Skagit County’s 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 Skagit County Public Works. The report can be accessed online at     (read more)

Forest Service to invest more than $1.2 million in OR, WA to restore tribal, state & private forests

(PORTLAND, OR)- The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is investing more than $1.2 million in five projects across the Pacific Northwest Region to restore tribal, state and private forestlands. Landscape Scale Restoration Program investments directly support the agency’s efforts to confront the ongoing wildfire crisis, while providing critical support to landowners across management jurisdictions as they work to promote healthy, productive forests that are resilient to the effects of climate change, according to a news release from the Forest Service. “These are great projects that were developed collaboratively with local partners who have critical local knowledge of     (read more)

Office of the Secretary of State issues Washington’s first digital apostille

(OLYMPIA)— The Office of the Secretary of State has issued its first digital apostille to authenticate a document as part of a pilot program with the City University of Seattle and @Gov, Inc., a Virginia-based company. An apostille is an authentication, similar to notarization, issued to documents for use in countries participating in the 1961 Hague Convention treaty that simplifies the legalization of documents for use abroad, including FBI background checks, medical certificates, and transcripts, according to a news release from the Office of the Secretary of State. The digital apostille authenticated a diploma, and was issued on behalf of an     (read more)

State agencies ramp up patrols and outreach to curb littering and improve safety

(OLYMPIA)- A coalition of state agencies are coming together to launch a statewide campaign timed with National Secure Your Load Day on June 6. The campaign raises public awareness about the need to properly secure cargo while honoring and remembering individuals whose lives have been lost or affected by objects falling from an unsecured vehicle load. The coalition includes the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Washington Department of Ecology, according to a news release. “We all have a responsibility to protect one another and to protect     (read more)

Skagit County EMS brings PulsePoint, a lifesaving 9-1-1 integrated mobile app, to Skagit County

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) announced the launch of PulsePoint to further the County’s commitment of creating a healthy and civically engaged community. PulsePoint Respond, a free mobile app, is a real-time view into dispatch, increasing community awareness of emergent events, and alerting CPR-trained citizens to cardiac arrest victims nearby, according to a news release from the county. The benefits of PulsePoint include: - Alerting CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity so they may administer aid. - Helping build a comprehensive Automated External Defibrillator (AED) registry. - Informing the community of EMS system     (read more)