Jessie Stensland

COER: New opinion of EA-18G impacts needed

Bob Wilbur, chairperson of COER, said the group will wait for the results of the consultations before deciding whether to file a lawsuit.

Previously convicted of vehicular assault, man charged with DUI

Prosecutors charged Brian Shelley, 50, in Island County Superior Court Feb. 17 with felony DUI.


Assessor picked as permanent planning director

Mary Engle has been credited with fixing problems in the department with her straight-forward, no-nonsense style and administrative abilities.


Smokey Bear gone but not forgotten

A cutout sign has been missing for six months.


Vaccination rate will need a booster to meet goal set by state

Island County had received fewer vaccines, per capita, than most other counties while the county has a higher-than-average number of elderly people.

Rise in suicides during COVID-19 cause for concern

The local increase in suicidal ideation among young people is particularly concerning.

Firearms instructor sentenced for restaurant shooting

David A. Goodman was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

County data shows racial disparity in COVID cases

An effort to address the issue in the county was delayed when the CHAB decided to go on hiatus for six months.

Appeals court affirms ruling in LIHI case

The appellate court agreed with the former county judge’s ruling that the proposed project did not conform to the city’s zoning code.

Jury finds Oak Harbor man guilty of molesting two girls in 2019

Coy Bozeman was convicted of molesting two girls but not a third who also alleged she was abused.


Level 3 sex offender moves to Whidbey

Jeffery Charles Sitton moved to a home on Sunrise Park Way in Greenbank.


Man accused of criminal impersonation, exposure

The man had been using a false name and even wore a wig on occasion.

Restaurants can open now that Island County moved to Phase 2

Restaurants in Island County will finally be able to serve food indoors, albeit with restrictions. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the North Region, of… Continue reading

Oak Harbor firefighters responded to a garage fire last week. Photo provided
Oak Harbor firefighters responded to a garage fire last week. Photo provided

In Our Opinion: Offer of towering artwork should not be squandered

Oak Harbor has a once-in-a-lifetime shot at getting a bold, superlative and truly memorable sculpture that was created by an internationally renowned artist. The executor… Continue reading

Larsen letter: Island County shortchanged on vaccine

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen sent the White House a letter complaining about the lack of of local supply.

Unemployment in county reaches dismal high

“I do think we have a long road ahead of us,” said a regional economist.

County should have received more vaccine

The number of vaccinated people in Island County is slightly less than the state average.

In Our Opinion: Regional reopening plan doesn’t work for Island County

It’s ridiculous that people can’t eat inside restaurants in Island County, which has largely maintained low COVID-19 infection rates, while restaurant customers are joyfully chowing… Continue reading

Homeless Coalition shelter project moving forward

Whidbey Homeless Coalition has plans to turn a former church into a 35-bed shelter.