Laura Guido

All-island rainbow prom set for Saturday

It will be a queer thing, to be sure. “Curiouser and Curioser,” the Alice in Wonderland-themed “more-than-prom” is happening 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at… Continue reading

Oak Harbor school district recognized for its green efforts

It was clear the group of third and fourth graders really knew what they were talking about. The students’ knowledge of the school rain barrel,… Continue reading

‘Wandering bear’ spotted on Whidbey

Whidbey Island has a hungry new visitor. Coupeville resident Glenn Hoffman awoke Tuesday morning to find his bird feeders in disarray at his home near… Continue reading

Fire districts negotiate EMS deal with hospital

Under the pressure of increasing call volume and incrementally increasing minimum wage, North and Central Whidbey fire districts are hoping to receive more funding to… Continue reading

Club combines love for beer, running, food

To be fit. To think. To be able to eat more food. To be able to drink more beer. These are the reasons members of… Continue reading

Town reviews short-term rental policies

Coupeville Town Council Tuesday reviewed proposed regulations and amendments to deal with an increasing number of short-term rentals, such as Airbnb and VRBO. Council members… Continue reading

WhidbeyCon draws fans of magical, monstrous

The magical, mythical, super and monstrous converged in one, free and family-friendly celebration of fandom last weekend. Oak Harbor Library this past Saturday hosted its… Continue reading

Logger, county, WEAN in another legal showdown

A logger is again challenging Island County over its forestry regulations, and a local activist group is again trying to push back. Snohomish County logger… Continue reading


Hank Koetje made a mark, quietly

Hank Koetje will be remembered as a gentleman and businessman who helped shape Oak Harbor. “I think the community is going to miss Hank, and… Continue reading


Chef hired to feed Coupeville students from-scratch lunches

Coupeville loves food and Superintendent Steve King is hoping to spread that to the school district’s students. Many children across the country have horror stories… Continue reading

Future of crisis center at risk

An expected cost overrun in a major county facility project may also threaten the construction of a planned crisis stabilization and detox center in Oak… Continue reading

Island seniors face isolation

Most Meals on Wheels recipients have similar responses when asked about the program — the food is good and the company is pleasant. “This is… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth CEO resigns

Geri Forbes has resigned as WhidbeyHealth CEO. Hospital district commissioners announced Tuesday morning during a special meeting that Forbes’ contract would be amended to accept… Continue reading

Firefighters to confront district board at meeting

A number of North Whidbey firefighters are unhappy with how their district commissioners are governing, but the fire board members aren’t sure why. “We haven’t… Continue reading

This time, Wright’s Crossing development faces fewer hurdles

Wright’s Crossing has a new proposed development aimed at tackling the housing crisis — this time, with fewer regulatory hurdles in its path than its… Continue reading

Town of Coupeville will no longer mow rights of way

Whidbey’s rainy spring is great for keeping lawns lush, but some homeowners who abut Coupeville roads and sidewalks might be wondering why those areas are… Continue reading

Outgoing WhidbeyHealth CEO to receive ‘incentive compensation’

WhidbeyHealth commissioners decided Monday to give the outgoing CEO her annual incentive compensation. Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners President Ron Wallin said… Continue reading

Farmers markets open for season

Vendors and visitors braved wind and rain Saturday as Coupeville launched the 2019 farmers market season. Tents were in a different location on the Community… Continue reading

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