Laura Guido

Frightville going out with a scream

Oak Harbor’s notorious haunted barn may be in its last year, and it’s going out with a scream. The 19th annual Frightville is in full… Continue reading

County holds Narcan Night Oct. 24 at Oak Harbor Library

County officials want to remind the public that, although there is more awareness of the issue, the opioid crisis is far from over. People are… Continue reading

Planning Director recommends replacing hearing examiner with law center

For the first time in more than 30 years, there will be a face settling planning disputes in Island County— a couple new names, in… Continue reading

Candidates for fire commissioner share differing visions

The two North Whidbey Fire and Rescue commissioner candidates expressed vastly different visions for the future of the embattled district in separate interviews. Marv Koorn… Continue reading

Petty Officer 1st Class Jessie Ewing of VP-40 is greeted by his daughter Gala Ewing Thursday. He returned to Whidbey Island with the last active duty P-3C Orion.

Last active duty P-3C Orion flies into history

An era of Naval aircraft history came to an end Thursday afternoon at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. “This is a big deal,” said Capt.… Continue reading

Petty Officer 1st Class Jessie Ewing of VP-40 is greeted by his daughter Gala Ewing Thursday. He returned to Whidbey Island with the last active duty P-3C Orion.

Haunted Fort Casey ready to welcome thrill seekers

Fort Casey evokes images in the mind’s eye of sweeping views of Puget Sound, batteries with deep historical roots and — for this month —… Continue reading

Larsen talks health care, housing at vets forum

A local congressman and a panel of veteran service providers fielded questions and comments last week from veterans frustrated with long wait times, lack of… Continue reading

Central Whidbey firefighters retrieve dog stuck on a bluff

Firefighters aided in the rescue of an elderly Labrador retriever that became stuck on a steep bluff Saturday afternoon. Gus’ family heard him barking from… Continue reading

School board candidates: Stay course, or change up curriculum?

Two candidates for Oak Harbor school board say the district has had notable successes, but one of them hopes to implement significant changes. Retired Navy… Continue reading

Community group offering free interpersonal abuse education

At 19 years old, Fe Mischo was tumbling through what she later learned is called a cycle of abuse. She was isolated from friends and… Continue reading

Conservation district rates revamped starting in 2020

Whidbey Island Conservation District is changing how it funds a number of its services, which are provided for free to property owners on the island.… Continue reading

Whidbey middle school teacher wins honor for civic education

Growing up to be an informed citizen who makes arguments based on facts takes a lot of practice, according to North Whidbey Middle School teacher… Continue reading

Service will remember the almost forgotten

More than 100 of local history’s forgotten people will be recognized Saturday during a memorial service that, for many, comes decades after their deaths. When… Continue reading

4-H hosting Rally Day

Events for Oct. 6 include a chance to pet animals, sign up for club

County eyeing cluster housing code revamp

The Island County Planning Department may consider changing how it allows for clustered housing as part of ongoing efforts to address the affordable housing shortage.… Continue reading

County faces rising cost of recycling

Commissioners address range of issues at League of Women Voters event

Islanders join global climate change protests

Some of Whidbey’s young people are worried about how their futures will look on a warming planet with diminishing resources. Students from across the island… Continue reading

Secretary of Navy: Jet noise issue ‘top priority’

During a visit to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer called the conflict around jet noise impacts a “top priority,” but… Continue reading

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