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Skagit County launches SkagitRising.org

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County on Monday launched skagitrising.org, a new website containing opioid and substance use resources. This website was created in partnership with Public Health, the Population Health Trust and the Opioid Workgroup Leadership Team to connect community members to pertinent behavioral health information and services. “Navigating the behavioral health system can be challenging. With the variety of information, services and resources available, it can be difficult to know where to start or where to find the information and help that is needed.,” said McKinzie Gales, Community Health Education Specialist with Skagit Public Health. “SkagitRising lists all     (read more)

Army to hold Communications Evaluation Training at NAS Whidbey Island

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- The US Army's 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion ( 51st ESB) from Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) will conduct a Field Training Evaluation at NAS Whidbey Island's Outlying Landing Field (OLF), Coupeville, from Oct. 26-30. The purpose of this training event is to ensure the battalion's Troposcatter (TROPO) communication system team remains ready to rapidly assist civilian authorities in support of potential natural disasters worldwide. The 51st ESB conducted similar training at the OLF in March 2016. The Army's 51st ESB can provide secure and non-secure voice, data, and video communications in support of significant or catastrophic events to     (read more)

Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule CHANGE at the NAS Whidbey Island this week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There have been changes to aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, the week of Oct. 19-25. 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     (read more)

Whidbey SAR Conducts MEDEVAC from Lopez Island Sunday

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island transported a 65 year-old woman suffering from severe pain from Lopez Island Sunday, October 18. The SAR crew got the call for the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) after 1 p.m. The crew landed at Lopez Island Airport after 2 p.m. and transferred the patient onto the helicopter. The original plan was to take the patient to St. Joseph’s in Bellingham but, because of weather conditions, they took her to Skagit Medical Center where they transferred her to higher care. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island SAR     (read more)

Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 1,184 positive COVID-19 cases (two new cases) in the county, with 100 hospitalizations, and 23 deaths.     (read more)

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