Justin Burnett

Clinton man finds skull in storage unit

A Whidbey Island picker’s score of a lifetime came with an unexpected and rather grisly discovery — an apparent human skull. Clinton resident John Norris… Continue reading


Coupeville man gets 30 months for child porn

A Coupeville man was sentenced to two and half years in prison on Monday for having child pornography. James Saxman pleaded guilty in Island County… Continue reading


Former county commissioner Dick Caldwell dies at 83

Dick Caldwell, a former Island County commissioner and conservative voice on Whidbey, has died. The Coupeville man was on a cruise with his wife, Joan,… Continue reading


‘Suspicious’ fire destroys Honeymoon Bay home

Justin Burnett/The Record — South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters work to extinguish a house fire on Honeymoon Bay Road on Wednesday evening. The fire was deemed “suspicious” in nature.

Flat Earth: from skeptic to believer

South Whidbey grad Mark Sargent has been known for many things. Once it was for homemade fireworks. Another time he was the digital pinball champion… Continue reading

Macklemore walks away from head-on collision on Whidbey

Grammy Award-winning performer Macklemore was uninjured in a head-on collision on Whidbey. The other driver is suspected of driving under the influence.

Attic fire closes Senior Thrift in Freeland

Senior Thrift in Freeland is closed due to a fire that broke out in the store this past weekend. No one was hurt and firefighters… Continue reading

South end in running as ‘nicest place to live’

Reader’s Digest Magazine has named South Whidbey a finalist in its Nicest Places to Live in America 2017 contest. The reason? It’s a community that… Continue reading

Pup falls off bluff, survives to wag tail again

A stranded pooch named “Chunk” was rescued from the side of a massive bluff in Clinton earlier this month. According to South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief… Continue reading

Nichols launches National Geographic Quest cruise boat

Holmes Harbor accepted Nichols Brothers Boat Builders latest contribution to the maritime world this week, a 239-foot cruise ship destined to tour the west coasts… Continue reading

Greenbank man hopes to be Seattle mayor

Fifteen years ago, Thom Gunn wrote a column for the Seattle Times musing that if he were “king” he’d save Whidbey by making growth pay… Continue reading

Status of gray whale hit by boat unknown

The fate of gray whale struck by a powerboat in Saratoga Passage this weekend remains a bit of mystery, though experts are hopeful it will… Continue reading

$15.4-million highway repaving project begins this summer

Orange traffic cones are up along parts of State Highway 525 — and so are new light-mounted cameras. It’s the cameras that are capturing the… Continue reading

Teens arrested in car-theft spree

A car-stealing spree that started on a Tuesday in Coupeville and led to Oak Harbor ended with an arrest the next day on South Whidbey.… Continue reading

Comcast outage affects thousands on Whidbey

Failure of a key piece of Comcast equipment in Burlington knocked out cable and cellular service to customers across Whidbey Island and in Skagit County… Continue reading

Accused Clinton car thief claims vehicle was ‘given’ to him

A night cruising around in a stolen car has left a Clinton man facing up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine, according… Continue reading

Newspaper bill from city hall was just to ‘get your attention,’ mayor says

Though he personally sent an invoice, Langley Mayor Tim Callison said Monday he never intended to force the newspaper to pay for speaking with the… Continue reading

Motorist refusing to pay fare causes ferry back-ups

A motorist who failed to pay for a boarding pass Friday morning for the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry caused traffic back-ups and put the run behind schedule.… Continue reading

Sex offender moves to Greenbank, sheriff’s office holding community meeting

A Level Two sex offender has moved to Greenbank and will be the subject of a community meeting this weekend. Richard Dyer registered as a… Continue reading

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