Jessie Stensland

Court won’t reconsider opinion on child rapist

The state Court of Appeals won’t be second-guessing its decision regarding a South Whidbey child rapist’s conviction. Last week the court released an order denying… Continue reading

Police serve warrant in Clinton

A large number of police officers descended on a home in Clinton Saturday. At about 5 p.m., deputies, detectives and emergency response team members from… Continue reading

Oak Harbor looking at buying land for ballfields

Oak Harbor officials are looking at the possibility of purchasing property on the north end of the city for ballfields. At last week’s council meeting,… Continue reading

Vehicular homicide trial starts next week

A man accused of causing a fatal accident two years ago is scheduled to go to trial next week. Jeromy Ladwig is facing a vehicular… Continue reading

Measures would protect city’s Garry oaks

Planners proposed a list of changes to Oak Harbor’s Garry oak protection ordinance based on input from a group dedicated to preserving the trees. The… Continue reading

Man accused of vandalizing Garage of Blessings

A man who said he wanted to be held in jail overnight is accused of vandalizing the Garage of Blessings thrift store in Oak Harbor… Continue reading

City considering accessory dwelling units to address Oak Harbor’s housing shortage

Oak Harbor officials are considering a couple of measures that may make it easier for people to have accessory dwelling units. City officials want to… Continue reading

Coroner draws on experience, training to investigate death

Robert Bishop spent long hours earlier this month in a remote stretch of woods on Camano Island where a young woman’s body was dumped. Bishop… Continue reading

Marina board recommends modest rate increase

Members of the Oak Harbor Marina Advisory committee abandoned a plan that would have set moorage rates based on other marinas in the area. Instead,… Continue reading

A vote for libraries is a vote for community

At the turn of the 19th Century, industrialist turned philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated much of his fortune to the creation of public libraries across America… Continue reading

Woman charged for allegedly pointing gun

An Oak Harbor woman is facing charges for pointing a gun at her boyfriend, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Jackie Towell, 23, in Island County… Continue reading

Board refuses to rethink dismissal of Wright’s Crossing appeal

A quasi-judicial board refused to rethink a decision regarding a developer’s challenge to Island County. On Monday, the Western Washington Growth Man-agement Hearings Board announced… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man accused of fracturing woman’s skull

An Oak Harbor man is accused of hitting a woman and fracturing her skull, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Dederick R. Norwood, 23, in… Continue reading

Neidlinger remembered as world-class musician

With a long beard and strong opinions, Buell Neidlinger was a well-known and colorful local character on Whidbey Island. Many residents may not have been… Continue reading

Despite loss, Wright’s Crossing not giving up

Wright’s Crossing LLC lost again in its effort to reverse a decision by the Island County commissioners. The development group, however, isn’t giving up on… Continue reading

Boy, 13, arrested for threat at school

A student in Oak Harbor was arrested last week for allegedly making a threat. On March 15, a 13-year-old North Whidbey Middle School student told… Continue reading

Boy, 16, sentenced for accidental house fire

A teenager who accidentally started a fire that destroyed a Honeymoon Bay house was sentenced to juvenile detention Thursday. The boy pleaded guilty in Island… Continue reading

South Whidbey port gets $500k grant for parking lot

Curt Gordon’s decade-long mission to build a parking lot is finally getting somewhere. State lawmakers included a $500,000 appropriation in the capital budget for the… Continue reading


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  • Mar 16, 2018

Navy extends comment period on special ops training to March 23

The area where the Navy conducts special operations training may be expanded to include Whidbey Island. In addition, the number of training operations conducted each… Continue reading