Jessie Stensland

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

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