Laura Guido

Island County deemed one of Washington state’s ‘Most Insured Places’

If there’s a car accident, medical emergency or even a death, chances are Island County residents are covered. A recent analysis by the financial planning… Continue reading

Pioneer Way business owner faces murky future

One Oak Harbor business may be displaced if a proposed project for a low-income housing unit on Pioneer Way goes through. Debra Staley, owner of… Continue reading

‘Out of this world’ ice cream rolls into town

An encounter with an ice cream van in New York, a conversation with a young nephew and a newborn girl inspired an Oak Harbor couple… Continue reading

Drug court grad ‘thankful’ for getting arrested, going to jail

Conrad Standinger doesn’t remember being put into the Island County Adult Felony Drug Court program, but he’s glad he was. “I really am thankful for… Continue reading

County launches new app to report service requests

Concerns about potholes, dead animals, vandalism in parks and more can now be submitted to Island County using a smartphone on a new online app.… Continue reading

Historic sheep barn repurposed

Tucked away on the Pratt Loop Trail, a formerly dilapidated 1930s sheep barn will soon serve as a classroom. Rehabilitation of the National Park Service… Continue reading

Personality profiles offer insight into officials’ leadership styles

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson is likely to seek an environment where quality is more important than quantity and can “become frustrated when those around… Continue reading

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                                Broad View Elementary School student Layla Williams plants vegetables in the school’s garden. Broad View was recently recognized nationally for its environmental and sustainability efforts.

School recognized for being green

Ongoing sustainability efforts at Broad View Elementary started a decade ago as well as new initiatives were recently recognized nationally in the form of the… Continue reading

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                                Broad View Elementary School student Layla Williams plants vegetables in the school’s garden. Broad View was recently recognized nationally for its environmental and sustainability efforts.

Commissioners have questions about city request

Island County commissioners want more answers from the City of Oak Harbor before they are willing to move forward on its request to expand the… Continue reading

Bench will be dedicated to longtime Oak Harbor leader

Kiwanis Club of Oak Harbor and the Oak Harbor School District will dedicate a bench at Oak Harbor High School to the late Gary Wallin.… Continue reading

County looking at new road to Whidbey Air Park

Island County will apply for a grant to study the potential of building a road to the industrial area of Whidbey Air Park. Part of… Continue reading

Neighbors, rural wineries disputing proposed Island County regulations

Island County planning staff and the planning commission are attempting to wade through a sea of public comments that are in conflict with each other.… Continue reading

Man injured in boat fire at Cornet Bay Marina; two docks destroyed

Firefighters responded to a reported boat fire Saturday afternoon at Cornet Bay Marina. When the responders from North Whidbey Fire and Rescue arrived, the approximately… Continue reading

Mount Vernon firefighter to challenge Rep. Norma Smith

A Mount Vernon resident running for state representative of district 10 said education, public safety and transportation are his top priorities. Scott McMullen, a firefighter… Continue reading

Student unwittingly wins ‘Best in Show’

Destanie Overly didn’t even know her piece had been entered into the American of Association University Women All-Island High School Showcase of the Arts, but… Continue reading

Island County officials dispute state’s projected ridership numbers for Mukilteo-to-Clinton ferry

Island County is disputing low projected growth numbers for the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route that Washington State Ferries recently presented as concepts for its long-rage plan.… Continue reading

Commissioners decline federal funds for trail

Federal funding for a proposed trail from the Clinton business district to Ken’s Korner will be declined at the request of two of the three… Continue reading

Students hit the road for a day

The morning commute to school was a little more exciting for a group of Coupeville Elementary School students Wednesday morning. More than 50 fourth and… Continue reading

Island Transit taking comments on potential fares

Island Transit is seeking public input on the possibility of charging fares for bus and paratransit services in the future. The transit agency will host… Continue reading

Magazine ranks Island County among nation’s healthiest

U.S. News & World Report recently included Island County amon its first Healthiest Communities Honor Roll. Counties across the nation were placed in peer groups… Continue reading