Laura Guido

New Indian restaurant opens on Pioneer Way

Gary Purewal and his traditional clay oven have come to give Oak Harbor a taste of the country where he was born. How is it?… Continue reading

A winning performance: Homeless man recites Shakespeare for a Spin Cafe challenge

James Parham stood with his hands clasped behind his back and spoke in a strong voice at an even cadence: “To sleep, perchance to dream:… Continue reading

Pooper Troopers cleaning up a storm

These troopers respond to one specific type of problem — and it’s brown. Shannon Useman and her husband Conrad are the island’s new self-named Pooper… Continue reading

Pool fixes planned

‘I was appalled … by the shape the place was in and is still in.

Missing man’s body found on Christmas

The body of Matthew Fitch, who went missing in late October, was found on Christmas day on a beach near Coupeville, according to a press… Continue reading

Storm takes out power islandwide

People stuck in elevators, carbon monoxide filling houses, closed roads and failed medical equipment all resulted from Thursday’s wind storm, which knocked out power to… Continue reading

Commissioners grudgingly OK contract

More than $61,000 slated for state-mandated public defense

Elementary school students’ artwork lights up the room

Coupeville Elementary School students’ art work shone bright Tuesday night. The lights were off in the two rooms showcasing their work, but the pieces stood… Continue reading

With some reluctance, South Whidbey kiosk gets funding

The Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved a funding request to keep the South Whidbey Highway 525 visitor kiosk open, although it was to… Continue reading

County awards more than $280,000 for events, tourism

Island County commissioners awarded more than $280,000 in lodging sales tax funds Tuesday. The money goes to local organizations, such as the Coupeville Historic Waterfront… Continue reading

Little guy, big lessons

Simon is one elf not content to remain on a shelf

Council will decide fate of low-income development following public hearing

The fate of a controversial proposed low-income development in Oak Harbor will likely come down to a public hearing and determination by the city council.… Continue reading

County commissioners adopt new rural event code

Living near rural wedding venues, neighbors may still hear the Macarena, but with some new limitations under newly adopted updates to the county code. New… Continue reading

Kiwanis helps Santa deliver oranges, joy to children

Orange you happy to see Santa?

Group aims to provide affordable homes

An idea for a tiny-house development is starting with a pretty regular-sized home. A South Whidbey nonprofit organization recently purchased a residence on Camano Avenue… Continue reading

Dwight Lundstrom, principal of Oak Harbor High School for the past 15 years, will step into the assistant superintendent
                                position on July 1. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times.

Assistant superintendent chosen

Popular Oak Harbor High School principal deemed a perfect fit for open position

Dwight Lundstrom, principal of Oak Harbor High School for the past 15 years, will step into the assistant superintendent
                                position on July 1. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times.

A Good Claus

Collection of Santas and other holiday icons collect food for Help House

Commissioners ink $103.8 million ‘status quo’ budget

On Monday, Island County commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget, which included funding for two large facility projects and staff wage increases. The budget totals… Continue reading

City jail contract proposal delayed

Fiscally speaking, Is- land County commissioners agree that accepting inmates from the Oak Har-bor Police Department makes sense. However, the board also agreed Wednesday there… Continue reading

Tensions flare during hearing on county event regulations

One of the final public hearings on an overhaul of rural event regulations in the county became increasingly personal. Conversations in support of and against… Continue reading