Laura Guido

Wright’s Crossing likely not on docket

Island County Board of Commissioners have directed long-range planning staff to exclude the application for Wright’s Crossing from the 2018 docket. Wright’s Crossing is a… Continue reading

County moves toward integrated care for Medicaid recipients

The approximately 14,000 individuals in Island County eligible for Medicaid benefits will soon have access to integrated physical and behavioral health care. “Ideally, they could… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Public Schools adopts text alert system

Oak Harbor Public Schools has implemented a system to send text messages to parents and staff in the event of an emergency. The messages will… Continue reading

Problems delay county sewer plant, hikes cost $49,000

Unexpected discoveries will delay completion of the county’s $2.5 million sewage treatment plant expansion project. Bill Oakes, director of Island County Public Works, told the… Continue reading

Commission split 2-1 over expanded planning area

Island County Commissioners disagree over Oak Harbor’s proposal to expand its “joint planning area,” or JPA, boundary. Commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Rick Hannold are… Continue reading

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