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    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    LegalShield 2020 Life Stages Overview  Guide: Addressing Your legal Needs of Every  Stage of LifeGetting MarriedFinancial DecisionsFamily AdditionsLiving With TeenagersElder care/End of life  Take Life One Step at a Time.There are key events in life when having a law firm in your corner isn't just a good idea, it's a necessity.  Throughout these specific life stages, we all encounter ...read more
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    Sunday, July 12, 2020
    Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the conclusion and success of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provided U.S. small businesses, non-profits and agricultural businesses a total of $20 billion in emergency funding. In order to assist the greatest number of small businesses, the EIDL Advance provided $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000. ...read more
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    Sunday, July 12, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which shows COVID-19 transmission is still accelerating across most of the state as of the end of June. The report highlights concerning COVID-19 trends in Spokane County, the Puget Sound, north-central counties and southwest counties. The reproductive number—the estimated number of new ...read more
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    Friday, July 10, 2020
    Ferndale, Washington – Bellair Airporter Shuttle services to Anacortes and the San Juan Islands Ferry, via the Highway 20 corridor, resume on Friday, July 10, 2020. Although service starts again with a limited schedule, travelers will have two round-trip options a day between Anacortes and Burlington. As travel continues to accelerate and demand for services increase, additional daily ...read more
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    Friday, July 10, 2020
    Today, the Skagit County Commissioners awarded 30 Skagit County businesses a total of $163,884, with awards of up to $9,000 dollars each. They also announced an open round of the Skagit County Small Business Grant program, designed to help local businesses keep their doors open, retain jobs, and comply with COVID-19 prevention public health and safety measures. With small businesses serving as ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    This summer, area youth can improve their basketball fundamentals and skills with virtual Hoop Camps taught via Zoom by Skagit Valley College Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Carl Howell.      The camp will be offered via Zoom on July 21 and 22 from noon to 1:15pm. Cost is $70 for the two-day camp. For registration and information, visit ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education, Press Release
    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    The coronavirus pandemic significantly impacted the number of Skagit County home sales in the second quarter but not their value, according to a local real-estate broker.   Only 458 homes sold in Skagit County in the second quarter, down 18.9% from a year ago, according to Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate. However, the county’s median sales price kept climbing, up 5.7% to $401,590, she ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    The program includes a phone line to speak with support specialists and connect to community resourcesOLYMPIA – In response to COVID-19, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the pandemic.People who call the Washington Listens support line will speak with a support specialist and get connected to ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    Today, Skagit County Public Health and Mira Vista Care Center confirmed that there is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 at the Care Center. So far, 21 people have tested positive for COVID-19. This number includes both residents and employees. Mira Vista Care Center has implemented state mandated care protocols for presumptive positive cases. “Unfortunately, we’re seeing again that the most ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    The Friday deadline is approaching for small businesses in Sedro-Woolley or Lyman to apply for $5,000 COVID-19 relief grants. The grant opportunities are provided by the City of Sedro-Woolley and Town of Lyman through CARES Act funding. EDASC is administering the grant programs.Click here for information on applying for the Sedro-Woolley grant or here for information on the Lyman grant. The City ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    OLYMPIA – July 7, 2020 – Washington State Parks announces that cabins, yurts and other roofed accommodations in more than 30 state parks are now open and available to reserve.These facilities are located in diverse state park landscapes across Washington — from the coast to Hood Canal, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Cascades forests, Columbia Gorge, Okanogan Valley, shrub-steppe Ice Age flood ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    $120,000 grant enables bulk purchasing plan to supply child care centers statewide with face coverings, cleaning supplies and more OLYMPIA, WA --- As cleaning products and other staples for fighting the COVID-19 infection disappeared from store shelves in mid-March, Child Care Aware of Washington (CCAWA) recognized a pending supply crisis for child care providers. The non-profit took action, ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of the Safe Start proclamation until August 6. This extension clarifies the interaction between Safe Start and Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman's facial coverings order. It includes: The Yakima County business prohibition is extended statewide: No business may operate, allow a customer to enter a business, or conduct in-person business with a ...read more
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    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    Fire and water clean-up professionals offer Burlington area homeowners tips for safe outdoor cookingBurlington, WA (Grassroots Newswire) July 1, 2020 - The summer grilling season is here, and outdoor cooking and socially-distanced picnic gatherings are a welcome change for families eager to get out and enjoy the warm weather. As families and friends prepare their next outdoor feast, Paul Leavens ...read more
