North Cascades Highway spring clearing has begun

(DIABLO)- The Washington State Department of Transportation announced that crews began clearing the 37 miles of State Route 20 connecting the Skagit and Methow valleys on Monday, March 25. WSDOT’s west side maintenance crew began clearing the scenic highway from Colonial Creek to the Ross Lake Overlook at Diablo Gate on Monday. From the east side, crews cleared from Early Winters up 7 miles to Silver Star Gate – and kept going. By mid-morning Tuesday, March 26, crews cleared one lane for an additional 7 miles to Lone Fir (campground). The barricades will remain in place at Early Winters because crews will need to remove     (read more)

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Boater near Possession Point

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission Monday afternoon, March 25. The SAR alert crew received notification of a person sitting on an overturned boat near Possession Point at 1:30 p.m. The crew launched within 15 minutes and were on scene at 1358 and had recovered the individual by 1407. Once the crew brought the man aboard the helicopter he was flown to Skagit Valley Hospital for further evaluation.     (read more)

Studded tire removal deadline is March 31

(OLYMPIA)- With a record-setting winter finally in the history books, the arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until Sunday, March 31, to remove studded tires. The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be removed by the end of the day March 31. Starting at midnight on Monday, April 1, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine. Studded tires also damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded near the removal deadline, so please plan accordingly. WSDOT will not extend     (read more)

Alcohol use remains at an all-time low while vaping use increases among Skagit County youth

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- While alcohol use among teens remains at an all-time low, and the percentage of teens reporting cigarette smoking is less than half of what it was a decade ago, use of e-cigarette/vapor products has gone up significantly among Skagit County youth, according to the results of the latest Washington Healthy Youth Survey. Use of vapor products (battery-operated devices that produce an aerosol by heating a liquid) in the past 30 days among Skagit County 10th graders increased from 11 percent in 2016 to 18 percent in 2018. Among 12th graders, use increased from 18 percent in 2016 to 29 percent in 2018. Aerosols from nicotine-containing     (read more)

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

(NAS WHIBEY 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 25-31. 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)