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  • Saturday, October 16, 2021
    Programs are offered in-person and virtually OLYMPIA – Oct. 12, 2021 – Washington State Parks offers unique learning opportunities for children and students in person and virtually throughout the year. Interpretive staff have developed pre-recorded lessons that are accessible through Flipgrid. The lessons have been designed to help students learn about Washington state parks virtually at their own ...read more
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    Saturday, October 16, 2021
    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is taking place this Saturday, October 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations across Skagit County. This is a national event, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in collaboration with community law enforcement and prevention partners.Since 2010, Take Back Day events have provided easy, anonymous opportunities to remove medicines ...read more
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    Saturday, October 16, 2021
    Housing Trust Fund NOFA #HFU-2021-04The Department of Commerce is happy to announce a new solicitation for projects seeking capital funding to preserve affordable housing in the state Housing Trust Fund portfolio.Applications will be considered for existing Housing Trust Fund multifamily rental projects seeking preservation funding.Deadline: Applications are due to the Department of Commerce by ...read more
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    Saturday, October 16, 2021
    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Washington Federal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WAFD) (the "Company"), parent company of Washington Federal Bank, N.A. ("WaFd Bank"), today announced annual earnings of $183,615,000 for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, an increase of $10,177,000 from earnings of $173,438,000 for the year ended September 30, 2020. After the effect of dividends on preferred stock, net income ...read more
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    Saturday, October 16, 2021
    Skagit County Public Works is currently seeking public comment on the 2022-2027 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). You can view the draft TIP in full here. Comment will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on November 23, 2021. Comment can be submitted via email at pw@co.skagit.wa.us, phone at 360-416-1400 or at Public Work’s comment page linked here. The Six Year TIP is a mid-range ...read more
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    Saturday, October 16, 2021
    Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced that, beginning on November 15, individuals 12 years and older who attend certain large events will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result.This new statewide Vaccination Verification Program will apply to indoor events of 1,000 or more attendees and outdoor events of 10,000 or more attendees. It will not apply to settings ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    Donations of new pairs of socks will support non-profit organizations serving homeless communities in Washington.  Bellingham, WA – October 11, 2021 – Building on its 2018 and 2019 Socktober campaigns during which more than 12,000 pairs of socks were donated to non-profit organizations serving homeless communities in Washington, Peoples Bank has once again reintroduced its sock-gathering effort. ...read more
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    Friday, October 08, 2021
    Local SERVPRO cleaning and remediation specialist encourages Burlington residents to focus on personal accountability to limit spread of viral infectionsBurlington, WA (Grassroots Newswire) October 1, 2021 - Flu season is upon us! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity often begins to increase in October, peaks between December and February, and can ...read more
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    Friday, October 08, 2021
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    Friday, October 08, 2021
    Washington State Broadband Office Infrastructure Acceleration grant application open nowThe Washington State Broadband Office will award approximately $266 million in broadband infrastructure grants in at least two funding rounds planned for October 2021 and April 2022. The current funding round will have approximately $135 million in federal funds available with the remainder available in April ...read more
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    Friday, October 08, 2021
    Today, the Skagit County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring October 11-15, 2021 Flood Awareness Week in Skagit County. Skagit County has been taking time in October to highlight flood awareness and prepare for the upcoming flood season since the 1970s. “Skagit Valley is one of the most picturesque and fertile watersheds in Washington,” said Commissioner Janicki, who currently serves ...read more
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    Friday, October 08, 2021
    2021-22 prices will ensure Sno-Parks continue to operateOLYMPIA – Oct. 5, 2021 – When Washington Sno-Park permits go on sale Nov. 1, winter recreationists will see a fee increase for the first time since 2009.Washington state Sno-Park users enjoy a high-level of service, including cleared parking lots, groomed ski, skate-ski and snowmobile trails, regularly sanitized bathrooms and avalanche beacon ...read more
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    Friday, October 08, 2021
    Washington’s single-use plastic bag ban went into effect on October 1.    If a retailer supplies a bag, they must charge an 8¢ per bag pass-through fee, which the retailer keeps. Stipulations prohibit reimbursing customers for the fee and exceptions for charging the fee. The kinds of bags retailers can supply for the 8¢ fee:    ·         Large paper carryout bags made with 40% recycled ...read more
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    Friday, October 08, 2021
    Last week, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced last week that the state minimum wage will increase 5.8% on January 1, from $13.69 to $14.49 per hour in 2022.    Indexed to the inflation rate, the 2022 increase in the minimum wage will be the largest increase since a 5.9% increase in 2009.    Under 2019 overtime rules, executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, October 08, 2021
    Fewer homes were sold in the third quarter in Skagit County than a year ago, but buyers quickly snapped up homes that were listed, according to managing broker Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate in Burlington.   While 539 Skagit County homes were sold in the third quarter, that was 12.6% fewer than in 2020, Inman said. Inman prepared her report based on data from the Northwest Washington ...read more
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    Friday, October 01, 2021
