Dan Richman

More than $800,000 planned for Island County conservation projects

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.

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.

Spate of clearcuts on the horizon: Permits OK’d for 90 acres, pending for another 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.

Joseph Whidbey State park ‘concept’ riles residents

Regular users of Joseph Whidbey State Park are upset that their cherished spot is one of 10 state parks under consideration for private business development.

WEED ON WHIDBEY: Part 3-A day at the island’s first pot shop

“Have you tried the Pink Lady Kush concentrate? It’s an 80/20 indica dominant.”

Planning chief resigns under pressure from Island County commissioners

Island County Planning and Community Development will likely be split in two, with a separate leader for each half, following the surprise resignation Monday of department director Dave Wechner.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.