Three weekend closures down, three more to go for westbound US 2

(EVERETT)– Only three weekend closures remain for this summer’s US 2 paving project, but Snohomish County travelers must brace for the biggest traffic delays yet. Contractor crews working for the Washington Department of Transportation will close all lanes of westbound US 2 between State Route 9 and Interstate 5 from 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday on the following dates: Aug. 10-13, Aug. 17-20, and Sept. 7-10. All closures are weather-dependent.     (read more)

A man was arrested in Burlington after barricading himself in a vehicle

(BURLINGTON)- According to a press from the Burlington Police Department, a patrol officer spotted a wanted felon in the 1700 block of Whitmarsh Rd at about 8:30 a.m. Friday. The suspect, a 36 year old Mount Vernon man, was known to have a violent history. Officer Mike Lumpkin said, when the officer tried to contact him, he immediately barricaded himself in a vehicle. The suspect was wanted for weapons charges as well as for multiple charges of assaulting police officers. The area around this barricaded suspect was closed down for safety reasons and negotiators from the county wide Hostage Negotiation Team     (read more)

NAS Whidbey SAR rescues injured hiker on Forbidden Peak

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued an injured climber on Forbidden Peak August 2nd. The SAR team arrived on the scene at approximately 7,500 feet elevation on Forbidden Peak in the Cascade Mountains before noon Thursday. Two SAR crew members were lowered down to the climber, who was wedged between a cliff and a sheet of ice, and suffering multiple broken bones and a spinal injury. Because of his trapped situation and the extent of his injuries, the two crewmembers stayed on scene to prepare the climber for a     (read more)

Commissioners, stakeholders plan next steps in EMS transition

(MOUNT VERNON)- A new, fire-based EMS system will begin operating in central Skagit County on or before Jan. 1, 2019, following an ordinance passed July 25 by the Skagit County Board of Commissioners. The ordinance also dissolves the Central Valley Ambulance Authority (CVAA) as of July 31, 2019. “It’s the first time the county and cities have had a unified view of how the system should work,” said EMS Director Jeff Sargent. “We wanted to capitalize on that momentum.” Representatives from the county’s four cities – Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley – along with Aero Skagit, local fire districts, and Skagit County, will     (read more)

Lane closure on a portion of 18th Street in Mount Vernon

(MOUNT VERNON)- Crews will close 18th Street at Hillcrest Park Way in Mount Vernon on Friday, August 3rd, for water line connection work. The work will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Delays are expected and alternate routes advised.     (read more)