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Overnight lane closures on I-5 in Everett to repair more pavement panels have been postponed

(EVERETT)- The full northbound closures planned for I-5 in Everett this weekend have been postponed. The work will be rescheduled to a later date.     (read more)

Board of County Commissioners announce the appointment of Keith Higman as Public Health Director

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Skagit County Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of Keith Higman to the position of Public Health Director. Keith will officially take on the position on January 9, 2023. The position has been vacant for about five months, following the promotion of the former director, Jennifer Johnson, to the role of Skagit County Deputy Administrator on August 1 of this year, according to a news release from the county. Higman has served as Director of the Island County Health Department since 2008. Preceding that, he served as Environmental Health Director for Island County for 10 years. In total, Higman has worked     (read more)

Plan to cut statewide fuel emissions 20% starts Jan. 1

(OLYMPIA)– On Jan. 1, 2023, Washington’s new Clean Fuel Standard will begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation – the state’s largest source of carbon pollution. Over the next 12 years, the new standard will reduce annual transportation emissions statewide by 20 percent, or about 4.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, according to a news release from Ecology. That’s comparable to taking more than 900,000 cars permanently off the road. The Washington Legislature passed the Clean Fuel Standard in 2021 and directed the Department of Ecology to implement the program beginning in 2023. Today, Ecology adopted the final rules for the Clean Fuels Program     (read more)

Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to the Washington State Department Health, the latest numbers show 27,380 positive COVID-19 cases in Skagit County, with 1,260 hospitalizations, and 243 deaths.     (read more)

Swatting incident at Mount Vernon High School

(MOUNT VERNON)- The Mount Vernon Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a weapon offense at Mount Vernon High School at approximately 9:44am Tuesday morning. According to a news release from the Mount Vernon Police Department, the reporting party advised that multiple students had been shot in a classroom at the school located in the 1000 block of E. Fulton St. Responding officers coordinated with the Mount Vernon Police Department’s School Resource Officer (SRO) who was on campus at the time of the call. The SRO acting as a law enforcement first responder and school liaison was able to     (read more)

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