Jessie Stensland

State to pay property owners to allow deer hunting

The state is encouraging hunting in an attempt to ease deer overpopulation on Whidbey and other islands in North Puget Sound. The state Department of… Continue reading

Oak Harbor mayor asks AG to dismiss Growler lawsuit

Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns is asking the state attorney general to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Navy that targets an environmental study of… Continue reading

Former pizza shop employee charged with burglary

A former manager at an Oak Harbor pizza joint is accused of pushing her way into a back office of the business and taking paperwork,… Continue reading

Mental health patient flees ER, steals car, leads chase

A mental health patient left the hospital against doctor’s orders, stole a car, led police on a high-speed chase and rammed into a cop car… Continue reading

After 40 years, SVC closing its South Whidbey Center

Skagit Valley College will likely shutter classrooms on South Whidbey after teaching students in the community for 40 years. Thomas Keegan, president of the community… Continue reading

Man gets 6 months for ‘communicating with a minor for immoral purposes’

A 32-year-old petty chief in the Navy originally accused of raping a boy he met on a dating app pleaded guilty to a lesser offense… Continue reading

Extortion scheme increases bail for suspected molester

A judge in Island County Superior Court increased a suspected child molester’s bail Friday because the man allegedly engaged in an extortion scheme with his… Continue reading

Series of police cases involve felony DUIs

Police and prosecutors on Whidbey Island have been busy in recent weeks with a series of felony-level cases in which drivers were suspected of being… Continue reading

Share the shore during pup season, look but don’t touch seals

Advocates for marine mammals are making their annual pitch to beach watchers regarding dewy-eyed babies they may come across. Don’t touch the baby seals. Seal… Continue reading

Fare increases floated by Washington State Ferries

A group overseeing transportation in the state wants to know how ferry riders would feel about two increases in fares and a hike in a… Continue reading

Friday’s 4.6 earthquake felt on Whidbey

People across Whidbey Island were awakened by an earthquake early Friday morning. The magnitude 4.6 earthquake was recorded at 2:51 a.m. and originated from 15… Continue reading

Council delays decision on road repairs measure

A decision will have to wait on whether Oak Harbor voters will be asked to raise the sales tax for street repair. The Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Conservation District looks at ‘rates and charges’ system

Whidbey Island Conservation District officials are considering going to a different kind of taxation system and want to know what residents think, the district reported… Continue reading

Whidbey popular for second honeymoons

Whidbey Island is apparently a top place in the nation for older couples to honeymoon. AARP released the results this week of an unscientific survey… Continue reading

Former Oak Harbor bank employee sentenced for theft, forgery

A former employee at an Oak Harbor bank was sentenced to jail and ordered to pay restitution for stealing from a customer and the bank,… Continue reading

COER sues Navy over FIOA violations

A Whidbey Island group known for protesting Navy training flights at a small airfield near Coupeville filed a lawsuit alleging a laundry list of violations… Continue reading

State Attorney General is suing Navy over Growler expansion at NAS Whidbey

The state’s top lawyer is suing the Navy over the noise and other impacts of the Growler jet expansion at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.… Continue reading

Work crews clean up trashed sites

City property off Fakkema, 7th and Goldie cleared of carts, needles, clothing

Man on stolen motorcycle arrested following high-speed chases

A man is sitting in jail after getting into several police chases across North Whidbey on a stolen motorcycle, possibly while high on methamphetamine. The… Continue reading

A welder does work on a high-speed passenger ferry that Nichols Brothers is building for Kitsap Transit. (Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times)

Nichols Bros. looking for more workers

The largest civilian employer on Whidbey Island builds and fixes giant vessels of steel or aluminum, but the company somehow manages to keep a relatively… Continue reading

A welder does work on a high-speed passenger ferry that Nichols Brothers is building for Kitsap Transit. (Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times)