Jessie Stensland

Incumbents, street repair measure ahead in ballot count

Oak Harbor’s incumbent mayor and council member are doing well in the first count of ballots in Tuesday’s election. Mayor Bob Severns has a healthy… Continue reading

Veterans Day is commemorated across Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is serious about Veterans Day. The community is invited to the annual Community Veterans Day Program at the Oak Harbor High School. This… Continue reading

Bacon adds sizzle to commissioner race

The 2020 race for the next Island County commissioner to represent southern and central areas of Whidbey Island is heating up even before this year’s… Continue reading

County might increase septage treatment rate

The cost of getting a septic tank pumped on Whidbey Island may increase significantly. Joantha Guthrie, manager of Island County’s solid waste division, said a… Continue reading

Confidential informant used in cocaine investigation

A member of the Navy who admitted using cocaine agreed to be a confidential informant for law enforcement and was involved in a series of… Continue reading

Burglar captured on video sneaking into Oak Harbor dentist office

A 21-year-old man was captured on surveillance video when he entered an Oak Harbor dentist’s office on the evening of Oct. 24, according to court… Continue reading

National salmonella outbreak from backyard poultry reaches county

Don’t kiss your chicken, health officials caution. Island County is one of four counties in the state where someone contracted salmonella from backyard poultry last… Continue reading

South Whidbey girl faces felony for alleged school bus assault

A 14-year-old student at South Whidbey Middle / High School is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting another student on a school bus Oct.… Continue reading

Bank robber sentenced to prison

A man who robbed an Oak Harbor bank April 30 and terrorized two employees was sent to prison last week. Duane Payne, a 20-year-old Oak… Continue reading

Driver of stolen car crashes into parked cars, theater building

The driver of a stolen car struck two parked vehicles, a garage, a cop car and the Whidbey Playhouse during a brief chase in Oak… Continue reading

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                                An undercover agent purchased 50 pounds of methamphetamine from suspects in Oak Harbor.

Feds bust alleged meth smugglers in Oak Harbor

City, county, tribal and federal law enforcement took part in a drug bust in Oak Harbor Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of 50 pounds… Continue reading

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                                An undercover agent purchased 50 pounds of methamphetamine from suspects in Oak Harbor.

Man charged with vehicular assault

A man who drove a car off the road and caused a collision that seriously injured a passenger on North Whidbey last December is facing… Continue reading

Candidates’ ties to developer raises eyebrows

Two men seeking separate Oak Harbor City Council positions have garnered scrutiny for running uniquely interconnected campaigns supported by a high-profile developer. Their opponents, on… Continue reading

Coroner identifies skull found in woods

A hunter walking through a Greenbank woods Oct. 12 discovered the skull of a Freeland man who had been missing nearly 19 years, the Island… Continue reading

Housewarming party results in hospitalizations, arrest

A housewarming party in Oak Harbor Oct. 12 ended with two women in the hospital and one woman in jail, according to court documents. A… Continue reading

Attorney, client at odds over WhidbeyHealth settlement

WhidbeyHealth Public Hospital District settled an age discrimination lawsuit in August, but the plaintiff and his attorney are still arguing over money. Seattle attorney Gregory… Continue reading

Man files another public records lawsuit against Langley

A South Whidbey man has filed another lawsuit against the city of Langley, claiming a violation of the state’s Public Records Act. Eric Hood, acting… Continue reading

If approved by voters, Initiative 976 would cut Island Transit funding

If passed, Initiative 976 has the potential to significantly diminish bus and paratransit service in Island County. To discuss the impacts, Island Transit Executive Director… Continue reading

Commissioner won’t vote on appointment of Senate replacement

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson won’t vote on a state senate appointment, but the county won’t lose a vote in choosing a candidate. Commissioners… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man sentenced to jail in knife incident

A man who menaced his wife with a knife May 18 at Navy housing in Oak Harbor was recently sentenced to jail. Tyler A. McLellan,… Continue reading