Laura Guido

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

Inslee brings environmental message to Whidbey

Presidential hopeful Gov. Jay Inslee brought his message to save the whales to Whidbey Island Wednesday. The 2020 Democratic candidate didn’t spot any orcas or… Continue reading

County OKs new bike route on South End

A new way to tour and enjoy the South End will soon get rolling. Island County commissioners Tuesday approved funding for signage that will create… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth still short on cash

A persistent decline in inpatient visits is contributing to low cash reserves for the Whidbey Island hospital district. WhidbeyHealth Controller Jennifer Reed told board commissioners… Continue reading

Langley to pay more for prosecution services

After the county prosecutor made his case for the worth of his office’s work, Langley City Council members’ verdict was to significantly increase the amount… Continue reading

Langley to ask for levy to pay for water, sewer repairs

Langley city council will turn to voters in November for help paying for millions of dollars of “critical” water infrastructure improvements. Council members unanimously passed… Continue reading

One killed in South Whidbey crash

A motorcycle driver is dead following a collision on South Whidbey Monday night, according to Washington State Patrol. Brett Higgins, 49, of Freeland was traveling… Continue reading

Whidbey’s elusive river otters: Professor to discuss study of the sleek creatures on July 17

Whidbey Island is considered a special place by many, and that goes for a particularly cute marine mammal as well. After failing to find river… Continue reading

Attorney general discusses opioids, Trump

The state’s top lawyer discussed opioids and his actions against the Trump Administration during his visit with the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor last week.… Continue reading

Leaders list legislative longings

Mental and behavioral health are at the top of Island County elected officials’ priorities for the coming year. At a Council of Governments meeting last… Continue reading