Laura Guido

It’s bat season on Whidbey

Thursday marked the first official day of summer, which means longer days, picnics, barbecues and bats. “It’s a good time of year to talk about… Continue reading

EDC names new director

Promoting economic development in Island County comes with its own unique set of challenges, but Sharon Sappington said she plans to face each one with… Continue reading

County joining opioid lawsuit

Island County is prepared to join multi-district litigation against prescription opioid manufacturers. The vote, which will not be unanimous, is scheduled for Tuesday during the… Continue reading

Planning for Freeland sewer system halted

A decades-long effort to bring a sewer system to Freeland has halted “for the foreseeable future,” according to officials from the Freeland Water and Sewer… Continue reading

Contract inked for construction of connector at center of Whidbey

Preliminary surveying and preparations for a road project that’s been in the works for over a decade is set to begin next week. The Board… Continue reading

Winery events seen as positive

Although public hearings on the issue have often been contentious on both sides, a small survey conducted by Island County found most neighbors feel rural… Continue reading

Planning Commission member Shannon Williams listens during a planning commission meeting Monday. At the meeting, she said “People who want to be here will work for it” during a discussion about the goals of the housing element of the comprehensive plan. The timeline of the almost-complete element shifted significantly because of her and other members’ concerns. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Commission voices ‘philosophical shift’ over housing plan

Adoption of the nearly-completed update to the housing element of Island County Planning and Community development’s comprehensive plan has been postponed because of the planning… Continue reading

Planning Commission member Shannon Williams listens during a planning commission meeting Monday. At the meeting, she said “People who want to be here will work for it” during a discussion about the goals of the housing element of the comprehensive plan. The timeline of the almost-complete element shifted significantly because of her and other members’ concerns. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group
Jordan Shelley, 18, stands outside his home in Greenbank. He recently received the Sydney S. McIntyre Jr Scholarship from Skagit Valley College to go toward his tuition at the University of Washington. Shelley will pursue his childhood dream of becoming a doctor. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

SVC grad earns full 2-year scholarship to UW

A lot has changed since Jordan Shelley was 7 years old and his father died in his birth country of Ethiopia. One thing has not:… Continue reading

Jordan Shelley, 18, stands outside his home in Greenbank. He recently received the Sydney S. McIntyre Jr Scholarship from Skagit Valley College to go toward his tuition at the University of Washington. Shelley will pursue his childhood dream of becoming a doctor. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Island County one of state’s ‘Most Insured Places’

If there’s a car accident, medical emergency or even a death, chances are Island County residents are covered. A recent analysis by the financial planning… Continue reading

County launches app for service requests

Concerns about potholes, dead animals, vandalism in parks and more can now be submitted to Island County using a smartphone on a new online app.… Continue reading

Recent drug court graduate Conrad Standinger, center, stands with his case manager Ken Delano and Carolyn Pence, drug court coordinator. His accomplishments were recently celebrated by staff and other participants in the program during Island County Drug Court Month. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Drug court graduate’s accomplishments are celebrated

Conrad Standinger doesn’t remember being put into the Island County Adult Felony Drug Court program, but he’s glad he was. “I really am thankful for… Continue reading

Recent drug court graduate Conrad Standinger, center, stands with his case manager Ken Delano and Carolyn Pence, drug court coordinator. His accomplishments were recently celebrated by staff and other participants in the program during Island County Drug Court Month. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group
Glaiza Price, who owns and operates Cosmic Ice Cream with her husband Patrick, peeks out the van’s window. The space-themed van has started popping up at events this year to serve 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

‘Out of this world’ ice cream rolls onto island

An encounter with an ice cream van in New York, a conversation with a young nephew and a newborn girl inspired an Oak Harbor couple… Continue reading

Glaiza Price, who owns and operates Cosmic Ice Cream with her husband Patrick, peeks out the van’s window. The space-themed van has started popping up at events this year to serve 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
Scott Swenson, a National Park Service carpenter, puts the final pieces in on a ramp on the newly restored Pratt Sheep Barn. The 1930s barn will serve as a classroom one it officially opens in July. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Historic sheep barn repurposed

Tucked away on the Pratt Loop Trail, a formerly dilapidated 1930s sheep barn will soon serve as a classroom. Rehabilitation of the National Park Service… Continue reading

Scott Swenson, a National Park Service carpenter, puts the final pieces in on a ramp on the newly restored Pratt Sheep Barn. The 1930s barn will serve as a classroom one it officially opens in July. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Island County government leaders get profiled

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson is likely to seek an environment where quality is more important than quantity and can “become frustrated when those around… Continue reading

Island County looks at building air park road

Island County will apply for a grant to study the potential of building a road to the industrial area of Whidbey Air Park. Part of… Continue reading

Neighbors, wineries dispute proposed rules

Island County planning staff and the planning commission are attempting to wade through a sea of public comments that are in direct conflict with each… Continue reading

Island Transit taking comments on potential fares

Island Transit is seeking public input on the possibility of charging fares for bus and paratransit services in the future. The transit agency will host… Continue reading

Officials question ferry ridership projection

Island County is disputing low projected growth numbers for the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route that Washington State Ferries recently presented as concepts for its long-range plan.… Continue reading

Island County ranked among healthiest

U.S. News & World Report recently included Island County among its Healthiest Communities Honor Roll. Counties across the nation were placed in peer groups and… Continue reading

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