Dan Richman

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.