Jessie Stensland

COVID-19 vaccine plentiful across Whidbey Island

Even with the availability of vaccines, only 41 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated.

Bank robber who appeared on TV show sentenced

Richard T. Young pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court June 4 and got two years in prison.

Dead eagle, injured goose, strange rooster | Island Scanner

Wednesday, May 12 At 3:49 p.m., a delivery person reported being bitten by a dog on Calhoun Loop. At 4:28 p.m., an East Fakkema Road… Continue reading

From the Editor: Press releases always welcome, but they are just the first step

People are a lot more savvy about how newspapers work than they used to be. Most folks, for example, seem to understand that there’s a… Continue reading

Man accused of chasing woman in car with hammer

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect, later identified as Peter Clark, hiding in bushes, armed with two hammers.

No primary election will be held on Whidbey Island

The positions with no candidates are seats on the boards for the Port of Coupeville and South Whidbey Fire/EMS, as well as various water and sewer districts.

Man accused in child porn case

Prosecutors charged Sean A. Gaffney, 32, with looking at, possessing and sending child pornography.

Auditor issues finding against district

The Washington State Auditor’s Office found Coupeville School District committed an accounting error.

Freeland woman hurt in I-5 crash

A South Whidbey woman and three others were injured in a four-car accident on Interstate 5.

Insurance provider dropped for hospital walk-in, primary clinics

WhidbeyHealth will no longer accept Amerigroup Washington insurance at some clinics as of July 1.

Artist Mark Wacker hangs a fish ornament he created for the taproom barn.

Freeland Taproom opens doors at newest location

The new venture is a collaboration between Penn Cove Brewing Company and South Whidbey resident Randy Urquhart.

Artist Mark Wacker hangs a fish ornament he created for the taproom barn.

New candidates, names withdrawn in final day of candidate filing week

The final day of candidate filing week was exciting on Whidbey Island, with new candidates emerging and candidates withdrawing their names. The filings for positions… Continue reading

Cases against Oak Harbor real estate agent resolved

An Oak Harbor real estate agent who had been held in jail without bail is now free.


Retired Navy officer named assessor

Douglas “Bernie” Upchurch is the new Island County assessor and will serve at least until the end of the year.


Sentence in vehicular homicide reduced after drug law voided

Jeromy K. Ladwig, 40, appeared in Island County Superior Court telephonically from prison Tuesday to be resentenced. His sentence was cut from 12 years to five years and a month.

Cause of death still pending for diver recovered from Pass

The body of an experienced diver was found May 4.

Jail inmate death apparent suicide

The Skagit County Multi-Agency Response Team is investigating the death.

Candidates start to fill in races for local office

Candidate filing week runs May 17-21.

Investigation clears superintendent of bias, retaliation

An attorney’s investigation into the Coupeville school superintendent for alleged bias and retaliation largely exonerated him, according to the report on the inquiry.