Justin Burnett

Justin posted 819 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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Establishing Whidbey Island as a wedding destination

A wedding planner, photographer, florist and a host of other industry vendors and support businesses will have some extra work this winter thanks to the second annual Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour this past weekend.

  • Nov 12th, 2014 12:13am

Port of South Whidbey to manage county fairgrounds

If the money comes through, the Port of South Whidbey is getting into the fairground management business.

  • Nov 14th, 2014 4:45pm

Public Disclosure Commission reporting offers glimpse into support, campaign strategies of Island County candidates

If money makes a difference in races for political office, then it appears Island County District 3 Commissioner candidate Karla Jacks will have a hefty advantage over challenger Rick Hannold on Nov. 4.

  • Oct 28th, 2014 4:01pm

South Whidbey burglary suspect apprehended in Forks

One of South Whidbey’s most wanted is in police custody this week.

  • Oct 10th, 2014 10:58pm

Sheriff says drugs are not at ‘epidemic’ proportions for South Whidbey

Despite Island County Sheriff Mark Brown’s assertions to the contrary, South Whidbey residents insist the drug problem on the South End has reached “epidemic” proportions.

  • Oct 1st, 2014 2:00pm

Lending program makes business dreams possible

Like many young aspiring business owners, South Whidbey residents Tiffany and Damien Cortez had a vision.

  • Sep 18th, 2014 11:42pm

Sheriff seeking info about Clinton bank robbery

Wells Fargo in Clinton was robbed Monday. The Island County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the bank was hit by a lone gunman.

  • Sep 12th, 2014 4:23pm

Industry changes are a bitter pill for local pharmacists

A longtime Whidbey Island pharmacist struggling with industry changes is considering a prescription for corporate ownership.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 11:09pm

South Whidbey butchers embracing family tradition

Greg Gilles is known throughout South Whidbey as a respected homebuilder.

  • Aug 26th, 2014 10:39pm

Police seek suspect in possible hit-and-run on Houston Road

A near collision on State Highway 525 last week left a motorcyclist injured and state troopers looking for the driver of the other vehicle.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 12:24am

Transit’s Martha Rose a no-show for second public forum

Pending Island Transit service cuts will hit the community hard, and residents let IT officials know it this week.

  • Aug 11th, 2014 4:44pm

Friends mourn loss of community leader Paul Schell

South Whidbey is mourning the death of a long-time community and business leader this week.

  • Aug 1st, 2014 4:03pm

Glendale boat launch may be removed by Land Trust

Acquiring key shoreline properties in Glendale for public use will mean the removal of an existing concrete boat launch and an over-water pier.

  • Jul 17th, 2014 3:58pm

Boater pulled from harbor

Charles “Chuck” Maddox, a Freeland resident and Snohomish County Fire District captain, was checking his catch in Holmes Harbor shortly after 7 a.m. Monday when a line around his foot caused him to lose his balance and fall overboard.

  • Jul 18th, 2014 3:46pm

South Whidbey port looks at taking over fair property management

Boat launches, marinas and leasing land for a cell tower, but the Island County Fairgrounds? In a surprise move last week, Port of South Whidbey commissioners voted unanimously to consider taking over management of the Langley property, a job currently performed by the Island County Fair Association.

  • Jul 1st, 2014 10:34pm

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.

  • Jun 20th, 2014 10:57pm

Anchor successfully recovered from Puget Sound

An anchor believed by the recovery crew Anchor Ventures LLC to be from the HMS Chatham ...

  • Jun 10th, 2014 3:04am

Team prepares to weigh historic anchor off Whidbey

If it’s what a team of treasure hunters hope, an artifact connected with the Pacific Northwest’s most famous European explorer will leave the seafloor for the first time in over two centuries next week. State regulators have issued Anchor Ventures, LLC, a permit to raise an anchor they believe was lost during Captain George Vancouver’s legendary exploration of Puget Sound in the early 1790s.

  • Jun 7th, 2014 3:23pm

South Whidbey fire boat adds options for waterfront assistance

It’s done, it looks great and the MV Salish Responder is now officially in service.

  • May 30th, 2014 10:44pm

Island invasion: Tent caterpillars munching their way across Whidbey Island

Some think they’re cool, others say they’re gross. While opinions on tent caterpillars seem to vary, there is one thing no one seems to dispute — the little buggers are everywhere. Estimated by experts to number in the billions, they’re wiggling and munching their way across communities throughout Western Washington, and Whidbey Island is no exception.

  • May 24th, 2014 4:02am

Hospital will sell land on South Whidbey

Whidbey General Hospital will move forward with the sale of a 4.5-acre lot in Bayview. The board of commissioners agreed in an unanimous 5-0 vote at it’s regularly scheduled 7 a.m. meeting Monday that the property was no longer compatible with the designs of the hospital, and that selling the property was the best decision.

  • May 15th, 2014 8:23pm

Hospital purchased land without appraisal

Whidbey General Hospital did not have an appraisal done before it spent $2 million on a property in Bayview valued at $618,000 six years ago, and it turns out they didn’t have to. State officials confirmed this week that while Washington law does require multiple appraisals to be performed before a public agency sells property, there is no such mandate when it comes to buying.

  • Apr 30th, 2014 10:59pm

Whidbey General Hospital may lose money on property sale

A proposal to sell a 4.5-acre Bayview property purchased in 2007 for nearly $2 million would likely result in a financial loss for Whidbey General Hospital, a commissioner said Thursday. Anne Tarrant, president of the board, said the sale of the property is not a foregone conclusion as the commissioners have yet to make a decision. However, she acknowledged that if the board does proceed it would be a hit to hospital coffers.

