Jessie Stensland

Air International owner Joel Eisenberg

No bids at Oak Harbor airport auction

The first of two auctions for the Oak Harbor Airport was completely uneventful last Friday morning. A handful of people gathered outside the Island County Law and Justice Center to witness the sheriff’s auction ordered by Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock at the conclusion of a tangled lawsuit that began in 2002. But not a peep was uttered during the bidding period. The amount required to settle the judgment was $944,000, so the minimum bid would have had to top that.

Air International owner Joel Eisenberg
Greenbank resident Glen Russell stands near the beach he’s been visiting for decades. Residents who claim to own the beach plan to put up a rock wall to stop people from trespassing

Whidbey’s Greenbank beach may be walled off

Public beach access, or lack thereof, on Whidbey Island is a touchy subject for many longtime residents.

Greenbank resident Glen Russell stands near the beach he’s been visiting for decades. Residents who claim to own the beach plan to put up a rock wall to stop people from trespassing

Drug dealer accused of mistreating Oak Harbor children

When Oak Harbor police searched the home of a suspected methamphetamine dealer May 31, they discovered two young children living in a dangerous and squalid environment, as well as a victim of shocking domestic violence, court documents show. The suspect in the crimes, 25-year-old Christopher Rankin of Oak Harbor, is being held in Island County jail on $100,000 bail and is facing the possibility of a lengthy prison term.

Aberdeen man back in prison on meth charges

A 36-year-old former Oak Harbor resident with a history of committing methamphetamine-related crimes is back in prison. Kevin Wais of Aberdeen pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court June 16 to possession of meth. Judge Vickie Churchill agreed with the sentence recommendation worked out by the prosecution and defense as part of a plea bargain. She sentenced Wais to one year and one day in prison.

Man charged in Island County court for ripping off disabled woman

A 37-year-old Bellingham man is accused of stealing a car from a disabled woman who had hired him to help take care of her animals, court documents show. Prosecutors charged Brodie Daniel in Island County Superior Court June 2 with possession of methamphetamine and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

Bridget McBride-Lamoureux and her mother Marilyn McBride

Whidbey family homeless and living in the woods

In the middle of a wooded lot on North Whidbey, it looks like a giant tornado picked up a house, shook all the contents out and then flung the building far, far away. A trail, illuminated at night by makeshift lights, leads through the trees to a ghostly specter hung up to scare away thieves. The Halloween decoration guards a giant assortment of household items heaped into the woods. There’s furniture, children’s toys, potted plants, moldy clothing, a soggy coin collection, a nail polishing kit, a baseball bat, a stop sign, dishes, holiday decorations, boxes and bags galore. Three people, left homeless in a home foreclosure, have been living for weeks in a tiny motorhome — stuffed full of the basic necessities of life — parked in the middle of the woods, surrounded by the piles of belongings.

Bridget McBride-Lamoureux and her mother Marilyn McBride
Michael and Mary Frost of Coupeville purchase their pyrotechnics from Soroptomist Susan Sehlin at the Soroptomists International of Oak Harbor fireworks stand on Highway 20 near 7-Eleven.

Oak Harbor cops prepare for a rowdy July 4 weekend

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is predicting a busy, possibly explosive, Fourth of July weekend. "Complaints will probably double because it's on a weekend," he said. "But weather will influence a lot of what goes on." For now, meteorologists are predicting a pleasant Independence Day weekend, with patchy clouds and highs in the upper 60s. Fireworks fans can purchase legal pyrotechnics and light them off during the prescribed times. The same rules apply in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and the unincorporated areas of the county.

Michael and Mary Frost of Coupeville purchase their pyrotechnics from Soroptomist Susan Sehlin at the Soroptomists International of Oak Harbor fireworks stand on Highway 20 near 7-Eleven.

Island County cops fear rowdy July 4 weekend

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is predicting a busy, possibly explosive, Fourth of July weekend.

Oak Harbor man charged with assault, accused of smothering girlfriend

An 18-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of smothering his girlfriend is a facing a felony charge. Prosecutors charged Fritz Ratcliffe in Island County Superior Court with assault in the third degree, domestic violence.

Detective’s nose points out 2 pot operations

One of the two Whidbey Island men who last October for growing pot plants will likely be going to jail soon.

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‘Little Bob’ concerns addressed

Probably the most significant thing about a meeting of the Island County Economic Development Council last Wednesday was the astounding number of public officials, candidates for office and business people who attended.

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Child rape verdict follows boy’s testimony

A jury found a 34-year-old Oak Harbor man guilty of sexually assaulting a preschool-aged boy at an informal daycare.

Ann Bell

This week’s for nurses

Ann Bell jokes around with a husband and wife as the female half is hooked up to an IV line that’s bringing chemotherapy drugs to her body.

Ann Bell

America’s Third Party starts here

David Jon Sponheim and Sarah Hart know how to dream big. From a home on North Whidbey, they’ve started a uniquely grassroots effort they hope will do nothing less than change the world.

Where’s the bad beef?

Seen as boost for marina