    We're hiring! EDASC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity that implements the economic development program for Skagit County is seeking a Program Support Coordinator to assist staff in carrying out programming. The ideal candidate is a people-person with a record of developing and maintaining cooperative, professional relationships with other employees, management, and outside organizations. The ...read more
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    Friday, October 01, 2021
    Job seekers and businesses are invited to the Northwest Regional Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 hosted virtually by EDASC, WorkSource and SIHRMA through the web platform Brazen. To register as a job seeker, click this link, then click "Register Now" to get started. Up to 50 employers will have virtual booths at the event, enabling job seekers to join for one-on-one chats. Click here to ...read more
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    Friday, October 01, 2021
    The Skagit County Fairgrounds Testing and Vaccination Site will be expanding its hours of operation next week to better serve the community and reduce wait times. Beginning on Monday October 4,the new operating hours will be from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The site will no longer operate on Wednesdays.“This change was necessary given current demand for testing here in ...read more
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    Friday, September 24, 2021
    Federal Level:https://www.whitehouse.gov/covidplan/September 13, 2021: President Biden announced a vaccine mandate requiring ALL employers with 100+ employees in their organization to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly.OSHA Rulemaking in progress: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safeworkNote: Washington state is not subject to OSHA's rules. L&I is developing emergency rules ...read more
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    Friday, September 24, 2021
    The Port of Skagit was awarded a $1,000,000 loan and a $1,000,000 grant through the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to continue its work to bring fiber optic infrastructure to eastern Skagit County. This low-interest Rural Broadband Program loan along with the grant from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund, will support the East County Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) Construction ...read more
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    Friday, September 24, 2021
    OLYMPIA -- Like most health care systems nationwide, Washington hospitals and health care workers are under tremendous strain as a result of staffing shortages and increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients. In alignment with Governor Inslee, Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, submitted to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra a request for medical staff and other resources to ...read more
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    Friday, September 24, 2021
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in nine Washington counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began July ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    Effective September 20, 2021 and until further notice, residential yard and land-clearing fires are once again permitted in areas within unincorporated Skagit County.     Within unincorporated Skagit County, burn permits are required for piles exceeding 4 feet by 4 feet. Burn permit requests may be submitted by phone at 360-416-1840, and will be processed in the order that they are ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    Beer, wine and spirits delivery service compliance checks are now being conducted by LCB Enforcement Officers. These activities involve LCB officers placing orders for beer, wine, and/or spirits for delivery. Underage LCB investigative aids will accept the orders at the delivery location to ensure drivers are properly checking ID and refusing the alcohol delivery.If a delivery person provides the ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    September 20-24, 2021 is SepticSmart Week—a week during which Skagit County Public Health joins the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Governor Jay Inslee in reminding homeowners and communities about the importance of caring for, and maintaining, their septic systems.Properly designed, installed, and maintained septic systems can operate for a long time as a mini wastewater treatment plant ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    OLYMPIA, WA -- The Washington State Department of Commerce announced a new grant program that will launch Oct. 4 to help certain small businesses hurting due to the U.S.-Canada border closure. The border has been closed to most travelers since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Working Washington Grants: Border Business Relief Program will focus on customer-facing businesses that have ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    Registration is OPEN!    October 7, 2021 Our 10th Annual En Vogue Runway Show and Benefit Auction will be bigger and better than ever, as we join you through a livestream venue! This is our 10 year anniversary (postponed from 2020) and we plan to have some surprises! Registration/silent auction preview starts at 5:00pm with silent bidding to begin by 5:30 and the runway show live auction starts ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. — PeaceHealth hospitals, clinics, doctors and nurses in Northwest Washington need the community’s help to make sure they can continue to safely provide care – not only to those suffering from severe illness from COVID-19 but to those requiring care for the full range of illness and injuries that its doctors and nurses typically treat.   “We can’t do this alone,” said ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    U.S Sen. Patty Murray recently visited Skagit Valley College to meet with students and staff to hear how tuition-free community college would help them and the local community. “As a former community college instructor at Shoreline Community College, I know how life-changing higher education can be for Washington state students and families,” said Sen. Murray, who serves as chair of the Senate ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    The Washington State Department of Commerce is soliciting project proposals from entities interested in conducting outreach and assisting members of historically disadvantaged communities in applying for state and federal assistance programs. The application assistance will include, but is not limited to, programs administered by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Department of ...read more
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    Friday, September 17, 2021
    Community Development Block Grantsfund wide range of high-priority local projects, including public water, sewer, emergency and fire protection systems, streets, housing, food pantries and more. OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced 20 rural cities, towns and counties will receive a total of more than $11.4 million in Community Development Block Grants ...read more
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