Laura Guido

Three kayakers rescued Sunday

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue picked up three kayakers struggling against the wind and current Sunday between Hidden Beach and Camano Island, according to… Continue reading

‘Lost’ pots can deplete crab numbers

Fewer crab pots lost means more crab on the table. That’s the message Island County Marine Resources Committee and Northwest Straits Foundation is getting out… Continue reading

Strawberry Daze returns with more to eat and do

Paige Mueller-Flack hopes to combine education, fun activities and a family-farm atmosphere into the second annual celebration of strawberries at Bell’s Farm. Despite a tough… Continue reading

City auction set for Saturday

Only one place in Oak Harbor will be selling a 1978 6600 tractor, high jump uprights and mats, a typewriter and an industrial mixer on… Continue reading

Hannold defends planning commissioner

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold defended his appointment of Shannon Williams to the county planning commission after she expressed concern about the types of people… Continue reading

New education, training program for juvenile court

Island County Juvenile Court will soon start a pilot program aimed at reducing recidivism through education and career training. The county board of commissioners agreed… Continue reading

Island County EDC head stays ‘positive’

Promoting economic development in Island County comes with its own unique set of challenges, but Sharon Sappington said she plans to face each one with… Continue reading

Vet services coordinator is here to help

Cynthia Besaw left the Air Force after seven years of service with a broken back, shattered foot and two young children. When she first moved… Continue reading

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                                Donovan McCulley cheers at the end of the commencement ceremony Saturday.

Oak Harbor grads show ‘inspirational ambition’

Oak Harbor High School’s class of 2018 reached graduation through four years of hard work, dedication and some last minute scrambles to finish assignments after… Continue reading

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                                Donovan McCulley cheers at the end of the commencement ceremony Saturday.

Survey shows mostly positive impression of rural events

Though public hearings on the issue have often been contentious on both sides, a small survey conducted by Island County found most neighbors feel rural… Continue reading

Planning halts for Freeland sewer

A decades-long effort to bring a sewer system to Freeland has halted “for the foreseeable future,” according to officials from the Freeland Water and Sewer… Continue reading

Oak Harbor, Coupeville port get .09 funds for projects

A sewer expansion, two roof repairs and a pond restoration are set to move forward with county Rural Economic Development grant funding. The Island County… Continue reading

County poised to join opioid lawsuit

Island County is prepared to join multi-district litigation against prescription opioid manufacturers. The vote, which will not be unanimous, is scheduled for Tuesday during the… Continue reading

New planning commissioner: People who want to live here ‘will work for it’

Adoption of the nearly-completed update to the housing element of Island County Planning and Community development’s comprehensive plan has been postponed because of the planning… Continue reading

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                                A weather camera captures what looks like a missile being launched from Whidbey.

Curious photo fueling speculation

Base says no rockets were launched on Whidbey

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                                A weather camera captures what looks like a missile being launched from Whidbey.

Neighbors irked by proposed 30-unit home park

A proposed manufactured housing development south of Oak Harbor has triggered an outcry from neighbors and a local environmental group. An application was submitted to… Continue reading

A model child: Oak Harbor 5 year old has a very busy career

Harper Moon is likely more successful in her acting/modeling career than many people trying to do the same thing in Los Angeles will ever be.… Continue reading

Students bake, stitch donations to WAIF animals

Special needs students at Oak Harbor High School recently used their skills and interests to bring treats and toys to the dogs and cats at… Continue reading

SVC grad earns full 2-year scholarship to UW

A lot has changed since Jordan Shelley was 7 years old and his father died in his birth country of Ethiopia. One thing has not:… Continue reading

High school graphic artist helps local poetry group

The font “Aliens and Cows” and a simple rendering of an oak tree were enough to set apart Oak Harbor High School junior Brenna Rothman’s… Continue reading