Jessie Stensland

In Our Opinion: Those fighting for racial equality should focus on county government

It’s a little ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that so much of the discussion about racial equality and inclusion on Whidbey Island in recent years… Continue reading

Man comatose after brutal assault in North Whidbey home

Deputies arrived to the East Henni Road home and found the victim unconscious, struggling to breathe

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Detectives allegedly found a half pound of suspected methamphetamine in a car driven Codie Burley, who was arrested on warrants, according to court documents.

Whidbey man wanted in shooting, other crimes, arrested by task force

A 24-year-old Coupeville man wanted on felony warrants in several cases.

Island County Sheriff's Office photo
Detectives allegedly found a half pound of suspected methamphetamine in a car driven Codie Burley, who was arrested on warrants, according to court documents.

Fewer COVID restrictions, more vaccines

As of March 11, nearly 19 percent of Island County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Federal judge rejects injunction request against Navy Growlers

The decision wasn’t a surprise, and it doesn’t directly affect the underlying lawsuits by the state Attorney General’s Office and COER.

Whidbey Environmental Action Network is challenging the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to allow the issuance of permits for the U.S. Navy to conduct clandestine training in state parks, including Fort Ebey seen above. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Group sues over Navy training in state parks

The group is challenging a decision to allow the Navy to conduct training operations in state parks.

Whidbey Environmental Action Network is challenging the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to allow the issuance of permits for the U.S. Navy to conduct clandestine training in state parks, including Fort Ebey seen above. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Man sentenced for sex assault at care facility

The man sexually assaulted a 79-year-old dementia patient at an Oak Harbor long-term care center.

Hospital renovation moving forward

The $22.5 million project is on on track despite the district’s “cash poor” status and the pandemic.

Camano man accused of murder appears in court

The man was accused of shooting two people, killing one, at a Camano Island home on Feb. 28.

High court ruling in drug possession case has multitude of implications

Sheriff Rick Felici said an inmate at the jail on a felony drug possession case would be released.

Vaccination rate will need a booster to meet goal set by state

Island County had received fewer vaccines, per capita, than most other counties while the county has a higher-than-average number of elderly people.

County data shows a racial disparity in COVID cases

Effort to address the issue was hampered by volunteer board’s hiatus.

Engle

Assessor picked as permanent planning director

Mary Engle has been credited with fixing problems in the department with her straight-forward, no-nonsense style and administrative abilities.

Engle

COER: New opinion of EA-18G impacts needed

Bob Wilbur, chairperson of COER, said the group will wait for the results of the consultations before deciding whether to file a lawsuit.

Previously convicted of vehicular assault, man charged with DUI

Prosecutors charged Brian Shelley, 50, in Island County Superior Court Feb. 17 with felony DUI.

Rise in suicides during COVID-19 cause for concern

The local increase in suicidal ideation among young people is particularly concerning.

Firearms instructor sentenced for restaurant shooting

David A. Goodman was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

Jury finds Oak Harbor man guilty of molesting two girls in 2019

Coy Bozeman was convicted of molesting two girls but not a third who also alleged she was abused.

Sitton

Level 3 sex offender moves to Whidbey

Jeffery Charles Sitton moved to a home on Sunrise Park Way in Greenbank.

Sitton