Laura Guido

Into ‘the pit:’ No one knows what to do with all of the garbage, needles in homeless encampment

Those going into an area on the island known as “the pit” are often advised not to wear shoes that are valuable. The piece of… Continue reading


Federal agency sends historic preservation recommendations to Navy

An independent federal agency is asking the Navy to continue working with the community and carry out long-term mitigation regarding its planned expansion of training… Continue reading


Nerf turf: New biz a place for friendly battles

Bailey Callison and her husband Ben really enjoy shooting each other. So much so, that while Ben Callison was stationed in Italy, Bailey Callison went… Continue reading


Fire damages Coupeville residence

A tipped over candle resulted in extensive damage to a Coupeville home Thursday night but no injuries. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded… Continue reading

Coupeville council adopts quick fix to fund sidewalk project

An oversight could’ve led to the Coupeville missing out on more than $100,000 in grant funds to complete a long-awaited project. Construction of a section… Continue reading

Town reduces building permit fees

Coupeville’s building official said he believed the town’s building permit fees were inexplicably high, and Tuesday the council rectified the disparity. Coupeville Town Council lowered… Continue reading

Environmental group declares court victory over prolific logger

A local environmental group is declaring victory against a prolific logger over county forestry regulations. Whidbey Environmental Action Network spent decades complaining that rules governing… Continue reading

Needle exchange is ‘all about recovery’

If the county health needle exchange program didn’t exist, there could’ve been more than 42,000 used needles scattered about the community last year. It’s likely… Continue reading

Oak Harbor art students take gold in state competition

There’s a common theme among Oak Harbor High School art students who recently took gold in a state competition when talking about their prize-winning pieces:… Continue reading

Drills allow Navy to prepare for emergency scenario

It’s undeniably unnerving to stand in the same room as a man firing an automatic weapon and to hear its echo as women scream in… Continue reading

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