Jessie Stensland

County continues most operations despite COVID-19

A woman in her early 90s is the first person in Island County to die from coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases rose to… Continue reading

Inmates released, trials delayed

Island County’s law and justice system isn’t immune from the effects of the coronavirus. A series of changes have been announced in the courts to… Continue reading

Judge in Growler case may consider classified info

The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to look at classified material before making a decision on a request for a preliminary injunction on an… Continue reading

Three test positive for COVID-19 in county, schools closed statewide, national emergency declared

Three Island County residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus, Island County Public Health reported. Friday afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered that all schools… Continue reading

3 Island County residents positive for COVID-19, South Whidbey schools closing for 6 weeks

Three Island County residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus, Island County Public Health reported. In addition, South Whidbey School will be closed to… Continue reading


Judge Hancock won’t seek reelection

The Honorable Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock will simplify his title at the end of the year. “Grandpa.” “Husband.” Perhaps “handyman.” Hancock, 69,… Continue reading


Oak Harbor man tests positive for coronavirus

An Oak Harbor man who is the father of a student at Oak Harbor High School tested positive for the coronavirus. Island County Public Health… Continue reading


Norma Smith won’t seek another term

Norma Smith has one year left as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives and she isn’t going to take it easy. Smith,… Continue reading


Growler lawsuits in two federal courts entangled

Four lawsuits in two different federal courts over Navy jet noise on Whidbey Island have recently become intertwined. The U.S. Department of Justice wants two… Continue reading

County, hospital prep for virus

A run on toilet paper at grocery stores is perhaps the most noticeable visual impact the coronavirus has had on Whidbey Island, but that doesn’t… Continue reading

Man jumps from Deception Pass bridge

An Oak Harbor man was killed when he jumped from Deception Pass Bridge in front of witnesses Feb. 29, according to the Island County Sheriff’s… Continue reading

No injuries in mobile home fire

An Oak Harbor family was displaced after a fire caused extensive damage to a mobile home in the early hours of Feb. 28, the Oak… Continue reading

Coronavirus risk remains low on island, health officials say

As far as anyone knows, there are no cases of coronavirus on Whidbey Island and the risk is either “low” or “extremely low,” depending on… Continue reading

Clinton walk-in clinic opens

WhidbeyHealth is opening a new walk-in clinic in Clinton during the first week of April, the hospital district reported. Some patients on South Whidbey were… Continue reading

School board member joins race for commissioner

A South Whidbey School Board member is the fourth candidate to pursue the Island County commissioner position Helen Price Johnson is leaving behind. Damian Greene,… Continue reading

Three candidates vie for superior court judge position

Three attorneys with distinct backgrounds and legal experience are vying to wear the robes in Island County Superior Court. Vickie Churchill, a longtime superior court… Continue reading

Woman accused of stealing, hiding handgun

A 46-year-old South Whidbey woman was arrested for allegedly stealing a gun after witnesses followed her in a car, according to court documents. A Freeland… Continue reading

Johnson seeking third term as county commissioner

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson is seeking a third term this fall. And she’ll have competition. Two Democratic candidates have already filed for the position… Continue reading

Suspect in rape undergoes competency evaluation

A man living in an Oak Harbor assisted living facility accused of sexually assaulting a resident suffering from dementia was recently sent to Western State… Continue reading

COER seeks injunction to stall Growler flights

An anti-noise group sought a preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday, asking that a judge order the Navy to temporarily halt its expansion of EA-18G… Continue reading