Dan Richman

Dan posted 72 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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County planning chief resigns suddenly, stuns colleagues

County planning director Dave Wechner, who held that job for nearly two and half years, suddenly resigned his position at around noon Monday. In response to a reporter's phone call minutes earlier asking whether rumors of his imminent departure were true, he emailed, "Yes, the county and I are parting ways. I hope to be walking out the door for the last time in the next few minutes."

  • Oct 13th, 2015 2:59pm

Study leads to salary hikes for Island County workers

Forty county positions will get substantial salary boosts next year, with one increasing by 19 pay grades.

  • Oct 7th, 2015 3:40pm

Island County settles records request failure for $15,000 | 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. County commissioner Rick Hannold on Monday said he is disappointed the county agreed to the settlement, while a Foundation attorney characterized it as a victory for citizens' rights.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 1:34pm

Island County shoreline master program close to commissioners’ approval

A new county shoreline master plan came one step closer to reality Monday when the county’s planning commission unanimously recommended that the Island County Board of Commissioners accept a corrected version of the plan. The board has the final authority on whether the plan goes into effect.

  • Sep 30th, 2015 12:00am

Whidbey Environmental Action Network wins again in wildlife rules challenge against Island County

Island County must protect some ecologically sensitive areas and animals under the state’s Growth Management Act following a decision by the county’s Superior Court on Wednesday. Judge Alan Hancock ruled that the county failed to appeal in a proper and timely manner a June 24 decision by the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB). Therefore that board decision remains in force.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 3:11pm

Island-wide Thrift Shop Tour set for Friday, Saturday

Prices will drop as much as 25 percent storewide at some of the 10 non-profit Whidbey Island stores participating in this year’s Thrift Shop Tour, said Shawn Nowlin, community outreach coordinator for Good Cheer Food Bank and Thrift Stores. Other stores will deeply discount selected items during the event, to be held Sept. 18-19.

  • Sep 15th, 2015 9:29pm

Fakkema Farm, Lone Lake properties eyed for preservation

Conserving Oak Harbor’s Fakkema Farm, 56 acres near Dugualla Lake, and 30 acres of farmland along Lone Lake’s south shoreline, are among the projects on which the public can weigh in at an upcoming meeting.

  • Sep 15th, 2015 9:28pm

Island County Planning Commission sets dates for two meetings

The Island County Planning Commission is planning two public meetings to address topics of general interest.

  • Sep 11th, 2015 10:12pm

Skagit/Island Counties home tour set to begin Friday

Media rooms are so 2014. The newest things in home design are outdoor kitchens and “Costco rooms,” a fact that those participating in the upcoming Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association home tour will be able to see for themselves, said the event’s coordinator, Brenda Harter.

  • Sep 8th, 2015 9:42pm

Island County commissioners agree to hire more outside counsel

Island County commissioners on Tuesday hired the Seattle law firm of Short, Cressman & Burgess to provide legal counsel, advice and litigation services. The firm will help the commissioners navigate the unusual litigation surrounding their decision to hire an outside land-use attorney. Prosecutor Greg Banks last month brought a lawsuit against the attorney, Susan Drummond, in Island County Superior Court, claiming that the county’s hiring of her was unconstitutional and a waste of tax dollars.

  • Sep 9th, 2015 4:53pm

County animal control workers may become employees

Island County is working toward making its animal control workers employees of the county rather than independent contractors.

  • Sep 1st, 2015 10:54pm

New flood maps expensive for some, wash for others

Some Whidbey residents will see their flood insurance premiums rise by up to 400 percent under new flood insurance rate maps released by the federal government, while others’ rates will remain flat.

  • Aug 31st, 2015 5:03pm

Banks asks for bigger bucks in 2016 budget request

The county’s prosecuting attorney is seeking 2016 budget hikes far higher than those of some other departments, according to documents presented to the Board of Island County Commissioners this week and last during budget workshops.

  • Aug 28th, 2015 10:54pm

State OK’s Island County shoreline program with edits

The state Department of Ecology will approve Island County’s updated Shoreline Master Plan within the next two months if the county agrees to make 16 pages of changes, it told the press Friday.

  • Aug 22nd, 2015 2:00am

Linds sells Coupeville pharmacy to Rite-Aid; chain promptly closes branch

Linds Pharmacy in Coupeville will close at the end of the business day next Wednesday, according to a flyer being distributed to customers earlier this week.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 1:50pm

WRAC gives clean water utility the all clear

Island County’s Clean Water Utility, a program charged with addressing concerns over water quantity and quality, last year complied with the law creating it and underspent its budget, said a watchdog group’s report set for release today.

  • Aug 21st, 2015 2:26pm

Langley UGA to shrink, Island County says

Langley’s urban growth area will likely shrink to meet its needs over the next 20 years, an Island County planner told a public meeting at City Council chambers on Wednesday evening. Washington law defines an urban growth area (UGA) as an area in which urban growth is encouraged and outside of which growth can occur only if it is not urban in nature.

  • Aug 10th, 2015 12:41am

New law helps small distilleries, owners say

A state law that went into effect last month will ease the way for Whidbey Island’s distilleries, their owners said.

  • Aug 4th, 2015 9:45pm

County to talk speed limit changes at public meeting

Speed limits on 10 Whidbey and Camano roads may change after public meetings scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18.

  • Aug 4th, 2015 9:39pm

Island County commissioners appeal WEAN victory

Island County’s obligation to protect some ecologically sensitive areas under the state’s Growth Management Act remains unclear after the county appealed last month a recent and adverse decision by the Growth Management Hearings Board.

  • Jul 31st, 2015 10:49pm

State regulators break precedent with OK of Island County net pen ban

Washington’s Department of Ecology is willing to let Island County ban fish farming from its waters, but only temporarily.

  • Jul 31st, 2015 10:48pm

Island County commissioners OK future funds changes

The Island County commissioners on Tuesday changed the county’s Conservation Futures Fund program to allow considering economics when contemplating conservation and to streamline the conservation review process.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 4:06pm