Laura Guido

Race for sheriff: Both tout experience, but differ in plans for change

The two candidates for Island County sheriff agree low staffing is one of the department’s biggest challenges, but propose different solutions and strategies moving forward.… Continue reading

Changes coming swiftly with Dugualla restoration

Two years can make a world of difference — especially for young salmon and birds looking for new habitat. “Make it and they’ll come,” Jessica… Continue reading

Police holding Citizens Academy

The Oak Harbor Police Department is hoping to give an in-depth look at the experiences and training of police officers through its free Citizens’ Academy.… Continue reading

Pigfest goes for a record

Event founder aims for largest-ever smoke pit

Central Whidbey Fire takes part in canine rescue effort

Firefighters from South Whidbey Fire/EMS and Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue conducted a rescue of the four-legged variety Wednesday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m.,… Continue reading

Commander talks about the future of Navy base

Population stabilized; facility for unmanned drone in the works

Janet St. Clair

Hannold challenger builds big war chest

Candidate for Island County district three commissioner Janet St. Clair has raised approximately $40,000 more than her opponent, incumbent Rick Hannold, according to Public Disclosure… Continue reading

Janet St. Clair

Big cat reports taken seriously by Oak Harbor police

Something big has been reportedly seen prowling around Oak Harbor — something big and cat-like. The Oak Harbor Police Department received two calls last week… Continue reading

Teens to shine at music festival

‘We’re just really blown away by these kids’

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County gets new director

Jennifer Paddock had dedicated her career to helping children, which made her position at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County a logical next step.… Continue reading

Help House annual food drive Saturday

The days might be long and the weather warm, but Christmas spirit is nearly as high as it would be in December at the North… Continue reading

Uninhabited house destroyed in blaze

Officials from Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue say they are unable to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed an uninhabited house Wednesday.… Continue reading

What does ‘affordable housing’ mean? Depends whom you ask

Affordable housing efforts on Whidbey Island are drawing a broad range of reactions, among them fear it will attract people who engage in disruptive or… Continue reading

Seahawks players sign autographs for a cause

Seahawks running back Chris Carson and offensive tackle George Fant will sign posters starting 1 p.m. Saturday at Louis Gs in Oak Harbor. Signatures won’t… Continue reading

With founder’s departure, Miss Oak Harbor Pageant disbanded

Though born in California, Jes Walker-Wyse has made a mark on Oak Harbor in a relatively short amount of time. Since moving to the city… Continue reading

A new draft facilities master plan includes new department buildings on land recently purchased by the Island County. The plan is still in its early stages and designs for the new buildings likely won’t be made until next year. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

New plan outlines possible county shuffle

Offices for Island County departments may be completely reorganized, according to a new draft facilities master plan. The draft 20-year plan, presented last week to… Continue reading

A new draft facilities master plan includes new department buildings on land recently purchased by the Island County. The plan is still in its early stages and designs for the new buildings likely won’t be made until next year. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Woman accused of stealing beer, bedding from neighbor

A woman from Coupeville is accused of stealing towels, beer and bedding from her neighbor’s house, according to court document. Prosecutors charged Amanda Cantu, 45,… Continue reading

Navy SAR makes appearance at cadet training at Camp Casey

No one was injured or in distress when the Search and Rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island landed at Camp Casey Conference Center… Continue reading

Islanders join protest over immigration policies

‘It isn’t right, and it isn’t normal’

Health officer: summer brings out bats

Now that we’re officially in the summer months, we’ll enjoy some longer days, picnics, barbecues and bats. “It’s a good time of year to talk… Continue reading