Laura Guido

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue chief dies

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s recently hired fire chief died from pancreatic cancer Sept. 17. Tim Lemon joined the district in August after serving as… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth’s facility projects total $55.5 million, says project manager

WhidbeyHealth has paid all its bills for its major facility improvements and expansion that began more than five years ago. Project Manager Marc Estvold told… Continue reading

County gearing up for new trails, road improvements in 6-year plan

New trails and intersection improvements are on the books for the next couple of years, according to the county’s draft six-year transportation improvement plan. Public… Continue reading

Business steps in to clean up encampment

An article about the state of disarray on a notorious Oak Harbor property inspired one business owner to step in. A nine-acre area off Goldie… Continue reading

Getting clean: Family reunites, offers hope for others battling addiction

Daniel and Adriana Aivles were addicted to heroin and living out of a car during some of Oak Harbor’s coldest months. They had given up… Continue reading

Workshop looks at rising sea level

Whidbey Island dwellers may have a interest in the effects rising sea levels will have on their properties and community. To help people prepare for… Continue reading

Leaders work on plan to end homelessness

Whidbey leaders and residents have been discussing the issue of homelessness for years, but Island County will soon have a plan to end it. The… Continue reading

Agreement reached between hospital, island fire districts

After months of negotiating, North and Central Whidbey fire districts have reached agreements to continue longstanding deals with the hospital for ambulance staffing. During discussions,… Continue reading

Island County cuts off its funding for Spin Cafe

An Oak Harbor day shelter for homeless people is hoping to repair its relationship with Island County after learning last week the county terminated its… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Motors saying ‘thanks’ for 40 years and counting

The Horrobins rolled into town back when someone could purchase a new car for about $4,000. The vehicles on their lot, the price tags and… Continue reading

Guide offers tips for ‘Hiking Close to Home

Washington state is known for its flannel-wearing, IPA-drinking, nature-loving residents, and Whidbey Island happens to be a haven for all of those activities. Freeland resident… Continue reading

From the minds of kindergartners: New-to-school kids share observations about what to expect

Amalie Provoncha, 5 How do you feel about starting kindergarten? I don’t know. Are you excited? What are you most excited about? Yeah. Playing on… Continue reading

Ryan’s House for Youth celebrating 10 years of service

Youth homelessness might be a hidden problem in Island County, but there’s one organization that’s continued to seek it out and offer support for the… Continue reading

Ryan and the giant pumpkin: Coupeville resident grows half-ton gourd

Lying in a Central Whidbey garden, among large green leaves, was what looked like Cinderella’s carriage. But no fairy godmother was around to help this… Continue reading

Man dies in seventh motorcycle crash since May

A 24-year-old sailor was killed in a collision Saturday afternoon on Ault Field Road. The incident was the seventh motorcycle accident on Whidbey Island since… Continue reading

‘20 for 20’ effort gives Coupeville community garden new hope

Linda Wehrman firmly believes that everyone should have access to fresh vegetables and herbs, straight from the ground. Thus, the Coupeville resident was understandably distraught… Continue reading

Democrat files for Island County Board of Commissioners Dist. 2 seat

A self-described “lawn guy” is vying for a seat on the Board of Island County Commissioners in the 2020 election. Democrat Christopher Reed is running… Continue reading

Passenger injured in Aug. 17 South Whidbey crash dies | Corrected

An Edmonds man injured in an Aug. 17 South Whidbey traffic accident has died. The King County medical examiner pronounced Gary Hughes, 71, had died… Continue reading

Picnic Saturday pays tribute to service members

Saturday, the Oak Harbor Area Council of the Navy League will continue its longstanding tradition of appreciating the military by serving free food and providing… Continue reading

Teacher brings Korea fellowship experience to classroom

North Whidbey Middle School students can expect a little more worldliness in their world history class this year. Teacher Don Jenkins will bring lessons and… Continue reading