Laura Guido

Robotics team invites public to design night

Whidbey Island Wildcats robotics team invites members of the community help it choose the robot design for its next competition. People can come vote on… Continue reading

County Commissioner Rick Hannold, back left, Planning Director Hiller West, front, County Prosecutor Greg Banks, attorney Lee Pence and County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name calling. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

County commissioner calls prosecutor ‘snake,’ accuses him of lying

Deep-rooted tensions boiled over Wednesday when Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks asked the county board of commissioners for permission to hire an outside attorney for… Continue reading

County Commissioner Rick Hannold, back left, Planning Director Hiller West, front, County Prosecutor Greg Banks, attorney Lee Pence and County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name calling. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

County looking at helping North Whidbey Park and Recreation District

The Board of Island County Commissioners is interested in pursuing a one-year agreement with the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District for maintenance of its… Continue reading

Island County Housing Authority sees increase in federal grant

The Housing Authority of Island County in Coupeville recently received a $51,269 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go toward… Continue reading

County looking for public input on Freeland code

Island County Planning and Community Development is looking for more feedback on its draft development regulations for Freeland. As a result of public comment, the… Continue reading

Navy Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’

Sea Cadets from all over the country gathered last week at Camp Casey to immerse themselves in Navy culture. The winter training in Central Whidbey… Continue reading

Shoreline permits a top priority for county in 2018

Island County commissioners identified increasing the efficiency of issuing shoreline development permits and updating the economic development element of the comprehensive plan as top priorities… Continue reading

Land Trust works to restore habitat near Crockett Lake

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust has planted 1,700 shrubs and small trees around Crockett Lake as part of an effort to control invasive species and… Continue reading

Central Whidbey Fire’s Santa brings holiday cheer

Operating Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue’s Santamobile is quite an undertaking. The volunteer elves start by getting familiar with the apparatus and then are… Continue reading

DECA students help pets in need for the holidays

Oak Harbor High School’s DECA team held food drives in the past so they decided to change things up this year. “They wanted to do… Continue reading

Caroling contest benefits local nonprofit causes

Holiday music will ring through the streets of Coupeville 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Teams of carolers, representing local nonprofits, will be competing in the… Continue reading

Holiday tree house

Walking into Melanie and Darin Hand’s home during the holidays feels like stepping into Santa’s workshop. The Oak Harbor couple’s growing collection includes eight trees,… Continue reading

New signs teach about native trees and plants

Visitors can now learn about native plants and Oak Harbor’s historic trees thanks to new signs at the Post Office Native Plant Garden and Smith… Continue reading

Report outlines county’s housing needs

A recent housing needs analysis found a significant deficit in available, affordable housing in Island County for households making $50,000 a year or less. The… Continue reading

Home for the holidays: VAQ-142 back on Whidbey

The Gray Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron 142 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday after a six-month deployment. Over 100 family members and… Continue reading

Oak Harbor teacher in reach of Grammy

Darren McCoy has never been this close to making it to the Grammys, and he’s been closer than most. Two years ago he was among… Continue reading

Counties unite against unfunded mandates

Island County is joining an effort to get the state’s attention regarding unfunded mandates. The members of the Washington State Association of Counties believe the… Continue reading

County lodging tax committee asks awardees for some money back

Island County awarded grants this year to 13 nonprofits to promote tourism using lodging tax funds. The process for awarding these grants was different this… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Schools superintendent teaches improv jazz

Starting at 7 a.m., Oak Harbor Schools Superintendent Lance Gibbon begins his Wednesdays in a cramped, studio-like room working to help expand students’ “jazz vocabulary.”… Continue reading

Reserve, sea and shore sailors of the year honored

The Navy League and Rotary Club of Oak Harbor presented its Shore, Sea and Reserve Sailors of the Year awards Friday at a recognition luncheon.… Continue reading