Jessie Stensland

Don’t call this Whidbey man ‘Cougar King’

Whidbey Island’s exotic cat owner hasn’t watched the “Tiger King,” a documentary about a zoo-owner-turned-attempted-murderer that coronavirus-quarantined viewers made one of Netflix’s most watched shows… Continue reading

Hospital receives good financial news

Whidbey Island’s public hospital district received millions of dollars worth of good news over the last week. WhidbeyHealth CEO Ron Telles and Controller Jennifer Reed… Continue reading

Man held on $150,000 bail for domestic assault

A Seattle man is accused of assaulting his girlfriend after bringing her to a house in Coupeville to recover from a prior assault, according to… Continue reading

Trespasser in negligee and mink coat | Island Scanner

The following were among calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Department: Friday, March 27 At 4:06 p.m., a caller reported that a motocross track… Continue reading

County commissioners urging EDC, island chambers to do more

Leaders of chambers of commerce on Whidbey Island have turned to cyberspace to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Island County officials hope they… Continue reading

Era newspapers show Spanish flu’s impact on Whidbey

As the entire nation hunkers down, dons face masks and avoids others to fight COVID-19, here’s a look back at how this community fought the… Continue reading

Man arrested after police find video of him raping child

Detectives investigating a rape case in Skagit County discovered videos on a former Oak Harbor man’s computer that appeared to show him sexually assaulting a… Continue reading

Nonprofits’ COVID-19 funds grow quickly

Two Whidbey Island nonprofit groups have had remarkable success in raising funds to protect people from the coronavirus and help those struggling from the economic… Continue reading

Nichols Bros. building while social distancing

Whidbey Island’s largest civilian employer has continued to operate during the shutdown, but with a modified work schedule designed to promote social distancing. After Gov.… Continue reading

New study of county COVID-19 cases suggests social distancing working

Island County’s top public health official has some very welcome news regarding the spread of COVID-19, though it doesn’t mean a clear endpoint is in… Continue reading

It’s the year to replace carbon monoxide alarms

As long as you’re home, it might be a good time to check your carbon monoxide detector. Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill said firefighters… Continue reading

County commissioner candidate is hoping third time’s the charm

Curt Gordon is not a run-of-the-mill candidate, and not just because he announced his campaign in the middle of an international pandemic. This will be… Continue reading

Accidental blaze burns bedroom in Oak Harbor residence Friday

Nobody was injured and a fire in a bedroom was quickly contained Friday night, according to Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill. The cause of… Continue reading

Hospital, responders finding ways to meet equipment, facility needs

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, WhidbeyHealth Medical Center received 10 more ventilators and a few thousands more respirators, but staff members are forced to… Continue reading

Unemployment claims soar in county

New claims for unemployment benefits in Island County matched the spike in the state as a whole, according to Anneliese Vance-Sherman, regional labor economist with… Continue reading

Editor’s notes: Still pursuing the facts in the age of coronavirus

While I’m normally not a big fan of Facebook, candy or long sentences, I also realized that I’m not immune to the impacts of the… Continue reading

Help sought for WhidbeyHealth as pandemic causes financial pain

WhidbeyHealth isn’t going to close its doors overnight, but the public hospital district’s financial situation is dire, according to hospital officials. WhidbeyHealth Medical Center was… Continue reading

2 from Careage die from COVID-19 as number of cases jump to 42

Two residents from Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville died as a result of COVID-19, Island County Public Health reported. The number of residents and staff… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth opens drive-thru testing

People don’t have to leave their cars to get tested for coronavirus on Whidbey Island. WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in Coupeville is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing… Continue reading

Hospital has six ventilators, hoping to get more

WhidbeyHealth has six or seven ventilators in the hospital — depending on what’s counted — and could receive as many as 13 more, according to… Continue reading