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    Tuesday, May 17, 2022
    The Small Business Administration is now accepting applications for THRIVE,  a no-cost six-month intensive training program for CEOs, executives and business owners. The THRIVE Emerging Leaders Reimagined advanced training series is open to small-business owners and executives who:  Have annual revenues of at least $250,000 Have been in business for at least three years Have at least one employee ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, Press Release
    Monday, May 16, 2022
    The Port of Skagit is undertaking a feasibility study to redevelop the La Conner Marina, to make better use of the property and create more economic opportunities for the marina and community.   The La Conner Marina was constructed in 1970 with the development of the south basin, followed by the completion of the north basin in 1978.   The goal was to create a much needed small-boat harbor to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release
    Monday, May 16, 2022
    Skagit County is currently developing its strategic plan to communicate the County’s vision and show its intended direction and emphasis over the next ten years. The most recent strategic plan was published in 2017.The strategic plan is meant to act as an internal document, providing direction and vision for County elected officials and departments over the coming years. This document outlines the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, May 16, 2022
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. – With COVID-19 transmission rates in Skagit County significantly increasing, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center and all Skagit County PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics will be further limiting the number of visitors permitted inside our facilities.  Effective this Tuesday, May 17, only one visitor OR support person per 24 hours will be allowed in our facilities. In ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Press Release
    Friday, May 13, 2022
    WELCOME TO THE 2022 SEASON!!We are excited to have you back for the 2022 season of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market. The market will run Saturdays, May 14th to October 8th from 9AM to 2PM at the Riverwalk Plaza. THIS SEASONThis season we look forward to bringing back live music and cooking demos as well as continuing our work with local nonprofits. This weeks kids booth is the Mount Vernon Robotics ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Events
    Friday, May 13, 2022
    Skagit County Public Health has published its 2021 COVID-19 Summary Report, chronicling the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report focuses specifically on Skagit County Public Health’s role in the ongoing pandemic during 2021 and presents data in graphic format that can help provide insight into the impact the second year of the pandemic had on our county.The report can be accessed ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Friday, May 13, 2022
    Please save the date and join us in supporting Skagit Adult Day Program, The Bradford House and The Gentry House for their annual Vibes in the Vineyard fundraising event at Tulip Valley Winery on July 23rd, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. By attending VIBES IN THE VINYARD, you allow community members with dementia to live with dignity and support for their families. Don't miss music by Moma ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Events, Fundraising
    Thursday, May 12, 2022
    If your child would like to play soccer in the fall, please note that registration is open now through June 30. The B-EYS recreational league is for children ages 5-13; all skill levels are welcome. Interested in supporting youth soccer in Burlington? Consider one of the following ways to join in:Team SponsorshipTeam Coach or AssistantTeam Manager Have questions? Please contact us. We're ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, May 12, 2022
    Want to play Co-Ed Junior Sand Volleyball League this summer? Have a teen in your life who could use a boost to their social calendar? You've come to the right place! This co-ed league is open to kids in 7th to 12th grade (ages 13-19). A six-week season beginning June 21 will include games on Tuesday nights from 6-9pm at the Rotary Park Sand Volleyball Courts in Burlington. Form your team and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, May 12, 2022
    Burlington, WA – Heritage Flight Museum is honored to announce the arrival of a moon rock for display as part of the NASA “Ambassador of Exploration” program. This exclusive program was established for astronauts to select a venue to receive and display important pieces of space exploration history. The Heritage Flight Museum in Burlington, Washington is the latest on that highly exclusive list, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, Fun Facts, Press Release, Events
    Thursday, May 12, 2022
    Statewide Response UpdatesNewest numbers. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 1,524,078 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on May 10. There have been 12,724 COVID-19 deaths in Washington.Data note (Wednesday, May 11): Due to a technical issue in our data systems, the Hospital Use data may be incomplete.For the most recent number of cases by county, demographics, and ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 11, 2022
    Skagit Valley College to host annual SVC Powwow Saturday, May 21 (Mount Vernon, Wash.) –– Skagit Valley College (SVC) will host the annual SVC Powwow on Saturday, May 21, in Tollefson Plaza on the Mount Vernon campus.    The SVC Powwow will include drummers, dancers, and participants in regalia from across the U.S. and Canada. Admission and parking are free. Doors open to the public at ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release, Events
    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
    New solid waste rates will go into effect starting June 1, 2022:General solid waste at Skagit County Transfer and Recycling Station and the Sauk Transfer Station will increase from $101 to $103 per ton.The minimum charge for residential waste disposal will also increase from $18 to $20.Recycling and household hazardous waste drop-off will remain free for households, and rates at the Clear Lake ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
