Justin Burnett

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UPDATE | State police identify Langley bicyclist; suspected drunk driver to make court appearance

A South Whidbey bicyclist is dead and another man in jail following a fatal collision on East Harbor Road in Freeland Thursday evening. The Washington State Patrol identified the deceased Friday morning as Randall L. Lorraine, 58, of Langley.

  • Aug 5th, 2016 6:03pm

Port plan passing; voters OK fairgrounds transfer, tax hike

It appears a majority of South End voters are in favor of a port-owned fairgrounds and are willing to pick up the tab. According to the first round of primary election results released by the Island Auditor’s Office Tuesday evening, the Port of South Whidbey’s fairgrounds proposal is passing with 61.76 percent of voters casting “yes” votes.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016 5:04am

Port of South Whidbey officials promise slow, measured approach to fairgrounds

For better or worse, voters will decide the fate of the Island County Fairgrounds in just two weeks time. The primary election is Aug. 2 and it will determine whether ownership of the 13-acre facility is transferred to an optimistic Port of South Whidbey and a property-funding 5-cent tax hike OK’d, or if stewardship will remain with a reluctant board of county commissioners, a body that’s said the fairgrounds’ proverbial checkbook is quickly running out of pages.

  • Jul 17th, 2016 4:12pm

Support, skepticism voiced at fairgrounds open house hosted by Port of South Whidbey

The Port of South Whidbey held the second of two planned open houses on the district’s fairgrounds proposal this week, and was once again met with a small, albeit largely supportive audience.

  • Jul 14th, 2016 3:51pm

Landslides prompt research: graduate student hunts for clues, triggers at Old Clinton

A University of Washington researcher is hunting for answers about last year’s landslides in Old Clinton, and he’s looking for the community’s help. Justin Brooks, a graduate student with the university’s Earth and Space Sciences, applied geoscience masters program, is studying the series of slides that destroyed or damaged several cabins on Campers Row Walk in 2014 and 2015. He’s got a hunch that the events’ triggers were more complex than the old “lots of rain” explanation, and that understanding the circumstances better will not only further scientists’ knowledge about how and why landslides occur, but may also help predict future movements.

  • Jul 10th, 2016 2:55pm

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Rabbits are trouble

So NASA made it made it back to Jupiter. Big deal. Donald Trump could become the next president, Choochokam has been called off and rabbits are back in my yard. Yeah, things couldn’t be worse.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 9:09pm

Low open-house turnout thwarts Port of South Whidbey’s ballot eduction hopes

The first of two open houses on the Port of South Whidbey’s fairgrounds proposal took place this week, but public sentiment on the August ballot measure remains unclear. The Wednesday evening meeting in the Coffman Building was attended by only about 20 people, not including district staff and vocal supporters. At least one commissioner said he’d been hoping for more.

  • Jul 2nd, 2016 2:00am

First Choochokam in 40 years scrubbed

Choochokam Music & Arts Festival organizers confirmed Thursday what many have suspected for more than a month — there will be no show this year. The 2016 event was cancelled late last week, according to Celia Black, president of the Choochokam Arts Foundation. Blaming “logistical” problems associated with the move to Community Park, she said the challenges hampered planning efforts over the past few months. By the time they were finally hammered out it was too late to responsibly move forward, she said.

  • Jul 1st, 2016 11:39pm

Independence Day: South Whidbey preps to party on Fourth of July

America will celebrate its independence this weekend, and like every year South Whidbey won’t be left out of the fun. The 22nd annual Celebrate America blasts off Sunday, July 3 at Freeland Park, and the Maxwelton Fourth of July Parade will follow Monday at Maxwelton Beach. Organizers for both events are banking on sunny skies and healthy attendance. “It’s an optimal day because it’s Sunday… and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate so we’re expecting a good turnout,” said Matt Chambers, pastor of South Whidbey Assembly of God and Celebrate America event organizer.

