Jessie Stensland

Unemployment in county reaches dismal high

“I do think we have a long road ahead of us,” said a regional economist.

County should have received more vaccine

The number of vaccinated people in Island County is slightly less than the state average.

In Our Opinion: Regional reopening plan doesn’t work for Island County

It’s ridiculous that people can’t eat inside restaurants in Island County, which has largely maintained low COVID-19 infection rates, while restaurant customers are joyfully chowing… Continue reading

Homeless Coalition shelter project moving forward

Whidbey Homeless Coalition has plans to turn a former church into a 35-bed shelter.

In Our Opinion: Passage of school levy is imperative, even during a pandemic

Voters who live in North Whidbey will decide whether to return to the dark ages of the Oak Harbor school district. There was a time,… Continue reading

Interim health officer named

Dr. Howard Leibrand is the third health officer in Island County in a month.

District dedicated to natural resources holding election

A governmental body dedicated to protecting dirt and natural resources has an election Feb. 2.

‘Blood-curdling screaming’ | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Dec. 25 - Jan. 1.

Washington’s vaccination schedule draws criticism from Island County

Island County commissioners are upset about where certain groups fall in the vaccination phases.

Co-sponsored by Muzzall, bill would speed up state reopening

The bill would allow indoor dining, gyms and social gatherings to resume, all with safety protocols

Court day delayed due to psychosis

The woman was arrested on suspicion of assault in the first degree, a domestic violence crime.

Man arrested at Walmart in Oak Harbor with stolen truck

An Anacortes business owner reported the truck as stolen. It was found at the Oak Harbor Walmart.

Prosecutor calls commissioner ‘a terrible person’ during public meeting

The two have had a tense relationship for years.

Woman sues Uber over injury suffered in 2018

The woman is suing the car-for-hire company over an injury that occurred in Oak Harbor in 2018.

Island County employee killed in car accident

The 35-year-old woman died at the scene of the accident on Dec. 18.

In Our Opinion: Oak Harbor pro-Trump rally during Capitol siege poorly timed

An angry and violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters were still in the midst of a deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol when a… Continue reading

Pandemic impact on calls to law enforcers was mixed

Most crime fell, but 911 calls for mental health crises and sexual assaults grew in 2020.

State health officer temporarily helping county

Dr. Lindquist has been serving on an emergency basis since Dec. 31 and will continue until Jan. 20.

Mary Engle

Assessor doubles as planning head till March

Mary Engle said she hasn’t decided whether she will seek the position on a permanent basis.

Mary Engle