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    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass on World Mental Health DayOLYMPIA – Sept. 21, 2020 – Washington State Parks invites visitors to enjoy a state park for free on Saturday, Oct. 10, in recognition of World Mental Health Day.  This free day is the 10th of 12 State Parks free days in 2020, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day-use visits to a park. This free ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    Today, Skagit County Public Health announced that they would stop publishing COVID-19 ‘recovery’ numbers on their website. This follows their announcement on June 24, 2020 that due to staff capacity, Public Health would no longer be calling confirmed cases for recovery information. Changes in data collection and daily check-in requirements meant that staff time needed to be reallocated to more ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    More than $750 million in sales attributed to State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) since inceptionOLYMPIA, WA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce a ninth year of funding to help state small businesses grow through exporting. The $1.35 million grant, part of the SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), is the largest awarded from ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    Today, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners released application materials for a new mortgage assistance program to assist low-income homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn. The application information is available at www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/Health. Applications must be hand delivered or mail to Skagit Public Health at: Skagit County Public Health 700 South Second, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    OLYMPIA – While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, autumn brings with it another unwanted visitor – the flu. The presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care system. While we don’t yet have a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, we do have one to prevent flu.Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine. Young children, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    Today, the Skagit County Clerk’s Office announced it is developing a new e-filing system that will allow parties and clients to submit documents securely and electronically. Customers will create an online self-service portal that will allow them to confidentially submit necessary documents. This system is possible because of a grant from the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Saturday, September 26, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report. The report shows COVID-19 case counts continue to decrease overall in both eastern and western Washington, though some counties are experiencing plateaus or increases in disease activity.Report findings include:We can crush the curve heading into fall if we all make some small ...read more
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    Friday, September 25, 2020
    Today, Skagit County announced receiving a $400,000 grant from the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Affairs to support the Skagit County Community Court program. Skagit County will match the grant funds at 25 percent over the next two years for program operation. Community Court began last month, and is an alternative court program focused on low-level non-violent misdemeanor crimes such ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, September 25, 2020
    The Coronavirus pandemic has raised many legal questions and concerns. Getting sound legal advice and support at a time like this can go a long way in reducing your stress and protecting your rights. LegalShield lawyers have been working around the clock to provide 4.4 million people and businesses the guidance they need. We are committed to remaining open and available throughout the pandemic to ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Friday, September 25, 2020
    BURLINGTON, WA---The Port of Skagit recently underwent its required annual audit by the State of Washington, with no findings reported.   The annual audit conducted by the State Auditor’s Office, which normally takes several weeks to complete on site, was done almost entirely virtually this year due to COVID restrictions.  This annual procedure includes two sections of review:  an accountability ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    Skagit Valley College’s Continuing and Community Education program (CCE) is pleased to announce new online workshops for Fall Quarter. CCE allows you to engage, connect, learn, and grow from the comfort of your home in short-term, non-credit courses. Visit the CCE Fall 2020 CourseCatalog for more information.      Courses are designed for people who would like to enjoy online non-credit ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    Washington to fund nonprofits straining to provide after school and summer programs, mentoring and social-emotional supports  OLYMPIA, WA – The need for youth programs that provide learning, mentoring and social-emotional support to students and young adults has never been greater, but COVID-19 has significantly impacted the ability of many nonprofits to keep their doors open. The Washington ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    Today, Skagit Health Officer Dr. Leibrand issued the following statement on Halloween activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic:“Halloween is coming up and unfortunately, COVID-19 is still with us. In light of the continued community spread of COVID-19, I am recommending that no in-person trick or treating take place this year,” said Dr. Leibrand. “This is a difficult and disappointing ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for miscellaneous venues, including convention/conference centers, designated meeting spaces in hotels, events centers and other similar venues as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. Miscellaneous venuesThe guidance allows business meetings, professional development training and testing, and substantially similar activities to occur away ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    Do you need help understanding Medicare and how Medicare supplement plans work? Please call the Medicare Insurance Helpline at 1-866-389-0445 for assistance in comparing and enrolling in Medicare plans accepted by Skagit Regional Health. Patients receive free and unbiased Medicare guidance provided by licensed and highly-trained insurance agents. You can also visit ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report. The report shows an overall decline in COVID-19 cases in western Washington and a plateau in eastern Washington, with significant differences from county to county.Report findings include:The reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) was close to one in both ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    “The economic impact of COVID-19 is like nothing we’ve ever seen before.”OLYMPIA, WA – Leaders worldwide and locally are facing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The trajectory for recovery will be very different depending on where you live, who you are and what industry dominates the regional economy, among other complex factors.