Jessie Stensland

County residents tend to be generous

People who live in Island County are among the most charitable in the state. A recent study by financial technology company SmartAsset found that the… Continue reading

Senators request contamination standards info

Washington’s two senators joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in requesting information from the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency on drinking water… Continue reading

Catholic church closes on base after 77 years

Members of a Catholic congregation at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island say they are heartbroken that services will end after 77 years. “My daughter received… Continue reading

Navy man accused of assaulting two children

A Navy man with a history of child abuse was recently charged with additional child assault charges, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Zjehiah Herrera… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man sentenced for child porn

An Oak Harbor man who accidentally sent child pornography to a stranger was recently sent to prison. Roderick R. Balos, 38, pleaded guilty in Island… Continue reading

Garden-tool-wielding woman sent to prison

An Oak Harbor woman who yelled at police to shoot her while she was armed with a garden implement was recently sent to prison. Sue… Continue reading

Pentagon urging weaker standard for PFAS cleanup

It’s unclear what impact, if any, the Penta-gon’s proposal to weaken standards for groundwater pollution found around military bases across the nation could have on… Continue reading

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                                A total of 36 additional EA-18G Growlers will be coming to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Navy announces decision on Growlers

Under a decision announced today, the Navy will add 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and direct 80 percent of the… Continue reading

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                                A total of 36 additional EA-18G Growlers will be coming to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Letter: WhidbeyHealth shouldn’t be turning away patients

Editor, My wife has been taking allergy shots since November of 2017. She was diagnosed with severe allergies by an ENT doctor in Mount Vernon.… Continue reading

Ada Beverly Ray: Sept. 12, 1969 – March 4, 2019

Ada Beverly Ray, 49, longtime resident of Whidbey Island, passed away peacefully from complications of cancer in Everett, Wash. at Providence Regional Medical Center. She… Continue reading

Whidbey Island man sent to prison for assaulting woman

A man who committed two felony-level assaults of women in an eight-month period was sent to prison Monday. Dederick R. Norwood Jr., a 24-year-old Clinton… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man guilty in string of burglaries

A man who went on a burglary spree in Oak Harbor last year pleaded guilty to nine different charges in Island County Superior Court Monday.… Continue reading

Woman arrested after high-speed chase

A 30-year-old woman is accused of leading a deputy on a high-speed chase that ended at the Clinton ferry dock Feb. 27, according to court… Continue reading

Oak Harbor airport lawsuit lingers on

One in a tangled series of lawsuits involving the Oak Harbor airport a decade ago still isn’t settled. A judge in Island County Superior Court… Continue reading

Navy agrees to pay $867,000 to restore historic Ferry House

The Navy will fund restoration of the historic Ferry House in Central Whidbey as mitigation for the EA-18G Growler aircraft impact on historic properties. Secretary… Continue reading

Editorial: Extreme Risk Protection Orders make absolute sense

It’s impossible to prove a negative. In 2016, voters passed Initiative 1490, which created the Extreme Risk Protection Order. It’s civil process under which an… Continue reading

Oak Harbor council to look at proposed fee hikes for marina

The harbormaster of the Oak Harbor marina has floated a proposal to raise moorage fees. During an Oak Harbor City Council workshop last week, Chris… Continue reading

Woman arrested after wrestling in the mud with police officers

Oak Harbor police officers did some mud wrestling in the dark recently. Two officers who were trying to help a woman ended up arresting her… Continue reading

Oak Harbor police use civil process to seize guns from mentally troubled man

Oak Harbor police recently used a civil legal process to temporarily take away guns from a man who was going through a mental health crisis.… Continue reading

Oak Harbor suspect accused of pointing gun at another man’s forehead

An Oak Harbor man is facing a felony charge for allegedly holding a gun to another man’s forehead outside the man’s home Nov. 6, according… Continue reading