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  • Friday, July 31, 2020
    After nearly 28 years of representing Farmers Insurance Company, Victorian and I are ready to retire.  It is with great enthusiasm for us to announce that Adam Thurmond will be taking over our agency effective August 1, 2020.  He and I have known each other for nearly 30 years as I umpired his youth baseball games when he was a teenager.  He was born and raised in Burlington and continues to ...read more
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    Friday, July 31, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which outlines similar trends to our previous report. Transmission continues to increase overall in eastern and western Washington.Report findings include:COVID-19 transmission continued to grow across the state as of early July. Best estimates place the reproductive number (the ...read more
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    Friday, July 31, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updates to the July 24 guidance for restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan.Changes include clarification about which establishments can offer indoor seating, temporary outdoor seating guidance and counter-style seating clarifications. Read the full restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries ...read more
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    Thursday, July 30, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the extension of proclamation 20-46.1, first issued in April, which relates to protections for high-risk employees and workers' rights.   As a result of new CDC guidance regarding people at increased risk for severe illness, the extension will provide a clarifying guidance memo. The guidance memo confirms that employees who are 65 and older continue to be covered ...read more
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    Thursday, July 30, 2020
    Summer is finally here! And after weeks of park closures and travel restrictions, along with weeks of rainy weekends, we only have one question:Are you ready to get outdoors? Most Washington state parks have reopened, and staff are excited to welcome visitors back!Have you been holding off camping at a Washington state park because you don't have the gear — tent, sleeping bags, cookstove, etc? We ...read more
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    Thursday, July 30, 2020
    Ballots are due August 4th, and we’ve been getting questions about voter’s pamphlets. These are accessible online through the Skagit County, Washington - Government Elections page.Do you want to dig deeper into issues before sending in your ballot? The League of Women Voters of Skagit County has posted Candidate Forum videos that you can view on-demand.
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Today, Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand extended his guidance on cancelling large scale events through 2020 in light of continually rising COVID-19 cases. This extension was supported unanimously by the Skagit County Board of Health.  On May 6, 2020, Dr. Leibrand recommended cancelling or postponing large scale events including fairs, parades, festivals, overnight ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    We are challenging service clubs, organizations and businesses in Skagit County to STUFF THE BUS! Helping Hands has partnered up with Skagit Transit to STUFF THE BUS for our C.H.O.W. program! The event will take place on Saturday, August 8th at The Cascade Mall from 11 AM to 3 PM. It will be a drive-thru food drive, allowing our volunteers and our community members to receive this generous gift ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which outlines concerning trends in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, as well as mixed trends in case counts in different parts of the state.Report findings include:COVID-19 transmission continued to grow across the state as of early July. Best estimates place the reproductive number (the ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched the Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment, or the CORONA survey. The survey is an effort to assess the behavioral, economic, social, and emotional impacts and the needs of communities across the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.The CORONA survey results will inform immediate, long-term, and ongoing actions that DOH ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee today released an additional guidance document following last week's announcement of guidance updates in Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan following the extension of the proclamation.  The memo outlines the updates to gatherings, live entertainment, restaurants and taverns, entertainment and recreational centers, card rooms, movie theaters, and weddings and funerals ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    The Burlington Public Library is now offering Express Printing for our patrons in case they need help printing important documents such as resumes, and anything related to getting unemployment benefits, taking care of their taxes, and immigration paperwork! There is an option for us to do some proof reading if necessary.    To apply for Express Printing, please fill out the Application for ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    The Burlington Public Library has expanded their Express Holds pickup service to five days a week. The new schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 3pm, and Tuesday 2pm – 7pm. Library patrons may place holds through the library’s online catalog or call the library during holds pickup hours to have staff place holds on items. You’ll be notified once the items are available, and they can ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 28, 2020
    LegalShield 2020 Life Stages Overview Guide:  Family AdditionsFamily AdditionsUncontested AdoptionChildCustody and Child SupportGuardianshipPower of AttorneyLast Will and TestamentTake 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 situations that require ...read more
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    Sunday, July 26, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced the extension of proclamation 20-25, Washington's Safe Start Phased Reopening plan.  This extension changes guidance and regulations for activities shown to provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure, including restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and ...read more
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    Thursday, July 23, 2020
    Discover Pass checkout program resumes as libraries reopenOLYMPIA – July 21, 2020 – As state parks and public libraries begin to reopen, Washington State Parks and the Washington State Library have resumed the popular Check Out Washington program in libraries across the state.Check Out Washington allows patrons of participating libraries to borrow a Discover Pass for one week. The program, which ...read more
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    Thursday, July 23, 2020
    Public health staff, medical facilities, telehealth, business and job support, and social supports such as food, housing to benefit from new state CARES Act funding  OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $20 million in emergency Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding is now available to the 29 federally recognized Tribes in the state to ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    A modified burn ban for all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County will go into effect at noon Friday, July 24, and continue until further notice. Skagit County will no longer issue permits for these activities and existing permits are suspended.                                                                  Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 feet in ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    The 2021-2023 Community Capital Facilities Youth Recreational Facilities grant application period closes July 23 at 5 p.m.The Youth Recreational Facilities program awards state matching grants of up to 25% of eligible capital costs for the acquisition, construction and/or major renovation of nonresidential youth recreational facilities.Applications for the 2021 - 2023 Youth Recreational Facilities ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    Let’s be frank: Skagit County’s COVID-19 numbers are increasing dangerously and our hopes to move to Phase 3 soon are fading further into the distance. Skagit County businesses need your help. We are all impatient for businesses to reopen, events to take place and the economy to return to “normal.” We want this pandemic to be over. There is one very simple, painless thing everyone can do to ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 21, 2020
