Laura Guido

A Good Claus

Collection of Santas and other holiday icons collect food for Help House

 

Commissioners ink $103.8 million ‘status quo’ budget

On Monday, Island County commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget, which included funding for two large facility projects and staff wage increases. The budget totals… Continue reading

 

City jail contract proposal delayed

Fiscally speaking, Is- land County commissioners agree that accepting inmates from the Oak Har-bor Police Department makes sense. However, the board also agreed Wednesday there… Continue reading

 

Tensions flare during hearing on county event regulations

One of the final public hearings on an overhaul of rural event regulations in the county became increasingly personal. Conversations in support of and against… Continue reading

Students shine at all-state musical meet-up

Five Oak Harbor High School musicians are being recognized for their ability to do something inappropriate. “None of the audition music is appropriate for their… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News-Times.
                                During Oak Harbor’s celebration on Pioneer Way Saturday, Tracy, 10, and Katelyn, 5, tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas this year. He regrettably informed them he cannot give live animals.

Santa comes to downtown Oak Harbor

Carolers sang, Santa helped Mayor Bob Severns light the tree downtown and children told the man in red what they hoped to he’d bring them… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News-Times.
                                During Oak Harbor’s celebration on Pioneer Way Saturday, Tracy, 10, and Katelyn, 5, tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas this year. He regrettably informed them he cannot give live animals.

Planners wants to extend moratorium on short-term rentals

The Coupeville Planning Commission wants more time to study the effects of short-term rentals. Planning Director Owen Dennison asked the town council Tuesday for an… Continue reading

Town of Coupeville wins grants for big projects

Two relatively large road and sidewalk projects are set to move forward in Coupeville thanks to grants from the Transportation Improvement Program. The state-funded program… Continue reading

County feeling housing ‘squeeze’

Island County’s affordable housing crisis is worsened by a “squeezing effect” happening throughout the state, according to a recent study. The North Puget Sound Association… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Sears store is here to stay

The Sears brand has been in Oak Harbor for decades in a variety of shapes and forms. And even though the mega U.S. retailer filed… Continue reading

Downtown event will have Santa, singing

Santa Claus is comin’ to town— and hopefully this year, children won’t have to wait in long lines to see him. Families will be able… Continue reading

More than a cup of joe: Rock Island Coffee

Gordon Koetje and Brenda Marti wanted to create more than a coffee shop. And by most measures, they’ve accomplished that goal. The owners of Coupeville’s… Continue reading

New partnership provides toys for tots

Few happy stories start with the opening of a bill. But that’s exactly what happened one day in early November to Tom Keltner, South Whidbey… Continue reading

Intersection work planned next year

Several safety projects are on the list

Commissioner bemoans lack of input in reserve rules

An Island County commissioner is upset at the lack of representation from districts two and three in decisions regarding Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve in… Continue reading

Genealogy group aims to preserve history of veterans

Veterans Day has passed, but a local genealogy group still wants to remind people of the stories shared by those who served, especially those of… Continue reading

Website a tribute to late teacher

Coupeville music director Rosie Walter ‘pushed everybody to do their best’

Taking a ‘softer’ approach to beach erosion

When it comes to shoreline protection, it’s often better to take a “softer” approach. Unfortunately, this wasn’t known for decades, and many areas resorted to… Continue reading

Reading hits primetime at Oak Harbor library

Teaching kids to read earlier and more often is like gaining compound interest on a bank account, according to Oak Harbor resident George Saul. This… Continue reading

Alliance against Growler expansion ‘not going away’

“Persistently advocating against all odds” is the theme of a campaign by the Sound Defense Alliance and its supporters opposed to increased Growler activity in… Continue reading