Laura Guido

No chickens harmed in coop fire

No birds or people were injured or killed in a chicken coop fire Monday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze at… Continue reading

County reviews code changes to address housing crisis

Island County commissioners and planning staff are gearing up to make policy changes to facilitate more affordable housing development. In October 2018, commissioners adopted goals… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man charged with domestic assault

An Oak Harbor man is accused of strangling a woman whom he claimed assaulted him, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Scott Hampton, 47, in… Continue reading

County opioid outreach one of most successful in region

Just after the second anniversary of its launch, the Island County Opioid Outreach program boasts one of the best rates of getting people into treatment… Continue reading

Coupeville’s Community Green project finally gets underway

Long-awaited parking improvements are underway in Coupeville. Construction of a new, paved parking lot next to the Community Green began Monday as well as the… Continue reading

Mobile home park’s wells go dry

In the midst of discussions over the county’s fraught affordable housing situation, a North Whidbey mobile home park seemingly has run out of water, and… Continue reading

County needs more supportive and affordable housing, officials say

Many people struggle to find a place to live on the island, but certain groups of people have almost no real housing options in Island… Continue reading

Bats will find new homes at Fort Casey

Parks staff members at Fort Casey can appreciate bats’ importance to the ecosystem, but they couldn’t really appreciate the smell of guano from more than… Continue reading

Marine Corps League, islanders unite to honor vet’s last wishes

South Whidbey’s Marine Corps League aims to help veterans in need, and it doesn’t matter in what branch of the military they served, or whether… Continue reading

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville man wins $200,000 lottery prize

Coupeville resident Brian Kutz usually makes a “big production” out of scratching the numbers off his lottery tickets, but he didn’t get that chance the… Continue reading

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Museum offers free tickets to Health Homes clients

Stephanie Ashcroft’s clients sometimes have a hard time getting out and doing something fun. They face mobility, transportation or financial hurdles — oftentimes all simultaneously.… Continue reading

Navy keeps quiet about Top Gun sequel filming at NAS Whidbey

Social media buzzed with debate: Is the city being April fooled early? Rumors of film crews, Tom Cruise and a possible long-delayed comeback of the… Continue reading

Goat poop, hay make fighting blaze a challenge

A pile of goat manure was likely the primary factor in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm outside of Coupeville that took almost six… Continue reading

Farm to School program branches out

The Coupeville Farm to School program is on its way to planting even deeper roots. Saturday morning, members of the nonprofit program, students, families and… Continue reading

Survey shows more teens are vaping

It can taste and smell like cotton candy, but its potential negative impacts to young minds are why officials find the newest student survey results… Continue reading

Teenager hit crossing highway

A 16-year-old boy walked away with minor injuries after being hit by a vehicle Wednesday on Highway 525. At 7:30 a.m. first responders were dispatched… Continue reading

Island County to simplify its code

For years, there have been complaints that Island County’s land-use code is too complicated for both the public and planners. Planning and Community Development staff… Continue reading

Local leaders discuss housing solutions — again

The restrictive nature of the state’s Growth Management Act, the lack of available units and delays in permits are all factors many community and government… Continue reading

County considers possible restoration at Oak Harbor Marina

Oak Harbor is trying to improve its marina both for boaters as well as fish and other wildlife. The city asked Island County’s natural resources… Continue reading

Coupeville Port looking to fill commissioner opening

Port of Coupeville commissioners are deciding how to fill a vacant seat after district 1 Commissioner William Bell announced his resignation at a port meeting… Continue reading