Jessie Stensland

Man shot by officer in Oak Harbor was armed, police say

A man who was shot by a police officer Tuesday in downtown Oak Harbor was armed and had been assaulting a woman, according to police.… Continue reading

Only funeral home on South Whidbey closes

The only funeral home on South Whidbey closed Friday. Services Corporation International, which does business as Dignity Memorial, shuttered Visser Funeral Home in Langley and… Continue reading

American Health Care Act is terrorism by Republicans

Editor; I need to get a point across to Republicans and the rest of my fellow citizens. I speak to my daughter often. She is… Continue reading

NAS Whidbey SAR team rescues kayaker in Dugualla Bay

A Whidbey Island kayaker may owe his life to a sharp-eyed member of the Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The… Continue reading

New, redesigned bus routes come to South End

More runs, a newly designed route for businesses and doctors’ offices and improved connections to the ferries are among new changes coming Island Transit. To… Continue reading

Serial rapist moves to Tacoma

A serial rapist who terrorized Oak Harbor in the early 1990s has moved to Tacoma. It appears doubtful that Paul Harell will return to Island… Continue reading

Freeland driver charged in road rage incident

An 88-year-old Freeland man got so mad at a tailgater that he pulled his pickup over on Highway 525, got out and allegedly pointed a… Continue reading

EDITORIAL | Deep cuts to Medicaid are a bad medicine for hospitals

Proposed cuts to Medicaid under the U.S. Senate’s health care bill are the very definition of an unfunded mandate. By some estimates, the proposal would… Continue reading

Don’t forget new Whidbey fireworks rules are in effect, sheriff warns

The fireworks season on Whidbey begins next week in Oak Harbor, but those in unincorporated areas will have to wait. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown… Continue reading

VIEWPOINT | Ryan’s House shouldn’t mix young adults, children

By SHERIFF MARK BROWN There’s been a lot of media attention focused on the future of Ryan’s House. As the elected law enforcement official in… Continue reading

Saving a life is an island-wide effort in Coupeville

An Eagle Scout project from nine years ago was one of many factors that converged last month to save a woman’s life in Coupeville. In… Continue reading

Murderer will return after winning part of appeal

An Oak Harbor man who killed his two grandfathers in 2011 and was sentenced to 100 years in prison will return to an Island County… Continue reading

Commissioners make grant for trail contingent on jet-noise statement

A project to build a portion of a trail system in Central Whidbey may not get funded because of two Island County commissioners’ concerns about… Continue reading

EDITORIAL | Rememeber to salute those who sacrificed for us

Though most people would probably vote for Fourth of July, a good case can be made to call Memorial Day the most American of holidays.… Continue reading

Ryan’s House may lose grant over minor debate

A non-profit organization that serves homeless youth on Whidbey Island may lose a $200,000 grant because of misgivings about a drop-in center that mixes young… Continue reading

Clinton deer abuser sent to jail

A Clinton man who broke a fawn’s pelvis with his bare hands and shot a doe with a pellet gun is serving time in Island… Continue reading

Therapist pleads to indecent exposure

A therapist who was caught in a compromising position at Deception Pass Bridge with a teenage patient has pleaded to a misdemeanor charge as part… Continue reading

Oak Harbor police find stabbing is possibly self-inflicted

Investigators are continuing to look into an unusual incident Monday night that may have involved a self-inflicted stabbing, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.… Continue reading

EDITORIAL | WhidbeyHealth CEO’s goals should be clear

The WhidbeyHealth hospital board handed hospital CEO Geri Forbes a $70,000 bonus, which was on top of her regular salary of $279,000. Board members made… Continue reading

Island County deputy’s guild lawsuit finally heads to trial

After five years, a lawsuit between Island County and the Island County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild is going to trial next week. The disagreement over sick-leave… Continue reading