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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Washington private nonprofit organizations of the June 22, 2020, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred Jan. 20 – Feb. 10, 2020. Private nonprofits ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    Washington Retail Association Webinar:  Safe Re-opening Tips and Best PracticesThursday, May 28, 10:00AM (PT) 60 minutesRegister HERE today! For retailers who are about to enter Phase II (Limited In-Store) opening, this webinar is an opportunity to learn tips and best practices from safety experts and a retailer who has had two months of practical operating experience. You will gain insights into ...read more
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    Friday, May 22, 2020
    Skagit County Board of Health, Unified Command Ask Governor Inslee to reevaluate eligibility requirements and consider Phase 2 variance for Skagit County Today, the Skagit County Board of Health sent a letter to Governor Inslee asking that he consider a Phase 2 variance for Skagit County. Skagit County Unified Command, Mayors of all eight Skagit County cities and towns, and First Responders sent ...read more
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    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive will be open and offering curbside service starting on Friday, May 22. It will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and will be offering their lunch menu to-go. Call (360) 766-6185 to order. 
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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for resuming real estate and fitness operations in Phase 2. Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks. Additionally, counties with less than 10 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span can ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Peoples Bank has awarded a $25,000 grant to local United Ways to support communities across the state impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In Skagit County, the donation will be used to support the Skagit Valley Disaster Relief Fund, which helps sustain nonprofit organizations and agencies as they work to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Skagit Valley. The Peoples Bank grant ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    We’re Online with You! Skagit Valley College announces Summer Quarter will be offered mostly online Yes, Skagit Valley College is open! We’re just doing things a little differently. Our key focus is to meet you where you are right now. We’ve adapted our instruction, services, and resources to meet your needs and support the health and safety of the SVC community.  Skagit Valley College is ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for resuming pet grooming operations in Phase 2. Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks. Additionally, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Leadership Skagit, the county's premier leadership development program, is now accepting applications for the class of 2021.A program of EDASC in collaboration with Skagit Valley College, Leadership Skagit has been developing informed, connected and committed community members since 2004. The nine-month curriculum is designed to help current and emerging leaders acquire a broad understanding of ...read more
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    Monday, May 18, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for construction, golf and photography in Phase 2. Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks. Additionally, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past ...read more
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    Monday, May 18, 2020
    Statement from John Wiesman, Secretary of Health and Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer The Department of Health is aware of rumors and misinformation circulating about quarantine orders and specialized quarantine facilities. Public health officials regularly ask people who are sick with an infectious disease or may have been exposed to an infectious disease to stay at home and avoid contact ...read more
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    Monday, May 18, 2020
    The SBA, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The SBA will soon issue regulations ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    In support of the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Healthy directive to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Skagit Valley College announces that it will continue to operate online for Summer Quarter. In addition to the decision to remain online through the summer, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Commencement activities originally scheduled for June in Mount Vernon, Oak ...read more
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    Friday, May 15, 2020
    Responding to the urgent demand for emergency funding to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Peoples Bank has helped over 1,600 businesses obtain $219 million in Small Business Administration (SBA)-authorized Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. A majority of these loans have been funded, with the remaining loans to be disbursed in the coming days.  A preferred SBA ...read more
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    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for resuming personal services and professional services for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week. Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — metrics ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    Today, May 13, 2020, Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand issued a statement reminding and strongly encouraging individuals to wear fabric face coverings or masks in all public situations, including workplaces, at parks and during essential trips to the grocery store or doctor’s office. Exceptions to this recommendation would include children, people with disabilities, deaf ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week. Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    Today, Skagit County Public Health announced that its study on the Skagit Chorale COVID-19 outbreak has been published in the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The study emphasizes the high-transmissibility of COVID-19 and explains new findings about the outbreak event.   MMWR, often called ‘the voice of the CDC,’ is a series of scientific ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    This past week Area I AG, Darrell Hooper and AG Elect Becky Elde delivered much needed funds to four organizations in their community of Skagit County. Checks were delivered to Helping Hands Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County, Tri-Parish Food Bank, and Skagit Neighbors In Need.  These organizations are on the frontlines of meeting the needs of essential workers and food insecure ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    Specific Impacts to 2020 Recreation Events, Tournaments, and Facility and Playfield Rentals in BurlingtonBURLINGTON, WA—May 12, 2020   The City of Burlington announces cancellation of the following spring and summer 2020 Burlington Recreation events and programs:  Community Events | Spring & Summer 2020All-Comers Track MeetsBurlington Summer NightsCommunity Gear SwapKids Giant Garage SaleNight ...read more
