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Washington State Ferries hosts first ever virtual community meetings

(SEATTLE)– Washington State Ferries is hosting a round of community meetings through a new, online webinar in order to share the latest information and engage people in ferry-served communities from Tacoma to the San Juan Islands. During two live online community meetings, WSF staff will give a brief presentation with updates about 2019 accomplishments and what is next for implementation of WSF’s Long Range Plan. Online participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. “We want to hear from the communities we serve, because they are an essential part of our decision making process here at ferries,” said     (read more)

15th annual National Adoption Day celebration

(SKAGIT COUNTY)– On Friday, November 22nd, the Skagit County Superior Court will host their 15th annual National Adoption Day celebration from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at the Skagit County Superior Courthouse in downtown Mount Vernon, WA. Judge Brian Stiles will officiate the event, including the finalization of several adoptions. National Adoption Day is a collective effort to raise awareness of the need to find permanent, loving homes for more than 125,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. To date, the dreams of nearly 2,500 Washington children in foster care have come true through adoption into new families as part     (read more)

Marine Servicecenter fined $30,000 for water pollution

(ANACORTES)– The Washington Department of Ecology has fined a boatyard on the Anacortes waterfront $30,000 for allowing polluted stormwater to flow into Fidalgo Bay, an important habitat for endangered Chinook salmon and other marine life. Stormwater that flows off the facility at 2417 T Avenue contains high levels of copper and zinc, which are toxic to fish. Copper makes young salmon unable to avoid predators and adults unable to find their home rivers for spawning. Zinc can kill young salmon. “Marine life is very vulnerable to these pollutants,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of Ecology’s Water Quality Program. “Other boatyards successfully prevent     (read more)

Latest election results

For the latest local election results visit skagitcounty.net. For the latest statewide results visit votewa.gov.     (read more)

Feedback requested on potential changes to Guemes Island Ferry operations

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Skagit County Public Works Department is requesting feedback on potential changes to the Guemes Island Ferry operations, including eliminating the midday service gap, adding later evening runs, and providing web-based ticket sales. The community is encouraged to provide feedback on the potential changes by completing an online survey and attending a live community forum scheduled for November 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Guemes Island Community Center. The online survey and community forum is part the work being done by Skagit County Public Works in partnership with the BERK and KPFF consulting groups to evaluate current and future     (read more)

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