  • Apr 12th, 2014 2:02pm

State lawmakers share insights on legislative session

Tenth District lawmakers last week briefed constituents on highlights of the 2014 Legislative session. Convening at South Whidbey High School before a crowd of about 30 were state Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton; Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor; and Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano.

  • Mar 27th, 2014 5:24pm

Rumors of settlement offer swirl around Wonn Road dispute

Nearly one year after Island County filed a civil lawsuit against a Greenbank property owner over a wall constructed at the end of Wonn Road, a settlement offer may be on the table. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks that Bruce Montgomery, the homeowner at the center of the property dispute, has offered the county $100,000 to end legal proceedings. He declined to discuss any current settlement offer in an interview Thursday, but Montgomery did say that’s the amount he believes it will cost him to continue duking it out in court with county lawyers, and that he’d rather the money be spent on another property for public use.

  • Mar 13th, 2014 9:27pm

Opinion: Seattle, King Co. officers could learn from Whidbey Island’s law enforcement

They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the street, but that’s not always so, particularly when it comes to Whidbey Island first responders.

  • Mar 6th, 2014 6:20pm

Decision gives whale advocates new hope

A 20-year quest to bring home Lolita, the last of seven orcas captured from Penn Cove decades ago, has resulted in a small but significant victory.

  • Mar 6th, 2014 5:35pm

Anchor may solve 200-year-old mystery

Once strong and new, it secured our future. Now rusty and covered in sea life, it will connect us with our past. Maybe. Considered by some to be a Holy Grail of Puget Sound archaeology, three men — a commercial diver, an amateur historian and an attorney — believe they have found the fabled lost anchor of Captain George Vancouver’s exploration of the Pacific Northwest more than 200 years ago. Lying in shallow water along the west side of Whidbey Island, the historic artifact could be recovered by the three-man team that makes up Anchor Ventures LLC within the month. Thought the only physical proof left behind by the long-ago expedition, the anchor has been a highly sought-after prize by historical groups for years.

  • Feb 10th, 2014 5:37pm

Don’t disturb seal pups

They’re cute, they’re fuzzy and they’re 100 percent off limits. Seal-pup season began last month and runs through September. Experts are once again warning the public to keep their distance. Every year, people see pups that seem to be abandoned and make the mistake of “helping,” said Matt Klope, a biologist and member of the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

  • Aug 7th, 2013 5:00pm

North Whidbey farm preserved for future generations

A land deal between a longtime farming family and a nonprofit group has resulted in the permanent preservation of 113 acres of pristine North Whidbey farmland. The Whidbey Camano Land Trust announced Wednesday that it reached an agreement with the Muzzall family, owners of 3 Sisters Family Farms, to purchase a farming conservation easement on their property along the north side of Scenic Heights Road overlooking Penn Cove. Terms of the contrac

  • Aug 5th, 2013 3:16pm

Sailor begins circumnavigation attempt from Oak Harbor

Rimas Meleshyus, a Russian immigrant with big dreams, sailed out of Oak Harbor Monday and into history. To what end, no one can say.

  • Jul 30th, 2013 9:39pm

Coupeville woman dies in hospital following 3-car accident

A Coupeville woman died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle this week after sustaining injuries Saturday in a three-car pile up on North Main Street. Margaret Bagwell, 75, was in intensive care and in critical condition Tuesday but died later that day, according to the Washington State Patrol.

  • Jul 31st, 2013 5:07pm

Cort named interim reserve manager

Coupeville resident Lisbeth Cort has been selected to serve as interim manager of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. She will be filling in for the next three months as Reserve Manager Mark Preiss is leaving for a job in Montana.

  • Jul 19th, 2013 10:53pm

Federal suit filed; OLF practices suspended

A Central Whidbey community group aiming to close Outlying Field Coupeville has taken its fight to federal court. Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe & Peaceful Environment filed a lawsuit Monday.

  • Jul 22nd, 2013 6:46pm

County explores road options for Ledgewood

Driftwood Way residents in the Ledgewood community will have to rely on a tiny, single-lane gravel road as the sole access to the homes for at least two years. That was one of the messages that came from a community meeting in Coupeville last week.

  • Jul 17th, 2013 5:27pm

Law, justice measure will be on ballot in November

The fate of a much-discussed, law-and-justice levy is now in the hands of Island County voters. The Board of Commissioners green-lighted a resolution Monday to put a modified version of the property tax measure on the November general election ballot.

  • Jul 20th, 2013 3:18pm

Farm tractor chase through Central Whidbey ends with driver at gunpoint

A Central Whidbey man is facing two felony charges this week following a joyride down State Highway 20 on a stolen John Deere farm tractor. The very-slow-speed chase ended with the man at gunpoint.

  • Jul 19th, 2013 1:59pm

Commissioner stripped of chairmanship

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson is no longer chairwoman of the board. Carrying through with threats made last week, commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Jill Johnson voted to revoke Emerson’s status as chairperson during the final minutes of Wednesday’s work session. Johnson was appointed chairwoman in her place.

  • Jul 15th, 2013 4:08pm

Commissioners pull chair title from Emerson

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson is no longer chairwoman of the board. Carrying through with threats made last week, commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Jill Johnson voted to revoke Emerson's status as chair during the last minutes of Wednesday's work session.

  • Jul 11th, 2013 6:03pm

County hires Ala Spit consultant

A consultant will begin work soon on a feasibility study that will examine the final phase of restoration at Ala Spit. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday a contract with Coastal Geological Services, a Bellingham-based firm that focuses on assessments, restoration, monitoring and coastal management.

  • Jul 10th, 2013 10:21pm