    Sedro Woolley, WA—Repaving parking lots, side roads, and campgrounds will cause temporary closures and delays at numerous locations at the Marblemount facilities and within North Cascades National Park Service Complex along State Route 20 and Cascade River Road.    From June 20-July 22, facilities and parking areas at the Marblemount Ranger Station will be impacted by the project. Facilities will ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s a more important observance than ever.  In recognition and support, we’d like to share 2 resources that we hope you find useful. The first is a guidebook that can be distributed to your team as a campaign or even placed in a common area at your discretion. The second is a group wellness opportunity designed to encourage healthy living and workforce ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
    Skagit Women’s Alliance and Network (SWAN) is seeking Woman of the Year and Rising SWAN nominations! SWAN is a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing women in Skagit County for their contributions to our community. We hope to honor them with the accolades that they often never receive by publicly awarding them at our Woman of the Year event. Nominations are due June 30, 2022. To ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
    Helping Hands 2nd annual Leaders Inspiring Leaders event takes place on June 25th at the Heritage Flight Museum, and we invite you to join us! Last year this event was inspirational, but it helped raise $100,000 to support Helping Hands programs, and this year, with your help, we hope to raise even more. Listed below are the ticket options to attend. We hope to see you there! VIP — $500(56 ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release, Events, Fundraising
    Monday, May 09, 2022
    A CELEBRATION OF MOUNTAIN LIFE The Concrete Chamber is pleased to announce that we’re finally able to host the first Mountain Film Festival in Concrete after two years of cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is Jun 2-5, 2022, at the Concrete Theatre in our Historic Town Center. It’s a celebration of mountains -- near and far -- through movies, multimedia presentations, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release, Events
    Monday, May 09, 2022
    Image360 Burlington Hosts “Welcome Back Skagit” Campaign to Promote the Comeback of Local Businesses  Local Sign Company Provides Free Welcome Back Signage to Skagit County Businesses  BURLINGTON, Wash. –Image360 Burlington announced today that it has partnered with the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce to provide businesses with free signage to help announce ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Human Interest, Press Release
    Monday, May 09, 2022
    Annual Report Provides Overview of County Farmland Protection Work This spring, Skagit County released the quarter-century anniversary report detailing its farmland protection work.The Farmland Legacy Program is a county-funded initiative that compensates landowners for unused residential development rights and that places perpetual conservation easements on agricultural lands in Skagit County. ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
    Monday, May 09, 2022
    Good News: The Pass Opens Tuesday, May 10!  The 2022 spring clearing is complete and the WSDOT crew will open the gates on SR 20 North Cascades Highway Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. We're looking forward to reconnecting with our neighbors, the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and the Twisp Chamber of Commerce!
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Press Release
    Sunday, May 08, 2022
    Aprill Graham, NP, joins Imaging team at  PeaceHealth United General Medical Center SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. – We are pleased to welcome Aprill Graham, NP, to the team of providers at PeaceHealth United General Medical Center. Graham’s role includes assisting with interventional radiology procedures, supervising treadmill studies for Nuclear Medicine cardiac procedures, placing IV lines and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, May 05, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFarmers Market Vouchers Available Beginning June 1 for Eligible Seniors  Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the Skagit County Senior Nutrition Program will have a limited number of Farmers Market Vouchers available for Skagit County seniors, age 60 years or older (55+ if Native American/Alaska Native), who meet certain income requirements. A monthly income requirement of $2,096 or ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
    Thursday, May 05, 2022
    Statewide Response UpdatesNewest numbers. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 1,508,065 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on May 3. There have been 12,679 COVID-19 deaths in Washington.Data note: DOH is still experiencing delays in reporting cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as a result of prior slowdowns in our data systems during the omicron surge. We are ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, May 05, 2022
    2022 Helicopter Supported Wilderness Projects   Sedro Woolley, WA—Several projects with helicopter support will begin this season in the Stephen Mather Wilderness as snow levels recede. Time and distance of flights over and around wilderness will be minimized whenever possible. Flight dates are subject to change depending on weather and other safety factors.   Early May and late September: ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 04, 2022
    North Coast Credit Union continued its steady membership growth in 2021, surpassing 20,000 members for the first time.   According to its recently released annual report, North Coast Credit Union had 20,027 members on Dec. 31, an increase of 7.7% last year and 45.5% since 2014. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Washington state.   “Residents and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 04, 2022
    PeaceHealth tightening COVID-19 protocols, visitation in Skagit, Whatcom facilities  SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. – With COVID-19 transmission rates in Skagit County significantly increasing, PeaceHealth is scaling back the number of visitors permitted inside United General Medical Center and our Sedro-Woolley and Burlington clinics.  Effective this Wednesday, May 4, only one visitor—not two—will be ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 04, 2022
