Jessie Stensland

Whidbey’s lonely elk in another tangle

A popular resident of a North Whidbey community is tangled up in blue. A blue tarp, that is. Bruiser, the sole elk inhabitant of Whidbey… Continue reading

Gambling tax increases may be in the cards for Oak Harbor

Odds are that Oak Harbor will start taxing a wider variety of gambling activities and increase the tax rate on pull tabs. Oak Harbor City… Continue reading

NAS Whidbey conducting housing conditions survey following Reuters report

Leaders at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island want to hear about concerns military families in base housing may have about their homes and the response… Continue reading

Homeless offender held on $50k bail

A homeless sex offender is accused of raping a woman at a group home in Coupeville for people with mental health challenges, according to the… Continue reading

Years after fatal crash, driver sent to prison

Four years after her husband, Timothy Keil, was killed by a drunk driver on Whidbey, Mary Jo Keil quietly wept in court. Following a protracted… Continue reading

Mental wellness conference planned for first responders

Imagine a day in which you help a couple whose baby died of SIDS, chase after a man who beat his wife and mediate a… Continue reading

Accused rapist may have his bail revoked for alleged witness tampering

An accused rapist may have his bail revoked after he allegedly tampered with a witness, court documents state. Maurice Bandy, 49, of Freeland is accused… Continue reading

Man says edibles led him to molest girl, 11

A Greenbank man allegedly admitted to sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl and blamed marijuana edibles for his crime, according to court documents Prosecutors charged Randall… Continue reading

Suspect accused of raping, beating woman

A Freeland man is accused of beating a 23-year-old woman with a piece of firewood, cutting her with a knife and trying to rape her… Continue reading

Sheriff will enforce new gun law

Rick Felici is not among the sheriffs in the state who are refusing to enforce a controversial new law on gun control. It’s not that… Continue reading

Court reverses dismissal of records suit

The state appeals court reversed a summary judgment that dismissed a public records lawsuit against the city of Langley. The Court of Appeals ruled that… Continue reading

Stolen guns recovered during man’s eviction from Oak Harbor residence

Deputies discovered stolen guns during an eviction on North Whidbey Jan. 18, according to court papers. They arrested Bryan R. Seiler, 33, of Oak Harbor,… Continue reading

Man faces felonies for allegedly stealing earbuds from store

A Mount Vernon man is being held in jail on $10,000 bail after stealing a $15 pair of earbuds from the Walgreens store in Oak… Continue reading

Loot, gun recovered from stolen minvan

An estimated $30,000 worth of stolen silver coins, $10,000 worth of stolen jewelry and a stolen handgun were recovered from a stolen vehicle on South… Continue reading

A second chance at love is found in a taproom

For some people, Valentine’s Day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. They are the Ebenezer Scrooges of Feb 14. They might be middle-aged and… Continue reading

Federal lawsuit filed over drinking water contamination on Whidbey

Lawyers for a North Whidbey woman filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against a manufacturing corporation and fire equipment companies they say are responsible… Continue reading

Wright’s Crossing loses third appeal of county’s decision

Wright’s Crossing LLC lost a third appeal of an Island County commissioners’ decision blocking a proposed urban growth area expansion and large housing development on… Continue reading

Civil case against rapist to be dismissed by attorney general

After eight years of litigation, the state Attorney General’s Office is dismissing a civil action aimed at classifying a former Whidbey Island man as a… Continue reading

Middle school student sentenced for gun threat

A middle school student was sentenced Monday to three days of detention for sending an image of a gun to a fellow student after threatening… Continue reading

Contract for EA-18G hangar awarded prior to decision on added flights

The Navy is moving forward with a large construction project to accommodate new EA-18G Growler aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island even though a… Continue reading