 28th, 2013 9:42pm

Jack, South Whidbey’s only pet coatimundi, undergoes dental surgery

Jack, South Whidbey’s news making coatimundi, has a clean set of choppers thanks to a local veterinarian and a sympathetic woman who started a fundraiser to pay for the dental makeover.

  • Jun 14th, 2013 9:57pm

Flames destroy garage, apartment near Mutiny Bay

A raging fire destroyed a two-story garage with an apartment on the top floor near Mutiny Bay early Wednesday afternoon. South Whidbey Fire/EMS responded to a call that came in about 1:30 p.m. to find the garage entirely engulfed in flames, said Chief Rusty Palmer as he watched firefighters pour water on the black, smokey remnants of the building. The building was near the intersection of Mutiny Bay and Bush Point roads.

  • Jun 12th, 2013 11:00pm

New Mukilteo ferry terminal nears construction start date

Ferry officials seemed a bit ebullient Wednesday night in Clinton, and who could blame them. After several decades of planning and dreaming, it looks like the move of the Mukilteo ferry terminal could be imminent in bureaucratic time.

  • Jun 7th, 2013 7:59pm

Fishing boat runs aground on Whidbey Island, no fuel leaks | UPDATE

A large fishing boat went aground at Lagoon Point on Tuesday morning at 4 a.m., about an hour before the sun rose to create a glorious day on Whidbey Island.

  • Jun 4th, 2013 8:37pm

Fishing boat runs aground at Lagoon Point

A large fishing boat went aground at Lagoon Point on Tuesday morning at 4:30 a.m., less than an hour before the sun rose to create a glorious day on Whidbey Island.

  • Jun 4th, 2013 5:46pm

SLIDESHOW | Scores honor fallen veterans at Bayview Cemetery

Quite a showing solemnly honored fallen veterans at Bayview Cemetery this Memorial Day.

  • May 29th, 2013 4:29pm

Heavy rains cause landslide, blocking Whidbey Shores road

The long winter and spring of landslides on Whidbey Island resumed on a rainy Monday evening when a hunk of bluff fell across East Point Road in the Whidbey Shores community on Fox Spit, about five miles north of Langley.

  • May 29th, 2013 8:54pm

Holmes Harbor pollution eases

The tainted waters at the south end of Holmes Harbor have improved dramatically, leading to the possibility they will be declared safe for swimming, wading and shellfish harvesting later this year.

  • May 31st, 2013 3:50pm

Island turns out to honor fallen veterans

One of the largest crowds in years swarmed to pay homage to America’s fallen war heroes with a ceremony at Bayview Cemetery on Memorial Day.

  • May 29th, 2013 8:54pm

Simmons Garage stays in the family

The long transition from Simmons Garage to Simmons Garage is complete in Clinton.

  • May 28th, 2013 3:07pm

Whidbey Islanders get a taste of tornado in Oklahoma

Leonard and Linda Good returned home safely to South Whidbey after a harrowing visit to Oklahoma.

  • May 29th, 2013 4:09pm

Whidbey’s first coatimundi chase ends with success

Jack lies peacefully on one couch cushion stacked atop another, eyes closed, the picture of innocence. Hardly the type of fellow one would suspect of kicking off South Whidbey’s first wild coatimundi chase.

  • May 23rd, 2013 7:00am

SLIDESHOW | Langley house burns down, occupants escape unharmed

A fire claimed the Langley home and vehicle of Marilie Johnson the night of May 10. Her two grandchildren, three dogs, several cats and she escaped unharmed.

  • May 14th, 2013 10:37pm

Fire destroys Langley home | UPDATE

We may never know the exact cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Langley late Friday afternoon.

  • May 14th, 2013 8:22pm

Fire destroys Langley home, people, animals escape

A home was destroyed by fire in Langley late Friday afternoon but two adults, two children, four dogs and several cats escaped the inferno unharmed. South Whidbey Fire/EMS threw everything it had at the stubborn blaze, but even after 20 minutes of battle flames were still licking above the roof of the house, located at 460 Anthes Avenue, about block up the hill from the United Methodist Church.

  • May 11th, 2013 3:31am

Poppy Girl encounters war memories of Whidbey Island veterans

A Poppy Girl learns that an assisted living facility isn’t just a place where older people live, it’s where an irreplaceable storehouse of history is kept alive in the memories of residents.

  • May 10th, 2013 10:59pm

Nichols jobs depend on another ferry

Eighty to 100 jobs on South Whidbey are riding on the outcome of a transportation bill still up in the air as the Washington State Legislature prepares for its special session beginning Monday, May 13.

  • May 9th, 2013 3:52pm

Ceremony celebrates long awaited Langley marina project

The start of long-awaited improvements to the marina in Langley was cause enough for a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

  • May 6th, 2013 4:24pm

Big wind sinks barges as Langley marina project starts

A surprise wind from the northwest Monday morning caused havoc for the crew beginning work on the Langley Marina expansion project and forced the cancellation of the last whale watching cruise of the year by Mystic Sea Tours.

  • Apr 30th, 2013 9:21pm

Inn, restaurant, elevator among Schell’s harbor ideas

Langley businessman and developer Paul Schell dropped some new ideas about the future of the Langley harbor Thursday morning at a Port of South Whidbey commissioners meeting in Freeland.

  • Apr 27th, 2013 4:00pm

Small Freeland shop wins $500K fire boat bid

A new South Whidbey company with ties to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders landed its first contract Monday: the job of building a fire boat for South Whidbey Fire/EMS.

  • Apr 19th, 2013 4:05pm

UPDATE | Suspect in Clinton stabbing turns himself in

The man suspected of stabbing another man multiple times in Clinton turned himself in at 2:15 Monday at the Island County Jail.

