Jessie Stensland

Commissioner, chief resign from fire district

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is down both a commissioner and a chief. Larry Wall resigned as fire commissioner after he failed to make it… Continue reading

Editorial: Taking island group’s ‘Civility Pledge’ is a good start

It may not be the answer to the woes of a divided nation, but promoting civility at home is welcome start. Liberals from South Whidbey… Continue reading

Group promotes civility first

President Donald Trump didn’t invent rudeness. He may be the most high-profile person to regularly resort to insults to make a point, but he’s hardly… Continue reading

Coupeville ferry run will temporarily return to two boats

The ferry run between Keystone and Port Townsend will return to two-boat service over Labor Day weekend. Ian Sterling, spokesman for Washington State Ferries, said… Continue reading


What should tax dollars collected on the sale of marijuana be used to fund?… Continue reading

  • Aug 31, 2017

Coupeville man accused of killing dog with pickaxe

A Coupeville man is accused of beating a dog to death with a pickaxe and shooting it Sunday, according to police. Jonathan P. Rasmussen, 36,… Continue reading

Study may lead to pay hike for some city staffers

Some Oak Harbor city employees may see increased remuneration in the near future. During a workshop last Wednesday, members of the Oak Harbor City Council… Continue reading

Man accused of threatening youth director

A man faces felony charges for allegedly threatening to shoot the director of a youth center in Coupeville, say court documents. Prosecutors charged Leman W.… Continue reading

Miniature horses in need of a new home

A pair of horses that look as though they’ve been shrunk with a ray gun are in need of a new home. Whidbey Island Farm… Continue reading

Macklemore wraps up court case

He didn’t exactly beat the rap, but Macklemore got a pretty good deal out of the Island County Prosecutor’s Office. The Grammy-award-winning hip-hop artist and… Continue reading

Hydroplane racer seriously injured in Oak Harbor event

A racer was seriously injured during the hydroplane races in Oak Harbor Saturday, according to race director Lenny Baker. Derek Bollinger of Lake Stevens is… Continue reading

Bees swarm, woman reports nightmare | Island Scanner

Bees swarm, woman reports nightmare | Island Scanner

Former police captain sues city

The former captain of the Oak Harbor Police Department is suing the city for discrimination, unequal pay and wrongful termination. Teri Gardner’s attorney, Joan Mell… Continue reading

Whidbey loses iconic, respected community newspaperman

One of the great community newspapermen died Aug. 12 in his hometown of Anacortes. Wallie Funk was 95 years old. As journalist, photographer and publisher,… Continue reading

Coupeville ferry snarled by crab pots

One of the two ferries on the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend run was knocked out of commission by something that has surprised Washington State Ferries officials. Lines… Continue reading

Couple requests annexation into Oak Harbor

A couple who own 19 acres on the north end of Oak Harbor want to bring it into city limits. It may be a difficult… Continue reading


What do you think of a proposal to build a development with 1,000 to 1,500 affordable homes near Oak Harbor?… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2017

Former firefighter accused of stealing department’s boat

Former firefighter accused of stealing rescue boat

Man allegedly punches woman at Oak Harbor bar

An Oak Harbor man is accused of punching a woman at a downtown bar hard enough to fracture her eye socket, according to court documents.… Continue reading

Man shot by police had been ‘acting strange’

A man who was shot by police in Oak Harbor July 11 was acting strange and using drugs in the days prior to the incident,… Continue reading