Laura Guido

Island seniors face isolation

Most Meals on Wheels recipients have similar responses when asked about the program — the food is good and the company is pleasant. “This is… Continue reading

 

WhidbeyHealth CEO resigns

Geri Forbes has resigned as WhidbeyHealth CEO. Hospital district commissioners announced Tuesday morning during a special meeting that Forbes’ contract would be amended to accept… Continue reading

 

Firefighters to confront district board at meeting

A number of North Whidbey firefighters are unhappy with how their district commissioners are governing, but the fire board members aren’t sure why. “We haven’t… Continue reading

 

This time, Wright’s Crossing development faces fewer hurdles

Wright’s Crossing has a new proposed development aimed at tackling the housing crisis — this time, with fewer regulatory hurdles in its path than its… Continue reading

Town of Coupeville will no longer mow rights of way

Whidbey’s rainy spring is great for keeping lawns lush, but some homeowners who abut Coupeville roads and sidewalks might be wondering why those areas are… Continue reading

Outgoing WhidbeyHealth CEO to receive ‘incentive compensation’

WhidbeyHealth commissioners decided Monday to give the outgoing CEO her annual incentive compensation. Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners President Ron Wallin said… Continue reading

Farmers markets open for season

Vendors and visitors braved wind and rain Saturday as Coupeville launched the 2019 farmers market season. Tents were in a different location on the Community… Continue reading

No chickens harmed in coop fire

No birds or people were injured or killed in a chicken coop fire Monday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze at… Continue reading

County reviews code changes to address housing crisis

Island County commissioners and planning staff are gearing up to make policy changes to facilitate more affordable housing development. In October 2018, commissioners adopted goals… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man charged with domestic assault

An Oak Harbor man is accused of strangling a woman whom he claimed assaulted him, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Scott Hampton, 47, in… Continue reading

County opioid outreach one of most successful in region

Just after the second anniversary of its launch, the Island County Opioid Outreach program boasts one of the best rates of getting people into treatment… Continue reading

Coupeville’s Community Green project finally gets underway

Long-awaited parking improvements are underway in Coupeville. Construction of a new, paved parking lot next to the Community Green began Monday as well as the… Continue reading

Mobile home park’s wells go dry

In the midst of discussions over the county’s fraught affordable housing situation, a North Whidbey mobile home park seemingly has run out of water, and… Continue reading

County needs more supportive and affordable housing, officials say

Many people struggle to find a place to live on the island, but certain groups of people have almost no real housing options in Island… Continue reading

Bats will find new homes at Fort Casey

Parks staff members at Fort Casey can appreciate bats’ importance to the ecosystem, but they couldn’t really appreciate the smell of guano from more than… Continue reading

Marine Corps League, islanders unite to honor vet’s last wishes

South Whidbey’s Marine Corps League aims to help veterans in need, and it doesn’t matter in what branch of the military they served, or whether… Continue reading

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville man wins $200,000 lottery prize

Coupeville resident Brian Kutz usually makes a “big production” out of scratching the numbers off his lottery tickets, but he didn’t get that chance the… Continue reading

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Museum offers free tickets to Health Homes clients

Stephanie Ashcroft’s clients sometimes have a hard time getting out and doing something fun. They face mobility, transportation or financial hurdles — oftentimes all simultaneously.… Continue reading

Navy keeps quiet about Top Gun sequel filming at NAS Whidbey

Social media buzzed with debate: Is the city being April fooled early? Rumors of film crews, Tom Cruise and a possible long-delayed comeback of the… Continue reading

Goat poop, hay make fighting blaze a challenge

A pile of goat manure was likely the primary factor in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm outside of Coupeville that took almost six… Continue reading