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Washington’s new multimodal 4-year program of transportation projects ready for review

(OLYMPIA)– Each year, the Washington State Department of Transportation develops the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program from local agency, metropolitan and regional transportation improvement programs. This compilation of prioritized transportation improvement projects is now ready for review and public comment. The draft 2020-2023 STIP is a four-year program of multimodal transportation projects identified through state, metropolitan, regional, tribal and local agency planning processes. Projects identified as using Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration funds must be included in the STIP in order to authorize the expenditure of federal funds. More than 1,200 statewide transportation improvement projects using $3.4 billion in federal funds     (read more)

Washington State Ferries hosts first ever virtual community meetings

(SEATTLE)– Washington State Ferries is hosting a round of community meetings through a new, online webinar in order to share the latest information and engage people in ferry-served communities from Tacoma to the San Juan Islands. During two live online community meetings, WSF staff will give a brief presentation with updates about 2019 accomplishments and what is next for implementation of WSF’s Long Range Plan. Online participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. “We want to hear from the communities we serve, because they are an essential part of our decision making process here at ferries,” said     (read more)

15th annual National Adoption Day celebration

(SKAGIT COUNTY)– On Friday, November 22nd, the Skagit County Superior Court will host their 15th annual National Adoption Day celebration from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at the Skagit County Superior Courthouse in downtown Mount Vernon, WA. Judge Brian Stiles will officiate the event, including the finalization of several adoptions. National Adoption Day is a collective effort to raise awareness of the need to find permanent, loving homes for more than 125,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. To date, the dreams of nearly 2,500 Washington children in foster care have come true through adoption into new families as part     (read more)

Marine Servicecenter fined $30,000 for water pollution

(ANACORTES)– The Washington Department of Ecology has fined a boatyard on the Anacortes waterfront $30,000 for allowing polluted stormwater to flow into Fidalgo Bay, an important habitat for endangered Chinook salmon and other marine life. Stormwater that flows off the facility at 2417 T Avenue contains high levels of copper and zinc, which are toxic to fish. Copper makes young salmon unable to avoid predators and adults unable to find their home rivers for spawning. Zinc can kill young salmon. “Marine life is very vulnerable to these pollutants,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of Ecology’s Water Quality Program. “Other boatyards successfully prevent     (read more)

Latest election resutls

For the latest local election results visit skagitcounty.net. For the latest statewide results visit votewa.gov.     (read more)

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