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  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    LACEY, WA. – Renters in Clallam, Skagit and Whatcom counties and members of the Lummi Nation, the Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Quileute Tribe whose homes and property were damaged by the November floods can apply for federal disaster assistance. FEMA Individual Assistance is available to renters, including students, as well as homeowners. Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    LACEY, WA. – One week after Washington disaster survivors became eligible for federal assistance, the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division and FEMA have worked together to award $1.5 million in federal grants to individuals and households.Residents of Clallam, Skagit and Whatcom counties, including members of the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Quileute Nation ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    Gov. Jay Inslee today signed an executive order that rescinds Directive 98-01, a 23-year-old document that was supposed to provide agencies with instructions on how to implement Initiative 200 (I-200) on affirmative action. Instead, the directive was overly restrictive. The governor announced earlier this month his intention to rescind the outdated directive. Today’s replacement executive order ...read more
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    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    Commerce grants $3.5 million to help public buildings cut energy costs, reduce pollution and showcase solar in communities across the state.OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $3.5 million in grants to state and local government agencies to install solar panels at public buildings in communities throughout the state. The 29 projects will provide over 2.2 ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Economic
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    OLYMPIA --The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is seeing an increase in the number of “vaccine breakthrough” cases related to the recent increase in overall cases statewide. Even with the increase in breakthrough infections, data continue to show that vaccination is highly protective against hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Current reporting shows a recent 43% increase in the ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Community
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    Gov. Jay Inslee took steps in Dec. to help address the matter as he proposed supplemental budget funding for 2022 that represents a significant investment - more than $1 billion – to reduce poverty, address housing and provide resources to many Washingtonians left behind."In 2017, we created the poverty reduction group to develop a 10-year strategic plan to reduce poverty in our state," Inslee ...read more
    Categories: Legislature, Human Interest, Press Release
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    Due to staffing shortages, the Skagit County Fairgrounds Testing and Vaccination Site will be closed until Tuesday, January 18. During a time when we are seeing many workplaces across Washington State being affected by staffing shortages due to COVID-19 infections and exposures, Skagit County Public Health and the County at large are unfortunately seeing similar impacts. “Operating the site ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Community
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    Last week, President Biden declared an emergency for Whatcom, Skagit and Clallam counties related to the November 13-15, 2021 flood events. This declaration opened up funding from both the Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Here is some information about resources currently available:Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance: The SBA offers ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    LACEY, WA. – After a disaster, con artists and criminals may try to obtain money or steal personal information through fraud or identity theft. In some cases, thieves try to apply for FEMA assistance using names, addresses and Social Security numbers they have stolen from survivors. Residents of Clallam, Skagit and Whatcom counties and members of the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe or the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    Gov. Jay Inslee today issued an emergency order to temporarily restrict non-urgent health care services, procedures and surgeries that are performed in hospitals as part of a package of measures taken to address the current COVID-related state of crisis in hospitals.The emergency order also prohibits all hospitals from utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) other than according to a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    Skagit County hospitals have seen a dramatic increase in the number of individuals admitted for inpatient care due to COVID-19 over the past week. This recent spike has only further exacerbated our already overburdened healthcare system both locally and across the state.Today, our local hospitals together with County Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand are coming together to ask Skagitonians to ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Community
    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    With COVID-19 cases rising due to the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, hospitals are seeing a dramatic increase in COVID hospitalizations. The health care staffing shortages have led hospitals to be at or over their capacity to treat patients. Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that the state will be taking a number of actions to help alleviate the staffing crisis in hospitals.The governor ...read more
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    Saturday, January 15, 2022
    The demand for COVID-19 testing has increased dramatically since the end of December 2021. The new Omicron variant has proven to be highly transmissible, causing a rapid spike in new cases over the past two to three weeks. Aside from vaccination, boosters, and masking, testing is one of the best tools that we have to slow the spread of the virus in our community. Skagit County Public Health has ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Do you love the Burlington community and want to work with a team of people who share your passion? Look no further! The City of Burlington is seeking highly qualified candidates to join our team. We have current openings within several departments including: Fire, Police, Facilities and Parks and Recreation.  Within the Parks and Recreation Department, we're looking for a Recreation Specialist, ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    EDASC, in partnership with the Mount Vernon-based multimedia producer Transmediavision, is launching a video series exploring unique and successful Skagit County businesses. Each 15-minute episode explores the story behind the people, products and events that shape business in Skagit County. These candid, personal stories from business owners provide viewing, insights and inspiration for those ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Learn firsthand from local purchasing departments what they are looking for in business relationships and bidding procedures at the virtual Skagit County Meet the Buyers Event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25. The event will feature procurement professionals from the Port of Anacortes, City of Mount Vernon and City of Sedro-Woolley.Click here to learn more and register.   
