Patricia Guthrie

County seeks Community Health Hero nominations

Do you know an exceptional volunteer in the health field? Perhaps they qualify as a Communuty Health Hero, an annual recognition presented by Island County… Continue reading

County approves $121,960 toward homeless help on South and North Whidbey

Oak Harbor homeless shelter to open April 13

State letter sparks question: public health or Navy

The on-going controversy over Navy jet noise unexpectedly punctuated the ending of a recent three-hour Island County Board of Health meeting that had otherwise been… Continue reading

Photo by Evan Thompson/South Whidbey Record                                A new outreach team aimed at getting opioid drug addicts into recovery meets recently at Island County Sheriff’s South Whidbey precinct in Freeland. From left to right are Colleen Keefe, public health nurse, deputies Grant Walker and Brent Durley and outreach advocate Carolyn Pence.

County launches programs aimed at opiate addicts

Island County recently launched two programs aimed at opioid abuse. A new outreach team that seeks out addicts on their own turf began on Camano… Continue reading

Photo by Evan Thompson/South Whidbey Record                                A new outreach team aimed at getting opioid drug addicts into recovery meets recently at Island County Sheriff’s South Whidbey precinct in Freeland. From left to right are Colleen Keefe, public health nurse, deputies Grant Walker and Brent Durley and outreach advocate Carolyn Pence.
Photo by Evan Thompson/South Whidbey Record                                A new outreach team aimed at getting opioid drug addicts into recovery meets recently at Island County Sheriff’s South Whidbey precinct in Freeland. From left to right are Colleen Keefe, public health nurse, deputies Grant Walker and Brent Durley and outreach advocate Carolyn Pence.

County launches opiate program aimed at Whidbey, Camano addicts

Island County recently launched two programs aimed at opioid abuse. A new outreach team that seeks out addicts on their own turf began on Camano… Continue reading

Photo by Evan Thompson/South Whidbey Record                                A new outreach team aimed at getting opioid drug addicts into recovery meets recently at Island County Sheriff’s South Whidbey precinct in Freeland. From left to right are Colleen Keefe, public health nurse, deputies Grant Walker and Brent Durley and outreach advocate Carolyn Pence.

WhidbeyHealth workers claim ‘hostile’ work environment at hospital

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center employees with the diagnostic imaging department warned health district commissioners last week that patient care could be jeopardized because of a “hostile… Continue reading

Construction workers at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center build the corridor that connects the old hospital to the $50million addition. The 60,000-square-foot wing features 39 private patient rooms and many design elements forinfection control and privacy.

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center expansion now 74 percent complete

Private “air-jet” massage tubs for mothers-to-be. Skylights shining above waiting rooms. Patient rooms larger than “apodments” in Seattle, and tiled bathrooms nicer than most motels.… Continue reading

Construction workers at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center build the corridor that connects the old hospital to the $50million addition. The 60,000-square-foot wing features 39 private patient rooms and many design elements forinfection control and privacy.

State road projects to be discussed at open house in Coupeville

Informal presentation by WSDOT in Coupeville

Island County offices return to full hours starting March 6

Coupeville campus open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to serve the public

This flu season resulting in more deaths than past years

Three Island County residents have died from influenza during a particularly severe flu season across Washington state. “They were all elderly people with underlying health… Continue reading

Citizens: Don’t punish town for exercising free speech

Valentine’s Day was anything but sweet at an Island County commissioners’ meeting this past Tuesday following comments about a proposed increase in Navy EA-18G Growler… Continue reading

Jet noise won’t be a problem, hospital chief says

Officials with WhidbeyHealth Medical Center should consider how proposed Navy Growler jet flight increases could affect its patients and providers, members of a citizens group… Continue reading

Volunteers needed to help Whidbey Veterans Resource Center

Training offered by South Whidbey group

Looking at ways to bring affordable housing to Whidbey

New government regulations adding to costs

Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group                                Todd Davis, lead technician at Island County’s Solid Waste Facility near Coupeville, stands in front of record heaps of garbage that is normally cleared out daily. It piled up because of an ice storm in southcentral Washington last month.

Garbage piling up at solid waste facility, county asks for dumping hiatus

Island residents asked to hold onto their trash for the weekend

Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group                                Todd Davis, lead technician at Island County’s Solid Waste Facility near Coupeville, stands in front of record heaps of garbage that is normally cleared out daily. It piled up because of an ice storm in southcentral Washington last month.
Gardner resigns from WhidbeyHealth board

Gardner resigns from WhidbeyHealth board

Applicants needed to fill another vacant seat

Gardner resigns from WhidbeyHealth board

Task force discusses steps toward affordable housing on Whidbey Island

New government regulations adding to costs

Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times                                Stylist Spring Roehm trims the hair of Charles Jackson Thursday at Langley’s Island Church. Free haircuts, a hot meal and other services were offered during the annual Homeless Point in Time count to encourage people in need of shelter to seek help.

Rent still a contributor to homelessness of South Whidbey

Volunteers for Point in Time count look far and wide to gauge Island homelessness

Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times                                Stylist Spring Roehm trims the hair of Charles Jackson Thursday at Langley’s Island Church. Free haircuts, a hot meal and other services were offered during the annual Homeless Point in Time count to encourage people in need of shelter to seek help.
Whidbey residents make history as part of Womxn’s March on Seattle

Whidbey residents make history as part of Womxn’s March on Seattle

They caught the 8 a.m. Clinton ferry, loaded four buses in Mukilteo, rolled out a pink banner in downtown Seattle and made history. Or should… Continue reading

Whidbey residents make history as part of Womxn’s March on Seattle
Justin Burnett / The Record                                The long contested public beach access at the end of Wonn Road in Greenbank as seen from above. A settlement approved on Tuesday will split the property in half, leaving the southern portion to the Montgomery family and the northern half to the public.

Island County settles Wonn Road beach access lawsuit

In a 2-1 vote Tuesday, the Island County Board of Commissioners chose a King Solomon-style solution to disputed beach territory on the end of Wonn… Continue reading

Justin Burnett / The Record                                The long contested public beach access at the end of Wonn Road in Greenbank as seen from above. A settlement approved on Tuesday will split the property in half, leaving the southern portion to the Montgomery family and the northern half to the public.