Laura Guido

Discrimination lawsuit filed against Penn Cove Shellfish

The owner of Penn Cove Shellfish, LLC denies allegations of racial discrimination raised in a lawsuit filed by a former employee. “At this point, it’s… Continue reading

Navy seeks comment on proposed new health clinic

A public meeting to discuss proposed construction of a new Naval health clinic is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Bakerview Restaurant/Chief… Continue reading

Knights battle monsters and more at Empire of Medieval Pursuits ‘Winter War’

Monsters and the armored knights hunting them roamed the woods Saturday near Cornet Bay. Over 90 mythical creatures, lords, ladies, magisters and other medieval characters… Continue reading

‘Informed’ and ‘furious’ students lead call for safer schools

Sophomore Keelie Partridge stood on a rock so the other Oak Harbor High School students could see her. The sky was overcast and there was… Continue reading

Community weaves together fundraiser after fiber theft

In late February, Lydia Christiansen and her husband Alan woke up to a small business owner’s worst nightmare. A trailer carrying most of their inventory… Continue reading

Point in Time Count shows more than 170 are without permanent homes

Over 170 people were counted as either unsheltered or in temporary housing during the annual Point in Time Count in January, according to a presentation… Continue reading

Oak Harbor developer wants Board to reconsider appeal denial

The developer Wright’s Crossing, LLC filed a motion to reconsider Thursday after the Growth Management Hearings Board dismissed its appeal. In December, Wright’s Crossing submitted… Continue reading

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