Jessie Stensland

2 Careage residents have COVID-19, other tests pending

Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville this week and public health officials are awaiting test results from other residents… Continue reading

Man sentenced for child porn

An 18-year-old Oak Harbor man who admitted to fantasizing about raping a grade-school-age girl was sent to prison for possessing child pornography. Blake D. Savage… Continue reading

Helping homeless presents challenges during pandemic

The people on Whidbey Island who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus are those without homes. Serving this unsheltered population during the pandemic is complex… Continue reading

Eyman continues criticism of COVID-19 response

Tim Eyman, the anti-tax advocate and candidate for governor, took some heat after a March 14 meeting at an Oak Harbor home that defied guidelines… Continue reading

Man accused of stealing ladder, attempting to evade police

A drunken ladder thief was unsuccessful at evading police and flipped his truck in Oak Harbor March 14, according to court documents. Jesus Mendoza, 30,… Continue reading

County continues essential operations

A woman in her early 90s is the first person in Island County to die from coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases rose to… Continue reading

Some county inmates to be released; cases delayed in response to coronavirus emergency

Island County’s law and justice system isn’t immune from the effects of the coronavirus. A series of changes have been announced in the courts to… Continue reading

Navy’s sewage offer a fraction of city’s request, but mayor optimistic about negotiations

Oak Harbor leaders hope partnering with the Navy on the new sewage treatment plant will give ratepayers some relief from monthly costs that continue to… Continue reading

Judge in Growler case may consider classified info in chambers

The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to look at classified material before making a decision on a request for a preliminary injunction on an… Continue reading

3 Island County residents positive for COVID-19, Washington schools closing for 6 weeks

Three Island County residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus, Island County Public Health reported. Friday afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered that all schools… Continue reading

Judge Alan Hancock says he won’t seek reelection

The Honorable Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock will simplify his title at the end of the year. “Grandpa.” “Husband.” Perhaps “handyman.” Hancock, 69,… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man tests positive for coronavirus

An Oak Harbor man who is the father of a student at Oak Harbor High School tested positive for the coronavirus. Island County Public Health… Continue reading

Appeals court upholds threat conviction

The Washington State Court of Appeals recently affirmed a 13-year-old Oak Harbor boy’s conviction in a case involving an alleged threat against a school in… Continue reading

Former Navy man sentenced for child molestation

The victim of child molestation that occurred 12 years ago cannot escape the nightmares, anxiety attacks and low self worth caused by the crime. “There’s… Continue reading

Rep. Smith won’t seek another term

Norma Smith has one year left as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives and she isn’t going to take it easy. Smith,… Continue reading

Walk-in clinic to open in April

WhidbeyHealth is opening a new walk-in clinic in Clinton during the first week of April, the hospital district reported. Some patients on South Whidbey were… Continue reading

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