Justin Burnett

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.

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.

South Whidbey burglary suspect apprehended in Forks

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

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.

Lending program makes business dreams possible

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

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.

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.

South Whidbey butchers embracing family tradition

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

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.

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.

Friends mourn loss of community leader Paul Schell

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anchor successfully recovered from Puget Sound

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

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.

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.

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.

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.