Justin Burnett

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Fireworks bill to temporarily ban fireworks clears Washington legislative committee

The Island County commissioners may soon have the flexibility they so desired last year to temporarily ban fireworks in times of extreme drought.

  • Feb 12th, 2016 3:17pm

Whidbey General Hospital board to vote on new name

Whidbey General Hospital commissioners are expected to vote on a new name next week.

  • Feb 7th, 2016 4:02pm

Patrol sergeant steps up to lead Island County detective team

One of South Whidbey’s finest and best known officers has a new badge and a new uniform.

  • Feb 9th, 2016 3:15pm

WhidbeyHealth: Hospital unveils new name before Langley crowd

WhidbeyHealth. No, it’s not a typo. It’s Whidbey General Hospital’s new name. Organization officials announced the change Thursday in Langley at the first of a series of island-wide, town hall-style meetings. CEO Geri Forbes appeared absolutely giddy delivering the news.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016 3:55pm

Clearer signs ‘yes,’ new Clinton ferry terminal name ‘no’

A quiet proposal in recent weeks to remove “Clinton” from the Clinton Ferry Terminal name appears to have been largely rejected.

  • Jan 23rd, 2016 8:00pm

Marijuana meeting for Bayview grow a mellow affair

A proposed pot farm in Bayview received a lukewarm reception from the public at an informational community meeting this week.

  • Jan 23rd, 2016 6:46pm

Port of South Whidbey OK’s crab, fishing rules for marina

Crabbing was heavily restricted and fishing eliminated entirely from the new floats at the Langley marina under a set of rules changes approved by the Port of South Whidbey this week.

  • Jan 16th, 2016 12:00am

South Whidbey man accused of burning own house over grudge with neighbor

A Mutiny Bay man who was heard yelling "Burn, (expletive), burn" outside his house as flames spread through the living room is accused of setting his own house on fire over a grudge with his neighbor. Michael Johnson, 45, was charged in Island County Superior Court on Jan. 4 with felony arson. If convicted, he could spend between 31-41 months in a state prison under the standard sentencing range.

  • Jan 8th, 2016 12:37am

Research boat scours South Whidbey shores for zooplankton, sea star answers

The 65-foot research vessel Clifford A Barnes was operating off the east side of South Whidbey today. The boat is on a six-day cruise through the Salish Sea conducting zooplankton surveys and collecting sea stars, according to Doug Russell, manager of Marine Operations for the University of Washington.

  • Jan 8th, 2016 12:21am

Process to decide state park’s future continues Thursday

The public will have another opportunity this week to weigh in on the future of three state park properties on South Whidbey.

  • Jan 6th, 2016 2:00pm

Mutiny Bay home severely damaged in ‘suspicious’ fire

Fire authorities believe foul play may have been involved in a fire that severely damaged a Mutiny Bay home early Thursday morning. South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer said he could provide few details in the case as it remains under investigation. He did say, however, that experts have not yet determined a cause and are questioning how the blaze began.

  • Dec 31st, 2015 7:53pm

Tick, tock, tick, tock: Industry of craftsmanship, romance struggles in digital world

In the heart of downtown Langley is a little store where time stands still. It’s a place of warm incandescent light, little brass gears, tiny screws and old-world craftsmanship. It’s also a space that one would expect to resound with a cacophony of ticks, tocks and cuckoos, but is instead strangely silent.

  • Jan 3rd, 2016 4:25pm

Tick, tock, tick, tock: Industry of craftsmanship, romance struggles in digital world

In the heart of downtown Langley is a little store where time stands still. It’s a place of warm incandescent light, little brass gears, tiny screws and old-world craftsmanship. It’s also a space that one would expect to resound with a cacophony of ticks, tocks and cuckoos, but is instead strangely silent.

  • Dec 30th, 2015 9:00pm

Busted Freeland water main cuts service to homes, businesses

A water main break in Freeland has shut down at least one business, impacted another and stopped water service to at least five homes, a Freeland Water and Sewer District official has confirmed.

  • Dec 21st, 2015 11:37pm

EDITOR’S COLUMN | It takes a special breed to be a firefighter

Well done Paul, well done. Giving 35 years as a career fireman is quite the feat, by anyone’s standards. The crummy pay and odd hours aside, simply carrying around a squawking pager for that long should be enough to earn just about anyone’s respect.

  • Dec 21st, 2015 6:32pm

Port puts priority on Langley marina anchor line fix

The use of improper construction materials in the marina expansion project recently resulted in an anchor line weight falling free and a dock drifting out of position, Port of South Whidbey officials have confirmed.

  • Dec 20th, 2015 4:29pm

Port of South Whidbey eyes pinch on crabbers

Unrestricted public crabbing and fishing from the new docks at South Whidbey Harbor may soon be a thing of the past and replaced with some new and heavy restrictions.

