Laura Guido

Commissioners grudgingly OK contract

More than $61,000 slated for state-mandated public defense

Elementary school students’ artwork lights up the room

Coupeville Elementary School students’ art work shone bright Tuesday night. The lights were off in the two rooms showcasing their work, but the pieces stood… Continue reading

With some reluctance, South Whidbey kiosk gets funding

The Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved a funding request to keep the South Whidbey Highway 525 visitor kiosk open, although it was to… Continue reading

County awards more than $280,000 for events, tourism

Island County commissioners awarded more than $280,000 in lodging sales tax funds Tuesday. The money goes to local organizations, such as the Coupeville Historic Waterfront… Continue reading

Little guy, big lessons

Simon is one elf not content to remain on a shelf

Council will decide fate of low-income development following public hearing

The fate of a controversial proposed low-income development in Oak Harbor will likely come down to a public hearing and determination by the city council.… Continue reading

County commissioners adopt new rural event code

Living near rural wedding venues, neighbors may still hear the Macarena, but with some new limitations under newly adopted updates to the county code. New… Continue reading

Kiwanis helps Santa deliver oranges, joy to children

Orange you happy to see Santa?

Group aims to provide affordable homes

An idea for a tiny-house development is starting with a pretty regular-sized home. A South Whidbey nonprofit organization recently purchased a residence on Camano Avenue… Continue reading

Dwight Lundstrom, principal of Oak Harbor High School for the past 15 years, will step into the assistant superintendent
                                position on July 1. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times.

Assistant superintendent chosen

Popular Oak Harbor High School principal deemed a perfect fit for open position

Dwight Lundstrom, principal of Oak Harbor High School for the past 15 years, will step into the assistant superintendent
                                position on July 1. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times.

A Good Claus

Collection of Santas and other holiday icons collect food for Help House

Commissioners ink $103.8 million ‘status quo’ budget

On Monday, Island County commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget, which included funding for two large facility projects and staff wage increases. The budget totals… Continue reading

City jail contract proposal delayed

Fiscally speaking, Is- land County commissioners agree that accepting inmates from the Oak Har-bor Police Department makes sense. However, the board also agreed Wednesday there… Continue reading

Tensions flare during hearing on county event regulations

One of the final public hearings on an overhaul of rural event regulations in the county became increasingly personal. Conversations in support of and against… Continue reading

Students shine at all-state musical meet-up

Five Oak Harbor High School musicians are being recognized for their ability to do something inappropriate. “None of the audition music is appropriate for their… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News-Times.
                                During Oak Harbor’s celebration on Pioneer Way Saturday, Tracy, 10, and Katelyn, 5, tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas this year. He regrettably informed them he cannot give live animals.

Santa comes to downtown Oak Harbor

Carolers sang, Santa helped Mayor Bob Severns light the tree downtown and children told the man in red what they hoped to he’d bring them… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News-Times.
                                During Oak Harbor’s celebration on Pioneer Way Saturday, Tracy, 10, and Katelyn, 5, tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas this year. He regrettably informed them he cannot give live animals.

Planners wants to extend moratorium on short-term rentals

The Coupeville Planning Commission wants more time to study the effects of short-term rentals. Planning Director Owen Dennison asked the town council Tuesday for an… Continue reading

Town of Coupeville wins grants for big projects

Two relatively large road and sidewalk projects are set to move forward in Coupeville thanks to grants from the Transportation Improvement Program. The state-funded program… Continue reading

County feeling housing ‘squeeze’

Island County’s affordable housing crisis is worsened by a “squeezing effect” happening throughout the state, according to a recent study. The North Puget Sound Association… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Sears store is here to stay

The Sears brand has been in Oak Harbor for decades in a variety of shapes and forms. And even though the mega U.S. retailer filed… Continue reading