Laura Guido

Island County conducts homeless tally

Patricia Hoesman may have been surrounded by people Thursday morning, as she sat in front of an empty cup of coffee at a table with… Continue reading


Hospital plans for ‘year of action’

Last year was the hospital’s “year of listening,” according to CEO Ron Telles, and 2020 will be “the year of action.” During Wednesday morning’s monthly… Continue reading


Nurse to challenge Smith for seat in House

A longtime nurse and Whidbey resident is challenging incumbent Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, for her seat in the state House of Representatives. Democrat Suzanne Wood-ard… Continue reading


Orca poo, salmon restoration focus of whale workshop

As captivating as whales are to observe, there’s a lot of information to be gleaned from what they leave behind. But to find those valuable… Continue reading

Mussel farm forced to end Quilcene operation

After nearly 25 years of farming in Quilcene Bay, Penn Cove Shellfish is moving its farming operation out of the Jefferson County waters. The mussel… Continue reading

Good Samaritans offer help to Whidbey drivers during winter storm

Gabe and Isaac Bozeman can’t legally vote, but they are able to drive in the snow. The brothers, who are 15 and 17 respectively, grew… Continue reading

FEMA threat draws county rebuke

Island County commissioners are “aghast” at recent actions taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that could affect local shoreline property owners. During a work… Continue reading

MLK event emphasizes dreams, unity

While Pastor Fannie Dean thinks it’s important to remember and acknowledge the dream Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about at the Lincoln Memorial nearly 60… Continue reading

Well, what do ya snow!

Monday’s winter storm might have produced little more than a light dusting, but it was plenty enough for Hillcrest Elementary School kindergartners to enjoy. And… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth predicts growth in outpatient services

WhidbeyHealth leaders are projecting increased use of its birthing center and outpatient services in the public hospital district’s 2020 budget. Controller Jennifer Reed said she’d… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Roller Girls gliding into 10th year

There’s a somewhat of a juxtaposition in the actions on the floor of the Oak Harbor Roller Barn Thursday night. Graceful rollerbladers glide, seemingly effortlessly… Continue reading

Petitions aim to preserve Holland Happening name

There’s a sentiment among many Oak Harbor residents that their community is slowly losing its identity. The towering Garry oak tree in front of the… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times 
                                Event organizer Linda Wehrman holds up the peace sign to passing cars Thursday on Highway 20 in Coupeville during an anti-war protest.

Demonstrators take to streets again to protest war

The image of groups of people standing with large card stock on street corners near State Highway 20 has almost become a familiar sight, though… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times 
                                Event organizer Linda Wehrman holds up the peace sign to passing cars Thursday on Highway 20 in Coupeville during an anti-war protest.

North Whidbey Rotary launches grant program

It wasn’t quite enough to just raise money for a general cause. Members of the Rotary Club of North Whidbey Sunrise wanted to ensure funding… Continue reading

Customers worry about insurance ‘probation surcharge’

Some homeowners on Whidbey Island received a troubling notice recently, notifying them they might need to pay extra fees on their flood insurance because of… Continue reading

County needs volunteers for annual Point in Time count

Later this month, an annual one-day effort gets underway to count the people in Island County who don’t have addresses. The department leading the effort… Continue reading

County commissioner looks back on first year in office

Island County Commissioner Janet St. Clair is a nerd. The kind of nerd who spends the holidays pouring over a book about “mastering council meetings”… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man, 19, dies in crash

A 19-year-old Oak Harbor man died early in the morning Jan. 3 in a collision near Pass Lake in the Deception Pass area. Around 2:40… Continue reading

Organizer, cemetery recognized for ‘exemplary’ Memorial Day event

Oak Harbor resident Kelly Davidson had thought her community could “do better” than its previous, small Memorial Day ceremonies. It turned out she was right.… Continue reading

County officials settle dispute over possible tax calculation delay

A dispute between two elected officials that had the potential to impact homebuyers may have come to a solution after all. The issue began with… Continue reading