Jessie Stensland

Recent stats show growth in commuting in Island County

One thing that is clear from recent economic statistics about Island County is that more and more people are commuting to other counties, according to… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth slapped with three malpractice suits

Three medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against Whidbey Island Public Hospital District in the last three months. The three separate complaints were filed in… Continue reading

Oak Harbor council puts street repair tax on ballot

It’s Oak Harbor voters who will decide whether to raise the sales tax rate to fund street repairs and maintenance. After some initial hand wringing,… Continue reading

Police holding appreciation barbecue for veterans

A few months ago, Oak Harbor Police Officer Mike Brown responded with other officers to an unattended suicide. The man left behind a very personal… Continue reading

Flintstone Park restrooms to be replaced by Portland loos

Oak Harbor is crazy for shiny metal bathrooms. On Wednesday, the city council and staff discussed a plan to replace the restroom at Flintstone Park… Continue reading

Beware the Zipper | Island Scanner

The following reports were made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Wednesday, July 10 At 3:29 p.m., a Crosswoods Circle resident reported that a neighbor… Continue reading

State Rep. Smith joins debate over AG’s Growler lawsuit

State Rep. Norma Smith is the latest elected representative to criticize state Attorney General Bob Ferguson for filing a lawsuit against the Navy for what… Continue reading

Drug Court graduate sent to prison for series of crimes

Two years ago, South Whidbey resident Kody Schwiger graduated from adult Drug Court, was off heroin and talked about becoming a lawyer. Judges, attorneys and… Continue reading

Large parrots and machete-wielding man | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, July 5 At 12:33 p.m., an Old County Road resident… Continue reading

State to pay property owners to allow deer hunting

The state is encouraging hunting in an attempt to ease deer overpopulation on Whidbey and other islands in North Puget Sound. The state Department of… Continue reading

Oak Harbor mayor asks AG to dismiss Growler lawsuit

Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns is asking the state attorney general to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Navy that targets an environmental study of… Continue reading

Former pizza shop employee charged with burglary

A former manager at an Oak Harbor pizza joint is accused of pushing her way into a back office of the business and taking paperwork,… Continue reading

Mental health patient flees ER, steals car, leads chase

A mental health patient left the hospital against doctor’s orders, stole a car, led police on a high-speed chase and rammed into a cop car… Continue reading

After 40 years, SVC closing its South Whidbey Center

Skagit Valley College will likely shutter classrooms on South Whidbey after teaching students in the community for 40 years. Thomas Keegan, president of the community… Continue reading

Man gets 6 months for ‘communicating with a minor for immoral purposes’

A 32-year-old petty chief in the Navy originally accused of raping a boy he met on a dating app pleaded guilty to a lesser offense… Continue reading

Extortion scheme increases bail for suspected molester

A judge in Island County Superior Court increased a suspected child molester’s bail Friday because the man allegedly engaged in an extortion scheme with his… Continue reading

Series of police cases involve felony DUIs

Police and prosecutors on Whidbey Island have been busy in recent weeks with a series of felony-level cases in which drivers were suspected of being… Continue reading

Share the shore during pup season, look but don’t touch seals

Advocates for marine mammals are making their annual pitch to beach watchers regarding dewy-eyed babies they may come across. Don’t touch the baby seals. Seal… Continue reading

Fare increases floated by Washington State Ferries

A group overseeing transportation in the state wants to know how ferry riders would feel about two increases in fares and a hike in a… Continue reading

Friday’s 4.6 earthquake felt on Whidbey

People across Whidbey Island were awakened by an earthquake early Friday morning. The magnitude 4.6 earthquake was recorded at 2:51 a.m. and originated from 15… Continue reading