Jessie Stensland

Camano murderer gets 18-year sentence

Though he pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to prison Friday, a 37-year-old man is still maintaining he’s innocent in the July 28, 2016… Continue reading

Let’s be safe of the roads

Editor, On a rainy December evening, I headed out to Payless on East Harbor Road in Freeland. It was after 5 p.m., so it was… Continue reading

Property is needed for new nonprofit

Editor, The new nonprofit, Thincwhidbey.org, is seeking land with Langley sewer and water on which to build Tiny Houses In the Name of Christ. These… Continue reading

Booster Club poinsettia sale was a success

Editor, Thanks to you, we are growing musicians one poinsettia at a time. Thanks to our generous community and some very motivated students, the annual… Continue reading

Expecting local government to fund mandates ill-conceived

For officials in local government, unfunded mandates can be the bane of their existence. Whidbey Island officials aren’t immune to this headache. Island County is… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor residents Kenneth Bruneau and Sharon Tobin were killed in a head-on crash Monday morning.

Two people killed in head-on collision in Oak Harbor

Two Oak Harbor residents were killed in a head-on accident on Highway 20 Monday morning, the Washington State Patrol reported. Kenneth Bruneau, 79, was northbound… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor residents Kenneth Bruneau and Sharon Tobin were killed in a head-on crash Monday morning.
Washington State House Republican Communications photo — Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, introduced a bill to enforce net neutrality in Washington state.

Rep. Smith, R-Clinton, introduces net neutrality bill

The day before the Federal Communications Commission ended net neutrality, a Republican state congresswoman from Clinton introduced a bill aimed at protecting open internet in… Continue reading

Washington State House Republican Communications photo — Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, introduced a bill to enforce net neutrality in Washington state.

Police investigating report that Oak Harbor student was accosted

Oak Harbor police are investigating a report that a student was accosted after getting off a school bus Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Capt. Mike… Continue reading

Whidbey woman accused of child molestation

A 26-year-old woman is facing charges for allegedly molesting a teenage girl in Oak Harbor, court documents state. Carly P. Houghton was charged in Island… Continue reading

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

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                                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

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                                North Whidbey resident Karl Nielsen examines a board inside his wood shop that was destroyed by a Nov. 29 fire.

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