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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health officials are concerned that the presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    Focus on organizations led by and serving communities of color seeks to address disproportionate pandemic impactOLYMPIA, WA – The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on nonprofit organizations, with many experiencing increased demand for services and programs while at the same time dealing with disruption of services and programs, cancellation of contracts, funding losses due to ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    Today, Skagit County announced a partnership with the Children’s Museum of Skagit County to create a family resource center for families adversely impacted by COVID-19. The center will be funded using Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars and will be housed at the Children’s Museum.“In the best of times, families need community support. It truly does take a village to ...read more
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    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    Today, the Skagit County Commissioners announced the new Skagit County Child Care Grant Program (SCCCGP) to help childcare providers in Skagit County whose revenue has been impacted by COVID-19. This grant program is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress earlier this year.“Unfortunately, in the best of times licensed childcare is ...read more
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    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updated guidance for religious and faith based organizations as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. The religious and faith-based guidance is updated to:Clarify that physical distancing between non-household members must be 6 feet in all directions; andPermit brief physical contact among up to five individuals, excluding religious leaders, if the ...read more
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    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    More than $23.4 billion in PPP loans were approved for small businesses in the Pacific Northwest. As the SBA continues working with lenders nationwide on the Paycheck Protection Program, small business owners should take note of the following things when it comes to PPP loan forgiveness:1. Approximately 66% of PPP borrowers in the region are eligible for a simplified loan forgiveness ...read more
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    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    **Correction: Due to an editing error, the previous version of this press release had the Anacortes School District Superintendent's name wrong. Anacortes' Superintendent is Dr. Justin Irish. The Board of Skagit County Commissioners will award a total of $989,000 to schools and districts serving Skagit County students to assist with costs of distance learning and safe reopening during the ongoing ...read more
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    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.Today we posted our interim vaccine distribution plan. Now, as one component of a larger engagement strategy, the department is seeking additional feedback to help us understand the best ways to equitably distribute the vaccine as the department moves ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    Today, Skagit County launched www.skagitrising.org, a new website containing opioid and substance use resources. This website was created in partnership with Public Health, the Population Health Trust and the Opioid Workgroup Leadership Team to connect community members to pertinent behavioral health information and services.“Navigating the behavioral health system can be challenging. With the ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    Today, Skagit County announced that it has received a Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement grant of $250,000 to help build a new morgue for the Coroner’s office. This grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance.Currently, the Skagit County Coroner utilizes the morgue at Skagit Valley Hospital. The Skagit County Coroner’s ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    Yes, Skagit Valley College will be open for Winter Quarter! Our key focus is to meet you where you are right now. Your safety and health are our top priority, so we are continuing to adapt our instruction, services, and resources to meet your needs. SVC is a leader in providing great online courses, and we are also offering limited hybrid and face-to-face options.   Skagit Valley College is ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    Skagit Valley College and SVC Foundation are excited to announce that Pat Ruel, recently retired Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Seattle Seahawks, will be the special speaker at SVC’s 18th Annual SVC Athletic Fundraising Event on Wednesday, October 28. This virtual event starts at 5pm. For event details, visit www.skagitfoundation.org/vae .     How about those SEAHAWKS?! 5-0! &##127944; ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    BURLINGTON -- The City of Burlington for a limited time is offering no-cost high-speed fiber connections for businesses in the city thanks to a $250,000 economic development grant provided by Skagit County. The city will be giving priority installation to businesses that also sign up for fiber access through one of the Internet service provider firms servicing Burlington. Fiber connections ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    The Veterans Business Outreach Center is hosting a series of daily webcasts where you will learn from your peers while veteran business coaches will share actionable insights gained from business owners like you. Discover trends and statistics affecting all veteran-owned businesses right now. Hear from fellow veteran-owned businesses on their challenges and successes in starting, running, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Data from the Washington State Department of Health show that case numbers in western Washington counties are climbing at an alarming rate, near or beyond previous peaks in some areas. As cases in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties continue to trend sharply upward, health officials warn we may now be entering the fall surge.This is not a problem we’re facing on our own. Nationwide, ...read more
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    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    We couldn’t compete with a Presidential debate, so we set a NEW date!  Skagit Valley College and SVC Foundation invite the public to the 18th Annual SVC Athletic Fundraising Event on (NEW DATE) Wednesday, October 28 at 5pm.      The event is going virtual this year with a fun-filled evening that supports SVC student-athletes. The event will proudly feature President Tom Keegan, SVC coaches, ...read more
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    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission. Report findings include:Transmission is increasing in western Washington and recently plateauing in eastern Washington. The best estimates of the reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) were 1.12 in western Washington and 0.94 ...read more
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    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the extensions of the eviction moratorium and public utility proclamations as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. Both proclamations were extended to December 31.Moratorium on Evictions (20-19.4)This extension makes modifications to the prior moratorium, including: Clarifying that tenant behavior which is imminently hazardous to ...read more
