NEWS

Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 5,292 positive COVID-19 cases (four new cases) in the county, with 350 hospitalizations, and 74 deaths.     (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)

Ecology uses cash to convert dry cleaners to less toxic options

Ecology uses cash to convert dry cleaners to less toxic options

(OLYMPIA)– Washington has reached a major milestone in reducing the use of toxic substances thanks to the successful efforts of the state Department of Ecology’s Product Replacement Program. Fifty dry cleaning businesses across the state have now switched from using toxic perchloroethylene (PERC) to a less toxic alternative since 2019. However, approximately 60 PERC-using businesses are still operating, prompting Ecology to redouble its efforts to eliminate the hazardous chemical from use. “This is a huge achievement, not just for Ecology but for anyone who calls Washington home,” said Sean Smith, manager of the state’s Product Replacement Program, “but our goal     (read more)

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