Jessie Stensland

Pastor sentenced for rape of a child

A former pastor at an Oak Harbor church was sentenced to more than three years in prison for child rape Thursday. Thomas Stoneham, 55, had… Continue reading

Council plans to set city’s priorities for state lawmakers

Oak Harbor officials have ideas about what they would like to see accomplished in Olympia this year. Today, Jan. 2, City Council members are set… Continue reading

UFO event set for Whidbey

On Nov. 27, a man in Oak Harbor reported to a UFO tracking website that he and his fiancee had watched unusual lights in the… Continue reading

2018: A year on Whidbey

The news on North and Central Whidbey in 2018 was dominated by sewage treatment plants, Growler jets, contaminated water and several court cases, but there… Continue reading

After 20 years, Tyee restaurant is under new ownership

‘This really caught my eye’

Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group.
                                The audience at Wednesday night’s meeting in Coupeville cheered for Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer.

Tensions rise over jet noise impacts on historic sites

Wednesday night, state and local officials publicly and directly challenged Navy officials over plans to dramatically increase the number of training flights at a rural… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group.
                                The audience at Wednesday night’s meeting in Coupeville cheered for Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer.

Man convicted for child porn charged with rape of a child

A former Oak Harbor resident convicted of possessing child pornography eight years ago is facing new sex-crime charges in Island County Superior Court. Prosecutors charged… Continue reading

Woman injured in Central Whidbey crash

Two people were injured in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on State Highway 20 in Central Whidbey, according to the Washington State Patrol. A trooper… Continue reading

Rapist tried to have wife killed, prosecutor alleges

An Oak Harbor man who raped his wife while she was sleeping and allegedly tried to have her killed was sent to prison Monday. As… Continue reading

Big crowd anticipated for historic properties meeting

There might be a big, and possibly loud, turnout for a public meetingWednesday, Dec. 19, regarding the effect of Navy jet noise on historic properties… Continue reading

‘Expert’ on use of force by police charged in stabbing

A use-of-force expert hired by the city of Langley to evaluate the action of the former police chief was charged with first-degree assault this week… Continue reading

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Ugly chapter in island history rears head

Neo-Nazis accused in Lynnwood hate crime attended vigil on Whidbey

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Judge orders suspect undergo an evaluation

A Whidbey man with “deteriorating” mental health problems is accused of threatening to exterminate a Clinton resident, according to court documents. Island County Superior Court… Continue reading

Burglars allegedly set up house in vacant home

A man and a woman moved into a temporarily vacant house on South Whidbey, changed the front-door lock and furnished it with stolen items, including… Continue reading

Lawyers argue over incest at sentencing

Two attorneys sparred over the question of whether incest is really all that bad during a sentencing hearing in Island County Superior Court Thursday. Although… Continue reading

Meeting set for Growler impact on historic sites

A federal agency will be holding a public meeting on Whidbey Island Dec. 19 to gather comments on the impact an increase of Navy EA-18… Continue reading

City of Oak Harbor looks at buying, selling land

The city of Oak Harbor has been in the real estate business lately. The city recently purchased a couple of side-by-side parcels, is moving forward… Continue reading

Police investigating school incident

Police have not filed charges against a substitute teacher at the Oak Harbor Intermediate School accused of inappropriately touching students, but the investigation will continue,… Continue reading

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

Meeting a career highlight

Council reduces stability fund

Oak Harbor leaders changed a policy created during a time of political agitation in the city which resulted in the squirreling away of a sizable… Continue reading