Laura Guido

State lawmakers talk goals, policies at brunch

State legislators spoke about net neutrality, big data brokers and carbon taxes on Jan. 20 at the Brunch with Our Legislators event, held by the… Continue reading

Island County to tackle public health issues

A wide-ranging plan that could lead to more help for victims of domestic abuse, house visits from medical personnel and improved transportation for the homeless… Continue reading

Housing Authority of Island County scores HUD grant

The Housing Authority of Island County recently received a $51,269 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go toward the salaries… Continue reading

County looking for Freeland code input

Island County Planning and Community Development is seeking more feedback on its draft development regulations for Freeland. As a result of earlier public comments, the… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.

County commissioner calls prosecutor ‘snake,’ liar

Tensions boiled over Wednesday when Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks asked the Island County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire an outside attorney for… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.
From left, Elijah Lisenby, Kenna Kooyman and Fia Cooper-Ewing practice using small drones during winter Sea Cadet training at Camp Casey. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’ at recent winter training camp

Sea Cadets from all over the country gathered last week at Camp Casey to immerse themselves in Navy culture. The winter training at the Whidbey… Continue reading

From left, Elijah Lisenby, Kenna Kooyman and Fia Cooper-Ewing practice using small drones during winter Sea Cadet training at Camp Casey. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Lodging tax committee asks for money back

Island County awarded grants to 13 nonprofits to promote tourism using lodging tax fund in 2017. The process for awarding these grants was different this… Continue reading

Darren McCoy, choir teacher at Oak Harbor High School, directs his students in a performance at Family Bible Church Friday morning. McCoy has been named as one of 1o finalists for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

OHHS choir teacher in reach of Grammy award

Darren McCoy has never been this close to making it to the Grammys, and he’s been closer than most. Two years ago he was among… Continue reading

Darren McCoy, choir teacher at Oak Harbor High School, directs his students in a performance at Family Bible Church Friday morning. McCoy has been named as one of 1o finalists for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Counties pressure state to fund mandates

Island County is joining an effort to get the state’s attention regarding unfunded mandates. The members of the Washington State Association of Counties believe the… Continue reading

A house for sale in Coupeville. Island County recently completed a housing needs analysis and found most of the available housing stock are single-family homes, which leaves a deficit for lower income individuals. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Report outlines countywide housing needs

A recent housing needs analysis found a significant deficit in available, affordable housing in Island County for households making $50,000 a year or less. The… Continue reading

A house for sale in Coupeville. Island County recently completed a housing needs analysis and found most of the available housing stock are single-family homes, which leaves a deficit for lower income individuals. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

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

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

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

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