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    Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Innovation Cluster Accelerator commits $3 million to launch inaugural cohortOLYMPIA, WA – Recognizing that supporting innovation is essential to driving the transformation of legacy industries and rise of new clusters that will fuel statewide economic growth, the Washington State Department of Commerce recently launched the first cohort of an Innovation Cluster Accelerator. Five organizations will ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Workforce Training and Education Coordinating BoardJanuary 11, 2022WORKFORCE BOARD’S POPULAR WORKFORCE SYSTEM POSTER NOW ONLINEThe Workforce Board has posted an at-a-glance Washington workforce system poster known as “America’s favorite matrix” to the web. It’s perfect for gazing at on your home computer or (for some lucky folks) on their office PC. This poster provides a look at Washington’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    It’s that time of year again… Get ready to submit your posters for the 16th Annual Poison Prevention Poster Contest! The poster contest is open to all Washington students in grades Kindergarten through 6th. This year’s theme is: “Mr. Yuk Helps Everyone!”Contest Schedule:Monday, January 10, 2022: Poster Contest LaunchesFriday, February 11, 2022: Last Day to Submit EntriesTuesday, March 1, 2022: ...read more
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    Friday, January 07, 2022
    Viva Farms is now accepting applications for our 2022 cohort in the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture! The deadline to apply is February 21st, 2022. The course will begin in early April and go through November 2022. You can find more information, including the application, on our website in English and Spanish. The Viva Farms team is available to share more information and answer questions at ...read more
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    Friday, January 07, 2022
    Skagit County is seeking applications for 2022-2023 Homeless Crisis Response System funding. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is available on the Skagit County Public Health Housing and Homelessness webpage. Applications for new and existing projects must be submitted no later than 3:00pm on Friday, February 11th, 2022.   Questions regarding this NOFA can be submitted to Housing ...read more
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    Friday, January 07, 2022
    ~ Volunteer Opportunity ~   The City of Burlington has an available position on its Historical Preservation Commission.  Persons who have interest in supporting the preservation of Burlington's history and who also reside within Burlington's recreation service area (B-E School District boundaries) are invited to apply for the volunteer position. Commission representatives will act in an ...read more
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    Thursday, January 06, 2022
    The median sales price of a Skagit County homes rose 18.5% to $500,000 in 2021, fueled by high demand, low inventory and low interest rates according to managing broker Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate in Burlington.   The countywide median home sales price has soared from $204,470 in 2011, the last time it declined in Skagit County, Inman said. The median sales price is the point ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Thursday, January 06, 2022
    The Skagit County Fairgrounds Testing and Vaccination Site will reopen on Thursday, January 6 following a shutdown due to extreme weather conditions. Public Health has deemed it safe to reopen the site, assuming this evening’s weather forecast doesn’t result in more snow than anticipated. The Fairgrounds will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, January 6 from 3pm-7pm for testing services only. ...read more
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    Thursday, January 06, 2022
    As Washington state is experiencing a dramatic rise in COVID cases due to the Omicron variant, Gov. Jay Inslee announced steps today to contain the spread. Inslee did not announce any rollbacks, restrictions or closures.   “We are seeing more COVID cases now than at any point during the entire pandemic and our hospitalizations are near the peak of Delta. Omicron is more contagious, and more ...read more
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    Thursday, January 06, 2022
    Yesterday, President Biden declared a major disaster in the State of Washington, and ordered federal assistance to help those impacted by flooding and mudslides that occurred from November 13 to November 15, 2021. This action makes federal funding available to impacted individuals in Clallam, Skagit and Whatcom Counties, as well as the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Quileute ...read more
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    Thursday, December 30, 2021
    Project objective WA State Commerce seeks to produce meaningful and practical guidance for local governments. We can best do this by engaging representatives from counties and cities to review and provide input on drafts as they are developed. The Climate Change Chapter Review group is designed to develop and publish guidelines and guidance for a model climate change element. This includes ...read more
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    Thursday, December 30, 2021
    Today, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Grace Kane to the position of Public Works Director. Grace will officially take on the position on January 18, 2022. Her appointment follows the retirement of current Public Works Director Dan Berentson. Grace came to work for Skagit County in May 2021 and has been serving as Engineering Division Manager. ...read more
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    Thursday, December 30, 2021
