Justin Burnett

Justin posted 819 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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Property crime concerns raised to sheriff by South Whidbey builders

South Whidbey builders are fed up with property crime, and they let Island County Sheriff Mark Brown know during a meeting Thursday in Freeland.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 10:04pm

$10.5 mil sewers planned for Freeland

If the stars line up, construction of a $10.5 million effort to bring sewers to Freeland’s commercial core could begin as soon next summer.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 10:00pm

Rooster ruckus: Why did the chickens come to town? That’s a mystery to residents

Arriving in stealth and by means unknown, a clutch of at least eight chickens took up roost in Langley recently and, in short order, had town’s residents clucking. They have since been caught.

  • Mar 12th, 2016 6:00am

Longtime deputy new sheriff’s detective

One of Whidbey Island’s finest and best-known law enforcement officers is sporting a new badge and uniform.

  • Feb 17th, 2016 2:00pm

Fireworks bill debuts in state House

The Island County commissioners may soon have the flexibility they so desired last year to temporarily ban fireworks in times of extreme drought.

  • Feb 12th, 2016 9:36pm

Costs still undetermined, but hospital ready to vote on name change

Whidbey General Hospital commissioners are expected to vote on a new name next week, even though all of the costs of rebranding aren’t clear.

  • Feb 5th, 2016 10:56pm

Hospital no longer ‘General’: ‘We’re changing our name,’ CEO reveals

WhidbeyHealth. No, it’s not a typo. It’s Whidbey General Hospital’s new name.

  • Jan 30th, 2016 3:00pm

Man jailed for allegedly setting house on fire in South Whidbey

A Mutiny Bay man who was heard yelling “Burn, (expletive), burn” outside his house as flames spread through the living room is accused of setting his own house on fire over a grudge with his neighbor.

  • Jan 12th, 2016 10:59pm

Owners of Langley clock shop moving toward retirement in digital world

In the heart of downtown Langley is a little store where time stands still. It’s a place of warm incandescent light, little brass gears, tiny screws and old-world craftsmanship.

  • Jan 8th, 2016 11:15pm

Central Whidbey teacher takes over Corner Store

A respected Central Whidbey school teacher and tennis coach has bid adieu to a life of academia to become the proud new owner of Bailey’s Corner Store in Cultus Bay.

  • Dec 18th, 2015 10:55pm

Storm socks Whidbey Island

A winter storm this week severely damaged homes, seriously injured a Freeland man and left thousands on the South End without power for days.

  • Nov 21st, 2015 12:57am

South Whidbey woman, 71, pleads not guilty to killing sister

Clinton resident Linda Thomas has pleaded not guilty in a California court to murder and other charges for the slaying of her sister last month.

  • Nov 17th, 2015 10:39pm

Whidbey unicyclist to resume tour of the Americas

Cary Gray: artist, author, sustainability nut, world record holder, wild man. Also capable of building semi-functional catapults, and currently works at Prima Bistro in Langley. If the 26-year-old St. Louis, Mo., native has a resume, it probably looks something like that. In town on a longer-than-expected pit stop, Gray is a free-spirit adventurer who’s been pedaling his way through the Americas since 2013.

  • Nov 3rd, 2015 10:51pm

South Whidbey woman accused of murder wrote own obituary

The Clinton woman charged with the premeditated murder of her sister in California placed her own obituary in a Whidbey Island newspaper before the crime was committed. Linda Thomas, 71, went into the office of the South Whidbey Record on Sept. 22 and paid for the obituary. Island law enforcement also confirmed that Thomas was driven to California by a South Whidbey man.

  • Oct 30th, 2015 11:10pm

Whidbey woman accused of premeditated murder in California

An elderly Clinton woman traveled to her sister’s house in California carrying a handgun, zip ties and duct tape and a letter describing her wishes to be cremated. She then shot and killed her sibling before the gun was wrestled from her hands, according to a police report on the incident.

  • Oct 26th, 2015 4:13pm

Overhead passenger ferry loading in Clinton not out of the question

Overhead passenger loading at the Clinton ferry terminal isn’t an impossible dream, Washington’s District 10 senator said this week.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015 10:49pm

Holmes Harbor shellfish protection district here to stay

Despite the temporary opening of shellfish harvesting in Holmes Harbor this spring, the first in nine years, it doesn’t appear the area’s designation as a shellfish protection district will go away any time soon.

  • Oct 9th, 2015 10:46pm

Holmes Harbor Golf Course failing to draw any potential buyers

A two-week window for prospective buyers to make offers on the Holmes Harbor Golf Course has come and gone without a single bid. For Holmes Harbor Sewer District commissioners who are trying to shed unwanted ownership of the golf course’s 50 acres of fairways, that they didn’t get even a nibble was disappointing, but not surprising.

