Jessie Stensland

Court reverses conviction in freedom of speech case

In a case testing free speech restrictions, the state Court of Appeals recently reversed the convictions of a man accused of trying to intimidate two… Continue reading

Year of earthquakes was typical on island

At least 27 earthquakes with a magnitude of 1.0 or more had epicenters on Whidbey Island or the surrounding waters this year, according to the… Continue reading

It was a year of tragic events, celebrity sightings and animal hijinks

It was an interesting year on Whidbey Island, as it it every year. The year started out with tragedy. Within days of each other, well-known… Continue reading

‘Bait’ package leads to arrest of suspected thief

Police and federal agents stopped an alleged Oak Harbor Grinch who was trying to steal Christmas from a few families last week. The U.S. Postal… Continue reading

Man pleads guilty to molestation, child porn

A Clinton man is facing a minimum of eight years in prison after admitting to committing sex crimes against children, according to court documents. Jeffrey… Continue reading

Island County Police Blotter | A distressed goose, a rocket in the park and three cows hanging out

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Nov. 28 At 2:04 p.m., a Bonaparte Lane resident reported… Continue reading

In our opinion: Justices’ rebuke of lawmakers is democracy in action

The framers of the Constitution would be proud to see that the separation of powers doctrine has flourished in the state named after the nation’s… Continue reading

Bill to require Growler monitors

Congress wants the Navy to measure the sound of military jets on Whidbey Island in the real world instead of relying on computer models. The… Continue reading

4-year-old twins called ‘heroic,’ make national news after fatal crash

Two 4-year-old girls are being heralded across the nation as heroes for climbing a steep, wooded embankment in the dark after a car crash on… Continue reading

Greenbank man admits to molesting child

A Greenbank man who molested a child a year ago and blamed it on marijuana edibles will likely be spending a year in jail. Randall… Continue reading

Three men arrested on suspicion of burglary

Three men were arrested in connection with a foiled burglary on South Whidbey Dec. 2, according to court documents. Deputies and a neighbor responded to… Continue reading

Whidbey woman accused of arson

A woman on North Whidbey was arrested on suspicion of arson Friday afternoon. Coincidentally, the case was reported just hours after another house on North… Continue reading

Level III sex offender lives in Langley

The Island County Sheriff’s Office notified the public this week that a Level III sex offender will be living in Langley. Chase E. Collins, 24,… Continue reading

Island County detectives join multi-agency team

Detectives from Island County will be joining a team of Skagit County law enforcement officials that provides unbiased, experienced investigator to member agencies. Island County… Continue reading

In our opinion: Slow driving on island raises concerns, blood pressure

A peculiar quirk of some Whidbey Island drivers is to travel slightly under the speed limit on the highway, creating a line of cars that… Continue reading

Man accused of hit and run

An Oak Harbor man is facing charges for allegedly driving his pickup truck into another vehicle and leaving the scene of the Aug. 18 accident,… Continue reading

Photo by Govinda Holtby
                                Birders look for birds to count on South Whidbey.

Bird counters needed

South Whidbey residents have the opportunity to help keep an eye on the avian population of South Whidbey, which could mean trampling outside in rural… Continue reading

Photo by Govinda Holtby
                                Birders look for birds to count on South Whidbey.

Clinton trail project, van pool purchases put on hold

An on-again, off-again trail project in Clinton is off again, and Island Transit’s plans to purchase 24 replacement vans is being deferred to an undetermined… Continue reading

In our opinion: We should all make a big deal out of affordable housing

During a recent discussion about utility rate increases, Langley City Council member Christy Korrow suggested that the city may want to stop making such a… Continue reading

Man accused of assault with knife

A 36-year-old man is accused of strangling a woman and putting a knife to her throat during a Nov. 10 incident in Freeland, according to… Continue reading