Laura Guido

Kay Draper, clinic manager of the new WhidbeyHealth Women’s Care clinic in Oak Harbor explains the colposcope, which is used to exam the cervix. All the equipment in the clinic is new and was paid for by the WhidbeyHealth Foundation. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Hospital brings women’s care to Oak Harbor

WhidbeyHealth has opened Women’s Care Oak Harbor in the same building as the hospital’s primary care, sleep care and physical therapy clinics. The clinic, located… Continue reading


No public comment on county’s budget

The Island County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a $92.3 million budget, and a 1 percent increase on a property tax levy for… Continue reading


Plans in works for Island County mental health center

Island County is in the process of securing property in Oak Harbor for a regional crisis stabilization center and affordable housing complex. The board of… Continue reading


Conservation grant program process is undergoing changes

The Board of Island County Commissioners decided to change the scoring process of applications for the conservation futures program at a recent work session meeting.… Continue reading

County seeks public input on levy increase

The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on a possible 1 percent increase in Island County’s current expense property tax levy, as well… Continue reading

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