Laura Guido

Logger, county, WEAN in legal battle

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

WhidbeyCon draws fans of the magical and monsterous

The magical, mythical, super and monstrous converged in one, free and family-friendly celebration of fandom over the weekend. Oak Harbor Library Saturday hosted its third… Continue reading

Embattled 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

Outgoing hospital CEO to get ‘incentive pay’

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

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

Farmers markets are gearing up for upcoming 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

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

Hearing set on Freeland regulations

The Island County Planning Commission will hold its last public hearing on Freeland development regulations later this month. At 6 p.m., Monday April 22 at… Continue reading

Coupeville Community Green project finally 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

County opioid outreach among most successful

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

Marine Corps League and islanders unite to honor veteran’s last wishes

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

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville man wins $200K lottery

Coupeville resident Brian Kutz usually makes a “big production” out of scratching the numbers off his lottery tickets, but he didn’t get that chance the… Continue reading

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Goat poop and hay made fighting blaze a challenge

A pile of goat manure was likely the primary factor in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm outside of Coupeville that took almost six… Continue reading

Chronic homeless population hardest to help, 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

Navy quiet about Top Gun 2 filming on Whidbey

Social media buzzed with debate: Is Oak Harbor being April fooled early? Rumors of film crews, Tom Cruise and a possible long-delayed comeback of the… Continue reading

Coupeville Farm to School program branches out

School District planted a new orchard that may provide food for students someday

More teens report vaping

It can taste and smell like cotton candy, but its potential negative impacts to young minds are why officials find the newest student survey results… Continue reading

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