    Omicron variant likely cause OLYMPIA -- The state of Washington is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, and transmission is expected to rise in the coming weeks. While it is still too early to tell how much of the increase is due to Omicron, epidemiologists with the Washington State Department of health (DOH) agree that Omicron prevalence is increasing and is most likely the dominant ...read more
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    Thursday, December 30, 2021
    OLYMPIA –The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is offering a detailed reminder about what people should do if they test positive for COVID-19. Cases are rising sharply, driven by the omicron variant, which is believed to be more contagious than previous variants, including delta. Tracking cases and preventing further spread of disease starts with testing; anyone with any signs or ...read more
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    Thursday, December 30, 2021
    Beginning on January 1, 2022, individuals impacted by the State of Washington v. Blake decision will be able to apply for refund of related legal financial obligations (money owed in legal fees) via a new online portal. Eligible individuals are those who were convicted in Skagit County Superior Court of a simple possession of a controlled substance (RCW 69.50.4013) and later had all counts ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 28, 2021
    Ready to dive deeper into your photography skills? Excited to put your DSLR to use? We've got upcoming Photography Classes scheduled for 2022! Classes take place at Maiben House in Burlington and are offered on various evenings throughout January, February and March 2022. Classes are offered for two different skill levels:DSLR Beginner Level 1 DSLR Intermediate Level 2The DSLR Beginner Level 1 ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 28, 2021
    Fourth Farm for 2021 Added to Farmland Preservation Program This fall, Skagit County finalized a conservation easement on a 103-acre property to permanently limit the land’s use to farming.   The property, zoned Agriculture-Natural Resource Land (Ag-NRL), sits west of I-5 in the Conway area south of Mount Vernon. The county paid $155,000 in conservation futures tax funds for the permanent ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 28, 2021
    Due to current severe weather conditions, the Skagit County Fairgrounds Testing and Vaccination Site will be closed until Thursday, December 30. Staff will reassess at this time to determine whether it is feasible to open on this day or remained closed until Monday, January 3, 2022. Those who have made an appointment for a pediatric or booster vaccine at the Fairgrounds for this week will be ...read more
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    Thursday, December 23, 2021
    The Say Yes! COVID Test At-Home Testing Challenge provides households with access to free, rapid COVID-19 test kits that they can self-administer and is now available in Skagit County. Say Yes! COVID Test encourages residents to use the tests to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep the community healthy. Beginning today, Skagit County residents can order testing kits online for free home ...read more
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    Thursday, December 23, 2021
    Largest single award amount for grants and loans will support 40 projects in at least 16 countiesOLYMPIA, WA --- The Washington State Department of Commerce announced its largest-ever single award amount for grants and loans that support 40 affordable housing projects in at least 16 counties across the state.The Traditional Housing Trust Fund (HTF) awards include 20 multifamily rental unit ...read more
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    Thursday, December 23, 2021
    The Port of Skagit has a new Commissioner ready to take office on January 1st.  Joined by a small group of family and friends, Mahlon Hull was sworn in as Port District 3 Commissioner for the Port of Skagit during the Commission meeting on Tuesday, December 14th.   Commissioner-elect Hull has an extensive background in service, within our own community and beyond.  As an Air Force and Air ...read more
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    Thursday, December 23, 2021
    Skagit County Public Works will wrap up the free flood debris removal program on Friday, December 31, 2021. The program was implemented during the historic flood events of November 2021. “We’re happy so many in the community were able to make use of this program,” said Commissioner Lisa Janicki, who currently serves as Chair of the Board. “It’s a small thing but recovering from a flood event ...read more
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    Thursday, December 23, 2021
    ScaleUp Business Training, a no-cost weekslong program providing well-tested training for businesses poised for growth is returning in 2022. The program provides the tools necessary to expand capacity, improve value proposition and marketing efforts, interpret financial statements and go from working in a business to working on the business. The training is delivered over a nine-session series of ...read more
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    Thursday, December 23, 2021
    1. There are only two actions that stop on Dec. 31 SBA will no longer accept new applications for COVID EIDL loans and advances andSBA will no longer process applications for the supplemental targeted advance 2. SBA will continue to process applications received on or before Dec. 31 until funds are exhausted, including: Pending loan applications, loan increase requests, applications in ...read more
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    Thursday, December 23, 2021
    Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement today on his authority to make changes to the long-term care premiums set to begin collections on January 1st. “There seems to be some inaccurate reporting and misinformation about the Legislature’s long-term care bill, which under the law requires employers to withhold money from employee wages. “Only the Legislature has the authority to eliminate the ...read more
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