Laura Guido

Hospital ponders adding new position to executive team

As WhidbeyHealth continues its efforts to reinvent itself, its board is considering adding a new position at the executive level. At Monday’s regular meeting, Chief… Continue reading

Sunrise to offer youth behavioral health services

Teenagers on Whidbey Island who are struggling with substance abuse or have a mental disorder have few options for treatment. Island County Human Services staff… Continue reading

Island County increases medical staff inside jail

Island County will soon have a medical professional available 24 hours a day in its jail. On Wednesday, county commissioners signed a new medical services… Continue reading

With help from HGTV star, couple finds ‘lottery dream home’

Brian and Tuk Kutz were accustomed to watching the famous designer David Bromstad help families pick a new home on his HGTV show, but they… Continue reading

Island County eyes new road to airpark on South Whidbey

A potentially prime location for new, living-wage jobs in Island County sits in the woods toward the end of a windy, private road on South… Continue reading

Getting with the program

The software engineers of tomorrow might have been sitting in a third-grade classroom at Oak Harbor Elementary School Thursday afternoon. Or they could’ve been in… Continue reading

Downtown Oak Harbor lights up for the holiday season

The rain let up just in time for Santa’s arrival. The Oak Harbor Main Street Association held its annual Home for the Holidays event Saturday… Continue reading

Election results remain largely unchanged following recount

The Oak Harbor mayoral candidate who asked for a manual recount ended the election with one fewer vote after the tally was completed last week.… Continue reading

Navy seeks public comment on PFAS removal options

The Navy is aiming to provide permanent solutions for nearly 30 North Whidbey residences with wells that tested positive for toxic chemicals. A final decision… Continue reading

Arson suspected in North Whidbey Fire

A possible arson significantly damaged a North Whidbey home Friday morning. No one was injured in the blaze. North Whidbey Fire responded to a residential… Continue reading

She makes a village

With a click of a button, Tammy Butler’s living room comes bursting to life. Inside the Oak Harbor home is another world that includes a… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                Captain Whidbey Inn bartender Aaron Bloom mixes a specialty cocktail as part of the Christmas pop-up Miracle. As part of the inn’s holiday-themed events, community members are invited to help decorate the tree in the lobby, a revival of an old tradition.

Christmas spirit flows at historic inn

The Captain Whidbey Inn might be under relatively new ownership, but this time of year is all about bringing back longtime traditions. Operations Manager Carey… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                Captain Whidbey Inn bartender Aaron Bloom mixes a specialty cocktail as part of the Christmas pop-up Miracle. As part of the inn’s holiday-themed events, community members are invited to help decorate the tree in the lobby, a revival of an old tradition.

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