Dan Richman

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.”


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.


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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Invasive weed invades Whidbey wetlands

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.