  • Sep 25th, 2015 11:33pm

New Whidbey nonprofit helps elderly age in place

South Whidbey at Home will provide volunteer help to seniors on small but essential services.

  • Sep 5th, 2015 12:03am

Bones found during Freeland dig ‘prehistoric,’ says coroner

An expert with the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation was in Freeland on Tuesday examining ancient human remains discovered at a home construction site.

  • Sep 2nd, 2015 3:00pm

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.

  • Aug 21st, 2015 11:12pm

Public meeting draws mixed sides on Freeland growth issues

Developing rules to guide growth in Freeland was the topic of a public meeting Tuesday, and it did just what it was supposed to — draw a healthy cross section of people with varying views and visions.

  • Aug 7th, 2015 11:01pm

Hearings board gives Island County deadline to comply with critical areas rules

Island County’s 2014 beaver dam rules sprang a big leak recently when a state regulatory board found they failed to protect critical areas as required by state law and were not based on best available science. The Growth Management Hearings Board for Western Washington issued the ruling late last month. It identified six other failures in the fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas update adopted by the Island County commissioners in September.

  • Jul 2nd, 2015 9:44pm

Island County Council of Governments goes against tide, pushes incorporation study

Absolutely not. Well, maybe. OK fine, let’s send it to the Island County commissioners and let them figure it out. That was the course of a turnaround discussion Wednesday by members of the Island County Council of Governments about a proposal to fund a Freeland incorporation feasibility study.

  • Jun 27th, 2015 3:42am

Fire destroys food stand at Clinton ferry dock

Shirley’s Kitchen, a longtime food stand located next to the Clinton Ferry Terminal, was destroyed by an unexplained fire late Thursday.

  • Jun 19th, 2015 10:40pm

Campground closes at South Whidbey State Park

The days of overnight camping at South Whidbey State Park are likely over for good.

  • May 15th, 2015 7:36pm

‘Frog Prince’ makes debut on South Whidbey

A maritime marvel literally unfolded before a crowd at Lone Lake this week.

  • May 2nd, 2015 12:00pm

Stylist reflects after 30 years of Whidbey Island haircuts

After nearly three decades of cutting hair on Whidbey Island, Theresa Johnson set down her shears for good this week.

  • May 1st, 2015 10:23pm

Freeland residents rescue eagle

An injured mature bald eagle will likely survive to soar another day over Whidbey Island thanks to the quick actions of a few Freeland residents.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 5:29pm

Freeland sewer district approves feasibility study

A $66,000 feasibility study approved this week may determine the future location of a proposed sewer treatment plant in Freeland.

  • Mar 19th, 2015 5:14pm

Apple acknowledges Whidbey map errors, promises app fix

After three years of complaints, tech giant Apple, Inc. acknowledged two major Whidbey Island errors on its mobile map program this week and promised to have at least one of the problems fixed within two months.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 11:49pm

Apple can’t find Whidbey, Langley on its map program

Hat Island is getting more crowded by the second, according to Apple Inc.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 12:00pm

Rite Aid’s purchase of Freeland drug store finalized

The national drug store chain has been in the process of purchasing the longtime and locally owned South Whidbey pharmacy for months, and the acquisition wrapped up this month when operations formally changed hands. Wasting no time, the old Linds sign came down that very afternoon and a new Rite Aid sign went up.

  • Jan 28th, 2015 10:00am

Celebrating 50 years of boat building on Whidbey

Like it’s done nearly 200 times before, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders christened a newly completed vessel over the weekend.

  • Jan 13th, 2015 11:40pm

South Whidbey schools shine light on record requestors

Asking the South Whidbey School District for public records comes with a new price tag these days — your name, the information sought and the time and cost to fulfill the request posted for all the world to see on the district’s website.

  • Jan 8th, 2015 5:55pm

Clinton mudslide wipes out beach cabin, but rattled residents plan to stay

One beach cabin was destroyed and another damaged in a mudslide in Old Clinton this past weekend.

  • Jan 5th, 2015 6:49pm

Plunge a new intergenerational tradition for Oak Harbor family

Temperatures that dipped into the 20s and frost on the roads weren’t enough to stop 178 people from taking a New Year’s swim in Useless Bay Thursday.

  • Jan 5th, 2015 6:49pm

Clamming hotspot on South Whidbey to reopen, but dig limited to six weeks

Clammers will hit Holmes Harbor for the first time in eight years this spring.

  • Dec 23rd, 2014 5:23pm

Whidbey pharmacy manager aims to enter medical marijuana business

Adam Lind, a longtime front-end retail manager at a well-known Whidbey pharmacy, may be entering the medical marijuana business.

  • Dec 5th, 2014 5:34pm

Trouble flows from affordable housing project in Freeland

Island County Housing Authority’s new pride and joy in Freeland is once again raising the ire of neighbors.

  • Nov 18th, 2014 5:19pm