Jessie Stensland

County layoffs will be named Dec. 3

Island County elected officials and department heads have until the end of the workday Dec. 3 to identify 25 positions that will be cut from next year’s budget. The commissioners have to adopt a budget Monday, after struggling to find ways to pare $2 million from the general fund because of declining revenues in a poor economy. The budget forum is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Homola ahead in tally, recount begins

The Island County Auditor's Office is finished with the regular round of ballot counting that began on election day, but a manual recount in an… Continue reading

Wetland regulations substantially upheld

A South Whidbey environmental group’s challenge to Island County’s new wetland regulations was successful on three issues that must be fixed in the next 90 days. Nevertheless, members of Whidbey Environmental Action Network, known as WEAN, aren’t thrilled with the 89-page decision from the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, which found in favor of the county on 10 other issues.

Woman charged with assault after fight

A fight outside a popular Oak Harbor nightspot Oct. 29 has resulted in a felony charge against a 22-year-old California woman. Prosecutors charged Megan Byelick of El Cajon in Island County Superior Court Nov. 17 with assault in the second degree.

Keen-eyed proofreader turns 100

The Whidbey News-Times has a professional proofreader who’s cute as a button, quick with a retort and beloved by all. Nellie Williams also happens to turn 100 years old today, Nov. 19, possibly making her the oldest living proofreader on the planet.

Layoffs worry Island County workers

The Island County Commissioners are not going to target senior employees or union members for layoffs. They aren’t going to force anyone to retire early. Commissioners Mac McDowell and John Dean, as well as Budget Director Elaine Marlow, waylaid rumors spreading around the county about an upcoming round of layoffs during a public budget workshop Wednesday night.

Kenmore quits its Oak Harbor flights

Kenmore Air will stop flying out of the Oak Harbor Airport at the beginning of next year and officials say they probably can't come back without a ridership guarantee from the Navy.

Homola leads, hand count next

With vote counting nearing an end, there is still no official winner in a remarkably tight race for a seat on the Island County Board of Commissioners.

Board sides with county on APZ issue

Island County officials won an important victory in a battle over zoning around Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, but the land-use war may not be won.

‘Lord Sparta’ gets jail term

A 23-year-old Oak Harbor man was jailed for sending weirdly threatening messages, which he signed “Lord Sparta,” to his ex-girlfriend and her roommate.

Cocaine dealer steals past prosecutor’s credit card

A 30-year-old Oak Harbor resident is going to prison for dealing cocaine and using the credit card of a former deputy prosecutor.

30 Island County employees could be axed

Some Island County department heads were surprised, even outraged, to discover that next year’s budget projection is in the red by $2 million and that 30 jobs cuts have been proposed by county commissioners. “It’s looking pretty challenging for Island County,” Island County Commissioner John Dean said. “It’s less than surrounding counties, but we’re a little smaller, so it’s pretty significant for us.”

Local man jailed for door kicking

A 28-year-old Oak Harbor man is in jail for kicking open his ex-girlfriend’s door early in the morning on Aug. 10. Renante Delfinado pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Nov. 3 to malicious mischief in the third degree with domestic violence and criminal trespassing in the first degree.

Homola, Knue barely hanging on

Ballot counts are so close in two elections affecting Island County that candidates’ fingernails have reason to be afraid. Very afraid.Following the Thursday night count,… Continue reading

Democratic women take over Island County

It looks like history was made in Island County on election day with two big upsets.In a county that’s never had a female county commissioner… Continue reading

Oak Harbor police officer charged with theft for allegedly lying on timecards

A long-serving Oak Harbor police officer is facing a felony charge that could spell the end to his career.Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said he… Continue reading

Whidbey: Find a sex offender before Halloween

Just in time for trick or treating, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown announced the launch of a new Web site for monitoring registered sex offenders in the community.