Laura Guido

A place of hope: Local nonprofit’s sober house helps give men a new start

Seven formerly homeless men recently sat in the living room of a North Whidbey house and discussed their new beginnings. Leading the discussion was Jonathan… Continue reading

A whale of a friend: Gov. Jay Inslee praises efforts to save marine creatures, add viewing site on Whidbey Island

Presidential hopeful Gov. Jay Inslee brought his message to save the whales to Whidbey Island Wednesday. The 2020 Democratic candidate didn’t spot any orcas or… Continue reading

County awards land preservation grants

Island County commissioners last week awarded grants to two projects that will protect open space and expand walking trail systems in North and Central Whidbey.… Continue reading

Report shows WhidbeyHealth still short on cash

A persistent decline in inpatient visits is contributing to low cash reserves for the island hospital district. WhidbeyHealth Controller Jennifer Reed told board commissioners Monday… Continue reading

Professor to discuss study of island’s elusive river otters

Whidbey Island is considered a special place by many, and that goes for a particularly cute marine mammal as well. After plans for another site… Continue reading

State AG discusses opioids, Trump at Rotary of Oak Harbor

The state’s top lawyer discussed opioids and his actions against the Trump Administration during his visit with the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor last week.… Continue reading

Hearing examiner gives nod to low-income housing

A controversial downtown project proposal won an approval recommendation from city staff and the hearing examiner. However, the 51-unit affordable housing development with retail space… Continue reading

Retiring Oak Harbor school district teacher earns top honor

Lynn Goebel has been an educator for more than three decades, but that doesn’t mean she’s ever stopped being a student. “She’s truly a lifelong… Continue reading

New Leaf employee helps keep base looking good

‘The guy we can count on’

Hospital chief outlines district woes, goals

WhidbeyHealth CEO Ron Telles admits the hospital district is facing financial and morale problems and says he’s working to fix those issues. During a Council… Continue reading

Local brewer taps into neighboring market

Big plans are a-brewing at one Coupeville-based business. Penn Cove Brewing Co. is holding the grand opening for its new Oak Harbor taproom on Bayshore… Continue reading

Bell’s Farm holds celebration of a berry good crop

After two tough strawberry years, Bell’s Farm is finally abundant in the little red berries again. And its annual celebration of all thing strawberry is… Continue reading

Navy open house draws fans of all ages to Ault Field

Although the Navy’s presence is always visible around Oak Harbor, both on the ground and in the sky, few residents have the chance to get… Continue reading

Little chiefs

All the students at Broad View Elementary School braved the rain Thursday to welcome retiring kindergarten teacher Brenda Williams to her last day of school.… Continue reading

Hearing examiner holds meeting on proposed affordable housing

Many locals seem to agree that the island needs more affordable housing but can’t agree where to put it. A public hearing Tuesday before Oak… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth and nurses union at stalemate in bargaining

Members of the local nurses union seem to like what the new WhidbeyHealth CEO has to say; now they are waiting to see if his… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Garden Tour to showcase a Whidbey Island couple’s ‘retirement garden’

Laura Medbury kills house plants. Looking at her lush and expansive North Whidbey garden, no one would ever guess this, however. Medbury’s garden is featured… Continue reading

Input sought on waste management plan

Island County is asking for public comment on its plan to dispose of waste, including garbage, recycling and “moderate-risk waste.” The plan, which is required… Continue reading

Oak Harbor graduates reflect on the meaning of it all

Oak Harbor High School graduating seniors gathered Saturday at Wildcat Stadium in front of friends, family, honored guests, “regular guests,” teachers and staff to contemplate… Continue reading

Top 10 Wildcat grads prepare for rest of their lives

Today marks a significant milestone for Oak Harbor High School students who have completed their K-12 careers and a beginning of many more significant milestones… Continue reading