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    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Bellevue-based Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) released two new reports analyzing COVID-19 data by age, race/ethnicity and primary language spoken. Both reports highlight the pandemic’s disproportionate and increasing impact on communities of color. The IDM report also points to recent increases in COVID-19 among younger ...read more
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    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers. Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face covering order. The extension comes in response to growing case counts in counties across the state, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    Businesses: EDASC wants to hear from you MOUNT VERNON -- EDASC is asking all businesses located in Skagit County to complete a 10-minute COVID-19 economic impact survey.Click here to begin the survey. Responses will be used to inform the Skagit County Economic Recovery Strategic Plan, a countywide playbook guiding economic renewal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to complete ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health is encouraging people in our state to limit summer travel plans to help slow the spread of COVID-19.First, be familiar with the Safe Start plan and how it applies to your county. Governor Jay Inslee’s initiative for a phased Safe Start plan details travel allowances for people who live in counties under different phases. Phases 2 and 3 allow more ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    Skagit Valley College (SVC) celebrated student success at the College’s 63rd Annual Honors Reception that was held virtually on June 17th this year.      Among the highlights, Gavel Awards were presented to Gus Kidane (Mount Vernon) and Christian King (Oak Harbor), in recognition of their service with the Associated Students of SVC (ASSVC).      Gus served as ASSVC President for the Mount Vernon ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    Concert Series presented by Turnaround ArtistsWhere: Skagit County FairgroundsWhen : August 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22 - Doors: 6:00pm // Show: 7:00pmONSALE: Early Bird: June 30 - July 8 @ 10 a.m General Public - On-Sale NOW Tickets: $30-$120DriveInMusicLive.com (Mount Vernon, WA) - Join us for the first-ever Drive-In Music Live Concert Series at the Skagit County Fairgrounds for THREE weekends ...read more
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    Monday, June 29, 2020
    Each year, students at Skagit Valley College's Mount Vernon Campus select the Teacher of the Year. The Dr. Ernest Tutt Teacher of the Year Award was bestowed this year to two outstanding faculty members: Dr. Roxi Smith, Chemistry instructor, and Joy Curtis, Nursing instructor. Roxi and Joy were recognized for their passion for the subject they teach and their dedication to student success. The ...read more
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    Monday, June 29, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which shows increasing COVID-19 transmission across the state as of mid-June. The report also estimates the percentage of the population actively infected with COVID-19 in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Yakima counties. The estimate for Yakima County suggests recent efforts to control ...read more
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    Monday, June 29, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. John Wiesman announced today the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 though the “Safe Start” phased approach. Rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID virus have made Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, impossible at this time.  Eight counties were eligible to ...read more
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    Monday, June 29, 2020
    Burlington-Edison Youth Soccer Burlington Parks & Rec provides recreational soccer to the youth of Burlington and its outlying communities—on well-maintained fields and under the supervision of qualified coaches—so that players ages 5 to 14 may enjoy soccer, improve physical fitness and become better skilled at the sport.  Registration.  Today through June 30, 2020.Check ...read more
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    Monday, June 29, 2020
    Parks staff offer fireworks reminders and tips and rules for safe gatherings OLYMPIA – June 29, 2020 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission encourages safe and responsible gatherings in state parks during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, prompting concerns by State Parks staff about larger-than-normal attendance over the ...read more
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    Monday, June 29, 2020
    BELLINGHAM, WA, June 26, 2020 – Every July, Sustainable Connections joins together with local alliances, organizations, and partners to celebrate Independents Month, a month-long celebration of independent businesses throughout Whatcom County and the value, economic growth, and spirit they bring to our community. Local businesses are one of the biggest generators of wealth in the community — ...read more
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    Friday, June 26, 2020
    Skagit Valley College announces summer hours of operation this week through August 28. For specific department hours, visit https://www.skagit.edu/about/svc-locations/      All SVC offices will be closed on:·       Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day·       Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day   #  #  #
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    Friday, June 26, 2020
    Today, the Skagit County Board of Health met with Skagit Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson and Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand for an update on Skagit’s COVID-19 response, case counts and trends. Skagit County has not met the metrics necessary to move to phase 3 and will not be applying to move forward to Phase 3 until further notice. “Of course, this is disappointing,” said Public ...read more
