NEWS

Bill number incorrect on General Election Ballot

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Please be advised: On the Nov. 6 General Election ballot, in ballot measure “Advisory vote No 19,” the ballot title area misstates the bill number. The ballot title area refers to bill number “6292.” The correct bill number is 6269. All other language for this measure is correct. This typographical error ONLY affects Skagit County ballots. Persons interested in researching the history of bill 6269 should visit the Washington State Legislative website for additional details. For more information about Skagit County Elections, visit skagitcounty.net/elections or call the office at 360-416-1702.     (read more)

Navy’s Draft National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement for EA-18G Growler Operations Increase at NAS Whidbey Island

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island is inviting the public to review and comment on the current draft National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to resolve adverse effects to historic properties resulting from increased Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island and Outlying Landing Field Coupeville. The Navy is consulting with the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and with local municipal and interested parties to develop the draft MOA. Consultation is in progress and SHPO and other consulting parties have not agreed with the current draft.     (read more)

State Autonomous Vehicle Work Group meets to consider initial recommendations to Legislature

(OLYMPIA)- With new and evolving technology advances in vehicle operations, the Washington State Legislature enacted a law in 2018 creating the Autonomous Vehicle Work Group. The body is convened by the Washington State Transportation Commission and is required to make recommendations on possible laws and regulations that will address the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roadways in the state. The work group will meet from 12 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Nisqually Board Room at the Department of Transportation Headquarters Building, 310 Maple Park Ave SE, Olympia. The meeting is open to the public. The work group held its first     (read more)

Naval Station Everett security exercise on Oct. 24

(EVERETT)- Naval Station Everett will be conducting a security training exercise on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The exercise will take place between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Blank rounds will be used as part of the simulated exercise scenario. There will also be a heightened security presence at the base waterfront and in the harbor, loudspeaker alerts, and active emergency response vehicles. Security training exercises such as this will continue on a regular basis over the next few months to maintain and improve emergency response the qualifications.     (read more)

Pilot needle pickup program kicks off Oct. 10 countywide

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Used needles can pose a public health hazard. And many people in Skagit County want to do something about it. In response to public requests, Skagit County Public Health is testing out a pilot needle pickup program starting Wednesday, Oct. 10. For six months, Public Health will dispense as many as 100 needle pickup kits at its downtown offices, 700 S. Second Street, Mount Vernon. Kits include safety glasses, gloves, a needle pickup tool and a sharps container. Interested individuals can come by and pick up a kit free of charge. When the sharps container is full, they can return     (read more)