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  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    On Thursday, January 21, Farhana Loonat, Ph.D., Skagit Valley College Department Chair for Political Science, Philosophy, International Studies, Anthropology, and Social Science, will present her paper, The "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion" Illusion in White Supremacist Institutions of Higher Education: Delivering Equity and Inclusion for Women Faculty of Color. Dr. Loonat’s presentation will take ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    Skagit County residents are waking up this morning to the effects of a windstorm overnight that has downed trees and power lines all across the county and the region. Residents are urged to stay home if possible and to not drive over or walk near downed power lines.County Crews and staff are working hard to sign and document road closures and have been throughout the night.For an up to date list ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    OLYMPIA –Starting today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will begin texting a verification code to every person in Washington state who tests positive for COVID-19. The goal is to help WA Notify exposure notification users alert fellow users faster if they’ve been exposed. People who test positive for COVID-19 will still receive notification from their health care provider or ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    The U.S. Small Business Administration and Treasury Department announced Monday that the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) reopened this week for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    In response to the Flood Watch issued by the National Weather service, the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management issued the recommendation that homeowners in the floodplains of the Skagit River take preliminary precautions against flooding. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., Jan. 12, 2021 – PeaceHealth United General Medical Center has made a temporary change to its visitation policy due to the increased incidence of COVID-19 in the Skagit County community.PeaceHealth says temporarily visitors will not be allowed for most patients including surgical services and outpatient procedures. “The decision to further restrict visitors was difficult to ...read more
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    Friday, January 08, 2021
    Washington Business coalition expresses concerns over remote legislative session Washington Retail has joined in signing a Council of Washington Business Organizations letter expressing significant concerns for the proposed remote 105-day Legislative session scheduled to commence on Monday.  The letter addresses the many challenges of a remote only session and provides several recommendations the ...read more
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    Friday, January 08, 2021
    Yesterday, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for phase 1B, which is the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine prioritization. DOH worked closely with the Governor’s Office to finalize prioritization for phase 1B, while also relying on federal guidance and public input through focus groups, interviews, and surveys over the past few months. This guidance is for planning ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    Today, Commissioners Wesen and Browning took their oath of office for their 2021-2024 term. Commissioner Wesen was first elected in 2009 and is serving his fourth term. Commissioner Browning was elected in 2020 and this will be his first term in office. Today’s ceremony took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   “It is an honor and a privilege to serve Skagit County residents,” said ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    Commission will hold public comment meeting Jan. 26 OLYMPIA – Dec. 22, 2020 – Today, staff of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission released a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) finding for the U.S. Navy’s application to conduct special operations training at 28 state parks in western Washington along the Pacific coast and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    Skagit Valley College (SVC) is pleased to announce that the College has been awarded $32,270 for a one-year pilot program designed to assist SVC’s Running Start students by the Washington Student Achievement Council(WSAC).     The SVC Running Start Pilot Scholarshipwill support student success by covering the cost of books, course materials, and/or student fees for eligible students during the ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    Commerce partners with Philanthropy Northwest to engage communities of color in assisting those experiencing disproportionate impacts from the pandemic. OLYMPIA, WA --- Recent data show communities of color in Washington state are experiencing disproportionately higher percentages of COVID cases and economic impact. Several demographic groups have case and hospitalization rates from seven to 10 ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    State teams up with Safe Start Fund to provide 24 partnership grants to nonprofits, local governments and educational service districts to develop community-based plans for expanding child care capacity OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a second round $1.8 million in grants to 24 organizations. The organizations are leading collaborative efforts to expand ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    The median sales price of a Skagit County homes rose 12.9% to $421,975 in 2020, more than doubling in the last 10 years, according to managing broker, Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate in Burlington.   The countywide median home sales price has soared $216,505 (106%) since its last yearly decline in 2011, Inman said. The other double-digit increases since then were in 2018 (11.3%) and ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    Professional Development | Technology | Health & Wellness | Creativity & Hobbies   Skagit Valley College’s Continuing and Community Education program (CCE) is pleased to announce new online workshops for Winter Quarter. CCE allows you to engage, connect, learn, and grow from the comfort of your home by offering short-term, non-credit courses. For more information, visit the CCE Winter 2021 ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    Visitors won’t need a Discover Pass New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday holiday OLYMPIA – Dec. 17, 2020 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits. The first free day is Friday, Jan. 1, which gives visitors the opportunity to take part in a First Day ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    Gov. Inslee announced the details of his 2021 – 2023 biennial budget proposal Thursday, which included significant funding for public health, economic supports for workers and businesses, and other services that Washingtonians need to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19. "We must invest in the relief, recovery and resilience of Washington. We cannot cut the things that we need most during ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    Proclamation 20-83: COVID-19 Prohibitions on Travel from Countries with 501Y.V Variant Circulation Today Gov. Jay Inslee issued a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone returning to Washington state after visiting the United Kingdom, South Africa and other countries where a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, 501Y.V, has been circulating. Health experts believe this new variant may be more ...read more
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