Brian Kelly

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Marked for Death: A South Whidbey Record report on the Douglas murder investigation

Russel Douglas looked a little lost when he drove up a driveway off Wahl Road that December day. He quickly figured out he was in the wrong place, thought the homeowner who had seen him drive slowly through the neighborhood 10 minutes earlier, as Douglas put his bright yellow Chevrolet Geo Tracker in reverse and, fast and straight, backed out onto Wahl Road, then drove away. He found where he thought he was supposed to be just down the road, minutes later, because that’s where somebody killed him.

  • Mar 6th, 2012 10:52pm

Move terminal, ferry riders say

CLINTON — Keep clam. Faced with four options for keeping the ferry terminal in Mukilteo, South Whidbey residents said they most liked an alternative that would move the ferry landing to the north. One option, however, inspired much opposition at Thursday’s public hearing. That $130 million-$140 million scenario for expanding the ferry terminal would keep the dock at the end of Highway 525, but the on-site expansion would mean the removal of Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing.

  • Feb 27th, 2012 8:29pm

Langley city officials reviewing marijuana issue

City officials are continuing to mull over a proposal for a medical marijuana business in Langley.

  • Feb 25th, 2012 12:21am

KPG is front-runner for Second Street design work

LANGLEY — City officials hope to hire the Seattle-Tacoma design firm of KPG to do the designing and engineering work on the reconstruction of Second Street.

  • Feb 23rd, 2012 5:39pm

Obama visits Boeing’s 787 factory line

EVERETT — He touched down with the pride of the past. Then he soared with the Boeing Company’s faith for the future.

  • Feb 22nd, 2012 12:00am

City officials voice initial support for medical marijuana business in Langley

LANGLEY — The plans for a medical marijuana “access point” in the Village by the Sea got a warm but wary welcome from city officials at a special council workshop this week.

  • Feb 18th, 2012 6:19pm

Law on medical marijuana leaves Langley in a fog

LANGLEY — City officials met again this week with the Freeland man who hopes to open a medical marijuana “access point” in Langley, but admitted that they’re still unsure what the city can do given the hazy legal fog surrounding medical marijuana issues.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 4:51pm

Langley may explore waterworks exhibit at fire hall

LANGLEY — Imagine the city’s old fire hall on Second Street filled with the pitter-patter of raindrops — and the footsteps of wee ones. It sounds good to the city council, if the reaction at this week’s council meeting was any gauge.

  • Feb 11th, 2012 6:08pm

Diking District 1 opponents win majority on board | UPDATE

COUPEVILLE — The critics of Diking District 1’s controversial pump project will soon be in control of the district’s board of commissioners. Tom Kraft has an insurmountable lead in votes, 232-105, over incumbent Diking Commissioner Ray Gabelein for a seat on the three-member board.

  • Feb 11th, 2012 6:00pm

Diking district opponents win majority on diking board

The critics of Diking District 1's controversial pump project will soon be in control of the district's board of commissioners. Tom Kraft has an insurmountable lead in votes, 232-105, over incumbent Diking Commissioner Ray Gabelein for a seat on the three-member board.

  • Feb 9th, 2012 8:26pm

Langley pub draws a crowd – of complaints

LANGLEY — The city’s hottest nightspot is proving to be a bit too popular for neighbors of the bustling business. Tension between Mo’s Pub & Eatery and several residents who live near the restaurant has grown since Mo’s opened last April. Though the owners of the business have tried to solve some of the noise and parking problems that have irritated neighbors since the British-style pub opened its doors, some who live nearby say Mo’s is a bad fit for the Second Street neighborhood.

  • Feb 9th, 2012 8:28pm

Langley agrees to new three-year contract with police union

LANGLEY — The city’s rank-and-file police officers will get a pay raise under a new contract approved by the Langley City Council on Monday.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 11:43pm

Logging project continues at Trillium Community Forest

Selective logging at Trillium Community Forest will continue through the end of February, officials with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust announced this week.

  • Feb 4th, 2012 5:12pm

Ferry ridership dropped dramatically during winter storm

The number of travelers on the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route dropped by nearly half during January's wicked week of winter weather.

  • Feb 3rd, 2012 4:14pm

Iraq vet plans to start medical marijuana business in Langley

An Iraq War veteran and local community volunteer is making plans to start a medical marijuana business in Langley. Lucas Jushinski met with city officials last week to outline his plan for a medical marijuana “access point,” which would be located in a low-key facility just outside the downtown area. Langley leaders have been cautiously supportive of the idea, and will hold a special meeting Feb. 15 to gauge public reaction to the idea.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 9:26pm

Langley City Council agrees to pursue funding for marina funicular

LANGLEY — Support for a funicular — a one-car, public people mover that would be built to connect Cascade Avenue to the Langley Marina area — is on the rise in Langley.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 5:10pm

Langley council OKs golf carts on Langley streets

The Village by the Sea is getting on the bandwagon. The bandwagon, in this case, is a tricked-out golf cart.

