Jessie Stensland

Whidbey schools have high vaccine compliance rates

The true student vaccination rate in Washington state isn’t known because of gaps in the records kept by schools, the state Auditor’s Office reported in… Continue reading

In our opinion: Justices’ rebuke of lawmakers is democracy in action

The framers of the Constitution would be proud to see that the separation of powers doctrine has flourished in the state named after the nation’s… Continue reading

‘Bait’ package leads to arrest of suspected thief

Police and federal agents stopped an alleged Oak Harbor Grinch who was trying to steal Christmas from a few families this week. The U.S. Postal… Continue reading

Assisted living resident accused of sexual assault

A resident at an assisted living facility in Oak Harbor was arrested on Dec. 9 for the alleged sexual assault of a fellow resident who… Continue reading

Congress may require real-time Growler noise monitoring

Congress wants the Navy to measure the sound of military jets on Whidbey Island in the real world instead of relying on computer models. The… Continue reading

Council approves move to hearing examiner system

Oak Harbor City Council approved a preliminary plat and planned residential development during its last quasi-judicial hearing on development issues. The council unanimously passed measures… Continue reading

Man pleads guilty to molesting child

A Greenbank man who molested a child a year ago and blamed it on marijuana edibles will likely be spending a year in jail. Randall… Continue reading

Three accused in residential burglary on Lone Lake Road

Three men were arrested in connection with a foiled burglary on South Whidbey Dec. 2, according to court documents. Deputies and a neighbor responded to… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man enters guilty plea to domestic violence charges

An Oak Harbor man who savagely beat his wife and attempted to sexually assault her in front of her young children agreed to a plea… Continue reading

4-year-old twins called heroes after fatal crash

Two 4-year-old girls are being heralded across the nation as heroes for climbing a steep, wooded embankment in the dark after a car crash on… Continue reading

North Whidbey woman accused of arson

A woman on North Whidbey was arrested on suspicion of arson Friday afternoon. Coincidentally, the case was reported just hours after another house on North… Continue reading

Man charged with beating, choking, biting, burning wife

An 23-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of beating, biting, strangling and burning his wife early in the morning of Nov. 23, according to court… Continue reading

Former Oak Harbor man killed in home invasion

A former Oak Harbor man and Navy aviation electronics technician at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was killed protecting his family at their home near… Continue reading

In our opinion: You’re not alone if you are irritated by slow drivers

A peculiar quirk of some Whidbey Island drivers is to travel slightly under the speed limit on the highway, creating a line of cars that… Continue reading

Trail project, Island Transit van pool purchases put on hold

An on-again, off-again trail project in Clinton is off again, and Island Transit’s plans to purchase 24 replacement vans is being deferred to an undetermined… Continue reading

Man accused of stabbing woman in the head with glass shard

A Langley man who stabbed a woman in the head with a shard of glass is being held in jail on $10,000 bail, according to… Continue reading

Couple pleads guilty to lying about boy’s cancer to get life insurance

An Oak Harbor man who attempted to fraudulently obtain life insurance on his son after the boy was diagnosed with terminal cancer will be going… Continue reading

Assault victim found walking barefoot after escape

A Whidbey woman jumped out the window of a home to escape from a man who had beaten, strangled and threatened to kill her on… Continue reading

Council considers removing council from permit decisions

Oak Harbor officials are considering a step toward removing politics from decisions regarding development. During a council workshop meeting last Wednesday, Development Director Steve Powers… Continue reading

A case of catnapping reported | Island Scanner

The following reports were gathered from 911 calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Nov. 7 At 7:40 a.m., a driver reported that… Continue reading