Jessie Stensland

Results of library levy election too close to call

Results are too close to call in Tuesday’s special election for a proposed property-tax levy for Sno-Isle Libraries. The “yes” votes on the measure, which… Continue reading


Oak Harbor may get a new shopping center on the south end of the city. What kinds of businesses would you like to see?… Continue reading

  • Apr 25, 2018

Shopping center proposed near bank, 7-Eleven

Oak Harbor may be getting a new shopping center on the south end of the city. S.E. Grainger Develop-ment Group LLC of Bellevue submitted an… Continue reading

Windjammer Park will be closed for work this summer

Much of Windjammer Park will be closed this summer while crews do restoration and improvement work. Oak Harbor City Council members approved a bid package… Continue reading

Whidbey woman’s murder trial set to begin Tuesday

Clinton resident Linda Thomas paid for her own obituary, packed a gun and zip ties, traveled to California and allegedly shot her sister to death… Continue reading

Man tracks down stolen bicycles

A little detective work by a Clinton resident led to the return of custom-made bicycles that were stolen earlier this month. A couple reported to… Continue reading

Hundreds of newspapers burn in car fire, delivery delayed

A car fire delayed the delivery of hundreds of copies of the South Whidbey Record Saturday. The Record is the sister newspaper of the Whidbey… Continue reading

High court won’t hear double-murder case

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court won’t be looking into Joshua Lambert’s case. The high court recently denied the the double-murderer’s petition for certiorari,… Continue reading

Latest bid escalates sewage plant to $147 million

The final bid package for Oak Harbor’s sewage treatment plant came in with a price tag millions of dollars more than expected — again. If… Continue reading

Second deputy runs for Island County sheriff

Lane Campbell wants to be the kind of sheriff who knows his community because he spends time in his community. Campbell, a deputy with the… Continue reading

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