Dan Richman

Dan posted 138 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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Citing new evidence, Island Beach Access seeks summary judgment

Citing newly discovered evidence, one party to litigation against a Coupeville couple who are blocking a Greenbank public-beach access told the Skagit County Superior Court May 17 that the case’s “facts are undisputed and the law is clear,” urging the court to decide the matter without a trial. In its 26-page motion for summary judgment, the citizen advocacy group Island Beach Access contends that the new evidence “completely undermines earlier efforts” by the couple, Joanne and Alan Bruce Montgomery, “to create seeming issues of fact.”

  • May 31st, 2016 9:13pm

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.

  • May 24th, 2016 9:42pm

Neighbors fighting cell tower

Citing health hazards, aesthetics and threats to their property values, a group of Oak Harbor residents is united to fight the building of a 120-foot cell tower in their neighborhood.

  • May 24th, 2016 9:41pm

Mastering miniatures: Island transplant creating scaled-down train interiors

“Are you tired of your coaches having that dark, empty look?” That’s the question Mark Malmkar presents to those visiting his website, PalaceCarCo.com

  • May 24th, 2016 9:39pm

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.

  • May 24th, 2016 9:36pm

Spate of clearcuts on horizon for Whidbey Island: Permits OK’d for 90 acres, pending for additional 44

An influx of clearcuts is coming to Whidbey Island, according to recent Department of Natural Resources decisions analyzed by a local environmental-protection group.

  • May 18th, 2016 3:00pm

Taking bonsai to a new level

As the finest silk flowers are to real blooms, so John Antonia’s “preserved trees” are to the living, miniature potted trees that comprise the ancient Japanese art of bonsai.

  • May 17th, 2016 11:06pm

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.

  • May 13th, 2016 8:55pm

Funds sought to eradicate weed

It looks so pretty — showy purple-pink flowers, long slender seed pods, soft hairs all over. But it’s the most invasive weed Whidbey Island’s wetlands have ever faced.

  • May 10th, 2016 10:21pm

Tour looks at downtown design ideas

Members of Oak Harbor’s Main Street Association last week joined a state architect for a walking tour of the historic downtown aimed at identifying exterior maintenance and design issues that, if fixed, could increase the area’s visual appeal.

  • May 10th, 2016 10:18pm

Maintenance the focus of conservation funds

Five maintenance projects, but no new acquisitions, are set for discussion May 16 at a public meeting of the citizens’ advisory board to the county’s Conservation Futures Fund.

  • May 6th, 2016 9:17pm

Gun shop decidedly ‘old school’

The old-time Western-style facade of Greene’s Gunshop on North Whidbey hints at what lies within: a dark wood-paneled, homey-feeling tribute to history. Sure, you can find some modern-day rifles and handguns at Greene’s, and there’s a pistol range out back. But the emphasis is firmly on the past.

  • May 4th, 2016 2:00pm

Protestors plan gathering at Deception Pass park

At least 1,200 people are expected to mass at March Point in Anacortes May 13-15 to protest U.S. reliance on fossil fuels, tying up half the campsites at Deception Pass State Park and jeopardizing a vital Puget Sound Energy electrical substation, Eric Brooks, the county’s deputy emergency-management director, told the Council of Governments last week.

  • May 3rd, 2016 10:32pm

Lodging tax process gets an overhaul

Island County’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, a volunteer group charged with recommending who gets hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in tax dollars, will face new restrictions and procedures in this year’s deliberations.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 10:04pm

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.

  • Apr 26th, 2016 9:53pm

DOL’s crackdown on IRS forms may end up hurting commerce

New, stringent enforcement of rules governing heavy trucks’ federal tax obligations is causing consternation among some Island County staffers and companies, one county official said.

  • Apr 23rd, 2016 2:00pm

County lists terms in letter for port to own fairgrounds

The Port of South Whidbey must guarantee that an annual agricultural fair and 4-H programs can continue at the fairgrounds without placing “an insurmountable financial burden” on 4-H or the Island County Fair Association, the county commissioners wrote in a letter introduced at a regular meeting last week.

  • Apr 22nd, 2016 10:24pm

Severns: Island housing shortage an opportunity

The expansion of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island — already underway, and projected to increase dramatically by 2018 — poses a housing challenge to Oak Harbor, Mayor Bob Severns said while addressing an April 18 meeting of about 85 Realtors, developers and city and county officials.

  • Apr 25th, 2016 4:32pm

Pot grower likely to gain permit to keep growing pot: Lack of penalty leads to questions about fairness

Island County Hearing Examiner Michael Bob-bink is expected to issue a permit within a week, giving marijuana harvesters in Oak Harbor’s industrial area permission to do what they’ve been doing for two years.

  • Apr 22nd, 2016 10:06pm

Looking Back

Here's what was happening in the news this week 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

  • Apr 19th, 2016 10:28pm

All that jazz: Sharing her love of music

Faye Gregory, a relative newcomer to Whidbey Island known professionally as Valetta Faye, has performed jazz and pop standards all her life, and she’s determined to find accompanists and other musicians to perform with in Oak Harbor, elsewhere on Whidbey or even off the island.

  • Apr 19th, 2016 10:25pm

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.