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    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    Camp Murray, WA — As counties begin to reopen, wearing a face covering can help save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19. But not everyone can easily buy or make them. State officials launched a program earlier this month to ensure access to free, reusable cloth face coverings for all low-income Washingtonians. Personnel with the state’s Emergency Management Division, in partnership with ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Skagit Valley College (SVC) was proud to celebrate its 93rd graduating class this past week. The SVC Graduating Class of 2020 accomplished so much this year—especially considering the unprecedented challenges they faced due to COVID-19.     In support of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive by the Governor’s office, SVC made the difficult decision to cancel in-person commencement activities this ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Statewide face covering order goes into effect Friday OLYMPIA -- Today Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman signed Order 20-03 mandating the use of face coverings in any indoor or outdoor public setting in the state. The order goes into effect on Friday, June 26 and applies to anyone who is:Inside of or in line to enter any indoor public spaceSeeking health care servicesWaiting for ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee was joined today by presidents of Washington colleges and universities to unveil the guidance for reopening in-person instruction at higher education institutions in the fall.  Today’s announcement comes with a proclamation providing specific health guidance for four-year public and private institutions, as well as two-year community and technical colleges, apprenticeships and ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    We at EDASC are all deeply saddened and frustrated at the murders of Black(i) Americans in drastically disproportionate numbers that have rocked our country and generated protests around the world against the poisonous racism permeating our society.Today is Juneteenth, a celebration of the official ending of slavery in the U.S., and we feel it is important to speak out against racism and ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    After careful consideration and discussion, EDASC has decided to cancel its fundraiser, the 33rd Annual EDASC Golf Tournament and 19th Hole Virtual Awards Dinner on July 24, due to public health concerns and a lack of participation.The decision was not made lightly, and EDASC shares your disappointment. As many of you are aware, EDASC has for the last year put great effort into revitalizing and ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    Two free days replace April days lost to COVID-19 closures OLYMPIA – June 22, 2020 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces two additional free days in 2020, which replace the two free days lost to COVID-19 related closures in April. On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle. The first makeup free day is Sunday, Sept. 13, to ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee, announced today members of a task force to provide recommendations for legislation on independent investigations involving police use of force. The governor’s task force is a part of a coordinated effort with legislators to provide a comprehensive set of reforms. Task force members will provide insight and feedback, review I-940 structure and investigative protocol, other ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    June 30 is Last Day SBA Can Approve Applications  There is one week left for small businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and other eligible borrowers to access a forgivable loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). More than $128 billion in PPP funds are still available.   The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and nonprofits to keep ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., June 23, 2020 – During the COVID-19 pandemic, as a community we have banded together and remained vigilant about taking safety precautions. We have flattened the initial curve and we can’t back down now. To continue to protect ourselves, our families and our communities, we must stay the course by strictly following health and safety precautions, in alignment with ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    Today, Governor Inslee announced a new statewide requirement that all Washingtonians and visitors to the State wear facemasks or coverings in indoor public places such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order also requires that face coverings be used in outdoor settings where people cannot stay six feet apart from people they don't live with. . There are exceptions for those who are not ...read more
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    Friday, June 19, 2020
    Deadline extended  for very small Mount Vernon businesses to apply for grants worth up to $10,000 eachMOUNT VERNON --  The deadline for Mount Vernon very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to apply for $10,000 grants has been extended to Tuesday, June 23.Click here to download the application in English and here in Español. The deadline was originally set for 5 p.m. today.Businesses eligible to ...read more
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    Friday, June 19, 2020
    On Juneteenth, the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the U.S., EDASC and its board of directors would like to publicly express its collective grief over the recent and past murders of Black Americans by police and private citizens targeting them because of their race. The wide range of racist manifestations in our society affecting Black people – such as disproportionate policing and ...read more
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    Friday, June 19, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional clarification today for non-religious weddings and funeral or memorial services in Phases 1, 2 and 3. This comes as more counties move forward under Washington’s Safe Startrecovery plan. The memorandum further clarifies the guidance for religious and faith based organizations released on Thursday, June 18. Find the full memo here. Full list of current ...read more
