Justin Burnett

Island County accepts Mutiny Bay beach donation

Island County will accept the donation of 300 feet of waterfront property on South Whidbey.

District Court candidate list drops to three

Island County commissioners narrowed the pool of candidates for District Court judge this week.

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.

Education descends from heavens, inspires South Whidbey Elementary School students

Education and possibility soared to new heights at South Whidbey Elementary School this week.

SAMISH READIES TO SAIL | Barges, tugs mobilize in Holmes Harbor in preparation for ferry departure

Washington’s newest 144-car ferry is expected to embark on its first sailing today, though instead of shuttling passengers through Puget Sound it will be the one hitching a ride.

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.

South Whidbey school leadership letter runs afoul of state law

In trying to swear its commitment to transparency with a recent letter to the editor, the South Whidbey school board may have inadvertently broken state sunshine laws.

Chambers of commerce reel in almost 60 percent of tourism funding

A special tax collected from lodging industry businesses in Island County will contribute $150,000 toward tourism promotion next year.

Downtown Langley project boosted by big bucks

A nonprofit group aimed at the promotion and preservation of Langley’s small town heritage won a giant victory this week when it secured the city’s pledge to participate in a state tax incentive program. Janet Ploof, president of the Historic Downtown Langley Main Street Association, said the move will essentially turbocharge the organization’s efforts by providing a stable source of funding.

Twister like storm damages Langley trees

Several trees were destroyed in Langley last night by what city officials are saying may have been a twister. "It was pretty amazing," Mayor Larry Kwarsick said. "It came out of nowhere." It's not yet clear when the phenomenon began but Kwarsick estimated that the event started sometime around 7:45 p.m. and lasted about 10 minutes. Most of the damage was located in the area of Sixth Street and Cascade Avenue, he said.

Old tire complaint rolls over Langley mayor

A kerfuffle over a cache of old tires on Langley city property has Mayor Fred McCarthy scrambling for answers, though it may be more than one year too late.

South End PR firm owner arrested, charged with child rape

A Langley man who ran a public relations firm on South Whidbey turned himself in Monday after being charged with several sex crimes.

Shoreline Management rule rewrite makes waves

A long-range planning document that will dictate how development moves forward on shorelines in rural Island County over the next 20 years will be the focus of a series of public meetings beginning next week.

Curbside recycling idea recycled in Island County

A curbside recycling program almost identical to the one pitched more than four years ago is being considered for Island Disposal customers.

Gordon keeps Port of South Whidbey seat, Jenkins looks to future

The last of the November general election ballots have been tallied and Clinton resident Curt Gordon will keep his seat as a Port of South Whidbey commissioner.

Around the world: Man plans 10-month voyage from Oak Harbor

Some call him courageous. Some say he’s nuts. Others may think he’s a bit of both.

Nighttime blaze claims Clinton barn; investigation underway

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

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.

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.

First election count shows Whidbey General Hospital measure passing

Based on a first tally of November general election ballots, Whidbey General Hospital’s $50 million expansion proposal appears to be passing. The Island County Elections Office released it’s first count Tuesday evening and according to the results, the hospital measure is succeeding with 61.75 percent of the vote. The bond needs a supermajority of 60 percent to pass.