Jessie Stensland

City plan to close jail hits obstacle

Oak Harbor officials’ plans to close the city jail and enter into a contract with Island County for jail services has hit a snag. But… Continue reading

Suspected car thief arrested after chase

Oak Harbor police officers pursued stolen cars three times in the last two weeks, the latest of which ended with an arrest. Oak Harbor Police… Continue reading

Support is great, but WAIF still has its critics

Debating risks vs. benefit of ‘enriching’ dogs’ lives

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                                Mushroom hunters found a partial skull in a woods on the north end of Whidbey Island on New Year’s Eve.

Skull found on North Whidbey

Investigation underway to determine origin, coroner says

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                                Mushroom hunters found a partial skull in a woods on the north end of Whidbey Island on New Year’s Eve.

Shutdown delays final decision on Growlers

The partial federal government shutdown is delaying the secretary of the Navy’s final decision regarding EA-18G Growler aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Under… Continue reading

Suspects force way into home

A man and a woman fled from a deputy and pushed their way into an occupied North Whidbey house in an effort to avoid arrest,… Continue reading

Help count homeless people and be part of the solution | In our opinion

You should go out and count homeless people. Island County officials need volunteers to help with the Point in Time count of homeless people on… Continue reading

Foot found on Whidbey beach remains unidentified

A human foot in a boot that washed ashore on Jetty Island in Everett this week isn’t that unusual an event, but it’s still a… Continue reading

Pastor sentenced for rape of a child

A former pastor at an Oak Harbor church was sentenced to more than three years in prison for child rape Thursday. Thomas Stoneham, 55, had… Continue reading

Council plans to set city’s priorities for state lawmakers

Oak Harbor officials have ideas about what they would like to see accomplished in Olympia this year. Today, Jan. 2, City Council members are set… Continue reading

UFO event set for Whidbey

On Nov. 27, a man in Oak Harbor reported to a UFO tracking website that he and his fiancee had watched unusual lights in the… Continue reading

2018: A year on Whidbey

The news on North and Central Whidbey in 2018 was dominated by sewage treatment plants, Growler jets, contaminated water and several court cases, but there… Continue reading

After 20 years, Tyee restaurant is under new ownership

‘This really caught my eye’

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                                The audience at Wednesday night’s meeting in Coupeville cheered for Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer.

Tensions rise over jet noise impacts on historic sites

Wednesday night, state and local officials publicly and directly challenged Navy officials over plans to dramatically increase the number of training flights at a rural… Continue reading

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                                The audience at Wednesday night’s meeting in Coupeville cheered for Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer.

Man convicted for child porn charged with rape of a child

A former Oak Harbor resident convicted of possessing child pornography eight years ago is facing new sex-crime charges in Island County Superior Court. Prosecutors charged… Continue reading

Woman injured in Central Whidbey crash

Two people were injured in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on State Highway 20 in Central Whidbey, according to the Washington State Patrol. A trooper… Continue reading

Rapist tried to have wife killed, prosecutor alleges

An Oak Harbor man who raped his wife while she was sleeping and allegedly tried to have her killed was sent to prison Monday. As… Continue reading

Big crowd anticipated for historic properties meeting

There might be a big, and possibly loud, turnout for a public meetingWednesday, Dec. 19, regarding the effect of Navy jet noise on historic properties… Continue reading

‘Expert’ on use of force by police charged in stabbing

A use-of-force expert hired by the city of Langley to evaluate the action of the former police chief was charged with first-degree assault this week… Continue reading

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Ugly chapter in island history rears head

Neo-Nazis accused in Lynnwood hate crime attended vigil on Whidbey

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