Public invited to nominate Washington businesses that go the extra mile

(OLYMPIA)— Each year, the Office of the Secretary of State calls for nominations for the Corporations for Communities Award. Now in its tenth year, the Corporations for Communities award program recognizes for-profit businesses that give back to Washington State communities despite having no requirement to be generous. “One of the highlights of my job is bringing attention to companies throughout Washington that go the extra mile for not only their customers but their communities,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman, whose office oversees the registration of Corporations and Charities in Washington. “I want to encourage anyone who knows of a     (read more)

Washington counties and cities benefit from local records grant funding

(OLYMPIA)— Nearly $650,000 in local records grant funding will soon help local governments in Washington state protect and preserve their public records. For example, the City of Edmonds will soon be able to organize its file room, Jefferson County will have access to new technology tools, and the Ridgefield School District can start digitally scanning its records. All of these achievements have been made possible by the Local Records Grant Program administered by the Washington State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. “These grants are vital to small government entities that rely on them to assist     (read more)

Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of July 8-14

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There has been a change to the carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville the week of July 8-14, 2019. No carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled for NAS Whidbey Island's Ault Field. 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     (read more)

Burn Ban takes effect July 12 for all of Skagit County

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- A modified burn ban for all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County will go into effect at noon Friday, July 12, 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 diameter and two feet high remain allowed within enclosures and when safety precautions are followed. Recreational or cooking fires can consist only of charcoal, seasoned firewood or propane-fueled firepits and must meet the following requirements: - Enclosures must be AT LEAST 16 inches high, no wider than 3     (read more)

Skagit County home sale prices increase 11.1% in 2Q 2019

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- A strong housing market continued in Skagit County in the second quarter, pushing its median sales price near $400,000, according to a press release from Shelah Inman of Group Brown McMillen. The median sales price of a Skagit County home was $380,000 in the second quarter, up 11.1% fromthe second quarter of 2018, according to Inman. Inman prepared the quarterly report based on data from the Northwest Washington Multiple Listing Service. “The sales price increases were throughout the county, led by double-digit jumps in La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley,” Inman said. “Anacortes was the exception among the county’s largest     (read more)

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