Jessie Stensland

Santa Maria barbecue comes to Whidbey

In a cloud of red-oak smoke, the owners of Columbia Beach Barbecue transform a cut of beef into an unassuming, culinary masterpiece that evokes the cowboy country of Santa Maria Valley.

Whidbey sailor pleads not guilty to rape charge

A 25-year-old Navy man is facing a rape charge after having sex with a woman who was passed out from drinking, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Kenneth Steiner, Jr., of Lanoka Harbor, N.J., in Island County Superior Court April 30 with third-degree rape. Steiner pleaded not guilty June 9. The judge approved a sexual assault protection order barring Steiner from within 100 feet of the victim’s home and work.

Banks leads state prosecutors

The leaders of the law and justice system in Island County are a force to be reckoned with.

Man accused of kidnapping girlfriend

A 20-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend after she tried to break up with him, court documents show.

Proposal for new bridge to Whidbey resurfaces

Seventy-three years ago this month, the Deception Pass bridge was formally opened in a dedication ceremony.

Editorial: Be open, move forward

It’s unfortunate that a controversy cast a shadow over the Oak Harbor City Council’s unanimous decision to name Bob Severns to the seat vacated by… Continue reading

Robber hits Frightville

Gets away with cash box after chase

Our very own composting place

Malliard's saves city money

On the lam no longer

Police catch up with Wiggins

Alleged burglar targeted military

A 24-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of burglarizing the homes of military people while they were on deployment and then selling the items to… Continue reading

Slowik, Conard surge ahead

Based on early election results, it looks like Jim Slowik will be the new mayor of Oak Harbor while Nancy Conard won a fourth term… Continue reading

Blazing Charger leads to charges

Two Oak Harbor residents are accused of conspiring to torch a car in order to collect insurance money, according to court documents.Prosecutors charged Tyneeta Silmon,… Continue reading

Slowik prepares to govern

Now that Jim Slowik apparently won a hard-fought campaign to become Oak Harbor mayor, he has a couple of months to prepare for the real… Continue reading

Paramedic hacker faces years in prison

Used hospital’s computer system

Ruling makes tax hikes easier

In Oak Harbor, it's up to the City Council

Haunted house thief materializes

Police say the man who stole the cash box from Boys and Girls Club’s haunted house just before Halloween turned himself in to police last… Continue reading

Scratching car sends man to jail

A 59-year-old Langley man accused of scratching an elderly man’s car at Whidbey General Hospital was sentenced to jail, according to court documents.As part of… Continue reading

Council pauses video decision

Members of the Oak Harbor City Council decided to pass on the decision of whether to videotape and broadcast workshops or other committee meetings.By a… Continue reading

Oak Harbor family burgled while in bed

A brazen burglar entered the home of an Oak Harbor family Sunday night while the family of six were in bed.In fact, Mesha Fain said… Continue reading

Shuttle owners protest city grant

Service from base to airport at issue