Jessie Stensland

Growler lawsuits in two federal courts entangled

Four lawsuits in two different federal courts over Navy jet noise on Whidbey Island have recently become intertwined. The U.S. Department of Justice wants two… Continue reading

County, hospital prepare for virus

A run on toilet paper at grocery stores is perhaps the most noticeable visual impact the coronavirus has had on Whidbey Island, but that doesn’t… Continue reading

Hospital appoints new chief nursing officer

Newly hired Chief Nursing Officer Erin Wooley RN, MSN, CENP, arrived at WhidbeyHealth in January with 12 years of leadership experience in acute inpatient and… Continue reading

Man jumps from Deception Pass bridge

An Oak Harbor man was killed when he jumped from Deception Pass Bridge in front of witnesses Feb. 29, according to the Island County Sheriff’s… Continue reading

Health officials: Coronavirus risk remains low on Whidbey

As far as anyone knows, there are no cases of coronavirus on Whidbey Island and the risk is either “low” or “extremely low,” depending on… Continue reading

No injuries in mobile home fire

An Oak Harbor family was displaced after a fire caused extensive damage to a mobile home in the early hours of Feb. 28, the Oak… Continue reading

South Whidbey school board member joins race for commissioner

A South Whidbey School Board member is the fourth candidate to pursue the Island County commissioner position Helen Price Johnson is leaving behind. Damian Greene,… Continue reading

Three candidates vie for superior court judge seat

Three attorneys with distinct backgrounds and legal experience are vying to wear the robes in Island County Superior Court. Vickie Churchill, a longtime superior court… Continue reading

Sought on warrants, man allegedly continued to stalk ex-girlfriend

A 31-year-old man continued to stalk his ex-girlfriend in Oak Harbor even though he was wanted on a $75,000 arrest warrant out of Island County… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s ‘go-to guy’ retiring after 44 years

During the last snow storm, the man behind the wheel of a truck sanding Oak Harbor streets was one of the top officials at the… Continue reading

Woman accused of stealing, hiding gun

A 46-year-old South Whidbey woman was arrested for allegedly stealing a gun after witnesses followed her in a car, according to court documents. A Freeland… Continue reading

Judge rules against downtown Oak Harbor housing project

A proposed housing development for low-income people does not conform to Oak Harbor zoning code for the downtown area and is, therefore, not lawful, Island… Continue reading

Johnson seeking third term on board of county commissioners

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson is seeking a third term this fall. And she’ll have competition. Two Democratic candidates have already filed for the position… Continue reading

Woman allegedly threatened officer over animal cruelty citation

An Oak Harbor woman was recently arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a police officer who cited her for animal cruelty, according to court documents.… Continue reading

‘Sexually violent predator’ won’t be living on Whidbey

Island County’s first “sexually violent predator” will get to leave the special commitment center on McNeil Island after 20 years, but he is still supposed… Continue reading

Ebey’s farm leases awarded to organic potato growers

Three properties in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve will not be leased to any of the Central Whidbey families that have been… Continue reading

COER seeking injunction to stall flights at OLF Coupeville

An anti-noise group sought a preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday, asking that a judge order the Navy to temporarily halt its expansion of EA-18G… Continue reading

Health workers on lookout for coronavirus

One person in Island County who had possible contact with the coronavirus and displayed symptoms was voluntarily isolated for a few days before a test… Continue reading

Charges filed in accidental restaurant shooting

The volunteer coach for the Oak Harbor High School’s NJROTC air rifle team is facing charges related to an alleged accidental shooting at a crowded… Continue reading

$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