Jim Larsen

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Holmes Harbor golf course purchase set

Property owners in the Holmes Harbor Sewer District will in all likelihood become the proud owners of a golf course soon, with documents expected to be signed Feb. 14.

  • Feb 12th, 2013 10:41pm

Fire boat looks like done deal in port grant

South Whidbey Fire/EMS will get a new fire boat worth approximately $500,000 thanks to a federal grant confirmed this week by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen.

  • Feb 8th, 2013 11:24pm

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.

  • Feb 8th, 2013 11:58pm

Four seek Langley mayor appointment

The next mayor of Langley will be chosen from among at least four candidates, two of whom presently sit on the five-member City Council.

  • Feb 7th, 2013 6:43pm

SLIDESHOW | Landslide knocks out Possession Point homes

A sizable landslide at Possession Point Wednesday afternoon destroyed one summer home and damaged another.

  • Feb 2nd, 2013 12:58am

Wettest winter since 1988 reported on Possession Point

South Whidbey’s high bluffs are saturated with water due to the extremely wet year we just experienced.

  • Feb 4th, 2013 6:47pm

Slide wipes out Possession Point home | UPDATE

A sizable landslide at Possession Point Wednesday afternoon destroyed one summer home and damaged another.

  • Feb 1st, 2013 11:34pm

Slide hammers houses at Possession

A sizable landslide at Possession Point Wednesday afternoon destroyed one summer home and damaged another. A two-bedroom cabin owned by Bellingham residents Morgan and Laurie Bartlett was knocked off its foundation by tons of mud and trees. Its twisted remains sat precariously on a ledge high above a bulkhead, but the bathroom portion was gone. A medicine cabinet below the concrete bulkhead spilled out its contents, and on the beach further toward the water was the paneling, drywall and other debris that once comprised the bathroom. Neighbors said they had just spent $30,000 fixing it up and that insurance isn’t available in such a slide-prone area.

  • Jan 31st, 2013 10:54pm

State harvests cash through geoducks off Langley waters

The geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) has a funny name and its appearance often elicits embarrassed laughter, but Washington’s biggest clam means big money to the Department of Natural Resources and fine eating, particularly for wealthy devotees in China.

  • Jan 18th, 2013 10:39pm

Langley Marina expansion green lighted

There was a party going on at the Port of South Whidbey meeting Tuesday night, even it it was only in the head of Port President Curt Gordon.

  • Jan 14th, 2013 6:18am

Former Langley Mayor Lloyd Furman passes away

Lloyd Furman, mayor of Langley from 1994 to 2004, died suddenly at his home Monday, Jan. 6.

  • Jan 10th, 2013 5:23pm

Lawsuit goes on with Kwarsick out

Larry Kwarsick resigned from office effective Jan. 7 but his case will live on in the courts.

  • Jan 8th, 2013 9:59pm

Kwarsick resigns effective today as Langley mayor

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick emailed a brief letter of resignation to the city of Langley Sunday, with the effective date of his resignation today, Jan. 7. Kwarsick has been caught up in a legal tangle since admitting to falsifying a city document when he was planning director in 2011. It had to do with a relative’s land use permit.

  • Jan 7th, 2013 8:08pm

Teen driver escapes icy crash on Saratoga Road unharmed

A young driver escaped injury Thursday afternoon when the pickup she was driving hit an icy patch on Saratoga Road, sending it off the roadway into a deep ravine.

  • Jan 5th, 2013 12:18am

Pair picked to study Holmes Harbor Golf Course purchase

A two-man committee was selected Thursday night to further study purchase of the abandoned Holmes Harbor Golf Course by the Holmes Harbor Sewer District.

  • Jan 4th, 2013 11:44pm

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.

  • Jan 4th, 2013 11:41pm

Holmes Harbor Sewer District eyes Freeland golf course purchase

The Holmes Harbor Sewer District is making another effort to purchase the defunct golf course it wants to keep its state sewer permit in order.

