A Mount Vernon bank was robbed on Thursday

(MOUNT VERNON)- A man entered the US Bank located at 419 S. 2nd Street in Mount Vernon just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, approached a teller and demanded money. No weapon was used and no one was injured during the incident, according to a press release from the Mount Vernon Police Department. The male suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, and was last seen walking southbound on S. 2nd Street. Mount Vernon patrol officers were quick to respond checking area streets, parking lots and adjacent businesses, but did not locate the suspect. Mount Vernon K9     (read more)

Flu season is here: Take steps to reduce your risks

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Flu activity is just starting to increase across the state, including in Skagit County. Skagit County Public Health encourages you to get vaccinated now, to ensure that your immunity is at its peak when flu season fully arrives. The flu vaccine is the best prevention method to reduce the occurrence of influenza in your community. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) nasal spray is recommended as an option for those who would not otherwise be vaccinated, or for whom it is most appropriate. Ask your doctor about availability, as not all providers and pharmacies carry LAIV nasal spray.     (read more)

Washington’s election security remains strong as 2018 General Election vote count approaches record

(OLYMPIA)— Ongoing county ballot counts for the 2018 General Election are drawing near Washington’s 48-year-old record midterm turnout of 71.85 percent of registered voters. Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Tuesday credited the showing to strong voter interest and confidence in the integrity of state elections. The convenience and security of Washington’s online voter-registration system and voter database constitute one of America’s soundest systems for electoral participation, Wyman said. Additional upgrades are planned to further safeguard elections integrity well ahead of the 2020 presidential election cycle. Washington’s secure election defense mechanisms were probed unsuccessfully by Russian hackers during the 2016     (read more)

Share your input on future of Skagit County Parks and Recreation

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- After four public meetings hosted this spring and summer throughout the county, the Skagit County Parks and Recreation Department is now seeking the community’s feedback on future priorities through a public survey. The survey adds to the information already gathered at public meetings, and will help the county get better information for its six-year comprehensive plan update. The focus of the update is to plan and provide needed park facilities for Skagit County’s growing population. Survey responses are being accepted online through Dec. 1: The updated plan is intended to     (read more)

Mount Vernon Police responded to a weapon offense

(MOUNT VERNON)- Mount Vernon Police Officers were dispatched to a weapon offense late Sunday night in the 700 block of N. 1st Street. Through their investigation officers learned that there had been a domestic dispute. The suspect had brandished what the victim described as a “machine gun” at both herself and a juvenile male. The suspect threatened to kill them and anyone else who arrived. Prior to police arrival both occupants had fled the residence leaving the suspect inside with the weapon. Containment was set up around the residence with the assistance of the Washington State Patrol, Skagit County Sheriff     (read more)

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