Laura Guido

Oak Harbor school district offers free classes to parents of pre-K kids

For young children, toys aren’t only fun to play with, but also offer valuable educational opportunities. This is the main takeaway from Oak Harbor Public… Continue reading

Island County improves code enforcement

There are still junked cars, squatters, failed septic fields and other violations of Island County code, but recent changes have significantly improved the planning department’s… Continue reading

Landing’s water tests high in fecal coliform

A recent report by the county’s public health department found there’s poop matter in the surface water at Ebey’s Landing. In more technical terms, samples… Continue reading

New county contract brings added WSU programming

As of March 1, Washington State University Extension, Island County serves as an independent contractor with Island County instead of a department. The change will… Continue reading

South End getting first medicaid chemical dependency office

Freeland will soon be home to the first medicaid-funded, substance use disorder treatment facility on South Whidbey. American Behavioral Health Systems is opening an office… Continue reading

Larsen discusses local impacts of proposed budget

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen sat down with officials from across Island County on Friday to discuss potential impacts of the President’s 2019 budget proposal on… Continue reading

County commissioners lack confidence in Freeland sewer board

The Island County Board of Commissioners responded with skepticism Wednesday to a request for funding from the Freeland Water and Sewer district. The sewer district’s… Continue reading

Man uninjured in rollover on icy Madrona Way

A 23-year-old man was uninjured after his Chevy pickup rolled over on Madrona Way Thursday afternoon. The driver, AJ Frost, said he was driving toward… Continue reading

New building permit fees expected to reduce costs

The Board of Island County Commissioners is set to vote on building permit fee changes, including stock plan review fees that will result in savings… Continue reading

State lawmaker aims to improve recycling process

Many people feel a sense of accomplishment when they opt to recycle instead of throwing everything in the trash. However, recyclables are piling up in… Continue reading

Forest practices code changes head to board

Island County Planning Commission voted Monday to amend code related to forest practices in response to a settlement agreement filed with the Whidbey Island Environmental… Continue reading

Gifts from the Heart turns sweet 16

Clients at Gifts at the Heart Food Bank will be in for a rare sweet treat to celebrate the coincidence of two holidays falling on… Continue reading

Interactive ‘wax museum’ brings history to life for local students

Last week, a miniature Albert Einstein, Sonia Sotomayor, Jane Goodall, Martin Luther King Jr. and other notable figures from the past and present could be… Continue reading

Affordable housing development in works for Oak Harbor

Construction is slated to start on more than 50 new affordable housing units on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor by the end of 2018. Some… Continue reading

No guarantees for awarding of conservation futures funds

The Island County Conservation Futures Program is now accepting applications from eligible organizations for acquisition projects or maintenance and operations projects. However, Island County commissioners… Continue reading

State may lift ban on nuclear war prep

It’s unclear what exactly would happen if Whidbey Island were to receive a message of an impending missile attack, because for more than 30 years… Continue reading

Oak Harbor School Board plans to fund field trips

More trips to farms, state parks and museums are on the horizon for Oak Harbor elementary school students. For the first time, the city’s school… Continue reading

Hooked on Pan: Coupeville drama students present ‘Peter Pan’

Members of the community, even adults, can take a trip to Neverland at 12 p.m. Saturday, courtesy of the Coupeville Elementary School Drama Club. The… Continue reading

Oak Harbor High School Transitioning to trimester

The Oak Harbor School Board voted Tuesday night to transition Oak Harbor High School from a six-period semester schedule to a five-period trimester, starting in… Continue reading

Island County drafts new winery, event code

Island County is looking for input on draft regulatory updates to code focused on special events and wineries, distilleries, breweries and cideries in rural areas.… Continue reading