Patricia Guthrie

Road work to delay traffic along Highway 525

Repaving will reduce traffic to one lane

County to hold bridge-to-boat trail meetings in June

County to hold bridge-to-boat trail meetings in June

Bikers, hikers, paddlers, runners, horseback riders, fishing enthusiasts, beach strollers, sand castle builders and “anyone else who explores Island County with their hands and feet,”… Continue reading

County to hold bridge-to-boat trail meetings in June

Recycling in Island County being revisited

Voluntary curbside pickup for rural residents a possibility

Health ‘Heroes’ lauded for community service on Island County

Health ‘Heroes’ lauded for community service on Island County

Annual award recognizes going ‘beyond the norm’

Health ‘Heroes’ lauded for community service on Island County
Guide Shaun Mellor demonstrates Canopy Tree Climbing in Deception State Park on May 14, 2017. Climbing to the top of a 200-foot Douglas fir with ropes and a harness is offered by the company, AdventureTerra. Two towering trees are used in the park; cost is $149 per person. Minimum age is 7 years old.

Tree climbing venture offers canopy views for the intrepid

Canopy climbing venture offers treetop views for the intrepid

Guide Shaun Mellor demonstrates Canopy Tree Climbing in Deception State Park on May 14, 2017. Climbing to the top of a 200-foot Douglas fir with ropes and a harness is offered by the company, AdventureTerra. Two towering trees are used in the park; cost is $149 per person. Minimum age is 7 years old.
WhidbeyHealth consolidates billing offices to Coupeville

WhidbeyHealth consolidates billing offices to Coupeville

Improving customer service the goal of “First Call Resolve”

WhidbeyHealth consolidates billing offices to Coupeville
The staff of WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and CEO Geri Forbes (far left) gather for a group photo during Healthcare Week that recognized nearly 800 employees. Coupeville panorama photographer Denis Hill took photos using a telescoping pole. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

WhidbeyHealth ‘digs and dives’ for good employees

Healthcare system celebrates its 800-plus staff

The staff of WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and CEO Geri Forbes (far left) gather for a group photo during Healthcare Week that recognized nearly 800 employees. Coupeville panorama photographer Denis Hill took photos using a telescoping pole. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times
Canoe races, Native traditions headline Coupeville festival

Canoe races, Native traditions headline Coupeville festival

This Saturday’s high noon, high tide in Coupeville figures prominently in the Penn Cove Water Festival, an annual one-day celebration of cultural heritage, environmental stewardship,… Continue reading

Canoe races, Native traditions headline Coupeville festival

WhidbeyHealth CEO gets praise, $70,000 bonus

Geri Forbes, CEO for WhidbeyHealth, received high praise and a $70,000 bonus during her annual performance review by the Whidbey Island Public Health District Board… Continue reading

National healthcare changes worry hospital leaders

WhidbeyHealth administrators are stuck in wait and worry mode as the Republican version of national health insurance moves to the U.S. Senate for a vote.… Continue reading

Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Times An innovative energy system being installed at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center’s new wing is expected to significantly save money and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. George Senerth; executive director of facilities engineering; checks on construction progress. The heating and cooling system saves energy by tranferring warm air where it is needed from unused rooms. Photo provided by Coffman Engineers, Inc.

New hospital addition may use 50 percent less energy

New heating system to cut energy use by half

Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Times An innovative energy system being installed at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center’s new wing is expected to significantly save money and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. George Senerth; executive director of facilities engineering; checks on construction progress. The heating and cooling system saves energy by tranferring warm air where it is needed from unused rooms. Photo provided by Coffman Engineers, Inc.
Day of Prayer observed in Coupeville

Day of Prayer observed in Coupeville

Under a long gone blue sky and a bright canopy of noonday sun, more than 125 people celebrated the National Day of Prayer Thursday in… Continue reading

Day of Prayer observed in Coupeville
Island County prescription program needs booster shot

Island County prescription program needs booster shot

More residents could be paying less for Rx

Island County prescription program needs booster shot
Tons of toxic trash targeted in state budget cuts

Tons of toxic trash targeted in state budget cuts

Program for poisons collected 300,000 pounds last year

Tons of toxic trash targeted in state budget cuts
South Whidbey Days for Girls kits delivered to Haiti

South Whidbey Days for Girls kits delivered to Haiti

Former Freeland resident founded global non-profit

South Whidbey Days for Girls kits delivered to Haiti
WhidbeyHealth names new Coupeville board commissioner