“The economic impact of COVID-19 on ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    Today, due to improved air quality the Northwest Clean Air Agency has lifted the air quality burn ban that was put in place last week. Additionally, the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s office has lifted the recreational burn ban due to improved fuel moisture levels.Recreational fires are now allowed. Recreational fires are those used for cooking or pleasure, and meet the following requirements:Fire ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updated guidance for agritourism as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. Agritourism GuidanceEffective today, all agritourism activities are allowed to operate in Modified Phase 1 counties under Phase 2 guidance.  Read the full guidance document here. Find a full list of current guidance for Modified Phase 1 here.September 21, 2020Public and ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    After posting our regular data release on our data dashboards on 9/21, the Washington State Department of Health discovered incorrect data. We believe the issue started with data posted on 9/21. As a result, we have rolled back the COVID-19 data dashboard and the COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard to reflect the data posted on 9/20. At this time, we do not know exactly which data are impacted and ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, September 18, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health provided an update on progress being made toward a COVID-19 vaccine.Five federal regions (four states and a city) have been chosen to be pilot states in the CDC’s planning. Washington is not one of the pilot states. However, we will develop our plans based on lessons learned from the pilot project. Yesterday we received, from the federal ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, September 18, 2020
    OLYMPIA – As summer turns into fall, all eyes have turned to the possibility of a vaccine in the coming months. But the Washington State Department of Health wants to remind people across the state about the importance of COVID-19 testing. To make it easier to find a test near you, the Department of Health has created a new webpage to help people find COVID-19 testing locations throughout the ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Skagit Valley College will conduct a second TEST of its sirens and exterior loudspeakers on the Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses on Monday, September 21 at 9:30am. There should only be two siren blasts on each campus and all loudspeaker messages will include language indicating that the broadcast is a test. Monday’s test will not include Rave notifications.      The safety and security ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    BHT grant supports Washington Broadband Office efforts to secure competitive federal funding for broadband projects in eastern Washington OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Broadband Office is celebrating a partnership with Spokane-based nonprofit Better Health Together (BHT) that will provide up to $207,000 to fund development of 18 broadband grant applications for projects in eastern Washington: ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    Posted March 10, 2020. Last updated: September 17,2020:The City of Burlington has adjusted City services for COVID-19 measures in accordance with recommendations from federal, state and local agencies.We realize the impact to you from these extreme measures is significant. It is our great hope that these measures will result in drastically slowing the spread of the COVID-19 crisis and less damage ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    How to breathe easy in wildfire smokeHere are some steps you can take to protect your health when the air quality is poor. When wildfires create smoky conditions, it’s important to take extra steps to protect your health. Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It can make it hard to breathe and cause you to cough or wheeze.Children, pregnant women and people with asthma, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    Jere LaFollette, Chair of the Board of Directors of Secret Harbor, a child and family services agency active in Skagit County since 1947, recently announced the retirement of Brian Carroll, the agency’s President and CEO at the end of this year. While initially offering intensive residential treatment services for children in a facility located on Cypress Island, Secret Harbor currently provides ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    To encourage a healthy, socially distant active lifestyle, Peoples Bank is holding a “Pay-it-Forward” Virtual 5K/10K. Designed to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness, local nonprofit organizations serving this community will receive 100% of all entry fees. In Skagit County, proceeds will be donated to the Anacortes Family Center.Participants can complete the Virtual 5K/10K ...read more
    Categories: Fundraising, Events, Press Release
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    Today, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners passed resolution #R20200164, “Emergency Declaration For Flooding” in the Nookachamps and Turner Creek Watersheds. You can view the full resolution here. This resolution was passed in support of Drainage District 21, who is seeking a permit with the Army Corps of Engineers to complete necessary work to prevent critical flooding this year.“Blockage of ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    Skagit Unified Command has again closed the drive through testing site on Wednesday, September 16. It also cancelled service at the satellite-testing site for agricultural workers for Wednesday, September 16. Both test sites are closed due to ongoing air quality concerns and to protect the health of staff and volunteers. Air quality remains at “unhealthy” or “hazardous” levels throughout Skagit ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    Hello Friends of Burlington Rotary!  We are just short weeks away from our LIVE Virtual Auction - Roaring 20's!   The proceeds from all our auctions go to support High School Scholarships, Food Banks, Students in Honduras, and multiple local non-profits such as the YMCA, United Way Welcome Baby, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, Children’s Museum, and Friendship House.  In addition programs ...read more
    Categories: Fundraising
    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which reflects an overall decline in COVID-19 activity as of late August. The report also highlights encouraging signs that keeping our distance, limiting gathering size and wearing face coverings are working to slow the spread of the disease.Report findings include:The reproductive ...read more
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    Saturday, September 12, 2020
    OLYMPIA – As wildfires rage across the entire west coast, a giant wave of smoke has blown across Western Washington, creating worsening air quality that will likely linger for days. The air quality across Washington has the potential to reach extremely unhealthy levels, and the Washington State Department of Health wants people to be prepared. It’s not just the smoke, either: with COVID-19 as an ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, September 11, 2020
