Jessie Stensland


COVID increase may be due to Labor Day gatherings

The 14-day case rate for Sept. 2-15 was 281 per 100,000 people.


In Our Opinion: No matter the nuisance, accessibility to public records is vital

The Public Records Act is based on the concept that the government should be transparent.

Friend attacked by snakes | Island Scanner

Wednesday, Sept. 1 At 3:12 p.m., a resident reported that his camera was used while it was at a pawn shop. At 4:11 p.m., a… Continue reading

South Whidbey public records advocate blasts cities’ incomplete, litigious responses

South Whidbey resident Eric Hood has collected around $1 million in Public Records Act lawsuits.

COVID cases trend downward

At the same time, the number of people getting vaccinated in the county has picked up.

Wanted child molest suspect back in jail

Michael Cheatham of Oak Harbor, 39, has been charged with multiple counts of child molestation.

Goats run amok | Island Scanner

Wednesday, Aug. 25 At 5:46 a.m., the Navy reported that “a gate penetration exercise” would be happening at the Charles Porter Gate. At 11:12 a.m.,… Continue reading

Brothers’ fight over vaccinations leads to jail for one

A fight over COVID-19 vaccinations ended with minor injuries, hurt feelings and one man in jail.

Former veterinary office employee accused of theft

A former receptionist at a South Whidbey veterinary office is accused of embezzling almost $1,000.

In Our Opinion: Servers need higher wages, even if it means $10 shakes

Workers simply need a livable wage, not just a living wage.

Feds want to hear thoughts on Navy aircraft noise

An agency was charged with working with communities to find measures that would mitigate noise.

Deer stuck in fences | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Saturday, Aug. 21 At 11:22 p.m., a caller reported that a… Continue reading

Man at center of 2017 Langley use-of-force case arrested

A Whidbey man is facing charges for allegedly threatening a woman and appearing naked in public.

In Our Opinion: Unvaccinated need to take responsibility for their choices

The pandemic in America would be over if everyone had gotten vaccinated. Instead, mask mandates are back, hospitals are overfilling, the economy is taking more… Continue reading

Goats, alpacas surround church | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Wednesday, Aug. 11 At 5:21 a.m., a caller reported seeing a… Continue reading

COVID cases skyrocketed among those without shots

An estimated one in every 123 unvaccinated residents got a confirmed COVID-19 case during one week.

Unvaccinated teen recovers after month in hospital

An Oak Harbor teen is home after being treated for a COVID-19 case that developed into pneumonia.

Whidbey man accused of assault with a rifle

Prosecutors charged Michael L. Surgeon, 34, with assault in the second degree Aug. 25.

Navy man allegedly strangled husband, then performed CPR to revive him

Jacque S. Saulsberry, 22, was released from Island County Jail Aug. 24 after posting $10,000 bail.

In Our Opinion: With tourism at all-time high, change in investment needed

More money could be spent on long-term, concrete investments related to tourism.