Laura Guido

Whidbey Island water systems respond to state’s draft rules on PFAS

The Washington State Board of Health is proposing new rules that may provide new protections against a prevalent family of chemicals but also might place… Continue reading

 

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                                Kara Pelzel, 3, and Ethan Boswell, 4, toil away in the kitchen space at Oak Harbor Playtown.

Playtown opens for city’s littlest residents

Last Thursday afternoon, Ethan Boswell busily hammered away, wearing a fluorescent orange construction vest. Nearby, Nathanial Mildener methodically filled his shopping cart. The boys are… Continue reading

 

Rep. Smith introduces five data privacy bills

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, is using this year’s short session to take on privacy issues in a “big data economy.” Smith has introduced five bills… Continue reading

 

County held to ‘unusually high bar’ by FEMA

A federal agency seems to be holding Island County a higher standard than others in the region for a national program that provides flood insurance… Continue reading

Treatment clinic to open Feb. 5

Access to a critical component of addiction recovery for Whidbey Island residents has been inconsistent at best. Early next month, a new program will launch… Continue reading

‘Action’ planned at hospital

Last year was the hospital’s “year of listening,” according to CEO Ron Telles, and 2020 will be “the year of action.” During Wednesday morning’s monthly… Continue reading

‘One storm away from disaster?’

High tides and strong gusts are in the forecast for this weekend, which might be a recipe for disaster in one South Whidbey community. Diking… Continue reading

Orca poo, salmon restoration focus of workshop

As captivating as whales are to observe, there’s a lot of information to be gleaned from what they leave behind. But to find those valuable… Continue reading

Fellow Clinton resident challenges Smith

A longtime nurse and Whidbey resident is challenging incumbent Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton for her seat in the state House of Representatives. Democrat Suzanne Wood-ard… Continue reading

MLK event focuses on Poor People’s Campaign

Most school children in the United States learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s renowned 1963 speech and the March on Washington. But fewer people know… Continue reading

FEMA threat draws rebuke from county

Island County commissioners are “aghast” at recent actions taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that could affect local shoreline property owners. During a work… Continue reading

Neighbors oppose improved trail access

A proposed trail and parking project to improve access to a trail on county property has been met with strong opposition by the surrounding residents.… Continue reading

Port still working on overnight ferry parking in Mukilteo

Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Curt Gordon has been talking about parking for more than a decade. He began his efforts to add overnight parking… Continue reading

Hospital predicts growth in outpatient services will help budget

WhidbeyHealth leaders are projecting increased use of its birthing center and outpatient services in the public hospital district’s 2020 budget. Controller Jennifer Reed said she’d… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Roller Girls gliding into 10th year

There’s a somewhat of a juxtaposition in the actions on the floor of the Oak Harbor Roller Barn Thursday night. Graceful rollerbladers glide, seemingly effortlessly… Continue reading

Island County seeking volunteers for annual Point in Time count

Later this month, an annual one-day effort gets underway to count the people in Island County who don’t have addresses. Island County Human Services is… Continue reading

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                                Lauren Flynn

Clinton musician finds her voice

Lauren Flynn isn’t afraid of a tough crowd. Or of much, really. The Clinton resident’s resume includes skin-thickening experiences such as stand-up comedy and professional… Continue reading

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                                Lauren Flynn

Flood insurance customers worry about new ‘surcharge’

Some homeowners on Whidbey Island received a troubling notice recently, notifying them they might need to pay extra fees on their flood insurance because of… Continue reading

County officials settle dispute over possible tax calculation delay

A dispute between two elected officials that had the potential to impact homebuyers may have come to a solution after all. The issue began with… Continue reading

‘Fantastic Beasts’ actor reported on South Whidbey

It’s unclear if any fantastic beasts have been set loose on South Whidbey, but a known expert in such matters was rumored to have been… Continue reading