  • Apr 19th, 2016 9:59pm

Pot grower asks for after-the-fact approval

A Woodinville couple yesterday sought, and will likely get, county permission to do what they’ve already been doing for two years: use the buildings in an Oak Harbor industrial park to grow and process marijuana.

  • Apr 18th, 2016 4:22pm

Whidbey farm focuses on high-end Seattle fare

Few restaurants have a dedicated farm providing their own exclusive beef, vegetables and eggs. But Seattle’s Bateau and several other Seattle eateries under the same ownership are the exclusive consumers of those commodities from La Ferme des Anes (The Donkey Farm), a bucolic Freeland farm with views of the Cascades.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 10:09pm

Wonn Road trial date set

The Skagit County Superior Court has set Oct. 11 as the start date of a jury trial over whether Greenbank residents Joanne and Bruce Montgomery had the legal right to build a stone wall at the eastern end of Wonn Road, excluding the public from a historic beach access point.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 10:06pm

Anatomy of a clearcut: Unsightly, perhaps, but there’s often reasons behind them

They’re big, they’re shockingly ugly, and you probably can’t do a damn thing about them. They’re clearcuts, the elimination of every tree on a piece of property.

  • Apr 9th, 2016 3:00pm

Trial set for beach access dispute

The Skagit County Superior Court has set Oct. 11 as the start date of a jury trial over whether Greenbank residents Joanne and Bruce Montgomery had the legal right to build a stone wall at the eastern end of Wonn Road, excluding the public from a historic beach access.

  • Apr 8th, 2016 10:20pm

North Whidbey community on water rations after well fails

The Campo Haciendo community on North Whidbey, a group of 61 families off West Troxell Road between Ault Field and Deception Pass State Park, has been on water rations for a week because of an ailing well, and full relief is likely weeks away, said Jeanne Napoletano, outgoing president of the community association. The neighborhood’s 250-foot-deep well, dug in 1969, is “just trickling out water,” she said, yielding nothing close to the 12,000 gallons per day the community regularly uses.

  • Apr 8th, 2016 9:32pm

Pizza chain planning Bayshore Drive location

A Stanwood businessman is preparing to buy and renovate the former Mi Pueblo restaurant near historic downtown Oak Harbor, turning it into an Alfy’s pizza restaurant that could open this summer.

  • Apr 6th, 2016 11:36pm

Oak Harbor Main Street appoints a new volunteer board

Oak Harbor’s Main Street program, which business owners hope will resuscitate the city’s historic business district, has appointed a volunteer board of directors, one of the steps required to participate in the state-sponsored program.

  • Apr 5th, 2016 10:36pm

No kidding: Pair commits themselves to goat farm

Couple expanding offerings from beauty products to include raw milk.

  • Apr 7th, 2016 11:26pm

Restrictions on private fireworks usage fizzle

A proposed law restricting private fireworks use in parts of Island County next year was delayed yesterday at the regular Tuesday meeting of the Board of Island County Commissioners.

  • Apr 5th, 2016 10:19pm

Governor signs measure allowing county RTPO

Gov. Jay Inslee on March 25 signed into law a measure letting Island County form an organization of local governments to plan and fund future transportation projects.

  • Apr 1st, 2016 9:45pm

Oak Harbor florist planting on Pioneer Way

Historic downtown Oak Harbor is getting a new but established business and, hopefully, for the owner, business will be blooming.

  • Mar 29th, 2016 9:55pm

Public meetings will address municipalities’ growth plans

Island County's Planning Department has scheduled four meetings to let the public address proposed changes to growth plans. The meetings will discuss the county's Comprehensive Plan and how it may change the urban growth areas (UGA) of Coupeville, Langley and Oak Harbor and the non-municipal urban growth area (NMUGA) of Freeland.

  • Mar 28th, 2016 4:47pm

Fragile market: Financial return on recyclables at its worst since 2008 | Corrected

Like many Whidbey Island residents, you probably support recycling, but have you ever wondered what becomes of, say, that fabulous bottle of wine you enjoyed after it’s dropped into your curbside recycling container?

  • Mar 28th, 2016 5:53pm

Federal dollars sought for Race Road Bypass

Island County will pursue approximately $7 million in federal grant money to underwrite construction of the so-called Race Road Bypass, said Connie Bowers, the assistant county engineer, during a Board of Island County Commissioners work session last week

  • Mar 25th, 2016 10:00pm

Island County unveils revamped website

Island County this week revamped its website, making it more modern in look and feel and more capable, said Rick Hannold, chairman of the Board of Island County Commissioners.

  • Mar 25th, 2016 9:59pm

Marketing the power of oils

“I have an oil for that!” has become the slogan of Tracy Dietz, founder of Kissed By the Goddess, a home-based business that turns out custom-blended face cream, dry-skin cream, wrinkle cream, sugar scrubs, pain-easing ointments and salves, bath salts, roll-ons and lip balms.

  • Mar 22nd, 2016 10:29pm

Island County looks to transfer ownership of fairgrounds

The Board of Island County Commissioners yesterday unofficially approved ending the county’s 54-year ownership of the historic Langley fairgrounds and transferring ownership to the Port of South Whidbey, pending a public vote on the matter.

  • Mar 22nd, 2016 10:09pm