Laura Guido

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

Ferry Dock Road meeting set

Washington State Ferries will host a pre-construction meeting 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Clinton Community Hall. Officials will provide information about the… Continue reading

Housing shortage may be impacting enrollment

Some school officials are citing a lack of affordable housing for declining enrollment in the region, which is affecting district budgets. The number of full-time… Continue reading

Gun-rights group planning Whidbey gathering

A controversial gun-rights group will be holding an open meeting Saturday at Greenbank Farm. Patriot Prayer, based out of Vancouver, Wash., will host an event… Continue reading

It’s more than just numbers to new county budget manager

Island County commissioners want the public to see the annual budget as more than a list of numbers. Tasked with making this shift and creating… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group. Jackie Henderson has worked for Island County 40 years and served as its first and only director of human services.

40 years spent building community

In 1976, Jackie Henderson and her husband moved to Whidbey Island “on a whim.” “We were going to stay a few years,” Jackie Henderson said.… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group. Jackie Henderson has worked for Island County 40 years and served as its first and only director of human services.

Homeless count is a snapshot in time

By definition, many dire living situations don’t count

County revisits event code

Island County commissioners are considering changes to recently adopted rural event regulations that had been repeatedly recommended during the year-long code update process. Commissioners Helen… Continue reading

UFO event on Whidbey draws a crowd

Washington state has always played a prominent role in the history of unidentified flying objects, and Whidbey Island is home to at least one of… Continue reading

Pedestrian killed in highway accident

An 80-year-old Langley woman died after being struck by a car on Highway 525 Monday night, according to a report from Washington State Patrol. At… Continue reading

Updated: Man killed in plane crash identified

A plane crash near Whidbey Airpark in Langley Saturday morning has resulted in at least one fatality, according to a statement from the Island County… Continue reading

Fire ravages Freeland house

South Whidbey Fire/EMS personnel spent almost 10 hours on scene at a residential fire Tuesday night on Shore Avenue in Freeland. The sprawling, 7,000-foot home… Continue reading

Shutdown closes park restroom

More reprocussions could be coming