Brian Kelly

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.


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.


Langley city officials reviewing marijuana issue

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.