Jessie Stensland

Volunteers for NAS Whidbey environmental board wanted

Environmental issues are a hot topic surrounding Naval Air Station Whidbey Island these days. Community members who would like to learn the facts and have… Continue reading

South Whidbey teens charged in car-theft spree

Two South Whidbey teenagers’ vehicle-stealing-and-joyriding spree on March 21 and 22 ended with a short car chase and a crash on the Navy base, according… Continue reading

A trip to Gitmo: prosecutor attends hearing of alleged USS Cole terrorist

From behind triple-pane glass at the back of an enormous courtroom, Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks watched the second week of pre-trial hearings for Abd… Continue reading

Island Transit reaches contract with union

Island Transit finally has a contract with bus operators and dispatchers. The agency’s board approved a labor agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Unit, Local 1576,… Continue reading

Island Transit bus route changes set to begin July 1

Bus routes on Whidbey and Camano Islands will change at the beginning of July. On Friday, Island Transit’s board of directors approved a service improvement… Continue reading

Former Island County Jail deputies appear in court on charges of falsifying logs

Two former Island County corrections deputies accused of forging jail records after the 2015 death of an inmate appeared in court on Monday. David Lind… Continue reading

Navy sets meeting for special operations training

Strolling along a beach at Deception Pass or South Whidbey State Park, you may someday pass by highly trained men and women armed with guns… Continue reading

Island County drug court rules medication helps with addiction

Kody Schwiger gave up everything for heroin. A low-point, he recalls, was a night in which he smoked the drug in a dark port-a-potty and… Continue reading

Drug Take Back on South Whidbey set for April 29

At a time when opioid abuse is at epidemic proportions, it’s more important than ever for people to handle such medication in a responsible manner,… Continue reading

Man faces trial after extradition to Whidbey

A former South Whidbey man accused of sexual assault is scheduled to go to trial May 9, according to court records. James Knott, 60, was… Continue reading

Accused Cascade Mall shooter found dead in Snohomish County jail

Suspected Cascade Mall shooter and Oak Harbor resident Arcan Cetin was found dead in the Snohomish County jail Sunday night, according to authorities. Cetin apparently… Continue reading

Three test wells at OLF Coupeville above advisory level

Test results show that three of 27 groundwater monitoring wells at the Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville have levels of two perfluorinated chemicals above the Environmental… Continue reading

Reward in North Whidbey animal cruelty case increased to $15,000

The reward in a case of animal cruelty on North Whidbey was recently increased to $15,000. Pasado’s Safe Haven and Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation are… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man dies in one-car accident Thursday morning

A 74-year-old Oak Harbor man died in a car accident on Highway 20 near Coupeville Thursday morning. The Washington State Patrol reported that Ralph D.… Continue reading

Coupeville Middle School student accused of writing ‘hit list’

A 13-year-old student at the Coupeville Middle School was arrested Wednesday for allegedly writing a “hit list” that included other students. The school contacted the… Continue reading

Ex-Oak Harbor police officer pleads to federal child porn charge

A former Oak Harbor school resource officer who exchanged sexually explicit images with five minors — and possessed dozens of child-porn videos on his smartphone… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man arrested after accidentally shooting self near school

A 70-year-old man was arrested in Oak Harbor today for accidentally shooting himself in the leg while on the premises of Broad View Elementary School,… Continue reading

Island County health officials exonerated by state board

The state Board of Health exonerated two Island County public health officials of charges that they were shirking their duties in not addressing military jet… Continue reading

Dog suffers ‘massive trauma’ after being thrown from car

The Island County animal control officer is asking the public for help solving an animal-cruelty case. A pitbull suffered “massive trauma” and had to be… Continue reading

OHHS scare Thursday may be linked to other bomb threats

Oak Harbor High School was one of a number of schools across the nation hit with hoax bomb threats Thursday, according to the Oak Harbor… Continue reading