  • Jan 4th, 2013 6:08pm

Will he stay or will he go? Langley mayor mulls future

Langley residents will begin the new year in suspense as they wait to find out if they still have a mayor.

  • Jan 2nd, 2013 12:23am

Embattled Langley Mayor Kwarsick resigns his Coupeville position

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick, caught up in a scandal of his own making, resigned from his part-time job as city planner for the Town of Coupeville on Friday.

  • Dec 28th, 2012 7:06pm

Island County Prosecutor Banks sues to force Langley Mayor Kwarsick’s resignation | UPDATE

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick announced Thursday morning he plans to keep his position despite entering a guilty plea Monday to a gross misdemeanor that resulted in a 15-day jail sentence starting in February.

  • Dec 22nd, 2012 3:00pm

Prosecutor sues to kick Langley’s embattled mayor out of office

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick announced earlier today he is keeping his position despite a guilty plea to a gross misdemeanor that resulted in a 15-day jail sentence starting in February.

  • Dec 21st, 2012 1:26am

Council, citizens support Langley mayor despite jail sentence

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick, a day after admitting to a crime and being sentenced to 15 days in jail, has the full support of the City Council as well as most of a roomful of people who turned out for a meeting Tuesday night.

  • Dec 19th, 2012 6:37pm

South Whidbey port district takes a gamble planning for FEMA grant

The race is on to obtain permits necessary to complete phase one of the Port of South Whidbey’s Langley Marina enhancement project during 2013.

  • Dec 15th, 2012 12:04am

Port of South Whidbey signs cell tower lease, declines land sale

Two no’s and a yes combined to keep opponents of a cellular phone tower at Possession Point from getting their way at a Port of South Whidbey meeting Tuesday night.

  • Dec 18th, 2012 5:18am

Langley’s renewed boat ramp to open soon

The newly refurbished Langley boat ramp may look tempting to seafarers, but they won’t be able to use it for a while, according to Port of South Whidbey Manager Ed Field.

  • Dec 14th, 2012 6:00am

Purchase offer to buy cell tower land meets its fate

After 2 ½ years of fighting a cellular telephone tower planned near their property, Clyde and Marcia Monma finally offered to buy the land.

  • Dec 10th, 2012 5:36pm

SLIDESHOW | Langley’s Holiday Parade

George Henny hands out candy to Linda Moore and Tori Schaker, age 9, who had the good sense to stand near the beginning of the parade where candy baskets were still full.

  • Dec 5th, 2012 8:00pm

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.

  • Dec 3rd, 2012 3:36am

‘Scrooge! The Musical’ simply sings at WICA

A Christmas story dear to the hearts of millions will enliven the stage at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley beginning this Friday.

  • Nov 28th, 2012 6:00pm

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.

  • Nov 27th, 2012 9:56pm

Island County crew shores up Shoreview Drive

It looked like they were battling a giant python, but in fact Pete Seybert and Paul Nettleton were only grappling with a wattle.

  • Nov 26th, 2012 6:09pm

Female eagles’ death grip broken

Freeland veterinarian Dr. Dave Parent has no illusions that our national symbol is a proud, peace loving bird. Sometimes they can be downright nasty.

  • Nov 17th, 2012 8:00pm

Couple puts $250K on the table to stop Port of South Whidbey’s cell tower

A special meeting of the Port of South Whidbey commissioners has been called to mull over a surprise property bid that would scuttle a cellular tower — the idea of which is despised by some neighbors — near the top of the Dorothy Cleveland Trail at the port’s Possession Beach Waterfront Park.

  • Nov 16th, 2012 10:44pm

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.

  • Nov 18th, 2012 5:39pm

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.

  • Nov 13th, 2012 10:27pm

Port Commissioner Jerome votes remotely from Montreal

The Port of South Whidbey took a step into the future Tuesday by allowing Commissioner Chris Jerome to fully participate by telephone all the way from Montreal, Canada, where he was attending a business conference.

