Skagit County, WA

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Lane changes at the Sharpes Corner

State Transportation crews are restriping the roundabout at Sharpes Corner. After monitoring traffic volume and traffic incidents since it was completed in 2018, this minor change is expected to improve roundabout operations. WSDOT crews will complete this restriping Tuesday between 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. Look for flaggers out directing...
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Man Injured in Crash near Deception Pass

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – A young California man was seriously injured when he crashed his car while driving impaired in Skagit County Saturday night. The State Patrol reports the 21-year-old man was driving north on Highway 20 near Deception Pass when his car left the road and it a driveway and a tree.
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City Investigation Supports Municipal Court Workers’ Claims

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A lawyer hired by Mayor Seth Fleetwood’s office to investigate reports of a toxic workplace at the Bellingham Municipal Court says she found evidence to support workers’ claims. She completed the investigation despite a judge’s order that it be halted. Fleetwood said he would forge ahead with...
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More high temperatures are on the way

As temperatures climbed as expected Monday, the National Weather Service’s Seattle office released a new heat risk notice for the weekend ahead. Mid-Monday, temperatures across Skagit County ranged from 70 in Anacortes to 92 near Marblemount. Like Monday, Friday and Sunday are now forecast by the weather service to be...
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On the Beat

Here’s a sampling of recent calls to local police and fire agencies:. Crews responded to a fire early Monday in a building behind Papé Machinery on Hickox Road in south Mount Vernon. According to a city of Mount Vernon news release, firefighters arrived on scene at 4:17 a.m. and were...

Race Week Pacific NW sets sail

Docks were bustling early this morning as crews made ready for Day One of Race Week Pacific Northwest 2021. Hosting this year’s event is the Port of Anacortes, Cap Sante Marina. About Photographer Steve Berentson. A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island...
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EDASC relocates offices in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON — The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) has relocated its offices to 1932 East College Way, Suite B, in Mount Vernon. The new location has advantages including ample free off-street parking, a central location near I-5 and a substantial savings in rent, according to a Monday news release from EDASC.
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New COVID cases at lowest since September

Skagit County Public Health has reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 for the seven-day period running June 13 through June 19. It is the lowest number of new COVID-19 for a seven-day, Sunday-through-Saturday period since Sept. 13-19 when 17 cases were reported. The latest seven-day, Sunday-through-Saturday period brought with it...
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Hot forecast spurs safety warnings for Northwest

The first official days of summer are coming in hot, and agencies are asking people to take extra care with fires and their health. On Monday, the National Weather Service’s Seattle office released a new heat risk notice for the weekend ahead. Temperatures in Anacortes are expected to reach into the 80s through the weekend.
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Skagit Public Utility District well positioned for chlorine shortage

The Skagit Public Utility District has no plans to call for water conservation measures despite a national shortage of chlorine, which the district uses to purify water. This comes after the city of Anacortes asked its water customers Thursday to conserve water, saying the city is running short on the chlorine compound sodium hypochlorite it uses to purify water and may be unable to meet the demand for clean water.
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Swinomish Police Department welcomes new police dog

SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY — The Swinomish Police Department has added a new officer to its ranks — one with four legs, a tail and a nose primed to detect drugs. Viking, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, joined the department this week, providing what Swinomish Police Chief Earl Cowan hopes will be a tool to better protect the community — especially when it comes to the increasing amount of drugs coming onto tribal land.