Jessie Stensland

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

Truck theft leads to odd chase

A deputy was able to return a stolen truck to a Freeland man after a short pursuit that was partly in reverse on Goss Lake… Continue reading

Health care workers on lookout for coronavirus

One person in Island County who had possible contact with the coronavirus and displayed symptoms was voluntarily isolated for a few days before a test… Continue reading

$500K bail set for molestation suspect

A 34-year-old Navy man accused of child molestation is being held on $500,000 bail, an unusually high amount for Island County Superior Court. On Feb.… Continue reading

Letter: Just say no to sex education in schools

Editor, Imagine that your elementary-aged son has had his third dental filling done in the past year. You wonder what is going on. You see… Continue reading

Charges filed in accidental shooting

The volunteer coach for the Oak Harbor High School’s NJROTC air rifle team is facing charges related to an alleged accidental shooting at a crowded… Continue reading

Cyberstalker sent to jail for 10 months

A man guilty of harassing a South Whidbey woman through social media was recently sentenced to jail. James L. Mathis pleaded guilty in Island County… Continue reading

Man ordered to write apology to deputy

During a sentencing hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered a Central Whidbey man who pointed a gun at a deputy to write a letter of apology.… Continue reading

Exhibits, parade mark 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Before the 19th Amendment was finally ratified in 1920, women across America struggled for decades in a multitude of ways — publicly and privately, quietly… Continue reading

Admiralty Head lighthouse closed for restoration work

Scaffolding surrounds the iconic Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which will be closed to visitors for months as workers complete a major renovation project on the 1903… Continue reading

Park and ride truck theft leads to arrest

A man accused of stealing a pickup truck from the Bayview Park and Ride Jan. 27 didn’t get very far, according to court documents. The… Continue reading

Steelhead farms seen as new can of worms

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife recently granted a fish-farming company permission to raise steelhead in several net pens in Puget Sound, including one… Continue reading

Fake TV salesman sent to prison, ordered to repay $759,000 to victims

A man who defrauded more than 100 people through illegitimate electronic businesses and ran a “boiler room” operation out of a rental house in Coupeville… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

$1 million in state historic preservation grants awarded in Ebey’s Reserve

A $1-million grant from the state will go a long ways toward repairing and protecting many of the structures that are intrinsic to the rich… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

Man sentenced for assaults, resisting arrest

A Clinton man who assaulted a woman and teenage girl and wrestled deputies near an open septic tank was recently sentenced to jail. Justin M.… Continue reading

Ex-county inmate sues over jail fall

An inmate at Clallam Bay Corrections Center is suing Island County over a fall he blames on a missing shower mat in Island County jail… Continue reading