Jessie Stensland

Fight costs man chunk of his ear, suspect charged

A love triangle led to a “brutal beating” in which part of a man’s ear was bitten off, Island County Chief Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme… Continue reading

Woman, 66, accused of filing bogus dental claims

The former office manager for an Oak Harbor dentist is accused of stealing thousands of dollars by making false insurance claims, court documents say. Prosecutors… Continue reading

Number of incumbents expected to seek re-election in November

It’s a big election year for Island County with many county positions on the November ballot. In addition, state representatives will also be asking for… Continue reading

Navy: Two wells near Ault Field base contaminated

The Navy says it has identified two additional wells contaminated with a chemical found in a certain type of firefighting foam. This time the Navy… Continue reading

Officials aim to speed up evaluations in jail with teleconferencing

Mental health professionals will soon be evaluating inmates at Island County Jail via videoconferencing. The jail is one of four in the state that were… Continue reading

‘Person of interest’ in murder wanted on $1 million bail

The 34-year-old man named as a “person of interest” in the murder and decapitation of a woman on Camano Island is being sought on a… Continue reading

Material costs blamed for sewer plant overage

The cost of construction and materials is very high right now. That’s largely the reason for a $20-million increase in the projected cost of Oak… Continue reading

Man accused of exposure, biting officer

A 40-year-old man is accused of exposing himself, biting a police officer and using a racial slur in downtown Oak Harbor early in the morning… Continue reading

‘Person of interest’ identified in Camano decapitation murder

Investigators identified a “person of interest” in a murder in which the victim’s body was found near a hillside bunker on Camano Island Saturday. The… Continue reading

Series of threats made at Oak Harbor High School

Two Oak Harbor High School students were arrested for making threats and a third student was taken into custody for assaulting a teacher last week,… Continue reading

Murdered woman found near Camano bunker

Investigators haven’t identified the body of a murdered woman that was found near a Camano Island bunker filled with guns, ammunition and survival supplies, Island… Continue reading

Oak Harbor ninth safest in state

Oak Harbor is the ninth safest out of 80 cities in the state, according to a new study. Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker said… Continue reading

Doug Merriman

Merriman is gone as city administrator

Doug Merriman is no longer city administrator for Oak Harbor. The circumstances of his departure are unclear. Neither Mayor Bob Severns nor Merri-man could be… Continue reading

Doug Merriman
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                                EA-18G Growlers are based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Safety of EA-18G questioned following incident

One crew member has returned to flight status and another is expected to fully recovery following a Jan. 29 mishap aboard an EA-18G Growler from… Continue reading

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                                EA-18G Growlers are based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Baker loses appeal of his conviction for killing wife

A man who once worked in the Antarctic and owned a Freeland pizza joint will remain in prison for killing his wife. This week a… Continue reading


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  • Feb 27, 2018

Circumventing open records law is flat out wrong

By Sandy Stokes President, Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association is deeply disturbed by the Legislature’s action to limit the public’s right… Continue reading

New Island County Jail program aims to curb opioid addiction

Nowhere in the county is the scope of the opioid abuse problem more evident than in the Island County jail. Medical professionals who work there… Continue reading

Man, woman assaulted each other, police say

A Whidbey Island man and a woman are facing felony assault charges after they assaulted each other and caused injuries, according to court documents. Jordan… Continue reading

Felici runs for sheriff

The second-in-command at the Island County Sheriff’s Office wants to wear the sheriff’s badge next year. Chief Criminal Deputy Rick Felici threw his hat in… Continue reading