  • Jan 30th, 2012 12:32am

Langley council lines up in support of gay marriage

City Councilman Hal Seligson wasn’t willing to let a little progress stop him now. Seligson had hoped to present his fellow council members with a resolution last week that would put the city squarely in support of a proposed state law that would legalize same-sex marriage.

  • Jan 28th, 2012 6:22pm

Rep. Larsen focuses on jobs during tele-town hall

With three of her four children getting ready to retire over the next decade, Delores in Marysville wanted to chat about Social Security and Medicare. Walter in Mount Vernon wondered about insider trading in Congress. And Jack in Anacortes wanted to talk about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.

  • Jan 26th, 2012 12:36am

Metal artist hopes to move studio to Langley’s old fire hall

LANGLEY — Some heavy metal may return to Langley’s old firehouse on Second Street, and this time, it won’t be a fire engine returning from a blaze. Tim Leonard, the owner of Heavy Metal Works, is hoping to lease the back section of the old fire hall for his metal-art business. Leonard currently operates his studio at his home on Saratoga Road.

  • Jan 25th, 2012 7:28pm

Highway reopens after logging truck crash, driver identified | UPDATE

The Washington State Patrol has reopened Highway 525 after an early morning logging truck accident that injured a 20-year-old Clinton man.

  • Jan 25th, 2012 6:14pm

Logging truck accident closes Highway 525

FREELAND - A driver hit the back end of a loaded logging truck and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after an early morning crash on Highway 525 at Scott Road early Wednesday morning.

  • Jan 25th, 2012 4:49pm

Haugen says she’ll support gay marriage | UPDATE

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s decision to support same-sex marriage is getting a grateful reaction in Langley. Haugen, a 10th District lawmaker, said she would vote for a proposed law that would make Washington the seventh state in the union to allow same-sex marriages.

  • Jan 25th, 2012 3:00pm

New water line project means end to black-bag hydrants

The end is near for a few of Langley’s trashy-looking fire hydrants.

  • Jan 22nd, 2012 7:06pm

RIDING THE STORM OUT | More snow stories from this week’s big snowfall

Assistant Island County Engineer Connie Bowers said county road crews were working 24 hours each day this week, sanding and plowing as needed. At least four plows or sanders were at work in each of the county’s road shops; there are three on Whidbey Island, and one on Camano Island.

  • Jan 21st, 2012 6:35pm

Mixed-use project near Langley Marina may include funicular

LANGLEY — What goes up, must come down. Just the opposite may be happening in Langley. A proposed funicular at the marina — an idea that plummeted in popularity with the city council last year — is on the rise again, mainly due to a fresh proposal for a development project along Wharf Street.

  • Jan 19th, 2012 5:31pm

Five law firms express interest in Langley contract

Lawyers from across the region are ready to rush into the Village by the Sea. And it’s just what Langley officials have been hoping for.

  • Jan 16th, 2012 3:49pm

Langley councilman seeks city’s support for same-sex marriage

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen isn’t ready to take a stand on same-sex marriage, but Langley Councilman Hal Seligson is. Seligson said this week he would present a resolution to his fellow council members on Jan. 17 to support the passage of a new law that would allow same-sex marriage in Washington state.

  • Jan 15th, 2012 7:00pm

SLIDESHOW | Bogota’s best foot forward

Students from the Gimnasio Fontana school visited South Whidbey on a trip sponsored by the high school’s Spanish program, led by teacher Jennifer Gochanour. The Gimnasio Fontana show included storytelling, music and other tastes of the culture of Colombia.

  • Jan 14th, 2012 1:00am

OCCUPY SOUTH WHIDBEY: Protest movement will make its first stand in Freeland

They don’t have a leader, but hot dog, what a mascot. Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the “Occupy” demonstrations in large cities across the country, dozens of South Whidbey residents have been gathering each week to map out how they, too, can make a difference.

  • Jan 12th, 2012 10:08pm

New board takes over Freeland sewer district with velvet gloves

Voters cleaned house in the November election for the Freeland Water and Sewer District board, but with the installation of a new majority Monday, two new commissioners moved gingerly amid cushioned talk as they took steps to put the district’s house in order.

  • Jan 11th, 2012 3:55pm

Accused killer gets new lawyer

COUPEVILLE — The former fugitive accused of gunning down a Langley man more than eight years ago asked a Superior Court judge for a new lawyer during a short hearing Friday.

