Jessie Stensland

$500,000 bail set for molesting suspect

A 34-year-old Navy man accused of child molestation is being held on $500,000 bail, an unusually high amount for Island County Superior Court. On Feb.… Continue reading

Holland Happening will retain its name

Holland Happening is going to be happening after all. Leaders at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce decided to reserve a decision to change the… Continue reading

Fate of housing project in judge’s hands

The future of a proposed 51-unit, low-income housing development in downtown Oak Harbor is in the hands of Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock.… Continue reading

Man arrested after low-speed, nighttime bicycle pursuit

A man who led a deputy sheriff on a very slow-speed pursuit on his bicycle at night is facing criminal charges, according to court documents.… Continue reading

Man ordered to write letter of apology to deputy sheriff

During a sentencing hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered a Central Whidbey man who pointed a gun at a deputy to write a letter of apology.… Continue reading

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                                Cougar Road on North Whidbey was closed because of flooding Friday. Firefighters used a boat to evacuate residents.

Excess rain causes sewage discharges, manhole cover explosion

Island County is among 19 counties in Washington officially in a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall. And for good reason. A manhole cover… Continue reading

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                                Cougar Road on North Whidbey was closed because of flooding Friday. Firefighters used a boat to evacuate residents.

Exhibits, parade mark 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Before the 19th Amendment was finally ratified in 1920, women across America struggled for decades in a multitude of ways — publicly and privately, quietly… Continue reading

Admiralty Head lighthouse closed for restoration work

Scaffolding surrounds the iconic Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which will be closed to visitors for months as workers complete a major renovation project on the 1903… Continue reading

Man accused of stealing truck at park and ride

A man accused of stealing a pickup truck from the Bayview Park and Ride Jan. 27 didn’t get very far, according to court documents. The… Continue reading

Feeding seagulls leads to a sticky situation | Island Scanner

The following were gathered from 911 calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Sunday, Jan. 26 At 8:56 a.m., a Wellington Drive resident reported… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

$1 million in state historic preservation grants awarded in Ebey’s Reserve

A $1-million grant from the state will go a long ways toward repairing and protecting many of the structures that are intrinsic to the rich… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

Concerns raised over steelhead farm near Deception Pass

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife recently granted a fish-farming company permission to raise steelhead in several net pens in Puget Sound, including one… Continue reading

Oak Harbor City Council to consider rates at meeting

The Oak Harbor City Council’s Feb. 18 meeting will help shape the future of the city. The council will consider an ordinance that sets rates… Continue reading

Proposal would mean hefty utility rate hikes

The rates Oak Harbor residents pay each month for city-provided utilities will increase by about $50 over the next five years to a total of… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man accused of stalking, kidnapping

A 31-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of stalking a woman in Island County and kidnapping her in Skagit County is wanted on a $75,000 arrest… Continue reading

Suspect in alleged rape undergoes competency evaluation

A man living in an Oak Harbor assisted living facility accused of sexually assaulting a resident suffering from dementia was recently sent to Western State… Continue reading

Church project near Navy base faces development restrictions

Leaders at a church are asking the city of Oak Harbor for a zoning amendment to allow construction of a new community center on the… Continue reading

Fake TV salesman sent to prison, ordered to repay $759,000 to victims

A man who defrauded more than a 100 people through illegitimate electronic businesses and ran a “boiler room” operation out of a rental house in… Continue reading

Hospital searched for bombs after threat

The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad searched WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in Coupeville Sunday morning based on a tip from the FBI, but nothing explosive was… Continue reading

Ex-county inmate sues over jail fall

An inmate at Clallam Bay Corrections Center is suing Island County over a fall he blames on a missing shower mat in Island County jail… Continue reading