Laura Guido

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

Rollover on Highway 20

A man was transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center after a rollover accident Monday afternoon off Highway 20 near Sherman Road. The man was dazed, but… Continue reading


She can’t fix the world, but ‘can fix little pieces of it’

In 1976, “on a whim,” Jackie Henderson and her husband moved to Whidbey Island. “We were going to stay a few years,” she recalled. This… Continue reading


Gun-rights group planning Whidbey gathering

A controversial gun-rights group will be holding an open meeting Saturday at Greenbank Farm. Patriot Prayer, based out of Vancouver, Wash., will host an event… Continue reading

Activist urges board to ensure students have clean water

A Central Whidbey activist Monday night implored the Coupeville School District Board of Directors to take action regarding the schools’ use of contaminated town water.… Continue reading

Group rebuilding memorial park, with improvements

Current and former Oak Harbor community members are keeping alive a tribute to a vibrant young girl who passed away in 2002 at the age… Continue reading

Count a ‘snapshot’ of homeless problem

Matthew Richards said he’d been living in a tent for a few months when county human services employees talked to him Thursday. He is one… Continue reading

Historic Roller Barn in need of a buyer

The Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor has outgrown the Roller Barn, but the organization’s leadership is hoping someone will step in and save… Continue reading

Doug Martin loves numbers and budgeting.

Island County’s numbers guy: ‘I enjoy budget … it’s my forte’

Island County commissioners want the public to see the annual budget as more than a list of numbers. Tasked with making this shift and creating… Continue reading

Doug Martin loves numbers and budgeting.

County needs more money for treatment center

Island County commissioners are asking state lawmakers for another $2.5 million for construction of a crisis stabilization center in Oak Harbor. Last session, the Legislature… Continue reading

The tide is high: Coastlines to come?

Sunday’s rare astronomical event may cause more than a spectacle in the sky. The alignment of the sun, earth and moon associated with the super… Continue reading

Running club offers health, educational benefits

P.E.teacher Holly Troyer is helping kids get a running start to their day. Three days a week, Troyer watches and encourages her group of “Marathon… Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy: Late civil rights leader to be celebrated with song, dance and service Sunday

Although more than 50 years have passed since Martin Luther King Jr. was killed outside his motel in Memphis, Fannie Dean still wants people to… Continue reading

Commissioners may revisit new events regulations

Island County commissioners are considering changes to recently adopted rural event regulations that had been repeatedly recommended during the year-long code update process. Commissioners Helen… Continue reading

Greenbank Progressive Club plans to rebuild after storm

Greenbank Progressive Club plans to rebuild. The large group that meets monthly recently formed a committee to put out a request for bids after the… Continue reading

Whidbey Island Grown gets grant

Many Whidbey makers, growers and retailers will have new opportunities to collaborate thanks to a recent grant from Goosefoot. Whidbey Island Grown, or WIG, received… Continue reading

UFO talk on Whidbey draws a big crowd

Washington state has always played a prominent role in the history of unidentified flying objects, and Whidbey Island is home to at least one of… Continue reading

UPDATED: Man who perished in plane crash identified

A plane crash near Whidbey Airpark in Langley Saturday morning has resulted in at least one fatality, according to a statement from the Island County… Continue reading