Laura Guido

Point in Time Count offers snapshot of homelessness in Island County

Out of the 35 years he’s lived on Whidbey Island, Gregory Eggett has spent the last two homeless. He lives in a car, which he… Continue reading

County releases plans to tackle major public health issues

A wide-ranging plan that could lead to more help for victims of domestic abuse, house visits from medical personnel and improved transportation for the homeless… Continue reading

Housing crisis personal for lifelong Oak Harbor resident

After 55 years in Oak Harbor, Donna Moore recently received a letter that could mean her time living on the island is running out. Citing… Continue reading

County seeks volunteers for annual homeless survey on Thursday, Jan. 25

Homelessness is on the rise in Island County, and the human services department needs help gathering information that could help solve the issue. The annual… Continue reading

MLK assembly ignites controversy

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly at Oak Harbor High School sparked controversy last week when a student complained about it to a Seattle… Continue reading

Oak Harbor High School seniors awarded Champions of Diversity scholarships

Nine Oak Harbor High School seniors received scholarships at the 18th annual Champions of Diversity Program at Skagit Valley College. These students were among 59… Continue reading

WEAN wants to intervene against Wright’s Crossing

The Whidbey Environmental Action Network made a motion to intervene in support of Island County in an appeal to the Growth Management Hearings Board by… Continue reading

County inks settlement agreement with WEAN

The Board of Island County Commissioners signed a settlement agreement last week with the Whidbey Environmental Action Network over the county’s critical areas ordinance update.… Continue reading

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold will seek second term

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold announced he is seeking re-election in 2018. Hannold is serving his freshman term as the commissioner representing District 3, which… Continue reading

Way of the Whales workshop Saturday

Whale enthusiasts are invited to the all-day workshop Ways of Whales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday at the Performing Arts Center, at 501… Continue reading

Broad View Elementary School Literacy Night a fairy tale success

Knights, dragons and fairies roamed the halls of Broad View Elementary School Thursday night, and they all had one quest— to promote literacy and family… Continue reading

Robotics team invites public to design night

Whidbey Island Wildcats robotics team invites members of the community help it choose the robot design for its next competition. People can come vote on… Continue reading

County Commissioner Rick Hannold, back left, Planning Director Hiller West, front, County Prosecutor Greg Banks, attorney Lee Pence and County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name calling. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

County commissioner calls prosecutor ‘snake,’ accuses him of lying

Deep-rooted tensions boiled over Wednesday when Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks asked the county board of commissioners for permission to hire an outside attorney for… Continue reading

County Commissioner Rick Hannold, back left, Planning Director Hiller West, front, County Prosecutor Greg Banks, attorney Lee Pence and County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name calling. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

County looking at helping North Whidbey Park and Recreation District

The Board of Island County Commissioners is interested in pursuing a one-year agreement with the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District for maintenance of its… Continue reading

County looking for public input on Freeland code

Island County Planning and Community Development is looking for more feedback on its draft development regulations for Freeland. As a result of public comment, the… Continue reading

Island County Housing Authority sees increase in federal grant

The Housing Authority of Island County in Coupeville recently received a $51,269 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go toward… Continue reading

Navy Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’

Sea Cadets from all over the country gathered last week at Camp Casey to immerse themselves in Navy culture. The winter training in Central Whidbey… Continue reading

Land Trust works to restore habitat near Crockett Lake

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust has planted 1,700 shrubs and small trees around Crockett Lake as part of an effort to control invasive species and… Continue reading

Shoreline permits a top priority for county in 2018

Island County commissioners identified increasing the efficiency of issuing shoreline development permits and updating the economic development element of the comprehensive plan as top priorities… Continue reading

Caroling contest benefits local nonprofit causes

Holiday music will ring through the streets of Coupeville 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Teams of carolers, representing local nonprofits, will be competing in the… Continue reading