Dan Richman

A virtual party guy: Oak Harbor DJ touching the lives of others via online show

Becoming an online DJ is not a way to get wealthy, acknowledges Rich Vance, an Oak Harbor native who has produced “Briefcase Full of Rock” from his bedroom for nine years.


Island County to remedy faults in Environmental Protection Act

The Board of Island County Commis-sioners passed an ordinance meant to remedy faults in three county environmental-protection provisions.


Main Street gives green light: Oak Harbor association can place focus on downtown revitalization

Oak Harbor’s historic downtown on Jan. 1 will become an official Washington State Main Street Community, a step that city businesses and leaders hope will bring the money and training to revitalize the area.


Click helping local students to make music

Oak Harbor’s Click Music is more than just a store for musical instruments or accessories. It’s a place to study, jam, perform, hang out and generally engage in the joy of making music.

Public to weigh in on Island County’s conservation spending plans | Corrected

The public will get a chance next month to weigh in on Island County’s decision whether to spend as much as $818,000 this year conserving land and improving a natural area.

Medical pot to eventually become recreational

Washington authorized the medical use of marijuana on Nov. 3, 1998, creating a regulatory system that was completely separate from that for recreational marijuana. Sales figures for medical marijuana aren’t tracked or tallied because sales outlets are unregulated, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesperson for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Leaders officially form transportation group

State, county, municipal and other entities recently officially formed the Island Transportation Planning Organization, a group intended to ensure that Island County allocates federal transportation funds most effectively county-wide.

Island County pays $15K to foundation to public records request oversight

Island County agreed to pay $15,000 to The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based advocacy group, after failing to act on a public-records request.

Island County commissioners refuse settlement in Wonn Road beach access lawsuit

A judge will determine whether a Greenbank couple had the right to build a stone wall across a historic public beach access, following a cliffhanger today at the Island County Board of Commissioners' meeting.

Council of Governments discusses fireworks, taxes

Fireworks, regional transportation and vacation rentals led the list of topics addressed Thursday at the county Council of Governments’ monthly meeting. Three state legislators were in attendance, as were the usual representatives from Island County, Coupeville, Langley and the port districts of Coupeville and South Whidbey.

Johnson pushing stop-work order against Oak Harbor pot facility

An angry Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson yesterday urged her Board colleagues to act against a large Oak Harbor marijuana-growing and -processing facility that has been operating for up to two years without county permission.

County pays $15K to settle records request failure | Corrected

Island County has agreed to pay $15,000 to The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based advocacy group, after failing to act on a public-records request.

Oak Harbor Haggen up for auction

Oak Harbor’s Haggen store is among the 33 “core” locations that the Bellingham-based grocery chain won court approval Friday to try selling as part of its bankruptcy.

Island County approves shoreline plan

After five years of work, Island County has a new plan governing development and permitted activities along its 207 linear miles of seashore and lakefront.

Study identifies four main focuses for plan: County looks at housing, health care, abuse

After months of study, four main areas of concern — access to health care, housing, depression and suicide, and interpersonal abuse — have emerged as the foci for an emerging community health improvement plan, Island County’s public health department told the Council of Governments last month.

South Whidbey Homeless Coalition awarded county funds

Island County will give $78,136 to the South Whidbey Homeless Coalition this year, which that group will supplement with at least $45,250 of its own, according to documents summarily approved Tuesday by the county’s board of commissioners.

Island County conservation fund panel to release funding recommendations

A group of volunteer citizens Monday got started ranking five projects that seek money from Island County’s Conservation Futures Fund.

Mother, daughter starting monthly boxes

Like surprises? Oak Harbor mother-and-daughter team Raquel and India Clavette are hoping enough people enjoy opening a monthly box of carefully selected goodies to get their fledgling business off the ground.

County considers land swap offer to settle lawsuit

A couple who blocked beach access by building a rock wall at the east end of Greenbank’s Wonn Road is set to offer the Island County commissioners today a settlement meant to end a lawsuit the county filed nearly three years ago.

Proposed ordinance will allow fireworks ban when it is dry

Island County continues to inch toward creating an ordinance that would let it ban fireworks in unincorporated areas under dry conditions.