Skagit County was recognized with Smart Communities award

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County officially received the 2018 Governor’s Smart Communities Award today for its innovative partnership with the city of Mount Vernon and state Department of Ecology on the Community Justice Center Brownfield Redevelopment. The award was first announced in May 2018. The Smart Projects Award recognizes a project that implements a comprehensive plan. In the award, the state Department of Commerce noted that Skagit County’s Community Justice Center Brownfield Redevelopment “demonstrates a strong understanding of the value of productive farmland and encouraging reuse of underutilized properties rather than expansion into undeveloped lands. With the support of partners,     (read more)

Landing Practice operations are scheduled for NAS Whidbey Island next week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field the week of August 13-19, 2018. There are no Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations scheduled for the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash. during that week. 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     (read more)

Retail sales hit $37.6 billion in first quarter 2018

(OLYMPIA)- A bump in construction and lawn and garden supplies and equipment sales helped boost the state’s taxable retail sales in first quarter of 2018. The sales increased by 10.3 percent over the same period in 2017, reaching $37.6 billion. Retail trade, a subset of all taxable retail sales in the state, also increased by 8.6 percent to a total of $15.8 billion. Taxable retail sales are transactions subject to the retail sales tax, including sales by retailers, the construction industry, manufacturing and other sectors. Retail trade includes sales of items such as clothing, furniture and automobiles, but excludes other industries, such as services     (read more)

NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board Reminder

(OAK HARBOR)- The next NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held August 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bakerview Restaurant/Chief’s Club, located at 1080 W Ault Field Rd #138, Oak Harbor. Interested community members are invited to attend the meeting. Several topics will be discussed; including, the State Petroleum Cleanup Program, Military Munitions Response Program, and the CERCLA Program (including work at the Area 6 landfill and drinking water PFAS investigation). The RAB is a key element of the NAS Whidbey Island environmental program. As an advisory board the RAB is designated to act as a     (read more)

Wildfire smoke from regional fires headed to Skagit County this week

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Forecasts call for some wildfire smoke to reach Skagit County starting Tuesday, Aug. 7. Periodic east winds could bring in smoke from fires in the North Cascades, causing air quality to deteriorate to “Moderate” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” on occasion. If smoke levels become “Moderate” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” Skagit County Public Health recommends limiting or avoiding intense outdoor activities. Smoke may be hazardous, particularly to those more sensitive to poor air quality, including: People with heart and lung disease, respiratory infections, asthma, diabetes or other health conditions; Babies and children Pregnant women; and People older     (read more)