Jessie Stensland

Island County employees targets of employment benefits fraud

About 30 employees of Island County government are victims of a complex Nigerian scheme to steal unemployment benefits. Melanie Bacon, human resources director, said the… Continue reading

 

Jury trials will resume after pandemic delay

The biggest challenge Island County Superior Court will face after emergency orders come to an end is holding jury trials that are safe in a… Continue reading

 

Sand build-up leads to closure of Mutiny Bay boat ramp

The boat launch at Mutiny Bay will remain closed due to sand obstructing access until Island County officials can work out a deal with neighbors,… Continue reading

 

Restaurants, retail and other businesses in Island County can reopen under variance

Restaurants can serve people at tables inside, stylists can start cutting hair, groomers can groom dogs and retail businesses can open their doors. All of… Continue reading

Submerged car pulled from Whidbey lake

There was no body, no kilos of China white and no soggy cash inside a Ford Taurus that was raised from the depths of a… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth CEO’s contract extended for another year

The CEO of WhidbeyHealth will continue to steer the hospital district through the pandemic crisis for another year. During a meeting last week, members of… Continue reading

Commissioners ask governor for variance

Island County commissioners asked Gov. Jay Inslee for special permission to allow some small businesses to get back to work immediately instead of waiting for… Continue reading

Greenbank man accused of raping unconscious woman

A 36-year-old Greenbank man is in jail after he was allegedly caught raping an unconscious woman at his home April 26, according to court documents.… Continue reading

Woman accused of hitting sleeping man with beer bottle

A 39-year-old Oak Harbor woman is accused of hitting a sleeping man on the head with a beer bottle, according to court documents. Alexandra Culdice… Continue reading

Hospital resuming elective surgeries

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center officials have a timeline for reopening services, clinics and even its cafe as the community gradually recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.… Continue reading

Editorial: Governor, allow the show to go on at Blue Fox Drive-in

Somehow people are choosing sides when it comes to COVID-19. And it’s evidently an oddly shaped virus since there seems to be a lot of… Continue reading

Most felonies are domestic violence as other many cases set aside

Four people this month have appeared in Island County Superior Court after being accused of domestic-violence-related crimes. Nearly all the felonies filed last month were… Continue reading

Surprise candidates emerge during annual Filing Week

Candidate filing week had a few surprises after all for Whidbey Island, according to candidate filings as of noon on Friday. Clinton resident Ed Jenkins… Continue reading

Suspicious man sells trunk meat | Island Scanner

Friday, May 1 At 11:21 a.m., a Wood Road resident reported that someone dumped a load of tires in his driveway. At 12:48 p.m., a… Continue reading

Pandemic’s impacts on county budget mitigated

Island County government is predicted to lose millions of dollars in sales taxes and other revenues this year because of the pandemic, but healthy reserve… Continue reading

Iconic inn gets new cedar roof thanks to grant

The iconic Captain Whidbey Inn near Coupeville is closed to visitors, but the rustic structure has a dazzling new cedar shake roof thanks to a… Continue reading

No surprises on first day of filing week

The first day of candidate filing week didn’t yield any big surprises in those who are seeking elected office to represent Whidbey Island in different… Continue reading

Island County sued over driveway cut off by landslide repair

A Central Whidbey resident is suing the county because his driveway wasn’t reconnected to a road after access was cut off by the massive 2013… Continue reading

House damaged after kitchen fire spreads

Nobody was injured when a kitchen fire spread into the walls and a concealed ceiling space of a North Whidbey home Thursday morning. Chief John… Continue reading

Editorial: If you’ve considered running for office, next week is time to act

Quite a few people have already announced their intentions to run this year for state and local offices. But next week is when they will… Continue reading