Laura Guido

Island County needs more workers, higher paying jobs, report says

Island County’s economy needs younger workers, according to a recent draft report. A consultant and county planning staff presented an economic trends and conditions report… Continue reading

Promenade added to 6-year plan for Langley

The Village by the Sea is eyeing a new promenade at Seawall Park in its updated transportation plan. The proposed 12-foot concrete sidewalk is the… Continue reading

Port considers expanding harbor

The Port of South Whidbey is in the earliest stages of looking into expanding its harbor. At a special meeting Tuesday, port commissioners discussed the… Continue reading

Pigfest is cooking up new events on Sunday

The island’s biggest barbecue will have new activities, different bands and thousands of pounds of delicious pig butt. Event founder Scott Fraser and volunteers will… Continue reading

Researchers look at health by the numbers

As research and understanding grow about how factors such as housing, education and environment affect health, there are now two experts tasked with mapping the… Continue reading

At long last, Langley adopts rules on short-term rentals

After more than a year of researching the topic, Langley is going to formally track and regulate its short-term rental units. The city council Monday… Continue reading

SUVA can set sail with more passengers

The U.S. Coast Guard has determined Coupeville’s resident schooner is in shipshape and Bristol fashion, enough so that it’s allowing approximately 20 more passengers at… Continue reading

Whidbey-born director returns to debut film

As film screenwriter and director Ben Medina set out to bring his dream of making a movie to life, he knew he’d return to where… Continue reading

Berry picking leads to merry drinking

Whidbey Island’s thorny berry bushes are ripe with possibilities. The sweet fruit can be made into cobbler, jam or turned into a special batch of… Continue reading

County moves to collect state money for housing

Island County is taking steps to use a new state program to help fund affordable housing. In early August, the county commissioners are expected to… Continue reading

Park district to ask voters for bond to buy Waterman Property

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation commissioners will be turning to voters in November for help saving a trail system. On Tuesday, board members voted unanimously… Continue reading

Larsen supports impeachment inquiry

As of Sunday, all of Washington state’s House Democrats are calling for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Arlington) —… Continue reading

Ride the Kraken: ‘Captain’ offers unique tours

If you and a group of people want to get somewhere on the island, Nicholas Konopik says it’s time to get kraken. The Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Commissioner asks EDC to disavow attorney general’s lawsuit

A county commissioner last Wednesday urged the Economic Development Council of Island County to respond to the state attorney general’s recent lawsuit against the Navy.… Continue reading

Dry weather leads to South Whidbey fires

Dry conditions contributed to two fires on South Whidbey recently. Around 4:45 p.m. Sunday, South Whidbey Fire/EMS first responders arrived at a structure fire on… Continue reading

Lauer named Langley police chief

Langley’s new chief of police is intent on being an encouraging figure for both his force and the citizens he serves. The city council recently… Continue reading

Family to get new Habitat for Humanity home

It was Alli Gann’s childhood goal to move to Whidbey Island. But about a month after her family actually did so, it started to seem… Continue reading

Life Flight opening helicopter base on Whidbey

Emergency transportation will soon be more immediate on Whidbey Island. Life Flight Network is opening a new base at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. The ambulance service… Continue reading

Strawberry Point Preserve. Photo provided by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust

County awards land preservation grants

Island County commissioners last week awarded grants to two projects that will protect open space and expand walking trail systems in North and Central Whidbey.… Continue reading

Strawberry Point Preserve. Photo provided by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust

Langley looks likely to get grant for sewer project

Langley’s ambitious infrastructure improvement plans are likely to get a $3-million boost from Island County. County commissioners Wednesday discussed applications for the Rural County Economic… Continue reading