Laura Guido

County survey looks at housing concerns

Island County recently released a survey to gather information about residents’ housing experiences in the county. The survey takes seven to 10 minutes to complete,… Continue reading

Crescent Harbor celebrates new covered play structure and garden

Inclement weather won’t have to keep Crescent Harbor Elementary School students inside anymore. The school held a grand opening of its new covered play structure… Continue reading

Survivor trusts in self to fight cancer her way

In June 2004, Rowenna Houghton had her furniture packed and was ready to move to Oak Harbor. Then she received a call from her doctor… Continue reading

Open houses to look at county trails plan

Island County Public Works will hold open houses 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, Monday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 1 to gather public input… Continue reading

Fire district seeks bond support

With aging fire engines and increased emergency call volumes, Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is asking voters to approve a new bond. The bond… Continue reading

Oak Harbor may get artsy with catch basins, manhole covers

Storm drain facilities on Pioneer Way or in Windjammer Park may soon feature an artistic touch as well as a message. The Oak Harbor Storm… Continue reading

Former Search and Rescue members reunite

On Sunday, Sept. 10, around 90 brothers gathered to tell “sea stories,” joke about not fitting into old wetsuits and remember lost colleagues. These men… Continue reading

Car strikes pump house near WAIF

A young woman hit a stop sign, a campground sign and a county well pump house near WAIF Animal Shelter Friday afternoon. The damage to… Continue reading

North island sheriff’s precinct deemed unusable

The north precinct for the Island County Sheriff’s Office has been deemed unsuitable, and the county is seeking a new location. Larry Van Horn, director… Continue reading

Park windmill becoming a debris hazard

Oak Harbor City Council is considering removing the windmill in Windjammer Park to avoid debris falling off of it during high winds. A structural inspection… Continue reading

Sheriff lifting burn ban on Sunday

Iincreased moisture levels prompted Sheriff Mark Brown to lift the county ban on outdoor burning, starting at 8 a.m. Sunday. Yard debris and land-clearing burning… Continue reading

All things Whidbey focus of 10-day event starting Friday

Friday, Sept. 29, kicks off the first-ever Whidbey Island Grown Week, a 10-day event that will feature local farms and products. Businesses across the island… Continue reading

Forest Service sued for granting Growler flights over Olympics

The U.S. Forest Service is being sued for its decision to grant the U.S. Navy special-use permits that allow EA-18G Growler training on the Olympic… Continue reading

Burn ban restrictions reduced

With the return of wet weather, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, who’s also the county’s fire marshal, has relaxed fire-related rules a bit. On Wednesday,… Continue reading

NAS Whidbey celebrates 75th anniversary

On the date of its commissioning 75 years ago, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island paid tribute to its past, present and future Thursday. The ceremony,… Continue reading

Voter registration events set for Sept. 26

From 10 a.m to 1 p.m., Island County Elections will hold voter registration events at two locations on Sept. 26, at the Oak Harbor Library… Continue reading

Commissioners dine, dish with League of Women voters

County commissioners voiced approval of early adoption of integrated mental health services and doubts about the Wrights Crossing proposal at a special session meeting with… Continue reading

Oak Harbor couple’s Caribbean trip a hurricane nightmare

Jesse and Renee Lopez thought a trip to the Caribbean would be a fun place to celebrate Jesse’s 51st birthday. The Oak Harbor couple had… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Schools work with UW to address youth suicides

Oak Harbor Schools are starting a partnership this month with a center for suicide prevention after recent survey results showed high rates of suicidal thoughts… Continue reading

Accident leaves a big mess for biz owner to clean up

An Asphalt Quality Sealers truck turned on its side Thursday, spilling asphalt sealcoating into a field. The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Libbey… Continue reading