  • Jan 7th, 2012 7:52pm

Langley police adopt shift change amid declining ranks

The city's police force will be working longer shifts, but fewer days, to make up for its thinned ranks.

  • Jan 6th, 2012 6:00pm

South Whidbey 2012 | Six storylines to watch in the coming year

With the start of a new news year, the Record newsroom looked ahead at six storylines to watch in 2012.

  • Jan 5th, 2012 12:11am

Langley’s new mayor outlines his top priorities

It’s time to get to work. That’s the promise, the focus and the charge of Larry Kwarsick, who was set to be sworn in this week as Langley’s 26th mayor.

  • Dec 29th, 2011 6:17pm

Langley workshop may cover legal work

Langley officials are considering holding a workshop next week, and a potential topic of discussion includes the formation of a panel to review applicants for the job of city attorney.

  • Dec 29th, 2011 5:46pm

South Whidbey port officials approve lease of park property for cell tower

Commissioners for the Port of South Whidbey unanimously approved an agreement with AT&T at a special meeting Wednesday and will lease part of the port's park property at Possession Point so the company can put up a 140-foot-tall cell tower.

  • Dec 28th, 2011 8:25pm

Port commissioners to vote on new cell tower lease

Port of South Whidbey officials will hold a special meeting Wednesday to vote on a lease agreement with AT&T so the telecommunications company can put up a cell tower on the port’s Possession Point property.

  • Dec 28th, 2011 6:20pm

Homeowner recounts catching burglar inside his South Whidbey home

Glenn Perkins said it was hard to tell who was more surprised: The burglar who was caught red-handed, or Perkins, who discovered the intruder who slipped into his South Whidbey home Wednesday and interrupted his morning coffee.

  • Dec 23rd, 2011 4:24pm

Suspect in stabbing has long history of drug use

A Freeland man who allegedly stabbed his parents in a late night rage is mentally fit to stand trial and help his lawyer craft his defense, according to a state psychologist who reviewed the man’s mental health.

  • Dec 22nd, 2011 7:51pm

County prevails in lawsuit from former sheriff candidate

Jay Wallace won’t be getting his badge back. A federal court judge has ruled against the former deputy sheriff and said Island County was justified in firing Wallace after he shirked his duty in responding to 911 calls in Freeland where a woman was being held hostage and assaulted in early 2006.

  • Dec 21st, 2011 4:48pm

Missing ferry traveler is identified as Seattle man

A 58-year-old Seattle man with family in Oak Harbor has been tentatively identified as the person who jumped off the ferry M/V Cathlamet as the ship was approaching Whidbey Island on Dec. 11.

  • Dec 21st, 2011 4:39pm

City pulls plug on contract for Langley Community Garden

The city of Langley is getting out of the garden business. Langley officials have been told by the Washington State Auditor’s Office that the city needs to stop acting as the banker for the Langley Community Garden, the grassroots P-patch that sprouted in spring 2010 on the Anderson farm.

  • Dec 19th, 2011 4:01pm

Langley council to consider new contract with Langley chamber

The Langley City Council will get its first look at a fresh contract with the Langley Chamber of Commerce next week.

  • Dec 18th, 2011 6:41pm

Aging population presents a challenging future for Senior Services

USELESS BAY — It’s good news mixed with bad news. We’re all getting older together.

  • Dec 18th, 2011 6:37pm

Trial pushed back for former beauty queen accused of first-degree murder

COUPEVILLE — The first-degree murder trial for Peggy Sue Thomas has been pushed back almost 100 days.

  • Dec 18th, 2011 3:09am

Search for new Langley city attorney to take months

Langley expects to launch a competitive search for a city attorney later this month, but inking a final deal may take more than two months, according to city officials.

  • Dec 16th, 2011 5:37pm

Investigation continues on man-overboard incident on ferry Cathlamet | UPDATE

Two days after a man jumped from the stern of the ferry M/V Cathlamet during the 10 p.m. sailing Sunday, investigators are still trying to sort out who the man was and why he apparently leapt to his death in the frigid waters of Puget Sound.

  • Dec 14th, 2011 7:47pm

Man who went overboard from Cathlamet left bag behind | UPDATE

The man who jumped off the ferry M/V Cathlamet had walked aboard the vessel in Mukilteo, a Washington State Ferries spokeswoman said Monday.

  • Dec 12th, 2011 4:51pm

Search continues for missing ferry passenger | UPDATE

The search is continuing in the waters off Clinton for a missing passenger from the ferry M/V Cathlamet, Coast Guard officials said early Monday.

  • Dec 12th, 2011 3:40pm