  • Dec 16th, 2015 4:34pm

Port will pursue contractor for marina anchor line foul

Anchor lines securing the new dock at the Langley marina are still crisscrossed and continuing to chafe, and the problem has rubbed the Port of South Whidbey the wrong way long enough.

  • Dec 13th, 2015 4:44pm

Weekend fire destroys South Whidbey workshop

A South Whidbey man is out more than $25,000 after a fire destroyed a backyard workshop last week. The blaze was reported around 8 p.m. Saturday at a home on April Drive, which is near Deer Lake between Bayview and Langley. Firefighters arrived to find the wooden structure engulfed in flames.

  • Dec 11th, 2015 4:33pm

Teacher sets down school books to run Bailey’s Corner Store in Cultus Bay

A respected Central Whidbey school teacher and tennis coach has bid adieu to a life of academia to become the proud new owner of Bailey’s Corner Store in Cultus Bay.

  • Dec 2nd, 2015 12:00am

EDITOR’S COLUMN | The ends never justify the means. Period.

I was on vacation last week, and though reporter/assistant editor Ben Watanabe did a fine job holding down the fort while I was away, I was pleased to see that people seemed to miss me. Not entirely imagined, the evidence was the over 800 emails I received during my absence. Clearly, newspaper editors are exceedingly popular and cool. People must really love our lousy senses of humor and stupid columns.

  • Dec 1st, 2015 10:21pm

STORM UPDATE | Power will return today for some, Saturday for others

Clinton and Langley residents can expect to get their power back sometime today, but the rest of South Whidbey will have to wait until Saturday, Puget Sound Energy announced this morning. The estimated restoration times were released on the utility's website early Thursday, a little more than one day after Tuesday's windstorm knocked out power to about 220,000 customers across the region. As of 8 a.m., that number had been reduced to just 14,000.

  • Nov 20th, 2015 2:07am

Crash in Freeland causes power outage for 40 homes

A single car crash on Fish Road knocked out power to about 40 homes for 10 hours in Freeland last weekend.

  • Nov 17th, 2015 11:05pm

Port of South Whidbey looks to private investor to fund Langley marina expansion

Hungry to continue its expansion of the Langley marina but with little resources to do it, the Port of South Whidbey is now looking at a private/public partnership to fund additional phases of the project.

  • Nov 16th, 2015 5:39pm

Woman from Clinton accused of murder in California pleads not guilty

Clinton resident Linda Thomas has pleaded not guilty in a California court to murder and other charges for the slaying of her sister last month.

  • Nov 11th, 2015 7:04pm

EDITOR’S COLUMN | WICA production has a lesson for us all

Once, long ago, there lived a dragon. It was a fearsome beast, full of fire and malicious intent, or so some nearby villagers believed. After all, how could a dragon be anything but a dragon, they reasoned.

  • Nov 3rd, 2015 11:03pm

Accused murderer was ‘beloved’ in Possession Shores

The Clinton woman charged with the murder of her sister in California two weeks ago came in to The Record’s Freeland office in late September and prepaid for her own obituary.

  • Oct 30th, 2015 4:04pm

One wheel, two continents; unicyclist to resume Americas tour this December

Cary Gray: artist, author, sustainability nut, world record holder, wild man. Also capable of building semi-functional catapults, and currently works at Prima Bistro in Langley.

  • Oct 29th, 2015 7:55pm

Fire razes Freeland home

A Freeland home was destroyed by fire early Saturday evening. The blaze was reported by a neighbor at 7:25 p.m. and firefighters arrived at the Myrtle Avenue home to find it fully engulfed in flames, according to Mike Cotton, deputy chief for South Whidbey Fire/EMS.

  • Oct 25th, 2015 4:20am

Ten months later, lights still off in some Old Clinton cabins: PSE won’t restore power without owner support

A small group of beachfront property owners with cabins that survived a series of destructive bluff slides in Old Clinton earlier this year are facing a new headache — the potential for a permanent loss of power. Five cabin owners have been without electricity since the slides occurred, which began in December and continued through March, destroying two cabins, severely damaging another and temporarily restricting access to a fourth.

  • Oct 24th, 2015 2:00pm

Clinton woman faces murder charge in California

An elderly Clinton woman traveled to her sister’s house in California carrying a handgun, zip ties and duct tape and a letter describing her wishes to be cremated. She then shot and killed her sibling before the gun was wrestled from her hands, according to a police report on the incident.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015 11:27pm

Overhead passenger loading? It’s possible in Clinton with WSF support, senator says

Overhead passenger loading at the Clinton ferry terminal isn’t an impossible dream, Washington’s District 10 senator said this week.

  • Oct 21st, 2015 2:00pm

Freeland crash sends two to hospital

Two people were transported to the hospital today following a two-car crash in Freeland. The accident occurred shortly after noon Wednesday at the intersection of Fish Road and Woodard Avenue. Police determined the accident was the result of one car failing to yield to another.