    Newly Released State Stats Show Washington Tourism Remains Significantly Below Pre-Pandemic Levels SEATTLE (May 4, 2022) – New figures released by State of Washington Tourism (SWT) indicate significant improvement in the state’s visitor volume, expenditures, tax receipts, and employment in 2021 over 2020, but the statistics illustrate that tourism recovery still lags significantly behind 2019 ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 03, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESkagit Shellfish Harvesting: A Seasonal Reminder from Skagit County Public Health With the return of spring and daytime low tides, you might be venturing out to harvest shellfish from one of Skagit County’s many beaches. With the help of a diligent group of volunteer harvesters, Skagit County Public Health monitors samples of clams, oysters, and mussels for biotoxins, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Monday, May 02, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESkagit County seeking input on draft Stormwater Management Program Plan   Today, Skagit County opened its draft 2022 Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) Plan for public comment. You can find the full draft plan here: https://bit.ly/37GJulA. Under the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, Skagit County is allowed to discharge stormwater runoff (like ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Monday, May 02, 2022
    PeaceHealth Sedro-Woolley Walk-In Clinicwelcomes Nolan Ryan, PA-C  SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA – PeaceHealth Medical Group is pleased to welcome Nolan Ryan, PA-C, to the Sedro-Woolley Walk-In Clinic team.A physician assistant, Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, in 2014, and then a Master of Clinical Health Services from MEDEX ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Saturday, April 30, 2022
      Entry or Lateral Firefighter-Paramedics: NEW HIRE BONUS PROGRAMThe City of Burlington is seeking three (3) public safety professionals to serve as Firefighter-Paramedics. City of Burlington Firefighter-Paramedics are trained professionals providing fire suppression, fire prevention, and emergency medical services at the basic and advanced life support level. The ideal candidate should be ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Saturday, April 30, 2022
    State superintendent’s office announces grants for organizations supporting students’ pandemic recoveryAcross Washington state, community-based organizations are helping meet the unprecedented need for services for students overcoming the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has been using federal emergency relief funds to provide grants for ...read more
    Categories: Economic, General News Article, Press Release, Legislature
    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    SKAGIT COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATEApril 27, 2022: COVID-19 Updates from Skagit CountyLocal COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccine Data Skagit County remains at a “Moderate” disease transmission level. Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increased by 50 percent since last week, and our 7-day hospitalization rate has increased by 100 percent. This week, no new COVID-19 related deaths were reported.As ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    LCB Board Action: Expedited rule making filed - Replacing “Marijuana” with “Cannabis”On April 27, during a regularly scheduled meeting, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) took the following action:Expedited rules filed - public comment period now open:Approved proposal for expedited rule making (CR 105) to replace every use of the term “marijuana” with the term “cannabis” throughout Title 314 ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETHE INTERSECTION OF FARM TO MARKET ROAD AT JOSH WILSON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED MAY 4, 2022 THROUGH AUGUST 17, 2022.The intersection of Farm to Market Road at Josh Wilson Road will be closed from 7:00 a.m. on May 4, 2022 until 5:00 p.m. August 17, 2022 for Colacurcio Brothers, Inc. to construct a new Roundabout Intersection.  This schedule is weather-dependent. The road will be ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    News releaseFor immediate releaseApril 26, 2022Washington residents can dispose of prescription drugs and vaping products at take back events on April 30DEA hosts event to help prevent opioid misuse in communityOLYMPIA – About 75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that was not prescribed for them, usually taken from a friend or family member. Simple steps like safely ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    Hello, We hope you can join us May 5th at Skagit Landing (the restaurant up at the Port of Skagit) for an action planning session to put together some proposals to the county for the ongoing agritourism and ag rezoning decisions on the county docket.   We'll plan on starting at 9:30am and going to 1:30pm with a no-host working lunch at noon. We'll hear briefly from experts in a couple of the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    Small-business data seminar begins May 24 Learn to go beyond simply storing data to utilizing it for innovation and profit growth through a new data workshop series designed for small to medium businesses. The NW Inonvation Resource Center is holding a 4-week seminar called WA Data Workshop for Business beginning May 24, providing the opportunity for participants to explore the ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Events
    Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    2022 HOME Consortium Action Plan  Skagit County, as Lead Agency for the Skagit/Island/Whatcom HOME Consortium, is undertaking the planning process leading to the submission of its 2022 Annual Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Annual Action Plan is a requirement for the HOME Consortium’s use of the HOME Investment Partnership Program grant and it ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    BELLINGHAM, WA – Susan L. Reed, NP, joined the PeaceHealth Medical Group Cardiology team of providers in January 2022, based at the Anacortes clinic at 1017 20th St. Reed brings extensive experience as a cardiology nurse practitioner to PeaceHealth and has been a certified nurse practitioner for nearly two decades.Reed previously practiced as a cardiology nurse practitioner at Swedish Heart and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    EDASC is hosting a virtual launch event 11:30 a.m. May 11 for its no-cost Market Research tool powered by SizeUp, enabling local businesses to access industry-specific and hyperlocal information that typically only large corporations can afford. By using the tool, businesses can: Get performance rankings compared to industry competitorsDiscover potential customers, vendors, and better understand ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, Press Release, Events
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in nine Washington counties of the May 20, 2022, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low‑interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    Burlington Parks and Rec is partnering with Skagit Skate to host our very first Junior Skate Date with Mom! This event takes place at Skagit Skate on Sunday, May 1 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  This is a new event just for moms and sons. If your son loves to skate (or wants to give it a try!), this will be a great bonding opportunity and a chance to try something new together. Maybe it's been a few ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Human Interest, Press Release, Events
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    The WR Policy and Government Affairs Committee (PGAC) met last week to discuss the most significant issues facing retailers this spring.  The rampant organized retail crime plaguing our communities and genuine concern for public safety was top of mind. PGAC members heard real heart-wrenching stories about violent crimes committed against their businesses and team members. Fortunately, there seems ...read more
    Categories: Legislature
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    On Monday, the National Retail Federation (NRF) urged Visa and Mastercard to cancel credit card swipe fee increases scheduled to take effect this month. In a stand of solidarity with a similar letter from both Republican and Democratic members of Congress, the NRF believes higher fees would add to inflation.“American consumers are struggling under the worst inflation in four decades and these ...read more
    Categories: Legislature
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    In Florida, a U.S. district judge struck down the mandate on Monday, meaning masks on airplanes and other mass transit are no longer required at the federal level.  Major airlines and many of the busiest airports rushed to drop their masking requirements on Monday after the Transportation Security Administration promptly announced it would not enforce the January 2021 security directive.  Here’s ...read more
    Categories: Community
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    ATTIC is excited to announce that our annual fundraiser is coming up this Saturday, 4/23, from 10 am to 12 pm. This virtual event will be livestreamed from www.facebook.com/WVSATTIC and will feature student talent shows, video resumes, community partners, and auction results! We have 19 different baskets available to bid on, from Seahawks tickets to a night at the Chuckanut Deckhouse to a sweet ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release, Fundraising
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    (Mount Vernon, Wash.) –– Skagit Valley College, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, and Eastern Washington University honored young multicultural leaders from Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties April 14 at the 22nd annual Champions of Diversity awards ceremony. The celebration was held at McIntyre Hall on SVC’s Mount Vernon campus. An ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Education, Press Release
    Thursday, April 21, 2022
    Renée Sunde, President & CEO  Just as we step into a post-pandemic world, the uncertainty facing leaders continues. Although COVID’s continued impact on our communities remains a priority, retailers are now facing new challenges. Even with strong retail sales performance in the first few months of the year, we are now facing the highest inflation rates in 40 years, hovering around 8%. The ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, April 21, 2022
    Washington State experienced over $2.7 billion in retail theft in 2021, the second-highest in the nation per capita, according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).  Organized retail crime (ORC) rings have targeted jewelers, pharmacies, high-end retailers, convenience stores, hardware stores, cannabis dispensaries, and other retailers. Could your business fall victim to an organized ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, April 21, 2022
    Salary disclosure mandate - SB 5761 will require employers with 15 or more employees to disclose the wage scale or salary range and a general description, including all the benefits and other compensation to be offered upon hiring.  Effective January 1, 2023, this new law will replace the current requirement for employers to provide salary information after an initial job offer upon request. ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Legislature
    Thursday, April 21, 2022
    (Mount Vernon, Wash.) ––  Skagit Valley College has hired Richard Henderson as its new head men’s soccer coach. Henderson has played soccer professionally and has coached at the club, youth, high school, college, and semiprofessional levels.  "I am very excited and honored to be the men's head soccer coach at Skagit Valley College. The program has a rich soccer history that I plan to continue,” ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Education
    Thursday, April 21, 2022
    Shippers, carriers, terminals, forwarders, truckers are working three times as hard to get half as much done. How are each of us coping? Burnt out? Hoping for relief? Moving on? Hanging in there?   The Agenda for 34th Annual Meeting features industry leaders; we kick it off on Tuesday afternoon, before the Opening Reception in the Tacoma Museum of Glass, with something new and needed: the ...read more
    Categories: Press Release