Jessie Stensland

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
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                                EA-18G Growlers are based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Safety of EA-18G questioned following incident

One crew member has returned to flight status and another is expected to fully recovery following a Jan. 29 mishap aboard an EA-18G Growler from… Continue reading

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                                EA-18G Growlers are based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Circumventing open records law is flat out wrong

By Sandy Stokes President, Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association is deeply disturbed by the Legislature’s action to limit the public’s right… Continue reading

Man, woman assaulted each other, police say

A Whidbey Island man and a woman are facing felony assault charges after they assaulted each other and caused injuries, according to court documents. Jordan… Continue reading

New Island County Jail program aims to curb opioid addiction

Nowhere in the county is the scope of the opioid abuse problem more evident than in the Island County jail. Medical professionals who work there… Continue reading

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What do you think about the idea of arming teachers?… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2018

Felici runs for sheriff

The second-in-command at the Island County Sheriff’s Office wants to wear the sheriff’s badge next year. Chief Criminal Deputy Rick Felici threw his hat in… Continue reading

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                                Blake Fountain was arrested by Island County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rob Davison after he burned down a Useless Bay Colony home and partially destroyed another in July 2017.

Man who burned down two homes pleads guilty to lesser charge

A man who started a fire that burned down two homes on South Whidbey this past summer was released from jail Wednesday. Blake Fountain, 49,… Continue reading

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                                Blake Fountain was arrested by Island County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rob Davison after he burned down a Useless Bay Colony home and partially destroyed another in July 2017.

Man accused of raping sleeping wife

An Oak Harbor man is accused of repeatedly raping his wife while she was asleep, according to court documents. The victim told police that she… Continue reading

States must find gun regulation compromise

When he was a candidate for president, Donald Trump promised to do the seemingly impossible if elected. He said he would negotiate with the NRA… Continue reading

Rick Almberg

To nobody’s surprise, city’s sewer rates on the high end

Due to low-interest-rate loans, Oak Harbor’s projected sewer rates aren’t going to increase despite the estimated cost of the new sewage treatment plant ballooning by… Continue reading

Rick Almberg

Van driver accused of ramming pickup truck

The driver of a van is accused of chasing a down a car and ramming it multiple times in the Oak Harbor area, according to… Continue reading

Council declines to intervene for Wright’s Crossing

A developer with plans to build a large housing development south of Oak Harbor wants the city of Oak Harbor on his side. During a… Continue reading

Deputy justified in fatal shooting, prosecutor finds

A deputy was justified in fatally shooting Navy sailor Nicholas K. Perkins during a police standoff on North Whidbey Sept. 17, 2017, the Island County… Continue reading

Projected cost of sewage treatment plant increases to $142 million

Estimated cost for Oak Harbor’s sewage treatment plant under construction in Windjammer Park recently jumped by $20 million. The Oak Harbor mayor and city council… Continue reading

Man accused of voyeurism in Walmart bathroom

An Oak Harbor man was arrested for allegedly masturbating while looking at a girl in the Walmart women’s bathroom, according to a police report. Sean… Continue reading

Man arrested for pawning stolen student robotics club’s telescope

A man faces a felony charge after getting caught pawning a telescope that had been stolen from a children’s underwater robotics club on South Whidbey.… Continue reading