Laura Guido

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

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 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

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

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

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

State lawmakers discuss accomplishments over brunch

State legislators spoke about net neutrality, big data brokers and carbon taxes on Jan. 20 at the “Brunch with our Legislators” event, held by the… Continue reading

Connecting ‘Bigs with Badges’

On a typical Tuesday afternoon, students and staff at Coupeville Elementary School might witness a rather unusual sight — fully uniformed Deputy Marshal Leif Haugen… Continue reading

Officials consider islandwide high-speed internet

Elected officials in Island County discussed the possibility of implementing islandwide broadband last week at a Council of Governments meeting with the hope of eventually… Continue reading

Point in Time Count offers snapshot of homelessness in Island County

Out of the 35 years he’s lived on Whidbey Island, Gregory Eggett has spent the last two homeless. He lives in a car, which he… Continue reading

County releases plans to tackle major public health issues

A wide-ranging plan that could lead to more help for victims of domestic abuse, house visits from medical personnel and improved transportation for the homeless… Continue reading

Housing crisis personal for lifelong Oak Harbor resident

After 55 years in Oak Harbor, Donna Moore recently received a letter that could mean her time living on the island is running out. Citing… Continue reading

County seeks volunteers for annual homeless survey on Thursday, Jan. 25

Homelessness is on the rise in Island County, and the human services department needs help gathering information that could help solve the issue. The annual… Continue reading

MLK assembly ignites controversy

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly at Oak Harbor High School sparked controversy last week when a student complained about it to a Seattle… Continue reading