NEWS

Navy Wraps Up Third Sound Monitoring Period

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- The Navy completed its third week of real-time sound monitoring at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island as directed by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20). Flight activity was monitored at 11 sites in proximity to Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville for seven consecutive days from Sunday, June 6 through Saturday, June 12. Data also continues to be collected in the Olympic National Park at a twelfth site. The week of monitoring included a range of typical flight activity, including four days of high activity levels, a moderate-level day, and low-level flight     (read more)

Skagit County seeks applicants for Agricultural Advisory Board

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County is seeking applicants to fill a vacant seat in District 1 for a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to serve in an advisory role in making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding land use, planning, programs, and policy decisions relating to agriculture. The Skagit County Agricultural Advisory Board makes recommendations on policy and planning issues related to agriculture and represents the diversity of the agricultural economy, various agricultural operations, and districts of Skagit County. The Skagit County Ag Advisory Board seeks persons with demonstrated knowledge, experience, and interest in one or more of the following     (read more)

More than $3.67 million in funds will be made available to help Washington libraries and museums

(OLYMPIA)— Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, announced that more than $3.67 million will be made available to help public, academic, and tribal libraries and museums statewide. The funding is part of the $200 million allocated in the American Rescue Plan Act to the Institute of Museum and Library Services in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Washington State Library will award grants to help museums and libraries implement and sustain public health protocols, and defray technology, personnel, training, supplies, equipment, and other operating costs. In addition, the grants will enable libraries and museums to     (read more)

WSTC to release ferry fare change proposal, June 15

(OLYMPIA)–The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold a work session next week to select its ferry fare increase proposal and discuss specific toll rate increases for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the State Route 99 tunnel, and the State Route 520 floating bridge. The special meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 15. Due to limitations on the size of gatherings in response to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Zoom Webinar. People interested in attending can register on the commission’s website. The meeting will be webcast live on TVW’s website at tvw.org. The     (read more)

Concrete Sauk Valley Road reopens; temporary bridge installed

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Operations Division of Skagit County Public Works has finished installing a temporary bridge over South Osterman Creek, a tributary to the Sauk River, on Concrete Sauk Valley Road. Concrete Sauk Valley Road has been closed since it washed out in January 2021. The installation of the temporary bridge will allow the road to reopen to one-way, single lane traffic until a permanent fix has been put in place. The temporary bridge was purchased by Skagit County this year and will be able to be used in the future for similar situations. “We really appreciate the Community’s     (read more)