Jessie Stensland

Home demand strong as inventory remains low

Prices have increased by 25 percent in the past year in Oak Harbor alone.

Suspicious man looks for mushrooms | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Oct. 22 - 28.

Negotiations reach an impasse over hooking Navy into city’s sewage treatment

Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns said the city has ceased talks with the Navy about sewage treatment.

Muzzall moves ahead as Republican candidates make gains in state races

County contests were more decisive, with Johnson and Bacon leading.

Democrats ahead in local, state races

The first count of ballots in county and state races affecting Whidbey Island show Democratic candidates dominating. In addition, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s property… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Council doesn’t need AI software to tell them people are ticked

People are mad at the Oak Harbor City Council for wasting money on the sewage treatment plant, which was millions over its original price tag.… Continue reading

Jail earns distinction for efforts with mentally ill

Island County was recognized for its data-driven efforts to help people with mental health issues.

Greene, Bacon differ on county priorities

In the race for District 1 Island County commissioner, voters have a choice between a traditional Democrat and a traditional Republican. At least that’s how… Continue reading


Brews brothers add 3rd operation to lineup

Brews brothers add 3rd operation to lineup


Fence-stealing neighbors | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Oct. 19-21.

In Our Opinion: In an imperfect world, sex ed arms children with knowledge

The campaign against a state Senate Bill that would require comprehensive sexual education in schools is a disturbing mixture of 1950s narrow-mindedness and new millennium… Continue reading

Hospital reports phony bill collector

WhidbeyHealth officials are warning about a scam artist who is calling residents and pretending to be a bill collector. According to the hospital, the faux… Continue reading

Middle school student tests positive for COVID-19

A student receiving support services at North Whidbey Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 last week, according to Island County Public Health. A parent of… Continue reading

Toilet, woman reportedly clogged | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Oct. 14-19.

Early voter turnout high in Island County

Almost half of Island County voters had already voted as of Oct. 26.

House candidate sued for scam, says he was a victim

Bill Bruch was accused of scamming people out of thousands of dollars in the late 1990s.

In Our Opinion: Cliff would continue tradition of thoughtful judiciary

It speaks volumes that the retiring Island County superior court judges, the district court judge and a healthy portion of the legal community have endorsed… Continue reading

Local attorneys vie for superior court

Voters will decide between two South Whidbey residents for judge.

Man shoots, injures fawn to feed coyotes | Island Scanner

A man reported he shot a fawn on Friday night. Someone reported seeing an injured fawn the next day.