    LegalShield 2020 Life Stages Overview Guide: Getting MarriedGetting MarriedName ChangePrenuptial AgreementChild Support/Child CustodyLast Will and TestamentTake 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 situations that require an attorney that is ...read more
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    Saturday, July 18, 2020
    What's next? If it's a new job, Skagit Valley College will be talking about Marine Trades training and employment at a Zoom info session on Wed., July 22, 6-7pm. Learn how SVC's Marine Maintenance Technology program can power up your new career!     —> To register: https://sforce.co/3fHmwJS     SVC’s Marine Maintenance Technology program is the premier training program on the West Coast and has ...read more
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    Saturday, July 18, 2020
    Did you know that High School Juniors and Seniors can earn tuition-free college credit at SVC while still in high school through the Running Start program? Students and families are invited to attend a virtual info session on July 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 to learn more about the program and the steps to get started for Fall Quarter.     —> To ...read more
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    Saturday, July 18, 2020
    This has been a tough year. Below is a message from our friends at Turnaround Artists who were doing a great job at putting this together. We are sorry for their loss and we were looking forward to having them at our fairgrounds. They have provided refund info and more below. ______________________________________________From Turnaround Artists:Sadly, we have to CANCEL the Drive-In Live Concert ...read more
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    Saturday, July 18, 2020
    OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which highlights alarming trends in transmission and hospitalization data.Report findings include:The spread of COVID-19 continues to accelerate across most of Washington state as of the start of July. The reproductive number (the estimated number of new people each COVID-19 patient will ...read more
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    Friday, July 17, 2020
    As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the state, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today announced a new limit on social gatherings and a ban on live entertainment across the state. “The steps are necessary to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The unfortunate truth is that we can’t let our guard down, even as we engage in more activities,” Inslee said during a press ...read more
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    Thursday, July 16, 2020
    Overview Skagit County has set aside $1 million in grant funds to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grants may be up to $25,000 depending on number of employees. Applications will be accepted from July 13 through 5 p.m. July 26. The program is intended for businesses located in Skagit County with 25 or fewer employees. This program is administered by EDASC on behalf of Skagit ...read more
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    Thursday, July 16, 2020
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    Skagit County, with the help of EDASC, is now accepting applications for the second round of funding of the Skagit County Small Business Grant Program, designed to support small businesses and nonprofits adversely impacted by COVID-19. Funding for the opportunity is provided by the County through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, better known as the CARES Act. EDASC is ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    State Public Works Board accepting grant and loan applications for broadband infrastructure construction projectsOLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board is accepting applications for broadband infrastructure construction grants and loans July 13, 2020 through September 9, 2020. Approximately $9.1 million is available for low-interest loans and $8.6 million for grants.Cities, ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    Application Period Closes Aug. 3The Early Learning Facilities (ELF) K-12 School District Program enables school districts to expand, remodel, purchase or construct early learning facilities and classrooms necessary to support state-funded early learning opportunities.Applications for the 2021 - 2023 ELF K-12 School District Program must be received in ZoomGrants by 5 p.m. PST Monday, Aug. 3.The ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    PSE is offering special lighting upgrade incentivesNow through Sept. 1, all Business Lighting incentives are at least 50 percent higher, up to 70 percent of the project costs!50% INCREASEComponents and screw-in lamps, retrofit kits, new fixtures and fixtures with controls LLLC (Luminaire Level Lighting Controls) fixtures: $75 per fixture with occupancy and daylight controls.100% INCREASETLEDs: $4 ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    Here's what new and existing WOSBs need to know:Are you interested in seeking a WOSB/EDWOSB certification for the first time?Becoming certified for the WOSB Federal Contracting Program means your business is eligible to compete for contracts that are set aside for WOSBs and economically disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSB) and sole-source federal contracts within eligible industries. That reduces your ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    Olympia – July 14, 2020 – The Washington State Parks Boating Program wants paddlers to have fun on the water — while being safe. The Paddle Safe Week campaign, July 19–25, focuses on safe paddling practices and safety on Washington's marine and fresh waterwaysthroughout the year.According to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2019 Special Report on Paddlesports and Safety, paddlesports continue to grow in ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    OLYMPIA – In the continuing effort to collect, maintain and publish the most useful data available to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has published a new death data report that includes different categories of COVID-19 deaths. Among those who have tested positive for COVID-19, these categories include confirmed due to COVID-19, suspected of being due ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    Skagit County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health are encouraging Washingtonians to limit summer travel plans to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Over recent weeks, Skagit County has seen a number of cases due to travel out of county and out of state.The Safe Start--- Reopening Washington plan details travel allowances under the different Phases. Phases 2 and 3 allow for ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    LegalShield 2020 Life Stages Overview Guide: Addressing Your legal Needs of Every Stage of Life - a 4 part seriesGetting 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 ...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
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    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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