Laura Guido

Central Whidbey Fire’s Santa brings holiday cheer

Operating Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue’s Santamobile is quite an undertaking. The volunteer elves start by getting familiar with the apparatus and then are… Continue reading

DECA students help pets in need for the holidays

Oak Harbor High School’s DECA team held food drives in the past so they decided to change things up this year. “They wanted to do… Continue reading

Holiday tree house

Walking into Melanie and Darin Hand’s home during the holidays feels like stepping into Santa’s workshop. The Oak Harbor couple’s growing collection includes eight trees,… Continue reading

Home for the holidays: VAQ-142 back on Whidbey

The Gray Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron 142 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday after a six-month deployment. Over 100 family members and… Continue reading

New signs teach about native trees and plants

Visitors can now learn about native plants and Oak Harbor’s historic trees thanks to new signs at the Post Office Native Plant Garden and Smith… Continue reading

Report outlines county’s housing needs

A recent housing needs analysis found a significant deficit in available, affordable housing in Island County for households making $50,000 a year or less. The… Continue reading

Oak Harbor teacher in reach of Grammy

Darren McCoy has never been this close to making it to the Grammys, and he’s been closer than most. Two years ago he was among… Continue reading

Counties unite against unfunded mandates

Island County is joining an effort to get the state’s attention regarding unfunded mandates. The members of the Washington State Association of Counties believe the… Continue reading

County lodging tax committee asks awardees for some money back

Island County awarded grants this year to 13 nonprofits to promote tourism using lodging tax funds. The process for awarding these grants was different this… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Schools superintendent teaches improv jazz

Starting at 7 a.m., Oak Harbor Schools Superintendent Lance Gibbon begins his Wednesdays in a cramped, studio-like room working to help expand students’ “jazz vocabulary.”… Continue reading

Reserve, sea and shore sailors of the year honored

The Navy League and Rotary Club of Oak Harbor presented its Shore, Sea and Reserve Sailors of the Year awards Friday at a recognition luncheon.… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth brings women’s care to Oak Harbor

WhidbeyHealth has opened Women’s Care Oak Harbor in the same building as the hospital’s primary care, sleep care and physical therapy clinics. The clinic, located… Continue reading

No public comment on county’s budget

Island County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a $92.3 million budget and 1 percent increase on a property tax levy for 2018, during… Continue reading

Sheriff’s office gets upgraded north precinct

The small, modular building installed as a temporary solution for the Island County Sheriff’s Office in 1998 is finally being replaced. The county is in… Continue reading

Oak Harbor robotics students tackle homelessness with new competition

Four outstanding robotics students from Oak Harbor High School are setting out to fix a large problem in a small way. The Whidbey Island Robotics… Continue reading

Task force gets input on affordable housing recommendations

North Whidbey Affordable Housing Task Force presented its recommendations and sought feedback at an open house Thursday evening at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. The… Continue reading

Whidbey sailors’ clothing, toiletry drive exceeds all expectations

On Thursday afternoon, the county Housing Support Center was overrun with clothes in folded piles and boxes all over the front room. Petty Officer First… Continue reading

Aws named to Oak Harbor school board seat

Oak Harbor School Board appointed Jessica Aws at a special session meeting Monday to fill the vacant position left by Christine Abbott. Cory Glach, who… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Schools launch new phone application

Parents and guardians of students in Oak Harbor Public Schools can now have easier access to information from the district. A free Oak Harbor Public… Continue reading

County seeking public input on levy increase and 2018 budget

The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on a possible 1 percent increase in Island County’s current expense property tax levy, as well… Continue reading