Laura Guido

Village captures magic of Christmastime

With a click of a button, Tammy Butler’s living room comes bursting to life. Inside the Oak Harbor home is another world that includes a… Continue reading

 

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group
                                Captain Whidbey Inn bartender Aaron Bloom mixes a specialty cocktail as part of the Christmas pop-up Miracle. As part of the inn’s holiday-themed events, community members are invited to help decorate the tree in the lobby, a revival of an old tradition.

Christmas spirit flows at historic inn

The Captain Whidbey Inn might be under relatively new ownership, but this time of year it’s all about bringing back longtime traditions. Operations Manager Carey… Continue reading

 

Recount differs by 1 vote

Island County completed a manual recount for one race last week in response to a request from an Oak Harbor mayoral candidate. Pat Harman, who… Continue reading

 

Island County eyes sewage disposal options

As the bill for hauling septic sludge off-island continues to enlarge, Island County leaders are considering the future of solid waste disposal. County commissioners and… Continue reading

Navy seeks public comment on PFAS removal options

The Navy is aiming to provide permanent solutions for nearly 30 North Whidbey residences with wells that tested positive for toxic chemicals. A final decision… Continue reading

Taproom owners open restaurant at Coupeville Wharf

If Damien and Tiffany Cortez could only say one thing about their new Coupeville restaurant, it would be: “It’s worth the walk.” The South Whidbey… Continue reading

County budget, property tax increases passed

Island County Monday passed its $110-million budget and increased its three property tax levies by 1 percent over last year. The property tax increases allow… Continue reading

Island County budget includes new facilities, staff

Island County is anticipating the construction of two major facilities in 2020 and adding several new staff members in its $110 million budget for 2020.… Continue reading

Goofy ghost hunters ‘scared stiff’ in new series

Whidbey’s long and rich history and abundance of historical structures would make the island a seemingly perfect place to encounter apparitions. An eager albeit not… Continue reading

Ryan’s House Founder/Executive Director Lori Cavender retires

After a decade of helping homeless young people on Whidbey Island, Ryan’s House for Youth Founder and Executive Director Lori Cavender is retiring from the… Continue reading

Weed burning near home leads to small residential fire in Greenbank

A man using a propane weed burner inadvertently ignited a tree Sunday morning, and the fire spread to his Greenbank home. His response with a… Continue reading

Fire district looks at levy increase

This spring, South Whidbey Fire/EMS commissioners will be seeking input on a proposed levy lid lift. Increased demand and inflation coupled with poor retention are… Continue reading

County ponders code changes to housing element

Island County is in the first steps of implementing code changes to encourage development of more affordable housing options, such as accessory dwelling units, duplexes… Continue reading

Ryan’s House serves as ‘stepping stone’ for formerly homeless woman

At age 21, Victoria Brown was preparing to leave a drug rehabilitation center with few belongings and nowhere to go. She’d undergone treatment under a… Continue reading

Candidate paying for vote recount

A South Whidbey Record article about errors in election result displays inspired an Oak Harbor mayoral candidate to ask for a manual recount. Pat Harman,… Continue reading

South Whidbey firefighters unionize

Part-time South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters formed the organization’s first-ever firefighter union last spring. Fire commissioners are expected to approve an agreement with the newly formed… Continue reading

At last, dump accepts credit cards

A different kind of plastic is now accepted at the dump in Central Whidbey. Last week, Island County’s solid waste complex near Coupeville began taking… Continue reading

Residents show dogged support for off-leash park at Greenbank Farm

The beloved off-leash dog area at Greenbank Farm is going to stay intact. Posted meeting materials led some citizens to fear the Port of Coupeville,… Continue reading

Precinct-level election results show disparities

Langley City councilman-elect Craig Cyr’s curiosity about results in an Island County election led to the discovery of widespread errors on the county’s election results… Continue reading

New statewide system delays online posting of election data

For those who sat at the edges of their seats in tense anticipation of Tuesday’s elections results, there was what probably felt like a long,… Continue reading