Laura Guido

WSU’s remote classes on Whidbey get first students

Higher education is now a little more within reach for some on Whidbey Island. After more than two years of having the capability to do… Continue reading

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue hires new chief

The new head of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is no stranger to embattled departments. Tim Lemon came to the island after serving as chief… Continue reading

County gives Clinton trail another chance

South Whidbey may get another shot at a trail between the Clinton ferry terminal and Ken’s Korner. County commissioners Wednesday approved moving forward with preliminary… Continue reading

Popular Haunted Fort Casey moves to pre-sale tickets

Some Whidbey Island residents are probably already dreaming of cooler fall days and pumpkin spiced everything as they soak up the waning summer sun. Those… Continue reading

County aims to allow more farm worker housing

Island County is looking to make it easier for farm owners and operators to build housing for their laborers. Planning staff last week presented recommendations… Continue reading

Oak Harbor chamber director seeks appointment to Senate seat

After five years leading the Oak Harbor business community, Christine Cribb is ready to move up. On Tuesday, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce executive… Continue reading

In 4-3 vote,Oak Harbor City Council clears path for Pioneer Way development

In an 11th-hour decision, the Oak Harbor City Council Tuesday narrowly approved the permits for a controversial affordable housing development to be built on Pioneer… Continue reading

Tour de Whidbey sees increased number of participants

Tour de Whidbey, an annual fundraiser for the WhidbeyHealth Foundation, had 330 riders this year, an increase over last year’s 265. “We are happy to… Continue reading

Supporters wave flags and signs in support of Navy at weekend rally

More than 100 people gathered Saturday to declare their support for the Navy on Whidbey Island. The rally was organized in response to the state… Continue reading

Three people seriously injured in head-on highway collision Saturday

Two people were airlifted and another seriously injured in a head-on collision on State Highway 525 Saturday night. Around 6:40 p.m., a Jeep Wrangler driven… Continue reading

Wharf gets rural development grant, Oak Harbor requests still in question

County commissioners have decided to give restorations at the Coupeville Wharf a lift, but Oak Harbor’s plans for its marina remain in question. The Island… Continue reading

Two transported to hospital after motorcycle accident

Two people were transported to the hospital Wednesday after hitting a deer on Libbey Road, according to Battalion Chief Chris Swiger of North Whidbey Fire… Continue reading

Contractor chosen for new behavioral health crisis center

Whidbey Island is a step closer to having its first facility for helping its most vulnerable citizens without taking them to the emergency room or… Continue reading

Festivities make for artistic, ‘ripigulous’ weekend

Whidbey Island was bustling with activity during a weekend punctuated by paintings, pagans and pigs. A new addition to the annual festivities was the first… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth aims to recruit more providers

The number of unfilled positions at WhidbeyHealth is affecting patients’ access to care, which is causing some to go off island, CEO Ron Telles said… Continue reading

County needs workers, jobs that pay more

Island County’s economy needs younger workers, according to a recent draft report. A consultant and county planning staff presented an economic trends and conditions report… Continue reading

Zylstra Road home catches fire — twice

A resident returned to find her home on Zylstra Road full of smoke Monday afternoon and then again that evening. Fire officials are still investigating… Continue reading

Weekend’s Pigfest is cooking up new events

The island’s biggest barbecue will have new activities, different bands and thousands of pounds of delicious pig butt. Event founder Scott Fraser and volunteers will… Continue reading

Researchers taking a look at population’s health by the numbers

As research and understanding grows about how factors such as housing, education and environment affect health, there are now two experts tasked with mapping the… Continue reading

Coupeville native bringing movie to life in birthplace

As film screenwriter and director Ben Medina set out to bring his dream of making a movie to life, he knew he’d return to where… Continue reading