Laura Guido

Navy League to hold annual Veterans Day Program

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas will be guest speaker at Oak Harbor Navy League’s annual Veterans Day program. Jouas was the the deputy… Continue reading

Neighborhood knitter makes hats for classroom

Winter is coming, but, thanks to a local knitter, Mrs. Ching’s third-grade class is well prepared. Dorothy Bell, 84, has knitted hats for Rebecca Ching’s… Continue reading

County seeking public input on draft plan for Freeland transition

Island County Plan-ning and Community Development released the first draft for its Freeland development regulations. These new regulations will transition Freeland from rural to urban… Continue reading

Housing stakeholders discuss community needs

Interviews with stakeholders regarding housing in Island County revealed the community’s desire to serve seniors more effectively, increase farm housing and create a greater variety… Continue reading

County takes shot at funding for giving vaccines

The Board of Island County Commissioners has decided to use 2018 to reevaluate the public health immunization program, which may include cutting the program altogether.… Continue reading

Island County program successful at placing people with disabilities in jobs

If Geno Dogans is behind the counter, anyone who walks into Oak Harbor’s Thrive Community Fitness on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon is greeted with… Continue reading

Local Girl Scout starts towel program for homeless

Thanks to the efforts of a local student, as of Thursday those using shower passes from SPIN Café at the Oak Harbor pool will also… Continue reading

Navy celebrates dedication of A-3 memorial display to base

The A-3 Skywarrior Association formally handed over full control of the A-3 memorial display to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Thursday. This event took… Continue reading

County continues home nurse visits — for now

During recent budget discussions, the Island County commissioners questioned the county’s role in home nurse visits currently provided through public health’s maternal child health program.… Continue reading

Bird attacks along trail seem more than just a fluke

Noah Landau was on a normal run on the Kettles Trails when it happened. “I was rocking out to some tunes, totally oblivious to everything… Continue reading

Oak Harbor schools on right track, says board candidates

Both candidates for the Oak Harbor School Board say they are satisfied with the board’s current direction, and want to help continue its success. John… Continue reading

Oak Harbor science teacher back from Ironman championships

Dehydrated from the hot, humid weather of Kona, Hawaii an Oak Harbor science teacher still managed to swim, bike and run 140.6 miles to the… Continue reading

U.S. representative talks issues at chamber luncheon

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Arlington) outlined plans for adding apprenticeship programs and setting aside infrastructure funding for mid-sized cities during an Oak Harbor Chamber of… Continue reading

Navy secretary visits Whidbey

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s role is “integral” to the Navy moving forward, the secretary of the Navy said Tuesday during a visit to the… Continue reading

Trash hits fan with rounded dump fees

Island County commissioners recently directed public works to implement credit card usage at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex. This decision was sparked by the realization… Continue reading

Wright’s Crossing likely not on docket

Island County Board of Commissioners have directed long-range planning staff to exclude the application for Wright’s Crossing from the 2018 docket. Wright’s Crossing is a… Continue reading

County moves toward integrated care for Medicaid recipients

The approximately 14,000 individuals in Island County eligible for Medicaid benefits will soon have access to integrated physical and behavioral health care. “Ideally, they could… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Public Schools adopts text alert system

Oak Harbor Public Schools has implemented a system to send text messages to parents and staff in the event of an emergency. The messages will… Continue reading

Problems delay county sewer plant, hikes cost $49,000

Unexpected discoveries will delay completion of the county’s $2.5 million sewage treatment plant expansion project. Bill Oakes, director of Island County Public Works, told the… Continue reading

Commission split 2-1 over expanded planning area

Island County Commissioners disagree over Oak Harbor’s proposal to expand its “joint planning area,” or JPA, boundary. Commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Rick Hannold are… Continue reading