Laura Guido

Whidbey Island Grown Week spotlights Maxwelton Valley

Annual tour features farms, produce, wine, spirits

 

Transit giving groups a lift

The inaugural van in Island Transit’s new RideLink program left the lot Monday afternoon with a group of optimistic staff members from Island Senior Resources.… Continue reading

 

Training slated at mussel rafts

Penn Cove Shellfish employees will participate in oil spill training Friday near the mussel rafts. The on-the-water exercises will likely include boil booms and other… Continue reading

 

Questions sought for voter forum

The Clinton Community Council is seeking questions to ask candidates for Island County sheriff, county commissioner and state representative at its forum. The non-partisan event,… Continue reading

Final hearing set for county’s housing element

Barring any major last-minute changes, the Island County Board of Commissioners plans to adopt the county’s housing element of the comprehensive plan after a public… Continue reading

Coupeville ferry runs aground

The Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry route is down to one vessel after the Salish ran aground Sunday. At around 12:30 p.m., the vessel made what’s called… Continue reading

Adoption of Freeland zoning code likely delayed

Adoption of an updated Freeland zoning code, which has been in the works for almost 20 years, has been delayed. Island County planning staff had… Continue reading

County adopts winery code

After decades without clear definitions in its code, Island County has adopted new language to address wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries in rural zones. The… Continue reading

Celebrating an artistic legacy

Whidbey Allied Artists will feature late colleague’s work

Safety Fair on Wednesday

Puget Sound Energy is hosting its annual Emergency Preparedness and Safety Fair 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at its Freeland Office. “I… Continue reading

Officials focus on the economy

Government leaders outlined goals Wednesday to improve local economic development, with focuses on the island’s “gateways,” parking, facility improvements and affordable housing. Island County Commissioner… Continue reading

Shoes in shoe box are cause of Freeland bomb scare Wednesday

A “suspicious box” that led to the closure of a section of Main Street and nearby businesses in Freeland Wednesday morning turned out to be… Continue reading

Study examines projections for rise in sea level

When it comes to coastal planning, it’s best to keep looking forward. As the climate changes, historical data is becoming less useful as a tool… Continue reading

Sock hop to raise money for WIN

Whidbey Island Nourishes, or WIN, invites the public to frolic to feed youth at its annual fundraiser Saturday. The Rock around the Rock 2018 Summer… Continue reading

Commissioners shows impatience with planning board

A recent work session seemed to highlight growing impatience among members of the Board of Island County Commissioners with the county Planning Commission, especially when… Continue reading

Pigfest eyes world record

Oak Harbor Pigfest will be cooking at a potentially record-breaking scale this year. Festival founder and local chef Scott Fraser said he and other organizers… Continue reading

Jackie French, interpretative specialist at Central Whidbey State Parks, points out burn marks on a Douglas fir and explains how its thick bark is fire resistant. French has a passion for outdoor education and leads junior ranger programs and guided hikes at state parks on the island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey State Parks gets a new interpretive specialist

What began as an admiration for Steve Irwin developed into a passion for outdoor education. And that passion took Jackie French from her home state… Continue reading

Jackie French, interpretative specialist at Central Whidbey State Parks, points out burn marks on a Douglas fir and explains how its thick bark is fire resistant. French has a passion for outdoor education and leads junior ranger programs and guided hikes at state parks on the island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Cause of Freeland house fire under investigation

Officials from Whidbey fire districts, the sheriff’s office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the cause of a fire… Continue reading

Dogs die in house fire

A fire destroyed a home in the Scatchet Head area late Monday night, killing three dogs. The owner and a renter who lived there were… Continue reading

Homesteading on Whidbey

Sarah Kirkconnell wants to change what people envision when they hear the word “homesteading.” “They have this notion of someone out there with a dress… Continue reading