NEWS

NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board

(OAK HARBOR)- Interested community members are invited to attend the next NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the NAS Whidbey Island Chiefs' Club Ballroom, located at 1080 West Ault Field Road, Oak Harbor. Several topics will be discussed; including, the State Petroleum Cleanup Program, Military Munitions Response Program, and the CERCLA Program (including work at the Area 6 landfill and drinking water PFAS investigation). The RAB is a key element of the NAS Whidbey Island environmental program. As an advisory board the RAB is designated to act as a forum for open     (read more)

U.S. Coast Guard to conduct training at NAS Whidbey Island

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- A reserve U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit from Naval Station Everett will conduct a Field Training Exercise on Saturday, October 19 on Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Seaplane Base and in the waters of Crescent Harbor. The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the unit for security missions and improve overall interdepartmental operability. During this training period, Coast Guard personnel will engage in security zone operations and defense. People around Crescent Harbor may notice security team and small boat maneuvers including blank fire weapons training.     (read more)

Skagit County recognized by State Auditor for outstanding financial stewardship

Skagit County recognized by State Auditor for outstanding financial stewardship

(SKAGIT COUNTY)– Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy has recognized Skagit County with the State Auditor’s Stewardship Award for outstanding accomplishments in accountability, transparency and good stewardship of public resources. County leaders were recognized during an awards banquet held by the Washington Association of County Officials (WACO) in Tacoma earlier this month. The award was presented in response to actions taken by Skagit County leaders to address concerns highlighted in a recent report issued by the State Auditor’s office: A Guide to Unauditable Governments in Washington. The report identified a lack of financial reporting by 40 special purpose districts across     (read more)

Invasive New Zealand mud snail confirmed at three Skagit County locations putting fish and others at risk

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The highly invasive New Zealand mud snail has been confirmed at three locations in Skagit County. The snails were first discovered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture in late 2018 while doing water quality monitoring at Big Indian Slough, and again in August and September of 2019 at Carpenter Creek and Joe Leary Slough by Skagit County water quality monitoring staff and members of the Skagit Drainage & Irrigation Consortium. County water quality officials are encouraging extra precautions to prevent the further spread of these harmful invaders. “We strongly encourage anyone who works, fishes, or otherwise recreates in ditches,     (read more)

Naval Station Everett will have a security training exercise on Oct. 15

(EVERETT)- Naval Station Everett will be conducting a security training exercise on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at its main Everett base. The exercise will include mass warning notifications on outdoor speakers, an increased presence of security, and the use of blank rounds to simulate gunfire. The Navy regularly conducts training exercises to maintain and improve security and emergency response qualifications. These exercises help prepare for a potential real emergency.     (read more)

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