Jim Larsen

Marina work looms as Port of South Whidbey adopts 2013 budget

The Port of South Whidbey commissioners adopted a 2013 budget Tuesday with considerably less revenue than was received this year.

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.

How to waltz with a sheep

The name of the sheep wasn’t announced, but if it was Matilda, someone was waltzing with it.

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.

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.

Whidbey Telecom brings the future to Freeland

In 1953, David Henny purchased Whidbey Telephone Co. with its 500 customers and soon decided to bury the overhead telephone lines underground. The decision showed foresight but was not without controversy. The Whidbey Record editor at the time wrote sarcastically that if the phone lines were to be buried then the sewer lines should be placed overhead on wooden poles. Fortunately, that idea didn’t carry the day.

Langley all alight: Village by the Sea welcomes Christmas

The annual Lighting of Langley took place early Saturday evening at Langley Park, drawing hundreds of holiday-loving adults and children to enjoy singing Christmas songs and meeting Santa with two of his reindeer being impersonated by alpacas.

South Whidbey goes Scandinavian | NOTABLE

Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge #39 hosted hundreds of visitors Saturday for its 13th annual Nordic Fest celebrating Scandinavian culture and offering fun for the whole family at South Whidbey High School.

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.

Mayoral candidates for Langley fixed at 5

Five people have applied for the vacant Langley mayor position and the procedure to appoint one has been changed to treat applicants from the city council more like the others.

Fire destroys Langley home | UPDATE

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

Langley Marina money assured by bond sale

Approval of an $850,000 bond sale next week will soon put all the money in the bank the Port of South Whidbey needs to proceed with the first phase of its Langley Marina expansion project.

Possible South Whidbey School District bus barn parking for Langley boaters

Boaters using Langley Marina could launch their boats and then drive up to old Langley Middle School bus barn parking lot and leave their rigs temporarily if a memorandum of understanding is adopted by the parties involved.

Mayor or not, Langley council gets back to business

Mayor or not, the Langley City Council will conduct business as usual in the new year.

Langley loading zone seen as gone forever

In the mind of Langley’s mild-mannered grocer, Gene Felton, it’s gone forever.

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.

Langley Loop effort lauded

A pot of flowers was treated like a hot potato at the Langley City Council meeting Monday night.

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.

Island County goes for Mitt Romney

Norma Metcalf, the queen of South Whidbey Republican politics, didn’t get her way in the party caucus held in the overflowing high school New Commons Saturday morning.

Ferry chief apologetic to angry crowd in Freeland

David Moseley couldn’t have been more uncomfortable had his head and arms been placed in stocks as an angry crowd threw rotten tomatoes at him. But he never made a dash for the door, instead answering the complaints as best he could while promising to do better in the future.