Jessie Stensland

Group working to keep Whidbey’s water safe

A group focused on addressing contaminated water on Whidbey Island packed a room on a cold Monday night with about 150 concerned residents. Whidbey Water… Continue reading


Remains not unusual find at Oak Harbor sewage plant site

The project engineer for Oak Harbor’s sewage plant project has lost count of how many times human remains have been found at the site. The… Continue reading


Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                North Whidbey resident Karl Nielsen examines a board inside his wood shop that was destroyed by a Nov. 29 fire.

Fire destroys North Whidbey wood shop

A professional woodworker living on North Whidbey lost his shop, 40 years worth of tools and a pile of boards from a 300-year-old tree to… Continue reading


District’s efforts to prevent concussions more than welcome

Another name for “concussion” is “traumatic brain injury.” It’s serious business. Study after study has linked concussions with long-term problems, especially when they are repetitive… Continue reading

Man accused in Langley assault incident

A 49-year-old man is accused of breaking down a door of a Langley apartment and kicking an occupant in the head several times Nov. 26,… Continue reading

Couple accused of burglarizing Freeland church

A man and woman are facing charges for allegedly stealing from a South Whidbey church last week, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Ernest W.… Continue reading

Contaminated well water to be discussed at public meeting

A group called Whidbey Water Keepers is hosting an informational meeting on contaminated well water Monday. The meeting is from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4… Continue reading

Navy aviators disciplined for midair stunt

Two Whidbey aviators involved in a Nov. 15 skywriting incident were disciplined by the Navy’s “Air Boss,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The aviators from… Continue reading

Community should get behind study for public pool

It’s surprising that South Whidbey doesn’t have a public swimming pool. Whidbey is an island, after all. It’s vital that kids learn the basics of… Continue reading

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                                Operations manager Shawn Harris, left, and Linda Nienhuis, recently rode along with two trainees in anticipation for Saturday service to return.

Saturday bus service to resume next year

Saturday service is returning to Island Transit early next year. This week, the transit board adopted a budget for next year that includes Saturday bus… Continue reading

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                                Operations manager Shawn Harris, left, and Linda Nienhuis, recently rode along with two trainees in anticipation for Saturday service to return.

Suspect in gas station robberies arrested | Updated

The suspect in two armed robberies of a gas station in Clinton is being held in jail on $200,000 bail. The police officer who arrested… Continue reading

Growler pilot draws graffiti in the sky

It was something one might expect to see in a middle-school bathroom but not writ large across the sky. People in Okanogan were apparently surprised… Continue reading

Public invited to Island Transit birthday party

There probably won’t be some clown driving the bus, but some riders will be in for surprises when Island Transit celebrates its 30th birthday. The… Continue reading

Man involved in car chase charged

A man who dragged a deputy for a short distance while trying to drive away is facing felony charges in Island County Superior Court, according… Continue reading

SHERIFF’S REPORT | Goats on the loose, counterfeit bills, weed smokers

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Monday, Oct. 23 At 8:53 a.m., a Newman Road resident reported… Continue reading

Man pleads guilty to Camano Island murder

A 37-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 2016 murder of a Camano Island man, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office. Ezekiel Scannell-McCrae shot… Continue reading

Man arrested on ferry after knife threat | Updated

A passenger on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry was arrested Wednesday morning after threatening another passenger with a large knife, according to Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Heather… Continue reading

Oak Harbor molestation suspect was previously investigated by the FBI

An Oak Harbor man who was investigated by the FBI years ago for allegedly sexually assaulting children was recently charged with trying to molest an… Continue reading

Students can learn from recent South Whidbey Record article

Editor, I’m writing in response to the South Whidbey Record article Saturday about the veteran and former marine Joe Simon. I hope the high school… Continue reading

Man accused of raping woman in abandoned house held on $25K bail

A man is accused of raping a woman in an abandoned house in Oak Harbor in August, according to court documents. Christopher Smith, 35, pleaded… Continue reading