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    Thursday, June 18, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee announced updated health guidance for religious and faith-based services today as more counties move forward under Washington’s Safe Start recovery plan. Phase 3 would permit indoor capacity of 50% or 400 people, whichever is less. Health requirements for social distancing and facial coverings will remain the same as the guidance for previous phases. For services taking place ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    Skagit Valley College is ready to take the Cardinals to the next level when Mitch Freeman begins his role as SVC’s new Athletic Director today, June 16.      Freeman brings more than 15 years of experience to the Skagit program, including men’s basketball coaching and leadership positions with the Seattle University Redhawks and the Cal Poly University Mustangs. He also served as Men’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    With the state facing a severe downturn in revenue collections, Gov. Jay Inslee today directed state agencies under his authority to cancel a scheduled 3% general wage increase for many of the state’s highest-paid general government employees and to begin furloughs for most state employees.Most state employees are scheduled to receive the general wage increase July 1 as approved by the Legislature ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., June 16, 2020– PeaceHealth United General Medical Center wants to express its gratitude and appreciation to the Skagit County community. Over the past several months since COVID-19 began impacting our region, this community has never wavered in expressing its support to PeaceHealth healthcare workers.To date, nearly fifty businesses, organizations and individuals have come ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.  In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    Are you tired of having all of your old library books at your house?  Bring in your book returns to the library’s book drop!  We will have the book drops unlocked for patrons to return their old library materials.  Put new items on hold to coordinate your drop offs with pick ups so you don’t leave empty handed!   Remember! Summer Reading has begun too! Give us a call to pick up your Summer ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    Twenty-three students are the first to earn a BAS-AM degree at SVC     Skagit Valley College is proud to announce that 23 students will graduate this month with their Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management. They represent the inaugural class of students to earn their BAS-AM degree at SVC.                 The inaugural BAS-AM class began in Fall 2018 and its members represent a variety ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    June 18, 2020 - The Disaster Relief Fund was established by the Skagit Community Foundation, United Way, and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC). The fund was developed to help address the growing impact on Skagit County from the COVID-19. During the past couple of months, we raised over $200K. “It’s amazing and inspiring to see these donors investing in our community," said ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Department of Health is expanding reporting on COVID-19 deaths to better identify whether COVID-19 caused or contributed to a particular death. The changes we’re making to reporting will remove non-COVID-19 deaths from the statewide total, and break down the overall data to include more specific categories.Until now, when a death is reported as a COVID-19 death, it is because the ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    June 30, 2020 is the final date on which a PPP loan application can be approved   More than $130 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds are available for small businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and tribal businesses.   The PPP is a forgivable loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.   Interested borrowers ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    BURLINGTON -- Register before Friday to receive the early-bird discount for the 33rd Annual EDASC Golf Tournament & 19th Hole Virtual Awards Dinner on July 24 at Avalon Golf Links.Those who register before Friday will receive a $100 discount for a team of four or a $25 discount for an individual.Click here to learn more and register.EDASC is taking special safety precautions this year in light of ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Ferndale, Washington – Bellair Airporter Shuttle services reignite on Sunday, June 21, 2020, with business resuming and shuttles rolling down the highways once again. Shuttle service returns to the roads with five round-trips a day along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham and Sea-Tac Airport and two round-trips a day along the I-90 corridor between Yakima and Sea-Tac Airport. Service between ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for the first round of a new competitive Child Care Partnership grant program. Funding will support grants up to $100,000 each for collaborative efforts that expand child care capacity in communities throughout the state.More than 1,100 child care centers have temporarily closed since March due to the ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portalto all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.“The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and ...read more
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    Monday, June 15, 2020
    Skagit County Public Health is repulsed and outraged by the senseless killing of George Floyd. We wholly stand with the nationwide demand that those involved be called to justice. Systemic biases are prevalent in our society and harm people of color in numerous areas of their lives. Public Health is acutely aware structural racism impacts the health of many Skagitonians. Although health inequities ...read more
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