Jessie Stensland

Drug court grad sent to prison

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

 

Smaller ferries lead to lines

An engine problem on one ferry, a required inspection of another and the swapping of vessels led to long lines this week on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo… Continue reading

 

Mental health patient flees ER, steals car, leads police in 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

 

Neil Colburn recently closed Neil’s Clover Patch after about 40 years in Bayview. (Photo by Jessie Stensland /South Whidbey Record)

After 36 years, luck changes at Neil’s Clover Patch Cafe

To the surprise of many, the doors were locked, the grill turned off and menus boxed up at a restaurant that was a gathering place… Continue reading

Neil Colburn recently closed Neil’s Clover Patch after about 40 years in Bayview. (Photo by Jessie Stensland /South Whidbey Record)

Series of felony cases on Whidbey Island involve impaired driving

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

Extortion plan increases bail for molester suspect

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

Hands off the baby 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

Former bank employee sentenced for theft

A former employee at an Oak Harbor bank was sentenced to jail and ordered to pay restitution for stealing from a customer and the bank,… Continue reading

Earthquake felt on Whidbey Island

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

Advisory Board holding public hearing on draft short-term rental ordinance

What rules should apply to homeowners who rent out houses, rooms or apartments to vacationers? Langley’s Planning Advisory Board wants to hear from residents on… Continue reading

Commissioner questions appraisal of shoreline property

While she understands the value of preserving a unique beachfront property on South Whidbey, an Island County commissioner recently said she was perturbed by an… Continue reading

After 40 years, college likely over on South Whidbey

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

Shakespeare Fest starts this Friday

This year’s Island Shakespeare Festival begins Friday with the first of three plays that explore themes of redemption, magic and the driving force of love.… Continue reading

Honeymooners like Whidbey the second time

Whidbey Island is apparently a top place in the nation for older couples to honeymoon. AARP released the results this week of an unscientific survey… Continue reading

Conservation District looks at ‘rates and charges’ system

Whidbey Island Conservation District officials are considering going to a different kind of taxation system and want to know what residents think, the district reported… Continue reading

Navy also faces FOIA lawsuit

A Whidbey Island group known for protesting Navy training flights at a small airfield near Coupeville filed a lawsuit alleging a laundry list of violations… Continue reading

State Attorney General suing the Navy over Growler expansion at NAS Whidbey

The state’s top lawyer is suing the Navy over the noise and other impacts of the Growler jet expansion at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.… Continue reading

Man on stolen motorcycle arrested after chases

A man is sitting in jail after getting into several police chases across North Whidbey on a stolen motorcycle, possibly while high on methamphetamine. The… Continue reading

Two ferry fare hikes proposed

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

County buying land for poop

Farmers wanted for spreading biosolids from treatment plant