Jessie Stensland

Man arrested after police find video of him raping child

Detectives investigating a rape case in Skagit County discovered videos on a former Oak Harbor man’s computer that appeared to show him sexually assaulting a… Continue reading

New study of county COVID-19 cases suggests social distancing working

Island County’s top public health official has some very welcome news regarding the spread of COVID-19, though it doesn’t mean a clear endpoint is in… Continue reading

Nichols Bros. building while social distancing

Whidbey Island’s largest civilian employer has continued to operate during the shutdown, but with a modified work schedule designed to promote social distancing. After Gov.… Continue reading

It’s the year to replace carbon monoxide alarms

As long as you’re home, it might be a good time to check your carbon monoxide detector. Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill said firefighters… Continue reading

County commissioner candidate is hoping third time’s the charm

Curt Gordon is not a run-of-the-mill candidate, and not just because he announced his campaign in the middle of an international pandemic. This will be… Continue reading

Hospital, responders finding ways to meet equipment, facility needs

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, WhidbeyHealth Medical Center received 10 more ventilators and a few thousands more respirators, but staff members are forced to… Continue reading

Accidental blaze burns bedroom in Oak Harbor residence Friday

Nobody was injured and a fire in a bedroom was quickly contained Friday night, according to Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill. The cause of… Continue reading

Unemployment claims soar in county

New claims for unemployment benefits in Island County matched the spike in the state as a whole, according to Anneliese Vance-Sherman, regional labor economist with… Continue reading

Editor’s notes: Still pursuing the facts in the age of coronavirus

While I’m normally not a big fan of Facebook, candy or long sentences, I also realized that I’m not immune to the impacts of the… Continue reading

Help sought for WhidbeyHealth as pandemic causes financial pain

WhidbeyHealth isn’t going to close its doors overnight, but the public hospital district’s financial situation is dire, according to hospital officials. WhidbeyHealth Medical Center was… Continue reading

3 die from COVID -19 as cases in county top 114

Three county residents, two of them from Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville, have died as a result of COVID-19, Island County Public Health reported. The… Continue reading

Hospital opens drive-thru testing

People don’t have to leave their cars to get tested for coronavirus on Whidbey Island. WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in Coupeville is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing… Continue reading

Hospital has six ventilators, hoping to get more

WhidbeyHealth has six or seven ventilators in the hospital — depending on what’s counted — and could receive as many as 13 more, according to… Continue reading

Judge revoked man’s bail for violating no-contact orders

A judge revoked bail on a 36-year-old man who is facing prison time for continually violating a no-contact orders issued by three different courts, according… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Careage of Whidbey, a skilled nursing facility in Coupeville, is the site of a cluster of COVID-19 cases.

32 test positive for COVID-19 at Careage

A total of 32 residents and staff members at the Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Island County Public… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Careage of Whidbey, a skilled nursing facility in Coupeville, is the site of a cluster of COVID-19 cases.

Navy to conduct real-time jet noise monitoring

Federal, state and county officials who want the Navy to conduct real-world noise monitoring of aircraft on Whidbey Island will get their way. The Navy… Continue reading

New fund to aid charities with COVID-19 response

A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting other charities on Whidbey Island is focusing its attention on helping the community get through the coronavirus pandemic. The… Continue reading

2 Careage residents have virus, more tests pending

Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville this week and public health officials are awaiting test results from other residents… Continue reading

Serving homeless during pandemic has challenges

The people on Whidbey Island who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus are those without homes. Serving this unsheltered population during the pandemic is complex… Continue reading

Eyman continues criticism of coronavirus response

Tim Eyman, the anti-tax advocate and candidate for governor, took some heat after a March 14 meeting at an Oak Harbor home that defied guidelines… Continue reading