WhidbeyHealth names new Coupeville board commissioner

Kurt Blankenship chosen from six candidates

WhidbeyHealth names new Coupeville board commissioner
A look out over Admiralty Inlet on the west side of Whidbey Island on a gloomy January 2017 late afternoon reveals a peek at the Olympic mountains, the source of the area’s rain shadow. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.
A look out over Admiralty Inlet on the west side of Whidbey Island on a gloomy January 2017 late afternoon reveals a peek at the Olympic mountains, the source of the area’s rain shadow. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.
Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times                                Island County environmental health inspector Maribeth Crandell demonstrates a sludge stick used to measure accmulation in a septic tank. The above ground concrete tank and exposed pipes are used for education. Crandell begins teaching septic system safety to the public this month.

Health Department overflowing with septic applications

Number doubles in five years with Whidbey growth spurt

Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times                                Island County environmental health inspector Maribeth Crandell demonstrates a sludge stick used to measure accmulation in a septic tank. The above ground concrete tank and exposed pipes are used for education. Crandell begins teaching septic system safety to the public this month.
Carla Farnell and Shawn Lowe meet with Island County Housing Support Center staff Malissa Taylor and Joanne Pelant to discuss an assistance voucher. Living out of their car all winter, the homeless couple may soon be moving into an Oak Harbor apartment. Farnell lost her motel housekeeping job after five days of work when the employer discovered she was homeless and had given a fake address on her application. The windshield of their car was bashed in one day when they were away bathing in a creek. They then recived a traffic ticket for driving with a broken windshield. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

No home? No job. No job? No home. Homeless caught in catch-22 of rules

Housing Support Center paving the way to permanent shelter

Carla Farnell and Shawn Lowe meet with Island County Housing Support Center staff Malissa Taylor and Joanne Pelant to discuss an assistance voucher. Living out of their car all winter, the homeless couple may soon be moving into an Oak Harbor apartment. Farnell lost her motel housekeeping job after five days of work when the employer discovered she was homeless and had given a fake address on her application. The windshield of their car was bashed in one day when they were away bathing in a creek. They then recived a traffic ticket for driving with a broken windshield. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times
At the Island County Econiomic Development Council office, the findings of a released report on the Navy’s economic impact are discussed by ….. (Photos 1-7, four people sitting around a table are (bottom left), Sami Postma, program director, (top left) Ron Nelson, director, (top right) Michael Shuman, author, (bottom right) Larry Morrell of Sustainable Economy Collaborative. (Photo 8-12, Nelson, Shuman, Morrell.) Photos 13-22, Author Michael Shuman (left) and Larry Morrel of Sustainable Economy Collarborative, the group who hired Shuman to write the report, discuss findings in the office of Island County Economic Development Office. (Photos 23-26) Ron Nelson, director of Island County Economic Development Council (Photos 28-33) Michael Shuman, who was hired by a group of Whidbey Island residents to research and write a report on the “hidden costs” of the presence of the naval air station. (Photos 35-39) Michael Shuman helps the local economy by purchasing a t-shirt in Coupeville that reads “I love jet noise & coffee.”

NAS Whidbey Island economic study draws crowds, criticism

An estimated 150 people turned out for a standing-room-only presentation of a report on the “hidden costs” of the Navy on Whidbey Island Wednesday evening… Continue reading

At the Island County Econiomic Development Council office, the findings of a released report on the Navy’s economic impact are discussed by ….. (Photos 1-7, four people sitting around a table are (bottom left), Sami Postma, program director, (top left) Ron Nelson, director, (top right) Michael Shuman, author, (bottom right) Larry Morrell of Sustainable Economy Collaborative. (Photo 8-12, Nelson, Shuman, Morrell.) Photos 13-22, Author Michael Shuman (left) and Larry Morrel of Sustainable Economy Collarborative, the group who hired Shuman to write the report, discuss findings in the office of Island County Economic Development Office. (Photos 23-26) Ron Nelson, director of Island County Economic Development Council (Photos 28-33) Michael Shuman, who was hired by a group of Whidbey Island residents to research and write a report on the “hidden costs” of the presence of the naval air station. (Photos 35-39) Michael Shuman helps the local economy by purchasing a t-shirt in Coupeville that reads “I love jet noise & coffee.”