Washington State Ferries systemwide meetings scheduled for mid-June

(SEATTLE)– Washington State Ferries will host two virtual public meetings to share the latest updates about crewing, hybrid-electric vessels and efforts to restore service. The meetings will give riders and community members the opportunity to ask a panel of WSF directors their questions, according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Participants will need to register ahead of time for the noon Monday, June 17, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, meetings on Zoom.     (read more)

Guemes Island Ferry electronic ticketing system launch delayed

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County is in the process of transitioning to a new electronic ferry ticketing system, provided by Anchor Operating Systems. The original launch date for the new system was June 6, 2024; however, the software integration with our payment processor has taken longer than expected. With the support of our beta testing team, Skagit County is delaying the launch date to continue working on the new application. The Public Works Ferry Division is dedicated to providing an effective and efficient ticketing system for our riders and we will update the community as soon as a new launch date is     (read more)

Planning Commission will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County is conducting Planning Commission meetings in a hybrid format. A hybrid meeting of the Planning Commission will be held on Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m., according to a news release from the county. The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to take comment on the Guemes Island Seawater Intrusion amendment. The staff report, public notice, and all other documents are available at the following website: Please see the agenda and meeting materials at: The Planning Commission will host     (read more)

Skagit County Public Works publishes Farmland Legacy 2023 Annual Report

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Public Works has published the Farmland Legacy 2023 Annual Report, chronicling the County’s work protecting local farmland in the past year. The report provides insight into the role of agriculture in Skagit County and how protecting farmland helps us preserve agricultural viability. After protecting 425 acres of farmland in 2023, Skagit County farmland under conservation easement protection now totals 14,700 acres, according to a news release from the county. The report can be accessed online on the county's website. The 2023 report covers the following: - Featured Properties: Meet the farmland owners who voluntarily protected their land in 2023 -     (read more)

Skagit Valley College celebrates grand opening of Fire Technology Building

(MOUNT VERNON)- Skagit Valley College (SVC) celebrated the grand opening of its new Fire Technology Building on May 15 at the Mount Vernon campus. The new facility is specifically designed to support the college’s long-standing Fire Protection Technology program, according to a news release from SVC. For more than 20 years, the Fire Protection Technology program has provided students with the education and training necessary for successful careers in firefighting. Previously housed in temporary facilities, the new Fire Technology Building provides a permanent and modern learning environment where students will learn through hands-on experiences. The new building features one large-bay     (read more)