Jessie Stensland

Meeting set for Growler impact on historic sites

A federal agency will be holding a public meeting on Whidbey Island Dec. 19 to gather comments on the impact an increase of Navy EA-18… Continue reading

 

City of Oak Harbor looks at buying, selling land

The city of Oak Harbor has been in the real estate business lately. The city recently purchased a couple of side-by-side parcels, is moving forward… Continue reading

 

Police investigating school incident

Police have not filed charges against a substitute teacher at the Oak Harbor Intermediate School accused of inappropriately touching students, but the investigation will continue,… Continue reading

 

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

Meeting a career highlight

Council reduces stability fund

Oak Harbor leaders changed a policy created during a time of political agitation in the city which resulted in the squirreling away of a sizable… Continue reading

Police find pipe bomb in suspect’s car

Police discovered a pipe bomb, an illegal rifle, other guns and a silencer inside a man’s car in Oak Harbor, according to court documents. Deputies… Continue reading

Editorial: Hopefully door to crucial agreement isn’t entirely closed

Navy officials had the daunting task of negotiating with a string of agencies, groups and elected officials in determining how best to mitigate the effect… Continue reading

Navy ends talks on historical impacts

Many of the people involved in negotiating mitigation measures on the impact that an increase in EA18-G Growlers aircraft practice will have on historic Central… Continue reading

New Lions reviving Christmas Village

A new Lions Club is giving the community a special gift this Christmas season. Whidbey Island Lions is bringing Christmas Village back to the Blue… Continue reading

Mailbox snoop| Island Scanner

The following were reported to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: SATURDAY, Nov. 17 At 4:43 p.m., a Laurel Lane caller reported that a woman came… Continue reading

Navy is ‘terminating discussions’ about impact of Growlers on historic properties

The Navy announced after 4:30 p.m. Friday that it was terminating discussions with agencies and parties over how the Navy will mitigate impacts the increase… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns and Project Engineer Brett Arvidson, at right, struggle briefly with a computer during the ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant. As part of the ceremony, Severns was able to hit a key on the laptop to direct the water cleaned by the plant to go directly into the harbor for the first time. State lawmakers, representatives from the EPA and the state Department of Ecology, a leader from the Swinomish tribal community, the director of the Puget Sound Partnership, city council members and public works staff attended the event in celebration. Severns pointed out that the project came to fruition only with the help from all these partners.

Ceremony celebrates sewage treatment plant coming online

By Jessie Stensland jstensland@whidbeynewsgroup.com… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns and Project Engineer Brett Arvidson, at right, struggle briefly with a computer during the ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant. As part of the ceremony, Severns was able to hit a key on the laptop to direct the water cleaned by the plant to go directly into the harbor for the first time. State lawmakers, representatives from the EPA and the state Department of Ecology, a leader from the Swinomish tribal community, the director of the Puget Sound Partnership, city council members and public works staff attended the event in celebration. Severns pointed out that the project came to fruition only with the help from all these partners.

Chicken-killing dog| Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Nov. 15 At 10:24 a.m., a Ridgeway Drive resident reported… Continue reading

Social Security benefits high for county residents

Island County retirees receive more Social Security benefits on average than people in most other counties in the state, according to a study by SmartAsset.… Continue reading

Beach yeller | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Oct. 8 At 12:14 p.m., a Jones Road resident reported… Continue reading

Coupeville man accused of assault in fight over money

A Coupeville man is facing a felony charge for allegedly choking a 23-year-old woman during a fight over money, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged… Continue reading

Plan outlines millions of dollars in capital projects for Oak Harbor

From pickleball courts and stand-alone restrooms to road construction and land purchases, Oak Harbor’s capital facilities plan outlines how as much as $40 million may… Continue reading

Woman, 28, facing jail for allegedly passing fake $50

A 28-year-old woman is wanted on an arrest warrant for allegedly passing a fake $50 bill at a South Whidbey gas station Sept. 28, according… Continue reading

Motorist drives her flaming truck away from gas pumps

A quick-thinking driver of a flaming pickup truck avoided a disaster by moving the vehicle away from gas pumps Sunday afternoon, according to North Whidbey… Continue reading

Man admits stealing from ice cream store

A 27-year-old man admitted to stealing from a Langley ice cream shop in April but later paid it back, court documents say. Island County prosecutors… Continue reading