Justin Burnett

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.

Nighttime blaze claims Clinton barn; investigation underway

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

South End rallies against park surplus plan

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.