Laura Guido

At long last, county will simplify land-use code

For years, there have been complaints that Island County’s land-use code is too complicated for both the public and planners. Planning and Community Development staff… Continue reading

 

Whidbey leaders discuss housing solutions

The restrictive nature of the state’s Growth Management Act, the lack of available units and delays in permits are all factors many community and government… Continue reading

 

Port looking to fill commissioner vacancy

Port of Coupeville commissioners are deciding how to fill a to-be vacant seat after District 1 Commissioner William Bell announced his resignation at a port… Continue reading

 

Crystal Aguilar, owner and founder of Whidbey Waiter, makes a delivery at a Coupeville office. Her business also delivers groceries, flowers, takes trash to the dump and makes Costco runs for its customers. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

New service aims to deliver convenience

Crystal Aguilar is here to serve Whidbey — literally. She and her team of Whidbey Waiter drivers will show up at any home or office… Continue reading

Crystal Aguilar, owner and founder of Whidbey Waiter, makes a delivery at a Coupeville office. Her business also delivers groceries, flowers, takes trash to the dump and makes Costco runs for its customers. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Kayaker disrupts ferry at Clinton

A stubborn kayaker at the Clinton ferry dock caused almost two hours of delays in service Saturday, according to Washington State Ferries. Around 2:30 p.m.,… Continue reading

No injuries Saturday in Greenbank house fire

A Greenbank family awoke early Saturday morning to an electrical fire and was able to safety exit the home. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue… Continue reading

Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island commander Capt. Matt Arny, and town Utility Superintendent Joe Grogan discuss how a new water filtration system will work with the existing process. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Navy to pay up to $7 million for Coupeville water system

Coupeville filtration center goes online in June

Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island commander Capt. Matt Arny, and town Utility Superintendent Joe Grogan discuss how a new water filtration system will work with the existing process. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
Kate Mistler, right, and Kristi Lovelady stand outside Walmart to collect bras, tampons and sanitary pads for local women in need. Mistler is working to bring the organization I Support the Girls to Whidbey Island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Uplifting way to support women in need

Gravity impacts everyone, but for women it can present its unique challenges. Oak Harbor resident Kate Mistler is offering support. The bra as we know… Continue reading

Kate Mistler, right, and Kristi Lovelady stand outside Walmart to collect bras, tampons and sanitary pads for local women in need. Mistler is working to bring the organization I Support the Girls to Whidbey Island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Final Freeland code workshop Monday

A nearly decade-long effort to create development regulations in Freeland is nearing its end, with or without sewer. The Island County Planning Commission will hold… Continue reading

County planning for response to disasters

Should they face with unexpected disaster, Island County government’s more than 20 departments have no plan for a coordinated response. But that will soon change.… Continue reading

(Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group)
                                Amber Truex, program manager at Ryan’s House for Youth, flips on the lights in a micro-home donated to the youth organization by the Oak Harbor High School robotics team.

Big plans for tiny house

A recent donation to Ryan’s House for Youth proved too good an opportunity to pass up, even if it can’t be used yet. “The micro… Continue reading

(Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group)
                                Amber Truex, program manager at Ryan’s House for Youth, flips on the lights in a micro-home donated to the youth organization by the Oak Harbor High School robotics team.

County board of health supports bill limiting exemptions for vaccinations

In response to the recent measles outbreak in Clark County, the Island County Board of Health is taking a rare stance on proposed state legalization… Continue reading

Agency suggests more negotiations on Growlers

An independent federal agency is asking the Navy to continue working with the community and carry out long-term mitigation regarding its planned expansion of training… Continue reading

Commissioners question county’s fire regulations

A large expense in a county facilities project has sparked confusion among commissioners about Island County’s fire regulations. The Island County commissioners, during a work… Continue reading

Program connects social worker with law enforcement

Law enforcement officers aren’t social workers. But most days, they respond to multiple calls that have more to do with helping someone in a mental… Continue reading

No clear solution to garbage, needles in homeless camp

Those going into an area on the island known as “the pit” are often told they should wear shoes that aren’t too valuable. The piece… Continue reading

Environmental group celebrates closed ‘loophole’ in regulations

A local environmental group is declaring victory against a prolific logger over county forestry regulations. Whidbey Environmental Action Network, known as WEAN, spent decades complaining… Continue reading

Program keeps needles off streets

If the county needle exchange program didn’t exist, there could have been more than 42,000 more used needles scattered about the community last year, and… Continue reading

A sweet pairing: Chocolate, wine tour celebrates Whidbey’s dynamic duo

Whether in the spirit of love or for the love of spirits, the annual Red Wine and Chocolate Tour has plenty to offer. During the… Continue reading

Two patients were transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center after a car rolled over on Engle Road Monday morning. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Snow and ice keep fire districts busy

Central and North Whidbey first responders stayed busy Monday morning as snow and ice descended upon Whidbey Island. However, South Whidbey and Oak Harbor officials… Continue reading

Two patients were transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center after a car rolled over on Engle Road Monday morning. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group