Laura Guido

Restaurant owners see wharf location as a plus

If Damien and Tiffany Cortez could only say one thing about their new Coupeville restaurant, it would be: “It’s worth the walk.” The South Whidbey… Continue reading

 

County passes $110 million budget, property tax increases

Island County on Monday passed its $110-million budget and increased its three property tax levies by 1 percent over last year. The property tax increases… Continue reading

 

County eyes code changes to encourage affordable housing

Island County is in the first steps of implementing code changes to encourage development of more affordable housing options, such as accessory dwelling units, duplexes… Continue reading

 

Firefighters work on a garage fire Saturday night on North Whidbey. Photo provided by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue

Improperly stored ashes spark blaze in garage

Wood stove ashes in a cardboard box led to a large garage fire Saturday night on North Whidbey. The two occupants and a dog got… Continue reading

Firefighters work on a garage fire Saturday night on North Whidbey. Photo provided by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue

Island County proposes $110 million budget

Island County is anticipating the construction of two major facilities in 2020 and adding several new staff members in its $110 million budget for 2020.… Continue reading

Ryan’s House director retires from nonprofit she founded

After a decade of helping homeless young people on Whidbey Island, Ryan’s House for Youth Founder and Executive Director Lori Cavender is retiring from the… Continue reading

Whidbey producer filming ghost-hunting comedy series

Whidbey’s long and rich history and abundance of historical structures would make the island a seemingly perfect place to encounter apparitions. An eager albeit not… Continue reading

Weed burner ignites house fire

A man using a propane weed burner inadvertently ignited a tree Sunday morning, and the fire spread to his Greenbank home. His response with a… Continue reading

Oak Harbor police are guests of honor at academy’s ‘friendsgiving’ feast

What “friendsgiving” is complete without green eggs and ham? Luckily, Timmy Aston, a student at Oak Harbor Public Schools’ exceptional academy, didn’t forget the key… Continue reading

New Oak Harbor chamber director not content to ride others’ coattails

The former “poster child” for the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is now at its helm. Miranda Hoppock is a Navy veteran who began her… Continue reading

Harman says he’ll pay for election recount

A Whidbey News-Times article about errors in election result displays inspired an Oak Harbor mayoral candidate to ask for a manual recount. Pat Harman, who… Continue reading

Ryan’s House serves as ‘stepping stone’ for young formerly homeless woman

At age 21, Victoria Brown was preparing to leave a drug rehabilitation center with few belongings and nowhere to go. Brown had undergone treatment under… Continue reading

Credit card payments now accepted at Coupeville dump

A different kind of plastic is now accepted at the dump in Central Whidbey. Last week, the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex began taking credit card… Continue reading

Greenbank Farm off-leash area not going anywhere, dog lovers told

The beloved off-leash dog area at Greenbank Farm is going to stay intact. Posted meeting materials led some citizens to fear the Port of Coupeville,… Continue reading

Volunteers needed for annual Thanksgiving dinner in Oak Harbor

Those who are far away from family, down on their luck, don’t like cooking and anyone else are invited to Oak Harbor’s annual community Thanksgiving… Continue reading

Precinct-level election results show disparities

Langley City councilman-elect Craig Cyr’s curiousity about results in an Island County election led to the discovery of widespread errors on the county’s election results… Continue reading

Hospital, Sea Mar partner to provide opioid addiction treatment

There’s been more awareness of the opioid crisis in the last couple of years, but there are still Whidbey residents battling addiction to prescription and… Continue reading

Museum-quality birthday celebration: In honor of Anderson’s 75 years, husband’s donation allows people to visit exhibits for free

Island County Historical Museum visitors this month will be able to tour the Coupeville museum’s exhibits free of charge thanks to Harry Anderson — or,… Continue reading

Town of Coupeville eyes electric vehicle charging stations

Coupeville officials are looking into adding electric vehicle chargers at the community green. The municipal parking lot was updated this summer to include infrastructure for… Continue reading

Island woman competes in Norwegian reality show

When Whidbey resident Jennifer Swenson travelled to Scandinavia to compete in a popular Norwegian reality show, she made one thing clear in the first episode… Continue reading