  • Jun 29th, 2016 3:31pm

Langley considers request to chop down tree at Boy and Dog Park

The large evergreen tree at Boy and Dog Park may get the ax, a Langley official announced Monday.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 10:23pm

Richard “Buck” Francisco: veterans, children’s warrior dies at 92

An estimated 2,000 disadvantaged children and their families will visit the M-Bar-C…

  • Jun 17th, 2016 7:00pm

Sheriff’s Office volunteers give service, friendship

Finger printing isn’t finger painting. It takes a practiced and steady hand not to make a big smudge, and usually not the one with ink on it. For countless South Whidbey residents, that help has been Ham McKelvey.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 4:00pm

South Whidbey man carves out niche in Native American art | CORRECTED

Nathan Gilles is an artist. His medium is wood, his focus Native American carving. He makes bowls, masks, drums, boxes, hand tools — pretty much anything in the genre. He even made a traditional dugout canoe once, which you may have seen. It’s been on display in front of the museum in Coupeville for years. But it’s totem poles that are Gilles’ specialty.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 5:58pm

Nighttime blaze claims Clinton barn; investigation underway

An old barn in Clinton was destroyed by fire Monday evening.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 10:12pm

Port of South Whidbey considers Clinton Beach Dock options

Ongoing maintenance bills and questions about whether the Clinton Beach Dock is still an appropriate fit for the Port of South Whidbey has district commissioners scratching their heads about the facility’s long-term future. The dock, located alongside the ferry terminal, was damaged by winter storms and subsequently closed this spring. Port commissioners have bent their thoughts toward repairs, and began this week interviewing engineering firms to conduct the work. But this isn’t the first time rough weather has resulted in unexpected maintenance bills, and the ongoing expense and seeming lack of direct economic development benefit have fueled a new conversation among board members.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 1:51pm

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Life is outside the car

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who go upstairs when they ride the ferry, and those who wait in their cars. I’m a get out and smell the air kinda guy.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016 11:02pm

South Whidbey school chaperone assaulted on field trip to Seattle

A Langley Middle School chaperone was assaulted and hospitalized Thursday while on a sixth grade field trip to Seattle.

  • May 26th, 2016 3:10pm

Shivering but alive: Pilot survives crash into Saratoga Passage

Bundled in blankets just a few feet from his nearly submerged aircraft, a shivering pilot told The Record, “Yes,” he did have a final comment.

  • May 24th, 2016 9:40pm

Horse accident claims HOPE volunteer

A Sunlight Beach man and equestrian group volunteer was killed in a horse accident at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley this week. According to the Island County Coroner’s Office, Marshall MacElveen was in a trailer with three horses just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was fatally injured by one of the animals. He was 61.

  • May 21st, 2016 5:54pm

Clinton man identified in fairgrounds fatality

A man who died while working with horses at the Island County Fairgrounds Tuesday has been identified as Clinton resident Marshall MacElveen. His identity was released by the Island County Coroner's Office Wednesday morning. MacElveen was 61.

  • May 18th, 2016 9:15pm

Man dies in horse accident at fairgrounds

A man was killed in a horse accident at the Island County Fairgrounds today. According to Wendy Moffatt, division chief of South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the man was either kicked or stepped on and died of his injures. The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

  • May 17th, 2016 10:33pm

Port of South Whidbey fairgrounds proposal heads to August ballot

It’s official. Ownership of the fairgrounds in Langley will be decided on an August ballot. Port of South Whidbey commissioners Tuesday passed a resolution to seek voter approval of a measure that would transfer title of the property from the county to the port, and increase the district’s existing levy to fund ongoing maintenance. The decision followed a meeting late last month where the board agreed to terms outlined by the Island County commissioners.

  • May 16th, 2016 4:38pm

Judge rules Nichols’ blood results are admissible in court

State police did have probable cause to draw blood from Michelle Nichols without a warrant, and the results will be admissible in court, a judge ruled Thursday afternoon. Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill's decision brought an end to the question of whether or not key evidence in the vehicular homicide case against Nichols could be used in a trial.

  • May 12th, 2016 11:43pm

Judge to issue written ruling in South Whidbey DUI case

Whether or not Michelle Nichols’ blood results from a fatal car crash will be admissible in court remains unknown this week. An evidence suppression hearing wrapped up in Island County Superior Court on Wednesday. And while it appeared briefly that a judge would issue a ruling immediately, she elected instead to release a written decision later.

  • May 7th, 2016 2:02pm

Nichols’ hearing continued until Wednesday

Only one person reported smelling alcohol coming from Michelle Nichols immediately following the 2015 car crash that left a Freeland man dead, and the police officer at the scene spent time speaking to a news reporter.

