Jessie Stensland

Whidbey organizations are big winners in state budget

Boys & Girls Clubs in Oak Harbor and Coupeville are among the winners in the state’s recently approved capital budget. Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, said… Continue reading

Rep. Smith’s budget work may transform mental health system

State allocates 15 times what was spent in 2013-15

Tips help identify bank robbery suspect, accomplice

Oak Harbor police identified a suspect and an accomplice in an April 30 bank robbery, but they aren’t naming the men yet. Chief Kevin Dresker… Continue reading

City: Sewer stink is temporary

Those who’ve noticed a stink in downtown Oak Harbor need not despair. It’s a temporary problem. City officials explained that the odor is emanating from… Continue reading

Day of Prayer

Pastor Rick Karjalainen, who’s also the chaplain for the Island County Sheriff’s Office, gives the benediction at the National Day of Prayer Rally outside the… Continue reading

Group suing Navy for not producing requested Growler documents

An environmental group is suing the Navy in federal court for refusing to adequately fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests regarding EA-18G Growlers from Naval… Continue reading

Child porn investigation leads to child molester, police say

A Homeland Security investigation into the distribution of child pornography led to the arrest of a Clinton man for allegedly molesting a child, according to… Continue reading

Man back in jail after latest arrest

A man who led police on a slow-speed chase around Oak Harbor parking lots April 3 is back in jail, according to court documents. On… Continue reading

One man found alive, another dead in water off Whidbey

One man was recovered alive and another man was found dead in the water west of North Whidbey on Thursday. The men’s boat was not… Continue reading

Police looking for suspect in armed bank robbery

Oak Harbor police are looking at security video and talking to possible witnesses to try to identify the suspect in an armed bank robbery and… Continue reading

Fraudster guilty of theft, money laundering

A man who defrauded more than $700,000 from customers in an internet scam run out of a Coupeville house pleaded guilty to theft and money… Continue reading

More police to patrol park area on bike, foot

Oak Harbor residents can expect to see more police officers on the south side of town. Oak Harbor police will be “proactively” patrolling Windjammer Park… Continue reading

City jail may send inmates to Yakima

Oak Harbor jail inmates may get free trips to Yakima someday. Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker has been working for months to find a… Continue reading

Oak Harbor may end curbside recycling, or raise rates

Oak Harbor may be looking at increasing the rates residents pay for garbage and recycling pickup, or doing away with recycling altogether. Public Works Director… Continue reading

Man accused of running from law enforcement after car chase

A Clinton man who stopped his car in the middle of the highway, got out and ran to try to get away from police is… Continue reading

Attention shoppers: Walmart land is for sale, but store is here to stay

The land underneath the Walmart in Oak Harbor is for sale, but discount shoppers need not worry. “Walmart isn’t going anywhere,” said Oak Harbor resident… Continue reading

Who’s in, out and undecided in upcoming election?

The mayors of both Oak Harbor and Coupeville are running for re-election, but a well-known Oak Harbor councilman won’t be on the November ballot after… Continue reading

(Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times)
                                The ferry for the run between Port Townsend and Coupeville enters Keystone Harbor Monday afternoon. The harbor is known for being difficult on the vessels.

Future of island’s ferry service

Meeting on ferries set for May 1 in Coupeville

(Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times)
                                The ferry for the run between Port Townsend and Coupeville enters Keystone Harbor Monday afternoon. The harbor is known for being difficult on the vessels.

Jogger finds cash | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Monday, April 8 At 6:59 p.m., there was a report of… Continue reading

Bail set at $50,000 in domestic violence case

A 47-year-old Whidbey Island man accused of beating and strangling a woman is being held in jail on $50,000 bail, according to court documents. Prosecutors… Continue reading