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