  • May 4th, 2016 12:00am

South End rallies against park surplus plan

Washington State Parks asked, and the people of South Whidbey answered.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 8:21pm

Judge to decide key evidence in vehicular homicide case

The admissibility of key evidence in a South Whidbey vehicular homicide case will be decided at a hearing in Coupeville on Friday.

  • Apr 27th, 2016 4:04pm

Teens assist in rescue of injured Clinton woman

An unplanned trip for ice cream turned two South Whidbey teens into real-life rescuers this week. Jordyn Kelley and Niah Molo, both 14, were enjoying a half-day off school Wednesday and were walking along Highway 525 just south of Deer Lake to Dairy Queen when they heard someone yelling for help. It turned out to be an injured woman who was trapped in a marshy gully that runs along the state route. The girls called 9-1-1 and comforted the woman until help arrived.

  • Apr 22nd, 2016 11:16pm

Possession Point uplands plan sparks resident concern

Most of Possession Point State Park will be reclassified as “surplus” and become eligible for transfer to another public entity or even sold to a private party, under a long-range plan being proposed by Washington State Parks. The state began its Classification and Management Planning (or CAMP) process late last year for three properties: South Whidbey State Park, 560 acres of tideland in the Useless Bay area, and the 25-acre Possession Point State Park. Developed with community input, once completed the documents will outline the direction of each location for the next 20 years.

  • Apr 24th, 2016 2:09pm

Clinton woman rescued from gully along highway

A South Whidbey woman was sent the hospital today after being rescued from a ravine along Highway 525 in Clinton. First responders from South Whidbey Fire/EMS extricated the woman from heavy brush and mud near Deer Lake. She was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Colby Campus in what appeared to be stable condition, according to Wendy Moffatt, the district's medical division chief.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 11:34pm

Port of South Whidbey’s fairgrounds deadline passes, but deal is still possible

Time is up. The Port of South Whidbey’s imposed fairground deadline came and went Friday with no formal answer from the Island County commissioners. But parties on both sides say the deal isn’t dead. The county commissioners will discuss conditions for a property transfer on Tuesday, and port leaders say they will listen despite the missed deadline. It’s their moral responsibility not to walk away, said Port Commissioner Ed Halloran, who is president of the board.

  • Apr 19th, 2016 2:21pm

Maxwelton’s dirty fix: Concerns swirl around planned drainage project

Island County will spend more than $200,000 of clean water utility money this summer to shuttle storm water that officials know is contaminated with high levels of fecal coliform bacteria into Useless Bay.

  • Apr 9th, 2016 2:00pm

Builders demand burglary relief from Island County sheriff

South Whidbey builders are fed up with property crime, and they let Island County Sheriff Mark Brown know it at a meeting in Freeland Thursday.

  • Apr 8th, 2016 10:47pm

Langley daughter to perform in London at violin ‘Olympics;’ audience to include Prince Charles

A 12-year-old Langley girl is in London, England this week to compete in one of the world’s most prestigious violin competitions.

  • Apr 6th, 2016 2:00pm

Nichols Brothers rallies to send off third superstructure

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders will launch its third and possibly final 144-car state ferry superstructure next week.

  • Apr 1st, 2016 11:35pm

Langley renamed for day in ceremony

For a single day this past weekend, all Langley residents became residents of “Bunnyville,” whether they knew it or not. In a short ceremony Saturday at Boy and Dog Park, Mayor Tim Callison officially renamed the city for the day with a proclamation and also presented the Easter Bunny with keys to Langley. And he did so in rather unorthodox attire before a crowd of about 50 people.

  • Mar 29th, 2016 10:21pm

Burning for Bernie: Democrats overwhelmingly side with Sanders for president

To some, he’s a visionary, a champion of the people who will save entire generations from student debt. To others, he’s an unrealistic and unproven dream, a vote to nowhere.

  • Mar 29th, 2016 10:19pm

Sanders wins big in Island County caucuses

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed a sweeping victory over rival Hillary Clinton in Island County's Democratic presidential caucuses today. According to numbers released by the Island County Democrats this afternoon, Sanders took home 219 delegates to Clinton's 97 delegates. Sanders won by a deciding margin in each of the four caucus locations: South Whidbey, Coupeville, Oak Harbor and Camano Island.

