Laura Guido

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

Chronic homeless population hardest to help, officials say

Many people struggle to find a place to live on the island, but certain groups of people have almost no real housing options in Island… Continue reading

Navy quiet about Top Gun 2 filming on Whidbey

Social media buzzed with debate: Is Oak Harbor being April fooled early? Rumors of film crews, Tom Cruise and a possible long-delayed comeback of the… Continue reading

Coupeville Farm to School program branches out

School District planted a new orchard that may provide food for students someday

More teens report vaping

It can taste and smell like cotton candy, but its potential negative impacts to young minds are why officials find the newest student survey results… Continue reading

At long last, county will simplify land-use code

For years, there have been complaints that Island County’s land-use code is too complicated for both the public and planners. Planning and Community Development staff… Continue reading

Whidbey leaders discuss housing solutions

The restrictive nature of the state’s Growth Management Act, the lack of available units and delays in permits are all factors many community and government… Continue reading

Port looking to fill commissioner vacancy

Port of Coupeville commissioners are deciding how to fill a to-be vacant seat after District 1 Commissioner William Bell announced his resignation at a port… Continue reading

Crystal Aguilar, owner and founder of Whidbey Waiter, makes a delivery at a Coupeville office. Her business also delivers groceries, flowers, takes trash to the dump and makes Costco runs for its customers. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

New service aims to deliver convenience

Crystal Aguilar is here to serve Whidbey — literally. She and her team of Whidbey Waiter drivers will show up at any home or office… Continue reading

Crystal Aguilar, owner and founder of Whidbey Waiter, makes a delivery at a Coupeville office. Her business also delivers groceries, flowers, takes trash to the dump and makes Costco runs for its customers. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Kayaker disrupts ferry at Clinton

A stubborn kayaker at the Clinton ferry dock caused almost two hours of delays in service Saturday, according to Washington State Ferries. Around 2:30 p.m.,… Continue reading

No injuries Saturday in Greenbank house fire

A Greenbank family awoke early Saturday morning to an electrical fire and was able to safety exit the home. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue… Continue reading

Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island commander Capt. Matt Arny, and town Utility Superintendent Joe Grogan discuss how a new water filtration system will work with the existing process. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Navy to pay up to $7 million for Coupeville water system

Coupeville filtration center goes online in June

Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island commander Capt. Matt Arny, and town Utility Superintendent Joe Grogan discuss how a new water filtration system will work with the existing process. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
Kate Mistler, right, and Kristi Lovelady stand outside Walmart to collect bras, tampons and sanitary pads for local women in need. Mistler is working to bring the organization I Support the Girls to Whidbey Island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Uplifting way to support women in need

Gravity impacts everyone, but for women it can present its unique challenges. Oak Harbor resident Kate Mistler is offering support. The bra as we know… Continue reading

Kate Mistler, right, and Kristi Lovelady stand outside Walmart to collect bras, tampons and sanitary pads for local women in need. Mistler is working to bring the organization I Support the Girls to Whidbey Island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Final Freeland code workshop Monday

A nearly decade-long effort to create development regulations in Freeland is nearing its end, with or without sewer. The Island County Planning Commission will hold… Continue reading

County planning for response to disasters

Should they face with unexpected disaster, Island County government’s more than 20 departments have no plan for a coordinated response. But that will soon change.… Continue reading