  • Nov 6th, 2012 4:02pm

It’s hard to believe, but he did it in pencil

Everything in John Ursillo’s studio has a purpose, including the rubber chicken that hangs by its neck from the light illuminating his drawing board.

  • Jul 22nd, 2012 4:00pm

District 1 candidates face off in Clinton

Jeff Lauderdale put a little distance between himself, the tea party, and even the Republican party in front of an audience of more than 100 citizens at the Clinton Progressive Hall Wednesday night.

  • Jul 23rd, 2012 4:15pm

SLIDESHOW | Choochokam draws a crowd in the sunshine

Take a look at some photos from this year's Choochokam Festival in Langley.

  • Jul 10th, 2012 9:51pm

Choochokam band dispute plays out on YouTube clip

Choochokam organizers were figuratively high-fiving one another for pulling off one of the most successful events in recent years and then, YouTube struck.

  • Jul 12th, 2012 5:13pm

Oh, what a beautiful weekend: Choochokam Festival lands another success

If organizers had designed a weekend perfect for Choochokam, it would have looked like last weekend in Langley.

  • Jul 10th, 2012 9:27pm

Mukilteo terminal move supported on Whidbey | UPDATE

Future ferry riders from Clinton to Mukilteo won’t be docking between Ivar’s and the block of white waterfront condos if the state Department of Transportation has its way.

  • May 22nd, 2012 8:57pm

Donations needed to save fireworks

Celebrating America doesn’t come cheap, and for the 19th consecutive year Matt Chambers is scrounging for money to support Freeland’s fireworks show held the night before Independence Day.

  • May 18th, 2012 10:13pm

How to waltz with a sheep

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

  • May 16th, 2012 7:51pm

Beach wheelchair shows access need

One sees a lot of things at South Whidbey’s most popular beach: People with sun umbrellas, teens on skimboards, adults with sailboards and parasailing gear, dog lovers letting Fido roam free and chase sticks tossed into the water. What you don’t often see is someone in a wheelchair enjoying being pushed along, oblivious to the soft sand and shallow saltwater at low tide and coasting through salty pools of water.

  • May 11th, 2012 9:51pm

Volt lover revolted by publicity

With a Ph.D in physics and a long career with a Detroit auto supply business behind him, Norm Bodine of Clinton knows his cars. And he’s revolted that a futuristic car he purchased new last fall came with a questionable reputation after a faulty report on FOX News and various other media outlets. In response, Bodine wrote to the FOX reporter who made the misinformed report as well as its popular commentator Bill O’Reilly, complaining about the erroneous “facts” regarding a fire and the Volt’s mileage. He didn’t get a response, so instead set out on a one-man crusade to sing the praises of the Chevrolet Volt.

  • May 4th, 2012 10:48pm

Welcome to the new Whidbey Island Fair

What’s the Whidbey Island Fair? That will be the question on many people’s minds Saturday when the Whidbey Island Fair float makes its debut in the Holland Happening Parade in Oak Harbor.

  • Apr 27th, 2012 10:13pm

Another roadside attraction in Freeland

Lucy Whitney was out buying groceries, so she didn’t see the gawkers drive by as relatives installed her alligator.

  • Apr 20th, 2012 10:13pm

South Whidbey superintendent discusses school alternatives

South Whidbey School District next year may chop a hour off the full-day kindergarten schedule, cut the Spanish K-8 program, combine the two alternative school programs at one location, let high school students “challenge” classes to get credit for them, and create a K-12 media specialist position.

  • Apr 20th, 2012 10:11pm

South Whidbey pummels Lakewood after slow start

After a slow start, the South Whidbey soccer team dominated Lakewood in a rain-dampened game Tuesday evening on the Falcon pitch. The Cougars went home with an embarrassing 9-2 loss hanging over their heads, while the Falcons likely secured a playoff spot, according to coach John Gerlach.

  • Apr 20th, 2012 10:08pm