Jessie Stensland

Help sought for WhidbeyHealth as pandemic causes financial pain

WhidbeyHealth isn’t going to close its doors overnight, but the public hospital district’s financial situation is dire, according to hospital officials. WhidbeyHealth Medical Center was… Continue reading


2 from Careage die from COVID-19 as number of cases jump to 42

Two residents from Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville died as a result of COVID-19, Island County Public Health reported. The number of residents and staff… Continue reading


WhidbeyHealth opens drive-thru testing

People don’t have to leave their cars to get tested for coronavirus on Whidbey Island. WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in Coupeville is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing… Continue reading


Hospital has six ventilators, hoping to get more

WhidbeyHealth has six or seven ventilators in the hospital — depending on what’s counted — and could receive as many as 13 more, according to… Continue reading

Judge revoked man’s bail for violating no-contact orders

A judge revoked bail on a 36-year-old man who is facing prison time for continually violating a no-contact orders issued by three different courts, according… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Careage of Whidbey, a skilled nursing facility in Coupeville, is the site of a cluster of COVID-19 cases.

32 test positive for COVID-19 at Careage

A total of 32 residents and staff members at the Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Island County Public… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Careage of Whidbey, a skilled nursing facility in Coupeville, is the site of a cluster of COVID-19 cases.

Navy to conduct real-time noise monitoring on Whidbey

Federal, state and county officials who want the Navy to conduct real-world noise monitoring of aircraft on Whidbey Island will get their way. The Navy… Continue reading

Community Resiliency Fund to aid charities with COVID-19 response

A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting other charities on Whidbey Island is focusing its attention on helping the community get through the coronavirus pandemic. The… Continue reading

2 Careage residents have COVID-19, other tests pending

Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville this week and public health officials are awaiting test results from other residents… Continue reading

Man sentenced for child porn

An 18-year-old Oak Harbor man who admitted to fantasizing about raping a grade-school-age girl was sent to prison for possessing child pornography. Blake D. Savage… Continue reading

Helping homeless presents challenges during pandemic

The people on Whidbey Island who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus are those without homes. Serving this unsheltered population during the pandemic is complex… Continue reading

Eyman continues criticism of COVID-19 response

Tim Eyman, the anti-tax advocate and candidate for governor, took some heat after a March 14 meeting at an Oak Harbor home that defied guidelines… Continue reading

Man accused of stealing ladder, attempting to evade police

A drunken ladder thief was unsuccessful at evading police and flipped his truck in Oak Harbor March 14, according to court documents. Jesus Mendoza, 30,… Continue reading

County continues essential operations

A woman in her early 90s is the first person in Island County to die from coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases rose to… Continue reading

Some county inmates to be released; cases delayed in response to coronavirus emergency

Island County’s law and justice system isn’t immune from the effects of the coronavirus. A series of changes have been announced in the courts to… Continue reading

Navy’s sewage offer a fraction of city’s request, but mayor optimistic about negotiations

Oak Harbor leaders hope partnering with the Navy on the new sewage treatment plant will give ratepayers some relief from monthly costs that continue to… Continue reading

Judge in Growler case may consider classified info in chambers

The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to look at classified material before making a decision on a request for a preliminary injunction on an… Continue reading

3 Island County residents positive for COVID-19, Washington schools closing for 6 weeks

Three Island County residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus, Island County Public Health reported. Friday afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered that all schools… Continue reading

Judge Alan Hancock says he won’t seek reelection

The Honorable Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock will simplify his title at the end of the year. “Grandpa.” “Husband.” Perhaps “handyman.” Hancock, 69,… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man tests positive for coronavirus

An Oak Harbor man who is the father of a student at Oak Harbor High School tested positive for the coronavirus. Island County Public Health… Continue reading