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    Friday, May 08, 2020
    Local governments poised to receive nearly $300 million in coronavirus reliefCommerce begins distributing federal CARES Act funds to strengthen community emergency responses OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced local governments will soon receive their portion of nearly $300 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds ...read more
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    Thursday, May 07, 2020
    NEW! As of Spring of 2020, the Burlington-Edison Youth Soccer Club has passed the torch and registration and league play will now be managed by the City of Burlington's Recreation Staff.  We would like to offer a big welcome to first time participants & parents and, for those returning, we hope this transition will feel seamless!   Burlington Recreation Staff will endeavor to provide the same ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    BURLINGTON -- After careful consideration and discussion, EDASC has decided to cancel its business-to-business tradeshow Schmooze Fair scheduled for June 16 ,2020, due to the COVID-19 health risk.The decision was not made lightly, and EDASC shares your disappointment, especially with those of you who committed to exhibit at or sponsor the event, and for the hundreds of people who enjoy ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced members of Safe Start advisory groups with focus on health systems and public health, social supports and economic readiness. “These groups include a diverse group of voices, from community leaders in labor, business, government and nonprofit organizations,” Inslee said during a press conference Tuesday. “They represent a broad cross-section of Washingtonians ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand offers guidance for applying Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan to summer events in Skagit County. Today, Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand offers guidance on planning summer events in light of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan. On Friday, May 1, Governor Inslee announced his Safe Start plan; a phased approach on ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    2020 Skagit County Fair Cancelled    Today, Skagit County Parks, Recreation & Fair made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Skagit County Fair, originally scheduled for August 12- 15, 2020. This decision comes following Dr. Howard Leibrand’s recommendation that all large scale events be cancelled or postponed through the summer. “Our hearts go out to all those who depend on the Fair ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Berry Dairy Days 2020 (scheduled for August 21-23) has been cancelled, following the guidelines released by the Skagit County Public Health Department yesterday.   “Under the direction of the Skagit County Health Officer, the City of Burlington and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce have chosen to cancel the 2020 Berry Dairy Days Festival,” said ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., May 5, 2020– As Skagit County communities continue to focus on social distancing, handwashing and masking to flatten the curve, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center is beginning to plan for the future with a focus on safely returning to care and reopening services. While the medical center and clinics are not easing current practices related to safety and security that ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    Ocean beach and Columbia River Gorge parks to remain closed OLYMPIA – May 2, 2020 – Today, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced the list of state parks that will open on Tuesday, May 5, for day use only. The list of more than 100 parks and properties is posted to the agency’s website and includes popular destinations for hiking and boating across the state. State ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    Camp Murray, WA --- Visitors to the Department of Health’s COVID-19 homepage may notice a change starting today, May 3– a link to improved data visualizations. Clicking the “See Dashboard” link will reveal the same data and data sets previously offered, with improved usability and accessibility. Improvementsto support access for blind and visually impaired users include tab-key navigation, ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    On Monday, May 4 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) portal reopened forAgribusinesses who were excluded in the first round.  Apply here: https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications#section-header-2  Please note, if you recently visited this site, your cookies may prevent you from seeing the update. Try refreshing or opening the link in a different ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    Building community partners: As the Governor has permitted “low risk” new construction to proceed, we look forward to working with you on your projects again. With the new requirements for COVID-19 safety, to support your COVID plans, we will be asking for the name and contact information of your COVID-19 site supervisor to document in our job files. We will check in with this person when on ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    Some businesses could re-open as early as this week under the new COVID-19 order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee today. The state’s “Safe Start” plan is a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy. Under the plan, smaller counties can apply for a variance from the order which would allow them to open even more businesses than allowed statewide. Safe Start sets a careful approach to emerging ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    Nordic Temperature Control aims to boost funds for local food bank in the Skagit Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Burlington, Washington – Nordic Temperature Control, a leading HVAC company in the Puget Sound region, recently announced its plan to help boost funds for a local food bank in the Skagit Valley.  Nordic plans to donate 50% of their Commercial and Residential HVAC ...read more
