Laura Guido

County budget, property tax increases passed

Island County Monday passed its $110-million budget and increased its three property tax levies by 1 percent over last year. The property tax increases allow… Continue reading

Island County budget includes new facilities, staff

Island County is anticipating the construction of two major facilities in 2020 and adding several new staff members in its $110 million budget for 2020.… Continue reading

Goofy ghost hunters ‘scared stiff’ in new series

Whidbey’s long and rich history and abundance of historical structures would make the island a seemingly perfect place to encounter apparitions. An eager albeit not… Continue reading

Ryan’s House Founder/Executive Director Lori Cavender retires

After a decade of helping homeless young people on Whidbey Island, Ryan’s House for Youth Founder and Executive Director Lori Cavender is retiring from the… Continue reading

Weed burning near home leads to small residential fire in Greenbank

A man using a propane weed burner inadvertently ignited a tree Sunday morning, and the fire spread to his Greenbank home. His response with a… Continue reading

Fire district looks at levy increase

This spring, South Whidbey Fire/EMS commissioners will be seeking input on a proposed levy lid lift. Increased demand and inflation coupled with poor retention are… Continue reading

County ponders code changes to housing element

Island County is in the first steps of implementing code changes to encourage development of more affordable housing options, such as accessory dwelling units, duplexes… Continue reading

Ryan’s House serves as ‘stepping stone’ for formerly homeless woman

At age 21, Victoria Brown was preparing to leave a drug rehabilitation center with few belongings and nowhere to go. She’d undergone treatment under a… Continue reading

Candidate paying for vote recount

A South Whidbey Record article about errors in election result displays inspired an Oak Harbor mayoral candidate to ask for a manual recount. Pat Harman,… Continue reading

South Whidbey firefighters unionize

Part-time South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters formed the organization’s first-ever firefighter union last spring. Fire commissioners are expected to approve an agreement with the newly formed… Continue reading

At last, dump accepts credit cards

A different kind of plastic is now accepted at the dump in Central Whidbey. Last week, Island County’s solid waste complex near Coupeville began taking… Continue reading

Residents show dogged support for off-leash park at Greenbank Farm

The beloved off-leash dog area at Greenbank Farm is going to stay intact. Posted meeting materials led some citizens to fear the Port of Coupeville,… Continue reading

Precinct-level election results show disparities

Langley City councilman-elect Craig Cyr’s curiosity about results in an Island County election led to the discovery of widespread errors on the county’s election results… Continue reading

New statewide system delays online posting of election data

For those who sat at the edges of their seats in tense anticipation of Tuesday’s elections results, there was what probably felt like a long,… Continue reading

South Whidbey votes for change

South Whidbey voters supported change in Tuesday’s election, and Langley residents voted strongly in favor of a bond issue to improve water, sewer and stormwater… Continue reading

‘Lunar dirt, rocks and legacy:’ Former NASA scientist makes South Whidbey his home

For years, Grant Heiken worked in a windowless lab, always wearing what look like cotton pajamas and often spending 14 hours a day peering at… Continue reading

State lawmakers eye island transportation

On a recent morning, the sunrise turned the waters at Deception Pass a bright orange behind a seemingly endless stream of cars traveling across the… Continue reading

Langley water bond, new faces ahead in ballot count

There will likely be new faces on the Langley City Council and South Whidbey School Board come January. Craig Cyr is ahead of incumbent Councilman… Continue reading

Hospital changes ER contract

As part of an ongoing effort to change its culture, WhidbeyHealth is choosing a different organization to manage its emergency department. Starting Jan. 21, 2020,… Continue reading

Weavers guild marks 50 years

What started with seven women who weaved together has, 50 years later, grown into a guild that is 150-plus members strong that promotes friendships, lifelong… Continue reading