Jessie Stensland

Pentagon urges weakened standards on PFAS contamination

It’s unclear what impact, if any, the Pentagon’s proposal to weaken standards for groundwater pollution found around military bases across the nation could have on… Continue reading

 

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                                A total of 36 additional EA-18G Growlers will be coming to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Navy announces decision on Growlers

Under a decision announced Wednesday, the Navy will add 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and direct 80 percent of the… Continue reading

 

Navy will fund $867,000 restoration project for Growler mitigation

The Navy will fund restoration of the historic Ferry House in Central Whidbey as mitigation for the EA-18G Growler aircraft impact on historic properties. Secretary… Continue reading

 

Clinton man sent to prison for domestic violence

A man who committed two felony-level assaults of women in an eight-month period was sent to prison Monday. Dederick R. Norwood Jr., a 24-year-old Clinton… Continue reading

Photo by Lindsey George
                                Lindsey George captured this photo of Bruiser, Whidbey Island’s lone elk, with a tarp tangled in his antlers.

Whidbey’s lone elk tangled — again

A popular resident of a North Whidbey community is tangled up in blue. A blue tarp, that is. Bruiser, the sole elk inhabitant of Whidbey… Continue reading

Photo by Lindsey George
                                Lindsey George captured this photo of Bruiser, Whidbey Island’s lone elk, with a tarp tangled in his antlers.

Editorial: Extreme Risk Protection Orders make absolute sense

It’s impossible to prove a negative. In 2016, voters passed Initiative 1490, which created the Extreme Risk Protection Order. It’s civil process under which an… Continue reading

Woman arrested after wrestling in the mud with police officers

Oak Harbor police officers did some mud wrestling in the dark recently. Two officers who were trying to help a woman ended up arresting her… Continue reading

Fatal shooting was justified, prosecutor concludes

A lengthy investigation into a police-involved shooting that left an Oak Harbor man dead Sept. 23 offers few clues as to what caused him to… Continue reading

Woman arrested after high-speed pursuit

A 30-year-old woman is accused of leading a deputy on a high-speed chase that ended at the Clinton ferry dock Feb. 27, according to court… Continue reading

Four years after fatal crash, driver sent to prison

Four years after her husband, Timothy Keil, was killed by a drunk driver on Whidbey, Mary Jo Keil quietly wept in court. Following a protracted… Continue reading

Police: Accused rapist tampered with witness

An accused rapist may have his bail revoked after he allegedly tampered with a witness, court documents state. Maurice Bandy, 49, of Freeland is accused… Continue reading

Conference will focus on mental wellbeing of first responders

Imagine a day in which you help a couple whose baby died of SIDS, chase after a man who beat his wife and mediate a… Continue reading

Sheriff will enforce new gun law

Rick Felici is not among the sheriffs in the state who are refusing to enforce a controversial new law on gun control. It’s not that… Continue reading

Stolen guns found during eviction

Deputies discovered stolen guns during an eviction on North Whidbey Jan. 18, according to court papers. They arrested Bryan R. Seiler, 33, of Oak Harbor,… Continue reading

Freeland man charged with attempted rape

A Freeland man is accused of beating a 23-year-old woman with a piece of firewood, cutting her with a knife and trying to rape her… Continue reading

Federal lawsuit filed over drinking water contamination on Whidbey

Lawyers for a North Whidbey woman filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against a manufacturing corporation and fire equipment companies they say are responsible… Continue reading

Wright’s Crossing loses another appeal of county decision

Wright’s Crossing LLC lost a third appeal of an Island County commissioners’ decision blocking a proposed urban growth area expansion and large housing development on… Continue reading

Civil case against rapist to be dismissed

After eight years of litigation, the state Attorney General’s Office is dismissing a civil action aimed at classifying a former Whidbey Island man as a… Continue reading

Photo provided by the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched the vehicle and found many items.

Stolen loot, gun recovered from stolen vehicle

An estimated $30,000 worth of stolen silver coins, $10,000 worth of stolen jewelry and a stolen handgun were recovered from a stolen vehicle on South… Continue reading

Photo provided by the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched the vehicle and found many items.

Navy moves forward without final Growler decision

The Navy is moving forward with a large construction project to accommodate new EA-18G Growler aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island even though a… Continue reading