Jessie Stensland

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

Dismissal of public records lawsuit reversed

The state appeals court reversed a summary judgment that dismissed a public records lawsuit against the city of Langley. The Court of Appeals ruled that… Continue reading

Wolf spotted in garden | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Jan. 10 At 3:54 p.m., a caller reported that a… Continue reading

Men who led police in vehicle chases found, charged

Oak Harbor police caught two men who led police in high-speed chases in stolen cars this month, according to court documents. Zachary M. Pederson, 23,… Continue reading

Mentally ill man sentenced in sword incident

A judge acknowledged that a South Whidbey man suffered from serious mental illness, but she handed him a lengthy prison sentence in order to protect… Continue reading

Couple settles DSHS lawsuit for $3 million

The state Department of Social and Health Services settled a lawsuit brought by an Island County family for $3 million, according to documents filed in… Continue reading

Family wants to change murder victim’s name

Her family members will forever know her as Kathie Ann Hill, but they also want that to be her legal name. Hill’s niece is appealing… Continue reading

New sheriff sets up shop

With a murder and plane crash within the first two weeks of taking office, Rick Felici is off to a busy start as the new… Continue reading

Man told victim’s mother about murder, then killed himself

Editor’s advisory: The following article contains details that could be disturbing for some readers. After shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend, a Whidbey Island man called… Continue reading

Larsen supports bill that would unfreeze Growler process

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen recently voted in support of a wide-ranging appropriations bill that would help move along the Navy’s process of finalizing details on… Continue reading

Victim, suspect identified in Freeland murder-suicide

The Island County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect and victim in a Jan. 11 murder and suicide near Freeland. The victim is 31-year-old Natasha Blouin… Continue reading

Support is great, but WAIF still has its critics

Debating risks vs. benefit of ‘enriching’ dogs’ lives

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                                Mushroom hunters found a partial skull in a woods on the north end of Whidbey.

Skull found on Whidbey

Mushroom hunters on North Whidbey discovered a partial skull in a woods on New Year’s Eve, according to Island County Coroner Robert Bishop. Searchers continue… Continue reading

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                                Mushroom hunters found a partial skull in a woods on the north end of Whidbey.

Shutdown delays final decision on Growlers

The partial federal government shutdown is delaying the secretary of the Navy’s final decision regarding EA-18G Growler aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Under… Continue reading

Fleeing suspects force their way into home

A man and a woman fled from a deputy and pushed their way into an occupied North Whidbey house in an effort to avoid arrest,… Continue reading

Foot found on beach remains a mystery

A human foot in a boot that washed ashore on Jetty Island in Everett this week isn’t that unusual an event, but it’s still a… Continue reading

Volunteers are vital to Point in Time count | In our opinion

You should go out and count homeless people. Island County officials need volunteers to help with the Point in Time count of homeless people on… Continue reading

UFO discussion set for Whidbey

On Nov. 27, a man in Oak Harbor reported to a UFO tracking website that he and his fiancee had watched unusual lights in the… Continue reading

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Navy confronted over jet noise, historic sites

Wednesday night, state and local officials publicly and directly challenged Navy officials over plans to dramatically increase the number of training flights at a rural… Continue reading

(Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group)

Growler meeting may draw a crowd

There might be a big, and possibly loud, turnout for a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19, regarding the effect of Navy jet noise on historic… Continue reading