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    Friday, May 01, 2020
    Old Hwy 99 N #50510 will be reduced to one lane 24 hours a day at Milepost 4.39 (Samish River Bridge) beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 through Friday, May 15, 2020. The lane closures are necessary to conduct bridge maintenance. There will be no detour for the construction but drivers can expect delays and are encouraged to seek other routes.Portable temporary signal control will be operating at ...read more
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    Friday, May 01, 2020
    CITY OF BURLINGTON WELCOMES ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEFSteve Riggs joins Burlington’s ranks,brings three decades of fire service experience  BURLINGTON, WA—April 30, 2020   The City of Burlington welcomes Steve Riggs as Assistant Fire Chief for the Burlington Fire Department.   “With 34 years in fire service, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to the City of Burlington,” says Burlington Mayor Steve ...read more
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    Friday, May 01, 2020
    Online registration for fall youth soccer is open.               Register by June 30, 2020... do it today, and it's done!Burlington-Edison Youth Soccer Registration and league play for Burlington-Edison youth soccer is now managed through Burlington Parks & Recreation. What does this mean for you?    Burlington Parks & Rec will continue to provide recreational soccer to the youth of Burlington ...read more
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    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Washington businesses and residents affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred Jan. 20 ‑ Feb. 10, 2020, announced Administrator Jovita Carranza of the ...read more
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    Camp Murray, WA — Yesterday, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a memo to state agencies detailing a new language access plan that will ensure state agencies can provide vital COVID-19 information to individuals with disabilities and with limited English proficiency. “Information is one of the best tools we have in this fight against COVID-19,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “But not every community has equal ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    Monday, April 27, 2020, the Skagit County Board of Health appointed a new member: Dr. Connie Davis. In December 2019, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance to adopt Skagit County Code Chapter 12.01, expanding the size of the Board of Health from three to five members.   Dr. Davis, who joined Skagit Regional Health as the Chief Medical Officer in 2012, has more than 30 ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    Commission will hold meeting online due to COVID-19 restrictionsOLYMPIA – April 29, 2020 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its next meeting virtually on Wednesday, May 6.In accordance with social distancing measures, the commission has changed its regular scheduled meeting from May 6 and 7 at Fort Worden Historical State Park to a one-day, online work session. The ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a plan to allow current construction projects to be completed. Today, the governor clarified the initial guidance memo and issued a guide to frequently asked questions about construction activities.The guidance is an addendum to his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation, the construction requirements that apply to all previously and newly authorized ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    SBA will only accept PPP loans from lenders with asset sizes less than $1 billion today from 1 to 8:59 p.m. PT In this breaking news announced via @SBAJovita, the Twitter account of SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, the SBA will only accept loans from lending institutions with asset sizes less than $1 billion dollars today from 4 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. ET: "To assist small community lenders and ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Commerce has partnered with the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) to offer a new version of the EDC’s highly successful ScaleUp program aimed at helping small business owners move forward through the COVID-19 crisis. EDASC, which hosted the ScaleUp program last year, has also partnered with EDC to offer the program to Skagitonians at no ...read more
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    Monday, April 27, 2020
    As you all know by now, the Coronavirus relief expansion bill passed last week. As of 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time today, banks resume PPP application processing. For those of you still working to help small businesses connect with a PPP lender, here is a complete list by state of PPP lenders from the last round of funding.  Due to the unprecedented demand for Paycheck Protection Program loans by the ...read more
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    Monday, April 27, 2020
    Skagit Auto Licensing at 327 S. Burlington Blvd. is happy to announce that on Monday, May 4th, it will reopen the drive-up window and the lobby. The lobby will be accessible for two people at a time. They have installed Plexiglas in front of all the customer windows along with a table to allow for 6' of distance. The drive-up also has a Plexiglas barrier. They are trying to keep both the public ...read more
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    Monday, April 27, 2020
    OLYMPIA — April 27, 2020 — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife(WDFW) and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) announced today they will reopen state-managed lands on Tuesday, May 5, for local day-use only recreation.The reopening will apply to state-managed parks, wildlife areas, recreation land and boat launches. However, it may take several days for gates to be ...read more
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    Monday, April 27, 2020
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Washington following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred Jan. 20 – Feb. 10, 2020, announced Administrator Jovita Carranza of the U.S. Small Business Administration. ...read more
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