Laura Guido

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

Suspect caught after driving through scene of alleged hit and run

A hit-and-run suspect was taken into custody Thursday after driving past the scene of the accident he allegedly fled. The three-vehicle collision was reported on… Continue reading

Looking at health needs in a new way

A Whidbey Island senior woman was living alone, not eating and sustaining herself with alcohol before a case manager stepped in. She was socially isolated,… Continue reading

Hospital eyes new addition to administration

As WhidbeyHealth continues its efforts to reinvent itself, its board is considering adding a new position at the executive level. At last week’s regular meeting,… Continue reading

Flu hits island early

Flu season has arrived early on Whidbey Island and across the state. Theresa Sanders, Island County Public Health epidemiologist, said flu activity in the county… Continue reading

New contract increases medical staff in county jail

Island County will soon have a medical professional available 24 hours a day in its jail. Last week, county commissioners signed a new medical services… Continue reading

Provider to fill gap in youth behavioral health services

Teenagers on Whidbey Island who are struggling with substance abuse or have a mental disorder have few options for treatment. Island County Human Services staff… Continue reading

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                                Selfie time: Tuk and Brian Kutz traveled the island with HGTV personality David Bromstad, far right.

Coupeville couple finds ‘lottery dream home’

Brian and Tuk Kutz were accustomed to watching the famous designer David Bromstad help families pick a new home on his HGTV show, but they… Continue reading

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                                Selfie time: Tuk and Brian Kutz traveled the island with HGTV personality David Bromstad, far right.

Island County eyes new road to airpark

A potentially prime location for new, living-wage jobs in Island County sits in the woods toward the end of a windy, private road on South… Continue reading

Tiny house project seeks big donation

Members of a South Whidbey nonprofit group are hoping their small houses will fill a large need. But the group’s effort to build six affordable… Continue reading