  • Mar 27th, 2016 1:16am

EDITOR’S COLUMN | There’s plenty to do for the restlessly awake

Every weekend is the same. I turn in Friday with big plans to sleep in late. I tell myself that this time is going to be different, that I’m not rolling out of bed until 8 a.m. no matter what. And it’s gonna be awesome. Right.

  • Mar 26th, 2016 2:00pm

School district, city again hit with public records lawsuits

A Langley man and self-appointed white knight of open government is once again charging two South Whidbey public entities with violating state sunshine laws.

  • Mar 25th, 2016 11:57pm

Island County commissioners lean toward South Whidbey port’s fairgrounds plan

It appears a last-ditch effort by the Whidbey Island Fair Association’s board to wrestle back control of the fairgrounds has failed, and that voters will have their say on an August ballot over just who should, and who shouldn’t, own the property.

  • Mar 18th, 2016 11:50pm

High winds blast South Whidbey for second time in four days, causing outages, damaged homes

On the tails of Thursday’s spring storm, a second and more powerful system blew through South Whidbey late this weekend, severely damaging at least three homes and leaving people throughout the area in the dark.

  • Mar 16th, 2016 12:00am

Storm brings floods, downs trees, outages to South Whidbey

A spring storm wreaked havoc across the South End on Thursday, toppling trees, cutting power and causing flooding in several communities.

  • Mar 11th, 2016 11:54pm

EDITOR’S COLUMN | An ax on the porch keeps the trees at bay

Well, I survived Thursday’s spring storm. My seemingly evil trees behaved themselves, keeping their man-killer-sized branches to themselves and out of my roof. It seems others on South Whidbey, however, weren’t so lucky. In separate incidents, a garage and a car were both damaged by falling trees in the Freeland area. To those unfortunates, you have my sympathies. Truly. Know that I understand your pain, for I also am a victim of tree abuse. The massive evergreens that surround my home have been trying to kill me for months.

  • Mar 11th, 2016 11:49pm

Blood test may be suppressed in South Whidbey vehicular homicide case

Whether a vehicular homicide case against a South Whidbey woman goes to trial or not may depend heavily on the outcome of a court hearing next month.

  • Mar 9th, 2016 7:10pm

Outside mooring work begins at South Whidbey Harbor

Work on a project to make South Whidbey Harbor more inviting and accessible to large vessels kicked off this week with the arrival of a massive barge and crane. Seattle-based Pacific Pile & Marine L.P., the Port of South Whidbey’s hired contractor, mobilized Tuesday and has since begun work on the “outside mooring project,” a plan to retrofit the northern edge of the marina outer floats to allow boats 100 feet and larger a place to tie up.

  • Mar 7th, 2016 4:28pm

Rooster ruckus? Barnyard move-ins have Langley clucking

Arriving in stealth and by means unknown, a clutch of at least eight chickens took up roost in Langley last week and, in short order, have become the talk of the town.

  • Mar 6th, 2016 3:56pm

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Life with a view, I can imagine it well

The sunrise Tuesday morning was a gasper, one of those multi-hued affairs that just seem impossible. Complete with fog and frost, it was too much to resist and I became a passenger in my own car. It took on a will of its own, passing the turn to work and barreling down Highway 525 toward Double Bluff for a photo. I’m not a big sunrise/sunset shot kinda guy as they tend to be tiresome images, but I’ve been on the hunt for a cover image for one of the paper’s special sections and this was it. The colors reflected off Deer Lagoon, the fog, Mount Rainier in the background — it was perfect.

  • Feb 23rd, 2016 11:13pm

EDITOR’S COLUMN | A series of maladies in the life of an editor

Day 540: Another branch fell this weekend, not sure how much longer I can hold out. Unless help arrives soon, all may be lost. No joke. Traversing my front yard has always been a dubious endeavor, thanks to my owning two dogs.

  • Feb 16th, 2016 10:18pm

Launch headaches revisit Nichols Brothers

Despite some engineering improvements to its new launch system, floating a new 1,320-plus ton tugboat into Holmes Harbor once again proved a tricky affair for Nichols Brothers Boat Builders.

  • Feb 12th, 2016 11:18pm