Jessie Stensland

Director, assistant are out at Island County EDC

Two elected officials see the resignations of the Island County Economic Development’s two staff members as an opportunity. Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson and… Continue reading

Former commissioner, Navy firefighter vie for seat on North Whidbey Fire board

The two men running against each other for a seat on the board governing North Whidbey Fire and Rescue agree on a lot of issues… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man charged with unlawful imprisonment

An Oak Harbor man with a history of brutally beating his wife is facing potential prison time in the latest case against him, according to… Continue reading

Agent’s child porn probe leads to Oak Harbor man

A child pornography investigation by a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security led to an Oak Harbor residence, according to court documents. Agents… Continue reading

Larsen to host veteran forum in Oak Harbor

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen wants to hear from veterans. The congressman is hosting six veterans forums, including one in Oak Harbor on Saturday, Oct. 21.… Continue reading

Normally obscure cemetery district race ‘a chance to talk about it’

Even with the help of heavy equipment, digging a grave in a cemetery isn’t a simple matter. Michael Dougliss, caretaker for Oak Harbor’s Maple Leaf… Continue reading

Teenager charged in South Whidbey house fire

A 15-year-old Freeland boy is facing charges related to an Aug. 23 house fire along Honeymoon Bay Road. Prosecutors charged the boy in Island County… Continue reading

Unchallenged Oak Harbor council candidates talk priorities

An Oak Harbor native and newcomer will change the makeup of Oak Harbor City Council, but perhaps not the culture. Neither Jim Woess-ner nor Bill… Continue reading

Treated water from sewage plant to irrigate park

Both the liquids and the solids produced by Oak Harbor’s new sewage treatment plant are going to be put to use. Oak Harbor City Council… Continue reading

Commissioners likely to defer Wright’s Crossing

Members of the Oak Harbor City Council want discussions to continue on a regulatory step that would help clear the way for a large-scale residential… Continue reading

Former Oak Harbor man faces new child molesting charges

A former Navy man who was the defendant in a long and complicated child sexual abuse case from a decade ago is facing a new… Continue reading

Navy conducting housing study

The Navy is conducting a study of housing in the area of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, according to Navy officials. At the same time,… Continue reading

SAR helps rescue crash survivor

A search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island helped rescue the survivor of a plane crash in the Olympic Mountains Saturday, the… Continue reading

Council to consider Wright’s Crossing resolution

Supporters of a proposed large-scale, affordable housing development south of Oak Harbor may get some good news next week. During its Oct. 3 regular meeting,… Continue reading

Ferrets, flutes and fakes | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Saturday, Sept. 9 At 4:13 p.m., a Northwest Crosby Avenue resident… Continue reading

Oak Harbor officer justified in shooting, prosecutor finds

Officer Michael Brown was “entirely justified” in shooting a kidnapping suspect in downtown Oak Harbor July 11, Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks found. Banks reviewed… Continue reading

Motorcyclists crash while racing in Central Whidbey

Two motorcyclists were injured after they both lost control while racing on Central Whidbey Saturday evening, according to the State Patrol. Robert Durham, 53, of… Continue reading

Planning commission sidelines proposed development

Island County Planning Commission dealt a blow Monday to a developer’s plans to build a large housing development outside of Oak Harbor. Whether the blow… Continue reading

State auditor issues finding against Island County

The Washington State Auditor’s Office issued an audit finding against Island County for the second year in a row. Auditors found “significant deficiencies in internal… Continue reading

Deputy fired multiple shots in fatal confrontation

A man in a confrontation with police on North Whidbey Sunday night died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, the Island County coroner reported.… Continue reading