Jessie Stensland

Burglars steal from robotics club in Clinton

Burglars stole about $3,000 worth of equipment from South Whidbey children who build underwater robots. Ashley McConnaughey, a mentor for the South Whidbey underwater robotics… Continue reading

Port of Coupeville commissioners not liable in lawsuit

Two Port of Coupeville commissioners won’t be individually liable in a lawsuit that was brought against both them and the port. Friday, Island County Superior… Continue reading

Machete-wielding Oak Harbor man accused of rape

A man is accused of chasing a woman with a machete and then raping her in Oak Harbor, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Johnson… Continue reading

Island County Court District Judge looking for court commissioner

A long time court commissioner in Island County District Court resigned last week, leaving an opening for any lawyer who wants to wear a robe.… Continue reading

Lockdown on base lifted, no evidence of gunfire found

Navy security wasn’t able to identify a noise that caused the lock down of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Ault Field base Saturday morning. Access… Continue reading

Police: Suspect, 28, taped himself beating a homeless man

A 28-year-old Oak Harbor resident is facing a felony assault charge after he videotaped himself beating up a homeless man, court documents state. Jon M.… Continue reading

It’s time to abolish the death penalty

It’s been 15 years since Robert Yates, a 1970 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, was sent to death row. The serial killer confessed to… Continue reading

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                                Louis Scarpino of Oak Harbor appears in Island County Superior Court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he was accused of being disorderly and intimidating a judge the day before.

Suspected car thief accused of intimidating judge

A suspected car thief was wheeled into court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he bit a microphone, turned over a table and threatened a… Continue reading

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                                Louis Scarpino of Oak Harbor appears in Island County Superior Court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he was accused of being disorderly and intimidating a judge the day before.

Fighting among elected officials is unacceptable

An Island County commissioner acted outrageously and shamefully this week in attacking the county’s elected prosecutor because she was still sore about losing a court… Continue reading

2017: A year in review

So long, 2017. Monday is the start of a new year. It’s unclear what’s in store for 2018, but if it’s anything like this year,… Continue reading

SHERIFF’S REPORT | Camouflage, Tasers, screaming lady

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, Nov. 17 3:27 a.m. — A driver reported that a… Continue reading

Camano murderer gets 18-year sentence

Though he pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to prison Friday, a 37-year-old man is still maintaining he’s innocent in the July 28, 2016… Continue reading

Let’s be safe of the roads

Editor, On a rainy December evening, I headed out to Payless on East Harbor Road in Freeland. It was after 5 p.m., so it was… Continue reading

Property is needed for new nonprofit

Editor, The new nonprofit, Thincwhidbey.org, is seeking land with Langley sewer and water on which to build Tiny Houses In the Name of Christ. These… Continue reading

Booster Club poinsettia sale was a success

Editor, Thanks to you, we are growing musicians one poinsettia at a time. Thanks to our generous community and some very motivated students, the annual… Continue reading

Expecting local government to fund mandates ill-conceived

For officials in local government, unfunded mandates can be the bane of their existence. Whidbey Island officials aren’t immune to this headache. Island County is… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor residents Kenneth Bruneau and Sharon Tobin were killed in a head-on crash Monday morning.

Two people killed in head-on collision in Oak Harbor

Two Oak Harbor residents were killed in a head-on accident on Highway 20 Monday morning, the Washington State Patrol reported. Kenneth Bruneau, 79, was northbound… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor residents Kenneth Bruneau and Sharon Tobin were killed in a head-on crash Monday morning.
Washington State House Republican Communications photo — Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, introduced a bill to enforce net neutrality in Washington state.

Rep. Smith, R-Clinton, introduces net neutrality bill

The day before the Federal Communications Commission ended net neutrality, a Republican state congresswoman from Clinton introduced a bill aimed at protecting open internet in… Continue reading

Washington State House Republican Communications photo — Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, introduced a bill to enforce net neutrality in Washington state.

Police investigating report that Oak Harbor student was accosted

Oak Harbor police are investigating a report that a student was accosted after getting off a school bus Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Capt. Mike… Continue reading

Whidbey woman accused of child molestation

A 26-year-old woman is facing charges for allegedly molesting a teenage girl in Oak Harbor, court documents state. Carly P. Houghton was charged in Island… Continue reading