Justin Burnett

Suspect in fatal collision in Freeland had Oxycodone in system

David Lee Hinton, the driver who struck and killed a bicyclist on East Harbor Road this summer, had opioids in his system, according to court… Continue reading

Freeland sewer work suspended; draft study reveals unacceptable rates

After spending more than three years and about $1.6 million to bring sewers to downtown Freeland, decision makers announced this week the project is presently… Continue reading

California murder was an ‘accident,’ attorney says

A defense attorney representing a Clinton woman who is accused of murdering her sister in California last year says the slaying was the result of… Continue reading

Nichols found guilty, judge hands down maximum sentence

Before a filled courtroom in Coupeville, a judge likened drinking and driving to the spinning of a roulette wheel. Michelle Dawn Nichols chose to play… Continue reading

Nichols case set for trial next week

A South Whidbey woman accused of driving drunk and causing a Valentine’s Day crash that killed a Freeland man in 2015 is scheduled to stand… Continue reading

EDITOR’S COLUMN | They’re gonna be great, trust me.

It’s been more than a month since the November General Election, and I believe I’ve finally emerged from the five stages of grief. And in… Continue reading

Burglaries prompt public warning by Island County Sheriff’s Office

A string of burglaries on South Whidbey prompted island police to issue a public warning this week. The alert, issued Monday by the Island County… Continue reading

WEATHER UPDATE | Forecasters predict one to three inches of snow on Thursday

The National Weather Service has downgraded the “winter storm watch” it issued this morning to a “winter weather advisory,” and is now forecasting snow accumulation… Continue reading

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Beware Washington’s signature green goop

Question: What’s slipperier, the slime/mold that so loves to cake decks on Whidbey Island or the thick frost/ice that coats them following the season’s first… Continue reading

Certified Island County election results yield no surprises

Island County’s 2016 General Election results were certified Tuesday, revealing no surprises. Barbara Bailey is still up for another term as the 10th Legislative District’s… Continue reading

Suquamish to join Tokitae on Clinton ferry route

A small effort that began in Clinton and blossomed into an area-wide lobbying campaign that included several municipalities and a state senator was a success.… Continue reading

Missing funds at South Whidbey High School Booster Club sparks case

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is working on a felony-level theft case involving what could be tens of thousands of dollars of missing funds from… Continue reading

Port of South Whidbey OK’s $1.38 million budget

Port of South Whidbey commissioners this week approved a 2017 budget that largely mirrors that of 2016. The $1.38 million plan was OK’d by Commissioner… Continue reading

State still pondering where to put new 144-car ferry

The fate of an effort to bring the fourth and final 144-car ferry to South Whidbey remains unknown. Ray Deardorf, planning director for Washington State… Continue reading

Freeland sewer project hits snag; well costs, lifespan now in question

The viability of an $800,000 property the Freeland Water and Sewer District purchased late last year for its long-planned sewer project is now in question.… Continue reading

Port of South Whidbey, Goosefoot consider kitchen partnership at fairgrounds

A hefty upgrade and potential expansion to a commercial kitchen at the fairgrounds could be the first major improvement made to the facility under port… Continue reading

Thanks for the votes, we’ll do great things together

Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the voters in the 10th Legislative District who supported me and chose to return… Continue reading

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Trump is our new president, accept it

I’ve been thinking about a post-election column on the presidential race for more than a week now, debating with myself about what I might say,… Continue reading

South Whidbey woman works to help refugees

A Freeland woman who describes herself as just a “regular” person is now on the front lines of the battle to assist refugees. Spurred into… Continue reading

Coffee blamed as cause of Suburban crash

Reaching for a cup of coffee had a frightening consequence for a Langley driver on Thursday. According to the Island County Sheriff’s Office, Amanda Gage… Continue reading