    Today, the Northwest Clean Air Agency announced a Stage II Air Quality burn ban, which is now in effect. This burn ban is in conjunction with the July 24 safety burn ban already in place in Skagit County. Until further notice, all fires are banned except for gas or propane grills, heaters or burners. For full text of the Stage II Air Quality burn ban please visit: ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, September 11, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.Our federal government is leading the planning efforts around the release of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, including who the initial doses would be offered to and how it would be distributed. They have shared their planning assumptions with the states and are ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, September 11, 2020
    BURLINGTON, WA---The Port of Skagit recently adopted a new policy in response to the growing challenges that many working families are facing.   At its September Port Commission meeting, the Port of Skagit adopted a “Children in the Workplace” policy for Port employees.  This policy creates some flexibility for Port staff who find themselves trying to balance the demands of work and home ...read more
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    Friday, September 11, 2020
    OLYMPIA, Wash. – As summer comes to a close, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) is reminding individuals who lost their health coverage as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and were given more time to enroll that they have until September 30, 2020 to contact Washington Healthplanfinder’s Customer Support Center or an Exchange certified Navigator, Broker, or Enrollment ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, September 11, 2020
    OLYMPIA -- Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. In observance of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Washington State Department of Health and University of Washington’s Forefront Suicide Prevention have partnered with the state’s Health Care Authority, Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Social and Health Services and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to ask ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 09, 2020
    Jaime Smith has nearly 20 years of communications, outreach and policy experience.OLYMPIA, WA – Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown today announced Jaime Smith will join the Commerce team ahead of Communications Director Barbara Dunn's impending retirement. "I'm excited to welcome Jaime to the agency!" Director Lisa Brown said. "Her policy, outreach and communication ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, September 09, 2020
    August marked my fifth anniversary as CEO of EDASC. I know, that went by fast, didn’t it? And while I certainly did not expect to be at home in Anacortes writing this during a pandemic, there is no place I would rather be in the entire country than Skagit County. Besides that, my younger son, Jeremy, just moved here, so you’re getting more Sternlichts! We are all now West Coasters! Throughout ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 08, 2020
    Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that we are offering you new options for Fall Quarter taught by our trained, experienced online instructors. Classes start Tuesday, September 22 and registration is going on now!     Are you unemployed from Aerospace, Construction, Logging, Retail, or Hospitality, or from another industry? Did you know you can continue receiving unemployment benefits ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education, Press Release
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    Limited Time Offer: PSE’s Lighting Upgrade Incentives Extended to December 31st  Through December 31st, all Business Lighting incentives are at least 50 percent higher, up to 70 percent of the project costs!  For more information, watch this video that describes improvements to lighting, space and water heating, and more that will lower your monthly utility bill.  To learn more, visit ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    September will have two free days: Girl Scouts Love State Parks Day and National Public Lands DayOLYMPIA – Sept. 3, 2020 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will be offering two free days this month: Sunday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 26, in recognition of Girl Scouts Love State Parks Day and National Public Lands Day, respectively. On these two days, day-use visitors will ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    Commerce's Energy division will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed rules on Sept. 22    OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced today that proposed energy performance standards for buildings in Washington state have been published by the State Register. Commerce will host a public hearing for the new proposed rules online on Sept. 22. The proposed rules and ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    Washington is the best state for workers, according to a ranking released today by Oxfam America. The organization based its findings on wages, worker protections and workers’ rights in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico during the pandemic. “COVID-19 is not only a health crisis, but an economic one. This has dramatically impacted everyone in our state, businesses and workers alike, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that we are offering you many new options for Fall Quarter taught by our trained, experienced online instructors.      Classes start Tuesday, September 22 and registration is going on now! For more information, visit our Guide to Fall, www.skagit.edu/fall-2020      Classes will be mostly online, but we will offer some face-to-face opportunities, ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    We’re Here for You! Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that we are offering you many new options for Fall Quarter taught by our trained, experienced online instructors.Classes start Tuesday, September 22 and registration is going on now! It’s not too late to apply! For more information about getting started, courses and programs, financial aid, and the many supports we offer, visit our ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Education
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is working to increase the availability and accessibility of testing across the state of Washington, and is doing so with the help of several organizations, volunteers and health practitioners.Medical Teams International (MTI), a Seattle-based non-profit, supplies medical volunteers in emergency situations. Now, two mobile teams from MTI ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    The safety and well-being of our students, staff and coaches remain top priorities at Skagit Valley College. The College is focused on creating and implementing ongoing health and safety protocols, which are essential to maintaining a safe on-campus environment for all individuals. Consequently, all Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) sports have been postponed until after January 15, 2021, with ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    Burlington, WA (Grassroots Newswire) September 2, 2020 - Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month to promote the importance of family and community disaster planning. This year’s theme, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.," resonates strongly as local communities and communities around the world battle the ongoing ...read more
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