Restoration work turns up the volume on Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges

(OAK HARBOR)– As summer quietly winds to an end, work to repaint two of Washington’s historic bridges cranks up. Beginning the week of Monday, Aug. 26, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will start sandblasting old paint off the Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges. This work is part of a multi-year project that began earlier this year to preserve the iconic structures. The loud sandblasting work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday. It will take months of work – and the noise that comes with it –for crews to remove     (read more)

Prepare for two weekends of closures of SR 9 near Marysville for roundabout installation

(MARYSVILLE)– Next month travelers will need to plan ahead to navigate back-to-back weekend-long closures of State Route 9 at 108th Street Northeast. During each of the two closures, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will build one-half of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection. This work will occur: - 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9 - 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 Detour routes will be signed. Residents will be granted local access. Both closures are weather-dependent. Roundabouts have a proven record of reducing injury collisions by 75%. Right now, nearly 10% of     (read more)

The Port of Skagit Introduced an incentive program to support general aviation

(BURLINGTON)— The Port of Skagit Commission voted Tuesday to approve an incentive program that will encourage and expedite private sector development on the airport, focusing on small aircraft services and needs. The incentive program is designed to support the two current proposed t-hangar projects on the crosswind side of Skagit Regional Airport and expedite the construction of much-needed hangar space and small aircraft maintenance facilities near the tenants with such aircraft. This program would help offset some of the high costs associated with construction on the largely undeveloped crosswind flightline near the 04-22 runway, by reimbursing developers for a portion     (read more)

Skagit/Islands Head Start has received a $7,817,445 five-year grant

(MOUNT VERNON)- Skagit Valley College Skagit/Islands Head Start (SIHS) is pleased to announce that they have received a notice of award from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and will receive a grant totaling $7,817,445 for Early Head Start and Head Start. The five-year grant runs from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2024. In addition to the base funding, SIHS has been awarded additional funding to increase the hours of services in both Head Start and Early Head Start. In addition to the five-year grant, supplemental start-up funding of $6,695,976 was also provided     (read more)

Carrier-based flight training operations scheduled for NAS Whidbey Island next week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville the week of August 12-18. People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield. Both     (read more)

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