Laura Guido

Bear heads from Whidbey to Fidalgo Island

The local island-hopping black bear has made another swim. Reported sightings of the lumbering loner have tracked his movements from Central Whidbey north along the… Continue reading

Langley rezones to grow housing options

Langley City Council members voted unanimously to approve zoning map changes after hearing mixed public comment at a meeting Monday night. The amendment changes will… Continue reading

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Hospital Guild raises money for WhidbeyHealth

From left, student Pride and Allies Club members Madison Rixe, Tamika Nastali and Kalasya Hart and advisor Tacy Bigelow show off Alice in Wonderland-themed decorations for this year’s Rainbow Prom. (Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group)

All-island Rainbow Prom is Saturday

It will be a queer thing, to be sure. “Curiouser and Curioser,” the Alice in Wonderland-themed “more-than-prom” is happening 7 p.m., Saturday May 4 at… Continue reading

From left, student Pride and Allies Club members Madison Rixe, Tamika Nastali and Kalasya Hart and advisor Tacy Bigelow show off Alice in Wonderland-themed decorations for this year’s Rainbow Prom. (Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group)

‘Wandering bear’ is first seen on Whidbey Island in decades

Another lonely animal has made a mysteriously motivated trek to Whidbey Island. Coupeville resident Glenn Hoffman awoke Tuesday morning to find his bird feeders in… Continue reading

Meerkerk in bloom

When Frank Simpson became executive director at Meerkerk Gardens two years ago, he had a vision. Progress has been made each year, and this spring—… Continue reading

Occupant unharmed in house fire

The sole occupant managed to escape a significant house fire late Wednesday night. South Whidbey Fire/EMS responded to a residential fire at 10:30 p.m. on… Continue reading

Logger, county, WEAN in legal battle

A logger is again challenging Island County over its forestry regulations, and a local activist group is again trying to push back. Snohomish County logger… Continue reading

WhidbeyCon draws fans of the magical and monsterous

The magical, mythical, super and monstrous converged in one, free and family-friendly celebration of fandom over the weekend. Oak Harbor Library Saturday hosted its third… Continue reading

Embattled WhidbeyHealth CEO resigns

Geri Forbes has resigned as WhidbeyHealth CEO. Hospital district commissioners announced Tuesday morning during a special meeting that Forbes’ contract would be amended to accept… Continue reading

Outgoing hospital CEO to get ‘incentive pay’

WhidbeyHealth commissioners decided Monday to give the outgoing CEO her annual incentive compensation. Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners president Ron Wallin said… Continue reading

Bats will find new homes at Fort Casey

Parks staff members at Fort Casey can appreciate bats’ importance to the ecosystem, but they couldn’t really appreciate the smell of guano from more than… Continue reading

Farmers markets are gearing up for upcoming season

Vendors and visitors braved wind and rain Saturday as Coupeville launched the 2019 farmers market season. Tents were in a different location on the Community… Continue reading

County reviews code changes to address housing crisis

Island County commissioners and planning staff are gearing up to make policy changes to facilitate more affordable housing development. In October 2018, commissioners adopted goals… Continue reading

Hearing set on Freeland regulations

The Island County Planning Commission will hold its last public hearing on Freeland development regulations later this month. At 6 p.m., Monday April 22 at… Continue reading

Coupeville Community Green project finally underway

Long-awaited parking improvements are underway in Coupeville. Construction of a new, paved parking lot next to the Community Green began Monday as well as the… Continue reading

County opioid outreach among most successful

Just after the second anniversary of its launch, the Island County Opioid Outreach program boasts one of the best rates of getting people into treatment… Continue reading

Marine Corps League and islanders unite to honor veteran’s last wishes

South Whidbey’s Marine Corps League aims to help veterans in need, and it doesn’t matter what branch of the military they served, or whether the… Continue reading

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville man wins $200K lottery

Coupeville resident Brian Kutz usually makes a “big production” out of scratching the numbers off his lottery tickets, but he didn’t get that chance the… Continue reading

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Goat poop and hay made fighting blaze a challenge

A pile of goat manure was likely the primary factor in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm outside of Coupeville that took almost six… Continue reading