Laura Guido

Property owners shocked by whopping tax increase

The Dernbachs weren’t prepared for an increase in their tax bill of over 100 percent this year. Brian and Joanna Dernbach own an apartment building… Continue reading

City looks to improve pedestrian safety near intermediate school

In response to a student being struck by a car last year, the City of Oak Harbor is looking into a mid-block crossing area near… Continue reading

Oak Harbor pianist has the keys to success

Alex Amick isn’t content to stay in his comfort zone. The Oak Harbor High School senior spent much of his life pushing himself, personally and… Continue reading

County board of health supports bill limiting vaccine exemptions

In response to the recent measles outbreak in Clark County, the Island County Board of Health is taking a rare stance on proposed state legalization… Continue reading

New Oak Harbor High School principal from Lake Tapps

Oak Harbor High School’s new principal stumbled upon the job kind of how social media users find eerily relevant ads for things pop up just… Continue reading

Going international

TV show chronicles family’s house hunt in Argentina

New program connects social worker with law enforcement

Law enforcement officers aren’t social workers. But most days, they respond to multiple calls that have more to do with helping someone in a mental… Continue reading

Into ‘the pit:’ No one knows what to do with all of the garbage, needles in homeless encampment

Those going into an area on the island known as “the pit” are often advised not to wear shoes that are valuable. The piece of… Continue reading

Federal agency sends historic preservation recommendations to Navy

An independent federal agency is asking the Navy to continue working with the community and carry out long-term mitigation regarding its planned expansion of training… Continue reading

Nerf turf: New biz a place for friendly battles

Bailey Callison and her husband Ben really enjoy shooting each other. So much so, that while Ben Callison was stationed in Italy, Bailey Callison went… Continue reading

Fire damages Coupeville residence

A tipped over candle resulted in extensive damage to a Coupeville home Thursday night but no injuries. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded… Continue reading

Coupeville council adopts quick fix to fund sidewalk project

An oversight could’ve led to the Coupeville missing out on more than $100,000 in grant funds to complete a long-awaited project. Construction of a section… Continue reading

Town reduces building permit fees

Coupeville’s building official said he believed the town’s building permit fees were inexplicably high, and Tuesday the council rectified the disparity. Coupeville Town Council lowered… Continue reading

Environmental group declares court victory over prolific logger

A local environmental group is declaring victory against a prolific logger over county forestry regulations. Whidbey Environmental Action Network spent decades complaining that rules governing… Continue reading

Needle exchange is ‘all about recovery’

If the county health needle exchange program didn’t exist, there could’ve been more than 42,000 used needles scattered about the community last year. It’s likely… Continue reading

Oak Harbor art students take gold in state competition

There’s a common theme among Oak Harbor High School art students who recently took gold in a state competition when talking about their prize-winning pieces:… Continue reading

Drills allow Navy to prepare for emergency scenario

It’s undeniably unnerving to stand in the same room as a man firing an automatic weapon and to hear its echo as women scream in… Continue reading

Snow and ice keep responders scrambling

North and Central Whidbey first responders stayed busy Monday morning as snow and ice descended upon Whidbey Island. However, Oak Harbor officials said they had… Continue reading

New kids on the Lego block

These kids spend hours playing with Legos, but they aren’t building the typical houses or spaceships. Their creation comes to life to complete as many… Continue reading

Enrollment shortfalls creating funding pinch

Some school officials are citing a lack of affordable housing for declining enrollment in the region, which is affecting district budgets. The number of full-time… Continue reading