Jessie Stensland

Boy, 13, arrested for threat at school

A student in Oak Harbor was arrested last week for allegedly making a threat. On March 15, a 13-year-old North Whidbey Middle School student told… Continue reading


Boy, 16, sentenced for accidental house fire

A teenager who accidentally started a fire that destroyed a Honeymoon Bay house was sentenced to juvenile detention Thursday. The boy pleaded guilty in Island… Continue reading


Despite loss, Wright’s Crossing not giving up

Wright’s Crossing LLC lost again in its effort to reverse a decision by the Island County commissioners. The development group, however, isn’t giving up on… Continue reading


South Whidbey port gets $500k grant for parking lot

Curt Gordon’s decade-long mission to build a parking lot is finally getting somewhere. State lawmakers included a $500,000 appropriation in the capital budget for the… Continue reading

Fight costs man chunk of his ear, suspect charged

A love triangle led to a “brutal beating” in which part of a man’s ear was bitten off, Island County Chief Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme… Continue reading

Navy extends comment period on special ops training to March 23

The area where the Navy conducts special operations training may be expanded to include Whidbey Island. In addition, the number of training operations conducted each… Continue reading


What do you think of students walking out of school to protest gun violence?… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2018

Woman, 66, accused of filing bogus dental claims

The former office manager for an Oak Harbor dentist is accused of stealing thousands of dollars by making false insurance claims, court documents say. Prosecutors… Continue reading

‘Person of interest’ in murder wanted on $1 million bail

The 34-year-old man named as a “person of interest” in the murder and decapitation of a woman on Camano Island is being sought on a… Continue reading

Navy: Two wells near Ault Field base contaminated

The Navy says it has identified two additional wells contaminated with a chemical found in a certain type of firefighting foam. This time the Navy… Continue reading

Number of incumbents expected to seek re-election in November

It’s a big election year for Island County with many county positions on the November ballot. In addition, state representatives will also be asking for… Continue reading

Officials aim to speed up evaluations in jail with teleconferencing

Mental health professionals will soon be evaluating inmates at Island County Jail via videoconferencing. The jail is one of four in the state that were… Continue reading

Material costs blamed for sewer plant overage

The cost of construction and materials is very high right now. That’s largely the reason for a $20-million increase in the projected cost of Oak… Continue reading

Man accused of exposure, biting officer

A 40-year-old man is accused of exposing himself, biting a police officer and using a racial slur in downtown Oak Harbor early in the morning… Continue reading

‘Person of interest’ identified in Camano decapitation murder

Investigators identified a “person of interest” in a murder in which the victim’s body was found near a hillside bunker on Camano Island Saturday. The… Continue reading

Murdered woman found near Camano bunker

Investigators haven’t identified the body of a murdered woman that was found near a Camano Island bunker filled with guns, ammunition and survival supplies, Island… Continue reading

Series of threats made at Oak Harbor High School

Two Oak Harbor High School students were arrested for making threats and a third student was taken into custody for assaulting a teacher last week,… Continue reading

Oak Harbor ninth safest in state

Oak Harbor is the ninth safest out of 80 cities in the state, according to a new study. Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker said… Continue reading

Baker loses appeal of his conviction for killing wife

A man who once worked in the Antarctic and owned a Freeland pizza joint will remain in prison for killing his wife. This week a… Continue reading

Doug Merriman

Merriman is gone as city administrator

Doug Merriman is no longer city administrator for Oak Harbor. The circumstances of his departure are unclear. Neither Mayor Bob Severns nor Merri-man could be… Continue reading

Doug Merriman