Laura Guido

First county mental health center in works

Island County is in the process of securing property in Oak Harbor for a regional crisis stabilization center and affordable housing complex. The board of… Continue reading

County changes conservation grants evaluation process

The Board of Island County Commissioners decided to change the scoring process of applications for the conservation futures program during a recent work session meeting.… Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island names Sailor of the Year

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island has named its Petty Officer First Class Sailor of the Year for 2017. Rodney B. Scheppler, a Navy career counselor,… Continue reading

VP-47 deemed “safe for flight” with new aircraft

The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron-47 have completed their transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon. The squadron flew the P-3C for 52… Continue reading

Old game farm gives land new life

Having family members visit for the holidays is usually a positive experience, but if they’ve been cooped up in the house for too many days… Continue reading

Fire destroys camper trailer on Smugglers Cove

A fire destroyed a camper trailer on Smugglers Cove Road around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The owner of the trailer was away and no one was… Continue reading

Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs,” comes to Oak Harbor bearing gifts for Garage of Blessings

Kristiina Miller knew her nonprofit would be featured in some sort of TV show when she was contacted by an unknown production company, but she… Continue reading

Students get ‘real-world’ biz experience

Starting Monday, four teams of Oak Harbor High School students will get the chance to run their own business selling products they’ve created themselves. 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

Wright’s Crossing proposal officially excluded from docket

The Island County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday on the 2018 docket, which did not include the Wright’s Crossing application. The controversial proposal… Continue reading

Navy League to hold annual Veterans Day Program

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas will be guest speaker at Oak Harbor Navy League’s annual Veterans Day program. Jouas was the the deputy… Continue reading

Neighborhood knitter makes hats for classroom

Winter is coming, but, thanks to a local knitter, Mrs. Ching’s third-grade class is well prepared. Dorothy Bell, 84, has knitted hats for Rebecca Ching’s… Continue reading

County seeking public input on draft plan for Freeland transition

Island County Plan-ning and Community Development released the first draft for its Freeland development regulations. These new regulations will transition Freeland from rural to urban… Continue reading

Housing stakeholders discuss community needs

Interviews with stakeholders regarding housing in Island County revealed the community’s desire to serve seniors more effectively, increase farm housing and create a greater variety… Continue reading

County takes shot at funding for giving vaccines

The Board of Island County Commissioners has decided to use 2018 to reevaluate the public health immunization program, which may include cutting the program altogether.… Continue reading

Island County program successful at placing people with disabilities in jobs

If Geno Dogans is behind the counter, anyone who walks into Oak Harbor’s Thrive Community Fitness on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon is greeted with… Continue reading

Local Girl Scout starts towel program for homeless

Thanks to the efforts of a local student, as of Thursday those using shower passes from SPIN Café at the Oak Harbor pool will also… Continue reading

Navy celebrates dedication of A-3 memorial display to base

The A-3 Skywarrior Association formally handed over full control of the A-3 memorial display to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Thursday. This event took… Continue reading

County continues home nurse visits — for now

During recent budget discussions, the Island County commissioners questioned the county’s role in home nurse visits currently provided through public health’s maternal child health program.… Continue reading

Bird attacks along trail seem more than just a fluke

Noah Landau was on a normal run on the Kettles Trails when it happened. “I was rocking out to some tunes, totally oblivious to everything… Continue reading