Laura Guido

Logger, county, WEAN in another legal showdown

A logger is again challenging Island County over its forestry regulations, and a local activist group is again trying to push back. Snohomish County logger… Continue reading


Hank Koetje made a mark, quietly

Hank Koetje will be remembered as a gentleman and businessman who helped shape Oak Harbor. “I think the community is going to miss Hank, and… Continue reading


Chef hired to feed Coupeville students from-scratch lunches

Coupeville loves food and Superintendent Steve King is hoping to spread that to the school district’s students. Many children across the country have horror stories… Continue reading

Future of crisis center at risk

An expected cost overrun in a major county facility project may also threaten the construction of a planned crisis stabilization and detox center in Oak… Continue reading

Island seniors face isolation

Most Meals on Wheels recipients have similar responses when asked about the program — the food is good and the company is pleasant. “This is… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth CEO resigns

Geri Forbes has resigned as WhidbeyHealth CEO. Hospital district commissioners announced Tuesday morning during a special meeting that Forbes’ contract would be amended to accept… Continue reading

Firefighters to confront district board at meeting

A number of North Whidbey firefighters are unhappy with how their district commissioners are governing, but the fire board members aren’t sure why. “We haven’t… Continue reading

This time, Wright’s Crossing development faces fewer hurdles

Wright’s Crossing has a new proposed development aimed at tackling the housing crisis — this time, with fewer regulatory hurdles in its path than its… Continue reading

Town of Coupeville will no longer mow rights of way

Whidbey’s rainy spring is great for keeping lawns lush, but some homeowners who abut Coupeville roads and sidewalks might be wondering why those areas are… Continue reading

Outgoing WhidbeyHealth CEO to receive ‘incentive compensation’

WhidbeyHealth commissioners decided Monday to give the outgoing CEO her annual incentive compensation. Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners President Ron Wallin said… Continue reading

Farmers markets open for season

Vendors and visitors braved wind and rain Saturday as Coupeville launched the 2019 farmers market season. Tents were in a different location on the Community… Continue reading

No chickens harmed in coop fire

No birds or people were injured or killed in a chicken coop fire Monday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze at… Continue reading

County reviews code changes to address housing crisis

Island County commissioners and planning staff are gearing up to make policy changes to facilitate more affordable housing development. In October 2018, commissioners adopted goals… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man charged with domestic assault

An Oak Harbor man is accused of strangling a woman whom he claimed assaulted him, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Scott Hampton, 47, in… Continue reading

County opioid outreach one of most successful in region

Just after the second anniversary of its launch, the Island County Opioid Outreach program boasts one of the best rates of getting people into treatment… Continue reading

Coupeville’s Community Green project finally gets underway

Long-awaited parking improvements are underway in Coupeville. Construction of a new, paved parking lot next to the Community Green began Monday as well as the… Continue reading

Mobile home park’s wells go dry

In the midst of discussions over the county’s fraught affordable housing situation, a North Whidbey mobile home park seemingly has run out of water, and… Continue reading

County needs more supportive and affordable housing, officials say

Many people struggle to find a place to live on the island, but certain groups of people have almost no real housing options in Island… Continue reading

Bats will find new homes at Fort Casey

Parks staff members at Fort Casey can appreciate bats’ importance to the ecosystem, but they couldn’t really appreciate the smell of guano from more than… Continue reading

Marine Corps League, islanders unite to honor vet’s last wishes

South Whidbey’s Marine Corps League aims to help veterans in need, and it doesn’t matter in what branch of the military they served, or whether… Continue reading