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    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    State grants are part of Inslee plan to add capacity and serve a wide variety of needs locally, including intensive behavioral health facilities, dementia care, and other specialized needs.OLYMPIA, WA –Today the Washington State Department of Commerce awarded 22 projects a total of $33.8 million in grants to support 395 new beds and outpatient services that will assist people with a wide variety ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Our Custom Grants program is launching something exciting for 2020 (we could all use some good news!). The Elevate your Efficiency Challenge is a limited-time-only extension of our standard custom grants program, which normally offers incentives for energy savings at $0.35 per kWh and $5 per therm, up to 70 percent of an energy-efficiency project's costs. With the Elevate your Efficiency ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    More than 100 parks remain open year roundOLYMPIA – Oct. 13, 2020 – Washington State Parks today announced its 2020-21 winter schedule, with more than 100 parks remaining open for camping or day-use activities. The winter schedule is available online. More than 100 parks will remain open during the winter, while about 22 parks are closed until dates in March, April or May.State parks offer ample ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced several updates to Washington's Safe Start reopening plan. The changes seek to align guidance and adjustments to regulations of several industries."We’re doing this now because we have had ongoing conversations with businesses about how to do these activities safely," Inslee said at a press conference Tuesday. "Instead of tightening restrictions, we can roll some ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    Visitors urged to buy permits online and recreate responsiblyOLYMPIA – Oct. 8, 2020 – The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program reminds winter recreation enthusiasts that Sno-Park permits will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 1. Sno-Park permits allow visitors to park in specially cleared, designated parking lots with access to areas around the state for cross-country skiing, ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    Newly announced federal grant supports Safe Start projects and partnerships aimed at helping Washington state businesses restart, rebuild and become more resilientOLYMPIA, WA – As state leaders continue combatting the spread of COVID-19, they are also focused on keeping Washington’s economy strong. Small businesses have experienced the adverse impact of COVID-19 in severe and often unequal ways, ...read more
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    Friday, October 09, 2020
    Today, Skagit Health Officer Dr. Leibrand released the following statement:“Skagit County, we’re in trouble. COVID-19 cases are rising at an alarming rate, and we need your help to reverse the trend and keep us out of major trouble.Our rates are going up dramatically with 27 confirmed cases and many more probable cases in the last few days alone.  At this rate of increase, we will soon be over 75 ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    The Skagit County housing market in the third quarter was hotter than a summer heat wave, according to a local real-estate broker.   The median sales price of a Skagit County home was $436,000 in the third quarter, up 17.8% from the third quarter of 2019, according to Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate. Also, three of Skagit’s largest communities – Anacortes, Mount Vernon and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    Today, Skagit Public Health Officer Dr. Leibrand released the following statement on progress in the Safe Start – Reopening Washington Plan. “Case counts are trending downward in Skagit County, and a few days last week, Skagit was actually briefly meeting all five metrics required to move forward to Phase 3 of the Safe Start -- Reopening Washington plan. However, on July 2, Governor Inslee ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    Presenting the Stuff the Bus food drive Friday, October 23 from 11:30a.m – 5:30 p.m. at Fred Meyer Burlington, located at 920 S Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA 98233. Be a part of contributing non-perishable food items for those in need. Fred Meyer and Skagit Transit have come together in unison to kick off this special food drive. Donations of nonperishable food shall be stuffed inside a Skagit ...read more
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    Saturday, October 03, 2020
    Today, the Skagit County Board of Health appointed its fifth member, Mr. Aaron Katz. 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 from three to five members. Mr. Aaron Katz is the fifth member of the Board of Health. In April 2020, the Board of Health appointed Dr. Connie Davis as the ...read more
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    Saturday, October 03, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Halloween will look and feel a little bit different this year because of COVID-19, so it will be important to identify safer alternative activities to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.The Department of Health wants Washington residents to have a fun Halloween while remembering a few key actions you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.Protect yourself, your loved ones, and ...read more
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    Friday, October 02, 2020
    Skagit County property owners have until November 2 to pay the second half of their 2020 property taxes. After that date, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.While Skagit County did offer extensions to those who requested them for the first half taxes, an extension of the second half deadline could create substantial financial risk for many cities, school districts, fire ...read more
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    Friday, October 02, 2020
    Burlington, WA (Grassroots Newswire) October 2, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged business owners and homeowners alike to find ways to live and work without exposing themselves or others to this highly contagious virus. Now, the approaching flu season is set to complicate that challenge even further. To help control the threat that the one-two punch of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu ...read more
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    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.Yesterday we learned that on Friday, October 2, the National Academies will release the final Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine. This report will help guide equitable allocation of a limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine. We will be ...read more
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    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Within the next five to ten days the Washington State Department of Health will receive and distribute the first batch of Abbott BinaxNOW antigen test kits for COVID-19 from the federal government. These are rapid tests that can return results in as little as 15 minutes. The first batch will include 149,000 kits, and the state anticipates receiving nearly 2.3 million total tests between ...read more
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    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    Skagit County anticipates a vacancy in the District Court Judge Position 3 in early January 2021. Pursuant to Washington State law, the Board of County Commissioners has the authority and responsibility to appoint a qualified person to fill any District Court Judge vacancies. The Board of County Commissioners will accept applications to fill the potential vacancy from October 1, 2020, until ...read more
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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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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