Justin Burnett

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

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

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

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

Oak Harbor man dies after high-speed Freeland crash

An Oak Harbor man died in a high-speed collision in Freeland this week.

Clinton group going after new, larger ferry

On the heels of what some say is the worst summer in recent memory for long ferry lines, a Whidbey Island group has its sights on the state’s fourth and final budgeted 144-car ferry.

Port of South Whidbey gains fairgrounds in primary vote

The Port of South Whidbey got what it asked for this week, becoming the proud new owner of the Island County Fairgrounds.

Bicyclist killed in Freeland crash

A South Whidbey bicyclist is dead and another man is facing a vehicular homicide charge following a crash on East Harbor Road in Freeland Thursday evening.

Researchers are studying a landslide area on Whidbey

A University of Washington researcher is hunting for answers about last year’s landslides in Old Clinton, and he’s seeking the community’s help. Justin Brooks, a graduate student with the university’s Earth and Space Sciences, applied geoscience masters program, is studying the series of slides that destroyed or damaged several cabins on Campers Row Walk in 2014 and 2015.

Honoring founder of M-Bar-C Ranch

An estimated 2,000 disadvantaged children and their families will visit the M-Bar-C Ranch in Freeland this summer. They’ll dress up in Old West-style clothes, ride horses and, for a brief moment, forget about the physical, mental, emotional and/or financial difficulties that makes their lives so hard.

Unidentified chaperone assaulted during Langley students’ Seattle field trip

A Langley Middle School chaperone was assaulted and hospitalized recently while on a sixth-grade field trip to Seattle. The 60-year-old man was admitted to Harborview Med-ical Center in Seattle where he was treated for injuries. The Seattle Police Department declined to identify the victim, and school district officials, including South Whidbey schools Superintendent Jo Moccia, Langley Middle School Principal Jim McNally and a school board member said they did not know who the man is.

Judge rules blood test admissible as evidence

State troopers had probable cause to draw blood from Michelle Nichols without a warrant, and the results will be admissible in court, an Island County judge ruled Thursday.

Defense wants blood evidence tossed in South Whidbey case

Admissibility of key evidence in a South Whidbey vehicular homicide case will be decided at a hearing Friday in Coupeville.

Ice cream trip turns into rescue

An unplanned trip for ice cream turned two South Whidbey teens into real-life rescuers this week.

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.