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Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 160 positive COVID-19 cases in the county with 18 hospitalizations and four deaths.     (read more)

Skagit home sales price jumps 11.3% for 2020 1Q

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The median sales price of a Skagit County home rose 11.3% to $389,000 in the first quarter of 2020, but the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the local housing market remains to be seen, according to a press release from Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate. “The month of March showed a slight improvement with 179 units sold in 2020 compared to 164 units in 2019,” Inman said. “The coronavirus hasn’t delayed scheduled closings but will affect home sales 1-3 months. However, we continue to see new listings coming on the market and pending quickly.” Inman prepared a quarterly report     (read more)

Secretary of State Kim Wyman urges governor, legislative leaders to appropriate emergency funds for 2020 elections

(OLYMPIA)— Amid rising concerns that the upcoming 2020 elections may be cancelled due to COVID-19, Secretary of State Kim Wyman asked Governor Jay Inslee and legislative leaders Thursday to immediately appropriate a 20% match to obtain election grant funding allocated to states in the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides $400 million in election grants to help states prepare for the 2020 elections. In the letter, Wyman asks leaders to provide a $1.7 million match so Washington can obtain $8.3 million to help county election officials prepare for the August primary and November general election. “We have a duty     (read more)

State Parks offers fun (and educational) at-home activities for junior rangers

(OLYMPIA)- Since Gov. Jay Inslee has issued the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to help combat the spread of COVID-19, many parents or guardians are wondering how to keep their young ones busy and engaged. Graphic of Junior Ranger Program sticker with mascots and motto: Play. Learn. Protect.Washington State Parks wants to help. Parks staff have created a variety of activity sheets for children ages 4 and older to help them (and their families) discover the wonders of nature through fun exploration, games and creative activities. More than a dozen activity sheets are on the agency’s Junior Ranger     (read more)

Statement from Ecology Director Laura Watson on federal ‘SAFE’ rule rolling back vehicle emissions standards

(OLYMPIA)- Washington state Department of Ecology Director Laura Watson on Tuesday issued a statement on the federal government adopting the "Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule": “It’s disheartening that the federal government, in this time of national crisis, continues its efforts to roll back vital air quality protections. The so-called ‘Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule" adopted today flies in the face of nearly 50 years of state and federal partnership aimed at reducing air pollution and increasing vehicle efficiency. “This rule will worsen air quality and increase greenhouse gas emissions, threatening public health and accelerating the damage caused by climate     (read more)

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