  • Oct 14th, 2015 9:24pm

Hospital hopefuls spar at forum hosted by League of Women Voters

Whidbey General Hospital’s transparency issues are largely unfounded.

  • Oct 16th, 2015 1:32pm

Public voices support for non-lethal options at Langley bunny meeting

If public sentiment were to hold sway, falconry might be out as an option to address Langley's rabbit problem. During a public meeting to discuss possible solutions Tuesday evening at the Island County Fairgrounds, few if any people voiced support for using birds of prey as a tool to dent the city's rabbit population. Instead, most seemed to favor more passive and nonlethal approaches, such as using fencing and sprays to keep rabbits away from homes and gardens.

  • Oct 8th, 2015 5:11pm

Shellfish protection district here to stay

Despite the temporary opening of shellfish harvesting in Holmes Harbor this spring, the first in nine years, it doesn’t appear the area’s designation as a shellfish protection district will go away any time soon.

  • Oct 8th, 2015 5:34pm

PETA objects to Langley falconry proposal

Langley’s long-standing rabbit headache and one of its most discussed solutions, falconry, became much more complicated this week.

  • Oct 4th, 2015 3:34pm

Freeland water district to spend $800,000 on property

Freeland Water and Sewer District commissioners went all-in Friday when they agreed to spend $800,000 on a 24-acre property for a sewer treatment plant.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 9:20pm

Swing and a miss for Holmes Harbor Golf Course sale

A two-week window for prospective buyers to make offers on the Holmes Harbor Golf Course has come and gone without a single bid.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015 9:13pm

Longtime South End developer, businessman dies

Erl Bangston, the founder of a successful Whidbey Island real estate company and longtime developer, died last week.

  • Sep 21st, 2015 3:49pm

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Three-hour debate was time well spent

I watched the Republican debate on television Wednesday, most of it anyway. I flipped on the TV a little late, but nevertheless was among the 23 million reported Americans who tuned in. That’s a lot of people, but a pale shadow of the nearly 320 million who call the United States home. Where was everyone? Better things to do, I guess, than learn about those who may just one day be president.

  • Sep 18th, 2015 10:28pm

Nichols enters ‘not guilty’ plea for vehicular homicide

A South Whidbey woman accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a Freeland man earlier this year has pleaded “not guilty.”

  • Sep 16th, 2015 2:00am

Suspected Greenbank burglary accomplice pleads ‘not guilty’

The second of two Coupeville men facing charges for a burglary gone bad pleaded not guilty this week.

  • Sep 16th, 2015 12:00am

Freeland shipyard floats changes in ‘consolidation’ permit

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking to work one hour later, improve production with added fabrication space, make temporary building height exemptions permanent and construct up to 26-foot-tall sound walls on two borders of the property, according to a permit application submitted to county planners.

  • Sep 9th, 2015 2:00pm

New South End nonprofit to help elderly age in place

When you get older, living at home gets more challenging. Everyday chores such as walking the dog or changing the batteries in smoke detectors take on new dimensions of difficulty. Take Cynthia Trenshaw. The Freeland woman lives alone and suffers from a neuromuscular disease. While it hasn’t stopped her from working or staying busy, it makes some ordinary tasks nearly impossible. “If I want to hang a picture over the fireplace, which I do, I need someone to help me,” she said.

  • Sep 4th, 2015 11:52pm

New Nichols Brothers tug pulled, pushed, hoisted to deeper water

A massive operation to launch a new tugboat into Holmes Harbor this week has finally succeeded.

  • Sep 6th, 2015 4:03pm

Massive cranes to arrive in Holmes Harbor tonight to help stranded tug

Two days after the failed launch of a 136-foot tugboat into Holmes Harbor, a Nichols Brothers Boat Builders official confirmed the company will attempt to float the vessel again tonight. This time, the Freeland shipyard is bringing in two 300-ton cranes on barges to help the new tug, the Nancy Peterkin, to deeper water.

  • Sep 2nd, 2015 8:37pm

Ancient human remains found at Freeland job site

An expert with the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation was in Freeland on Tuesday examining ancient human remains discovered at a home construction site. The bones were found late last week by men digging a septic system at a new home near Robinson Beach on Mutiny Bay. Workers called police and Island County Coroner Robert Bishop was dispatched. He later confirmed the bones were both human and old.

  • Sep 3rd, 2015 6:18pm

Nichols Brothers launch stalled by new system

The floating of a new tugboat by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders was delayed Monday due to a problem with a new launching system. As of Tuesday morning, the Nancy Peterkin, a 136-foot tugboat built for Kirby Offshore Marine, was still sitting on its launch track a few hundred yards offshore in Holmes Harbor.

  • Sep 1st, 2015 11:32pm

Soup Box Derby a success, organizers say | CORRECTED

With no rain, the 2015 Soup Box Derby in Langley took place as planned Sunday, and organizers are chalking it up as an overwhelming success.

  • Sep 2nd, 2015 12:34am