Laura Guido

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

Village captures magic of Christmastime

With a click of a button, Tammy Butler’s living room comes bursting to life. Inside the Oak Harbor home is another world that includes a… Continue reading

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                                Captain Whidbey Inn bartender Aaron Bloom mixes a specialty cocktail as part of the Christmas pop-up Miracle. As part of the inn’s holiday-themed events, community members are invited to help decorate the tree in the lobby, a revival of an old tradition.

Christmas spirit flows at historic inn

The Captain Whidbey Inn might be under relatively new ownership, but this time of year it’s all about bringing back longtime traditions. Operations Manager Carey… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group
                                Captain Whidbey Inn bartender Aaron Bloom mixes a specialty cocktail as part of the Christmas pop-up Miracle. As part of the inn’s holiday-themed events, community members are invited to help decorate the tree in the lobby, a revival of an old tradition.

Recount differs by 1 vote

Island County completed a manual recount for one race last week in response to a request from an Oak Harbor mayoral candidate. Pat Harman, who… Continue reading

Island County eyes sewage disposal options

As the bill for hauling septic sludge off-island continues to enlarge, Island County leaders are considering the future of solid waste disposal. County commissioners and… Continue reading

Navy seeks public comment on PFAS removal options

The Navy is aiming to provide permanent solutions for nearly 30 North Whidbey residences with wells that tested positive for toxic chemicals. A final decision… Continue reading

Taproom owners open restaurant at Coupeville Wharf

If Damien and Tiffany Cortez could only say one thing about their new Coupeville restaurant, it would be: “It’s worth the walk.” The South Whidbey… Continue reading