  • Apr 16th, 2013 12:26am

Clinton man stabbed multiple times, suspect sought by police

A suspect who allegedly stabbed a man in Clinton early Sunday morning is being sought by the Island County Sheriff's Office.

  • Apr 16th, 2013 12:41am

Dog euthanized after mauling Clinton young woman

The owner of the dog that chewed up a young Clinton woman had him euthanized by a veterinarian Thursday.

  • Apr 18th, 2013 4:28pm

Tractor tug nears completion in Langley

Finishing work on Nichols Brothers Boat Builders' latest tugboat should be completed soon at its Langley facility.

  • Apr 5th, 2013 9:22pm

Flowering trees fall, complaints erupt in Langley

Removal of flowering trees as part of Langley’s First Street waterline project prompted an explanation and apology from Mayor Fred McCarthy.

  • Apr 9th, 2013 3:10pm

A Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun club Easter | NOTABLE

Here are a few photos from the Easter egg hunt at Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club on March 30.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013 8:14pm

Control those natural-born killer kitties, Whidbey

As a bird lover and cat lover who’s allergic to cats, Linda Bainbridge has had to make some unusual adjustments in her life.

  • Apr 3rd, 2013 6:09pm

Barge brings home from reservation to Whidbey

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.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013 3:07pm

Water, sewer auditor awaits Freeland’s response

Freeland Water and Sewer District commissioners will meet Monday to discuss a response to a sometimes-neg- ative state auditor’s report presented this week in a small meeting room packed with approximately 20 people.

  • Apr 1st, 2013 4:16pm

Freeland sewer district’s purchase of Holmes Harbor Golf Course nears

After months of discussions, it appears the Holmes Harbor Sewer District is about to buy itself a golf course and then lease it out to someone else.

  • Mar 29th, 2013 9:52pm

Gun shop readies to open next week in Clinton

Next week 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.

  • Apr 1st, 2013 10:22pm

Second graders live story in Langley post office

A storyteller with help from teacher Leslie Woods brought a busload of second graders to the Langley Post Office earlier this month.

  • Mar 26th, 2013 10:41pm

Bleeding Clinton woman crawls, screams to escape attacking dog

A young Clinton woman feels she was lucky to escape death when attacked by a vicious dog, leaving her with serious head wounds and other bites to her back and arms.

  • Mar 28th, 2013 6:55pm

Audit tells the toll on Freeland Water and Sewer District

One of the commissioners elected to clean up financing within the Freeland Water and Sewer District sums up a state audit by saying, “There really wasn’t any fraud, nothing criminal, nobody made money or took money, it was just ignorance and incompetence.”

  • Mar 22nd, 2013 10:50pm

Spring snow surprises South Whidbey | UPDATE

An unexpected spring snowstorm hit South Whidbey and much of the surrounding area Friday morning, burying daffodils in the white stuff and causing some helpless motorists to slide into the ditch.

  • Mar 22nd, 2013 5:46pm

Nichols Brothers lacked permit to move ferry in Freeland

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.

  • Mar 13th, 2013 12:19am

Surprises await ospreys’ return to South Whidbey

When osprey return to Whidbey Island from the south this spring they’ll find a few changes in their homes.

  • Mar 10th, 2013 3:00pm

Car hits pine tree on Highway 525

A possible case of brake failure caused Linda Heintz to crash her car into a tree Friday morning.

  • Mar 8th, 2013 8:02pm

Tokitae on track in Freeland

The tug pilots expected the Tokitae would be loaded late Friday afternoon and, if all went well, they would hold the barge overnight in Holmes Harbor, probably leaving with Saturday afternoon’s high tide. The Tokitae, named after a killer whale captured in Penn Cove in the 1970s and still alive in a Miami aquarium, is the first of four planned 144-car ferries. Two are funded and Nichols Brothers will start work on the second, named the Samish, as the Tokitae makes its journey to Seattle.

  • Mar 3rd, 2013 5:46pm

Tokitae nearly ready for barge

The huge superstructure of the Tokitae, Washington State Ferries’ newest boat, will leave Nichols Brothers Boat Builders later this week. It was designed to carry 144 vehicles.

  • Feb 26th, 2013 11:04pm

Muddy footprint adds to mystery in cow death on South Whidbey

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.

  • Feb 26th, 2013 10:51pm

Mystic Sea whale watcher arrives Friday in Langley

Friday afternoon, the 100-foot long M/V Mystic Sea will carefully moor at Langley Marina for a two-month stay that should bring plenty of new tourists to Langley anxious to take the boat out to view gray whales.

  • Feb 28th, 2013 3:00pm

Giving away air isn’t easy for South Whidbey port

Giving away air can be a complicated process, as the Port of South Whidbey is learning.

  • Feb 26th, 2013 4:00pm

Cow’s death remains a South Whidbey mystery this weekend

There’s a whodunit on South Whidbey and it has nothing to do with Langley’s Mystery Weekend.

  • Feb 24th, 2013 3:00pm

Weather delays move of ferry superstructure from Whidbey to Seattle

High winds and heavy seas do not make for good boat launching conditions, so the new Washington State ferry partially built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders will spend a little longer in Freeland than planned.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013 10:07pm

FEMA money available, fate of Island County Sheriff’s boat murky

A $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency finally came through for the Port of South Whidbey, but a mystery remains how it will all be spent.

  • Feb 18th, 2013 4:00pm

Council plans to avoid mayoral tie in Langley selection

To avoid what is considered the catastrophic possibility of the county commissioners selecting Langley’s next mayor, the City Council met in a special session Wednesday to iron out the process of interviewing mayoral candidates 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

  • Feb 16th, 2013 5:35am