Jessie Stensland

School district investigating Facebook interaction between teacher, recent grad

The Oak Harbor school district is investigating an allegation of an inappropriate social media interaction between a paraeducator at Oak Harbor High School and a… Continue reading

Woman sentenced for stealing from soccer club, ordered to repay $17,000

An Oak Harbor woman who stole from a soccer club was sentenced to jail and ordered to pay more than $17,000 in restitution, according to… Continue reading

Oak Harbor woman dies while in police custody in Yakima

A special investigations unit is looking into an Oak Harbor woman who died after being taken to the hospital in a patrol car in Yakima… Continue reading

Cost of septic pumping to increase in Island County

People who live in unincorporated areas of the county and have indoor plumbing may want to consider getting their septic tanks pumped sooner than later.… Continue reading

County may ask to move to Phase 3 next week

Island County officials hope to ask the state Secretary of Health for permission to move into Level 3 of the Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start… Continue reading

Commissioner says governor’s new mask rule defies basic science, logic

An Island County commissioner said she will refuse to follow Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest rule related to COVID-19 because she believes it does not follow… Continue reading

Veterinarian accused of misconduct

An Oak Harbor veterinarian is accused of failing to use analgesics before and after painful surgeries and procedures on dogs, failing to intubate and monitor… Continue reading

Ex-sheriff is cruising into retirement after 32 years

He was a school teacher who didn’t want to be a cop. He was a cop who never wanted to be sheriff. But Mike Hawley… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man who resisted police arrested

A confrontation between Oak Harbor police and a man who was acting erratically turned violent when officers tried to restrain him in a parking lot… Continue reading

Counselor charged with unprofessional conduct

A mental health counselor in Oak Harbor has been charged with unprofessional conduct, according to a notice from the state Department of Health. Todd Webb… Continue reading

Fire damages Fleet Reserve building

The Fleet Reserve Building in Oak Harbor was damaged in a mid-morning fire Sunday, the Oak Harbor Fire Department reported. Fire Chief Ray Merrill said… Continue reading

Man accused of sending child porn

A 38-year-old Oak Harbor man is being held in jail after he was accused of sending child pornography over an online messaging application Kik, according… Continue reading

Man charged with raping teenager

An Anacortes resident is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at a gathering on North Whidbey following a funeral in January, according to court… Continue reading

Editorial: COVID responses should continue as we reopen

Island County residents have taken the response to the pandemic seriously. That shouldn’t end now that things are gradually changing and the local economy reopening.… Continue reading

One-shoe man breaks into Burger King, cooks food

A man broke into Burger King in Oak Harbor overnight and cooked himself some food with his shirt off and wearing just one shoe on… Continue reading

COVID-19 news remains good in Island County

The news about COVID-19 in Island County is remarkably good, but public health officials urge continued vigilance. Public Health Director Keith Higman said the county… Continue reading

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