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The Port of Skagit has set the schedule for its 2015 budget

Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

(BURLINGTON)- The Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners has approved a schedule for considering the port’s 2015 budget.  Adoption is set for Nov. 4.  According to the budget schedule, the preliminary 2015 budget will be placed on file for public review on Sept. 28.   The port staff will present the …


NAS Whidbey Island SAR Evacuates Three Hikers off Mount Pershing

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station  Whidbey Island rescued three hikers in the Olympic Mountain Range in Mason County Sunday morning, August 10.

The hikers, all around 60 years of age, had been stranded atop the 4,848 foot cliff since Friday, August 8, and were …


The DNR has banned all outdoor burning

Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014

(OLYMPIA)– With dangerously hot and dry weather driving fire danger to a new high, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today it is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on all DNR-protected lands, with no exceptions.

“All indicators are that we’ll continue to have …


Rock blasting, rolling slowdowns and lane closures planned next week on Snoqualmie Pass

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014

(HYAK)– Drivers traveling east of Snoqualmie Pass next week need to plan for added travel time due to rolling slowdowns, lane closures and nightly rock blasting closures.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close Interstate 90 for rock blasting at 7:30 p.m. each night for about an …


Western Washington municipal stormwater permits are being updated

Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

(OLYMPIA)– Local governments in Western Washington will see changes to what’s required for managing polluted storm-water runoff, the top threat to the water quality of urban-area lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.

Storm-water is typically rain that runs off rooftops, paved streets, highways and parking lots.  Along the way, it can pick …