Laura Guido

County declines grant for Clinton trail

Federal funding for a proposed trail from the Clinton business district to Ken’s Korner will be declined at the request of two of the Island… Continue reading

‘Sampler class’ keeps dogs active, happy

‘Sampler class’ keeps dogs active, happy

The world of dog obedience and agility training can sometimes be rigid and formal. Victoria Farrington’s class with the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District… Continue reading

‘Sampler class’ keeps dogs active, happy

Special needs topic of transportation meeting

S. Whidbey May 3 workshop will address barriers

Rules would allow fast food in Freeland

Rules would allow fast food in Freeland

Freeland’s urban zoning will allow for fast food restaurants, but only in certain areas and with design limitations, according to county officials. Island County’s draft… Continue reading

Rules would allow fast food in Freeland
County plea: Don’t leave your doggie do behind

County plea: Don’t leave your doggie do behind

Scooping poop among ways to protect water

County plea: Don’t leave your doggie do behind
N. Whidbey farm branches out with tulips

N. Whidbey farm branches out with tulips

Local produce and flowers for sale at K&R Farm Stand

N. Whidbey farm branches out with tulips
Island’s first behavioral health stabilization facility discussed

Island’s first behavioral health stabilization facility discussed

Representatives from Island County recently presented plans for the island’s first crisis stabilization center and sub-acute detox facility. The center, meant to provide services for… Continue reading

Island’s first behavioral health stabilization facility discussed
A Langley police officer holds a syringe he found. County officials recently sat down with attorneys to discuss the possibility of joining a multidistrict civil lawsuit against opioid manufacturers for the damage the opioid crisis has caused local communities. Whidbey News-Times file photo

County weights joining opioid lawsuit

The Board of Island County Commissioners held a round-table discussion last week to consider whether to join multi-district litigation against prescription opioid manufacturers. The discussion… Continue reading

A Langley police officer holds a syringe he found. County officials recently sat down with attorneys to discuss the possibility of joining a multidistrict civil lawsuit against opioid manufacturers for the damage the opioid crisis has caused local communities. Whidbey News-Times file photo

County considers housing goals, policies

Planning and community development staff recently presented the draft housing goals and policies to the Island County Board of Commissioners and the planning commission. The… Continue reading

County holding workshops on Freeland development regs

Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback about draft Freeland development regulations throughout April and May. The new… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group                                A young deceased whale washed up Tuesday on West Beach. After examining the body, researchers believe it died from malnutrition.

Young whale washes up on Whidbey Island shore

Visitors to West Beach on North Whidbey this week may have noticed a rather large, and eventually odoriferous, addition to its shores. A deceased female… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group                                A young deceased whale washed up Tuesday on West Beach. After examining the body, researchers believe it died from malnutrition.
Whidbey hosting its own Comicon April 7

Whidbey hosting its own Comicon April 7

This one’s for the cosplayers, gamers, comic book readers and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts. Casual and hardcore fans of “geek culture” alike will have the opportunity to… Continue reading

Whidbey hosting its own Comicon April 7
WEAN digs into asphalt mounds

WEAN digs into asphalt mounds

In an effort to address multiple truckloads of crushed asphalt piled on a property on South Whidbey’s Midvale Road, a local environmental group has been… Continue reading

WEAN digs into asphalt mounds
Pacific Rim Institute partnering with new 23-year-old sheep farmer

Pacific Rim Institute partnering with new 23-year-old sheep farmer

News that the CEO of Pacific Rim Institute wanted to partner with young farmers came at a serendipitous time for Elijah Iles, 23. The Freeland… Continue reading

Pacific Rim Institute partnering with new 23-year-old sheep farmer
SVC employee challenging Hayes for seat

SVC employee challenging Hayes for seat

An Oak Harbor resident is challenging incumbent Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, for the state House representative of the 10th district. Dave Paul, vice president… Continue reading

SVC employee challenging Hayes for seat

Habitat taking over Saratoga Community Housing

After witnessing Saratoga Community Housing’s declining effectiveness, Habitat for Humanity of Island County is taking over the agency. “They just didn’t have the staff to… Continue reading

Community weaves together fundraiser after fiber theft

Community weaves together fundraiser after fiber theft

In late February, Lydia Christiansen and her husband Alan woke up to a small business owner’s worst nightmare. A trailer carrying most of their inventory… Continue reading

Community weaves together fundraiser after fiber theft
Staff from Island County Human Services gave a presentation on housing issues and homelessness in the county to the Planning Commission Monday. The department has been able to help over 400 households with its Housing Support Center since it opened in August 2016, but there are still more than 400 households waiting for assistance, largely due to the lack of affordable housing. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Point in Time count shows 170 without permanent housing

Over 170 people were counted as either unsheltered or in temporary housing during the annual Point in Time Count in January, according to a presentation… Continue reading

Staff from Island County Human Services gave a presentation on housing issues and homelessness in the county to the Planning Commission Monday. The department has been able to help over 400 households with its Housing Support Center since it opened in August 2016, but there are still more than 400 households waiting for assistance, largely due to the lack of affordable housing. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Developer appealing Hearings Board decision

The developer Wright’s Crossing, LLC filed a motion to reconsider Thursday after the Growth Management Hearings Board dismissed its appeal. In December, Wright’s Crossing submitted… Continue reading

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold speaks at a work session meeting Wednesday. After a request for more funding from the Freeland Water and Sewer District, he said at the meeting he has “no confidence whatsoever” in the district and its effort to put a sewer system in Freeland. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Island County commissioners lacking faith in Freeland sewer board

The Island County Board of Commissioners responded with skepticism Wednesday to a request for funding from the Freeland Water and Sewer district. The sewer district’s… Continue reading

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold speaks at a work session meeting Wednesday. After a request for more funding from the Freeland Water and Sewer District, he said at the meeting he has “no confidence whatsoever” in the district and its effort to put a sewer system in Freeland. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times