Laura Guido

Freeland shipyard exec voices housing need

A Nichols Brothers Boat Builders leader weighed in on the controversial North Whidbey housing project, Wright’s Crossing, this week. Company Executive Vice President Matt Nichols… Continue reading

Freeland development regulations released, county seeks public input

Island County Planning and Community Development has released the first draft of proposed development regulations for Freeland. The new rules will transition the area from… Continue reading

Island County program connects disabled with jobs

County program bridges the gap between disabled and work

Island County will continue home nurse visits, for now

During recent budget discussions, the Island County commissioners questioned the county’s role in home nurse visits currently provided through the health department’s maternal child health… Continue reading

Barred owl attacks have been reported at Kettles Trails in Coupeville

Noah Landau was on a normal run on the Kettles Trails when it happened. “I was rocking out to some tunes, totally oblivious to everything… Continue reading

County moves on health care for medicaid recipients

The approximately 14,000 individuals in Island County eligible for Medicaid benefits will soon have access to integrated physical and behavioral health care. “Ideally, they could… Continue reading

Central Whidbey fire district to hold public meetings on bond proposal

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is hosting two public meetings to discuss its $7.4 million bond proposal. The meetings are set for 7 p.m.… Continue reading

Trash hits the fan with dump fees

The Island County commissioners recently directed the public works to implement credit card usage at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex. The decision was sparked by… Continue reading

County seeks input on future trails

Island County Public Works will be holding open houses from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 to get public input on… Continue reading

County seeks public input on housing with new survey

Island County recently released a survey to gather information about residents’ housing experiences in the county. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and… Continue reading

Port pitches parking plea to Sen. Murray

Port of South Whidbey commissioners asked representatives of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray this week to consider assisting in the effort to improve parking at the… Continue reading

Week-long event to feature Whidbey Island farms

Friday, Sept. 29 will kick off the first-ever Whidbey Island Grown Week, a 10-day event meant to feature local farms and products. Businesses around the… Continue reading

Burn ban restrictions reduced by Island County fire marshal

One good thing about the return of soggy weather is that Whidbey Island is less likely to go up in flames. As a result, Island… Continue reading

Island County planners look to streamline shoreline permit process

Getting a permit to develop on the shoreline may become easier and quicker. Island County Community Development staff are looking at streamlining the process and… Continue reading

Burning: An ancient tool being used to restore Central Whidbey’s ancient prairies

To restore prairie land on Central Whidbey, local organizations are turning to a tool used for thousands of years by Native Americans — fire. Thursday… Continue reading

Process to update long-awaited Freeland development regulations begins

After years of envisioning growth rules for the Freeland Subarea Plan, Island County is moving closer to laying the framework of its long-awaited development regulations.… Continue reading

Joint effort ponders Greenbank tide gate headache

An earth-and-cobble dike, tide gate and other infrastructure built in the early 1900s by settlers are deteriorating and aren’t providing adequate drainage at a marsh… Continue reading

New funding bolsters Big Brothers Big Sisters presence

A year ago, 11-year-old Matthew Smith was behind in school, mostly kept to himself and spent nearly all his time playing video games or watching… Continue reading

State encourages anglers to hit the beach for Atlantic salmon after net pen failure

After the recent net pen failure that resulted in the release of over 300,000 Atlantic salmon, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is… Continue reading