Justin Burnett

Sea lion visits Nichols Brothers, makes national news

A large California sea lion made national waves in Freeland on Saturday. The 600-pound bull spent the day in and around Nichols Brothers Boat Builders’… Continue reading

Whidbey residents respond to Inauguration Day

Whidbey Island residents recognized Inauguration Day in different ways. Many Republicans said they feel optimistic and spent the day in quiet celebration. One Langley family… Continue reading

Coupeville man facing child porn charges

A Coupeville man is facing more than eight years in prison for possessing more than 3,000 child pornography images and videos on his home computer,… Continue reading

Suspect in South Whidbey vehicular homicide may see bench trial

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

Whidbey Island to get newest state ferry on Clinton route

Several routes were considered, but the Clinton-Mukilteo run had the greatest need

State 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

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

City’s wellness effort pays off

Meeting stringent best practice standards in employee health promotion has paid off as Oak Harbor is set to save upwards of $33,600 next year on medical coverage expenses.

Clinton ferry service resumes following morning closure

The Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route is back in action. Washington State Ferries confirmed repairs to the Mukilteo Terminal are complete and that service resumed with the… Continue reading

WAIF now placing chips in adopted pets

By placing a chip under the skin of adopted pets, WAIF is helping ensure their return to owners

Box truck cripples Mukilteo ferry terminal, closes entire route

Service on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route was brought to a sudden halt Saturday morning after a large vehicle struck and damaged the Mukilteo Terminal. Agency… Continue reading

Hundreds bicycle Whidbey for hospital

Blessed with sunshine and a hefty turnout, organizers are calling Whidbey General Hospital Foundation’s ninth annual Tour de Whidbey a great success.

GURU OF FLY FISHING: Whidbey nonagenarian is a tying legend and a teacher | The Bridge

A lot of words can accurately describe Gil Nyerges: teacher, artist, craftsman. Some even say he’s a legend, on South Whidbey at least.

Humpy season can lead to more than lines tangling

The humpy salmon season is reaching its peak, and every day legions of anglers swarm Whidbey Island beaches for their share of pink gold.

Retro dance to support Whidbey Island history

Museums can’t always be about white gloves, fragile artifacts, and yesterday’s news. Every once in a while you have to shake off the dust and that’s just what members of the Island County Historical Society plan to do next week when they convene at the Coupeville Recreation Hall for a ‘60s and ‘70s style boogie.

Whidbey Island’s last video store saved in cliffhanger

Blockbuster in Oak Harbor, the last video rental store in town, is one of about 600 stores across the country that will not close in the wake of the chain’s acquisition by a major satellite TV provider. Earlier this month, Dish Network Corp was announced as the highest bidder in a bankruptcy court auction to acquire the former king of the home-video business and “substantially all” of its assets for about $228 million.

Preparation under way to raise crab boat

A small flotilla of specialized vessels will be operating in Penn Cove next week working to raise a 128-foot crab boat that burned and sank just outside the mussel rafts earlier this month. Richard Walker, the on-scene spill coordinator with state Department of Ecology, said Friday morning that it is still unclear just when the vessel will be raised but confirmed that it won’t be any sooner than Monday.

Tough budget times ahead for Oak Harbor

The city of Oak Harbor’s days of clear financial sailing appear to be over as the economic storm plaguing state and municipal governments across the nation has finally caught up with Whidbey Island’s largest city.

Environmental group set to file petition against Island County

A state-required update to a section of Island County’s critical areas ordinances is seven years past due and a South Whidbey-based environmental watchdog group says that’s too long.

Island County commissioners tackle recycling at night meeting

Island County Board of Commissioners will hold its first regular nighttime meeting next month and one of the first items on the agenda is the repeal of a controversial curbside recycling ordinance. This week, the board unanimously adopted a code amendment that changes the official start time of the commissioners’ fourth Monday meeting of the month from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.