A pedestrian was struck by a train in Mount Vernon

(MOUNT VERNON)- Mount Vernon Police responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a train near Cameron Way and West Fir Street Monday morning at 1:53 a.m. According Lt. Greg Booth in a press release from the department, on arrival, officers located an unresponsive 19-year old Mount Vernon man, lying near the tracks. Fire and med crews confirmed the male was deceased. Investigators learned the male was walking northbound on the tracks, near W. Fir Street and Cameron Way, when a northbound BNSF freight train came around the bend under I-5. Train operators applied emergency braking measures and     (read more)

An extreme weather event damaged T-hangars at Skagit Regional Airport

(BURLINGTON)- A significant, destructive weather event occurred on Sunday, January 6th, resulting in extensive damage to several T-hangars at Skagit Regional Airport in Burlington. Varying degrees of damage occurred to five T-hangar buildings, which are the smaller hangars typically leased by private recreational aircraft owners. Airport staff hope to reach out to NOAA to identify specifics about the storm that caused damage to multiple T-hangars yet left some nearby aircraft on the flight line untouched. Skagit Regional Airport has five T-hangar buildings, each housing 10-12 individual hangars, as well as larger hangars which didn’t sustain any damage. All     (read more)

SR 11/Chuckanut Drive reopens after overnight closure due to rockslide

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Both directions of SR 11/Chuckanut Drive reopened on Thursday following Wednesday night's rockslide that closed the roadway between MP 12.4 (just north of Taylor Shellfish Farms) and MP 13.8 (just south of Larrabee State Park).     (read more)

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

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville the week of January 14-20. 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. Both runways at Ault Field are open.     (read more)

Secretary Wyman says need for new Library, Archives facility is critical

(OLYMPIA)— The deterioration of the circa-1962 Washington State Archives building puts priceless, irreplaceable historic documents at risk of catastrophic destruction by a fire or flood and needs to be addressed by the Legislature immediately, Secretary of State Kim Wyman said. Both the State Archives on the Capitol Campus and the Washington State Library in Tumwater outgrew their facilities years ago, which has required each to house state documents in leased locations that have become obsolete. Consolidating the State Library and Archives into a new state-owned facility built to address current and future demands is a top priority, Wyman said. “Our     (read more)