Board of Health considering Smoking and Vaping in Public Places Ordinance

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Smoking and vaping is a community health concern. The quality of individual citizen’s health, access to clean air, and benefit to public health and safety are a priority of the Public Health Department. It is the goal of this ordinance to reduce access and exposure to smoking and vaping for children and youth, as well as promote a healthier environment for all residents. An ordinance presented March 12th, 2019 to the Skagit County Board of Health seeks public comment on the proposal. A public hearing is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The entire proposed ordinance can     (read more)

Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled for next week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville the week of March 11-17. 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 of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield.     (read more)

Environmental penalties for fourth quarter 2018

(OLYMPIA)- The Washington Department of Ecology issued $437,000 in penalties of $1,000 or more October through December 2018. A detailed list of the violations and resulting penalties is available online. Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with state laws. Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations. The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to settlement or court rulings. Funds collected go to the state’s general fund or to dedicated pollution prevention accounts.     (read more)

Wyman thanks Legislature for helping expand presidential choices for Washington’s voters

(OLYMPIA)— Secretary of State Kim Wyman praised the state House of Representatives for its Monday vote to move Washington’s Presidential Primary from May to March. The House’s 54-42 vote on Senate Bill 5273, which passed the Senate 29-18 in January, brings Washington closer to giving the state’s voters more influence in the presidential nomination process. “After years of urging our Legislature to move Washington’s Presidential Primary to an earlier date, it’s immensely gratifying to see the Legislature support this bill and bring it closer to becoming law,” Secretary Wyman said. “Moving Washington’s primary earlier in     (read more)

WSDOT partners with Business Impact NW to help diverse firms get loans

(OLYMPIA)– A unique partnership between the Washington State Department of Transportation, Sound Transit and Washington state-based credit unions will help underserved businesses participating in WSDOT’s Capacity Building Mentorship program with alternative financing options. The mentorship program has been operating successfully since July 2018; however, access to capital continues to be a primary barrier to small businesses and those owned by minorities, veterans and women. Verity Credit Union, BECU and Harborstone Credit Union are making a total of $750,000 in loans available in support of Washington’s diverse business community. Business Impact NW will administer the loans to firms participating in the     (read more)

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