Jessie Stensland

Navy will put filter in Coupeville’s water system

The Navy has agreed to install a filtering system in the Town of Coupeville’s water system to lower the level of a chemical that comes… Continue reading


Growlers movie premieres Jan. 18 at Nordic Lodge

Coupeville Community Allies is presenting the premiere of a film Thursday that looks at the region-wide impacts of the Navy E/A-18G Growler aircraft. “Plane Truths”… Continue reading


Oak Harbor arson suspect charged

An Oak Harbor police officer caught a suspected arsonist who was allegedly setting a third fire in the early morning of Dec. 27, according to… Continue reading


Navy looks to send its sewage city’s way

Sewage from the Navy’s Seaplane Base may someday flow to the city of Oak Harbor’s bright and shiny new treatment plant. Officials from the city… Continue reading

Police: Suspect, 28, taped himself beating a homeless man

A 28-year-old Oak Harbor resident is facing a felony assault charge after he videotaped himself beating up a homeless man, court documents state. Jon M.… Continue reading

Lewd texts and harassing calls | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Tuesday, Dec. 12 At 3:14 p.m., a caller reported that loose… Continue reading

Machete-wielding Oak Harbor man accused of rape

A man is accused of chasing a woman with a machete and then raping her in Oak Harbor, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Johnson… Continue reading

Opinion: It’s time to abolish the death penalty

It’s been 15 years since Robert Yates, a 1970 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, was sent to death row. The serial killer confessed to… Continue reading

Port commissioners dismissed from lawsuit

Two Port of Coupeville commissioners won’t be individually liable in a lawsuit that was brought against both them and the port. On Friday, Island County… Continue reading

Lockdown on base lifted, no evidence of gunfire found

A lockdown of the Ault Field base at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was lifted just before 10 a.m., but access is still limited, according… Continue reading

Judge looking for new court commissioner

A longtime court commissioner in Island County District Court resigned this week, leaving an opening for any lawyer who wants to wear a robe. District… Continue reading

Munns to serve as mayor pro tem

Beth Munns may find herself running council meetings or cutting ribbons this year. In a 5-2 vote Tuesday, Oak Harbor council members chose Munns as… Continue reading

Wright’s Crossing appeals to state board

A developer who wants to build a large-scale development south of Oak Harbor is taking a couple of different legal tacts in an attempt to… Continue reading

Developer files suit to reverse county’s decision

Island County submitted an answer and affirmative defense last month to a lawsuit filed by a developer who wants to build a large housing project… Continue reading

We will remember those we lost this year

Oak Harbor lost too many pillars of the community this year. They shared a lot in common. They were kind and compassionate, they were dedicated… Continue reading

Suspected car thief accused of intimidating judge

A suspected car thief was wheeled into court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he bit a microphone, turned over a table and threatened a… Continue reading

Oak Harbor looks at grant program for historic properties

Oak Harbor staff is exploring whether the city is certifiable. Specifically, city planners are looking into whether the city can become a “certified local government,”… Continue reading

Two people killed in head-on collision

Two Oak Harbor residents were killed in a head-on accident on Highway 20 Monday morning, the Washington State Patrol reported. Kenneth Bruneau, 79, was northbound… Continue reading

Camano murderer receives 18-year sentence

Though he pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to prison Friday, a 37-year-old man is still maintaining he’s innocent in the July 28, 2016,… Continue reading

Local government can’t afford unfunded mandates from the state | Editorial

For officials in local government, unfunded mandates can be the bane of their existence. Whidbey Island officials aren’t immune to this headache. Island County is… Continue reading