SepticSmart Week intends to raise awareness about septic systems

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- On Monday, Sept. 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – along with federal, state and local government and private sector partners – will kick off its sixth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage homeowners and communities learn more about, and properly maintain their septic systems. SepticSmart week runs Sept. 17 though Sept. 23 More than 26 million homes in the U.S. – or one in five households – depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. Locally, Skagit County Public Health tracks the status of more than 18,000 on-site sewage systems (OSS). If not maintained, failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by     (read more)

Naval Station Everett Security Exercise Sept. 12 and 19

(EVERETT)- Naval Station Everett will be conducting a security training exercise on Wednesday, Sept. 12 and Wednesday, Sept. 19. The exercise will take place between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. During the exercise, base access at the main gate may be closed for short 5 minute intervals. There will also be a heightened security presence at the base waterfront, loudspeaker alerts, and active emergency response vehicles. Security training exercises such as this will continue to occur on a regular basis throughout the next several months. Training is conducted regularly to help maintain and improve the qualifications of emergency response personnel. NSE is responsible     (read more)

Skagit County was recognized with Smart Communities award

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County officially received the 2018 Governor’s Smart Communities Award today for its innovative partnership with the city of Mount Vernon and state Department of Ecology on the Community Justice Center Brownfield Redevelopment. The award was first announced in May 2018. The Smart Projects Award recognizes a project that implements a comprehensive plan. In the award, the state Department of Commerce noted that Skagit County’s Community Justice Center Brownfield Redevelopment “demonstrates a strong understanding of the value of productive farmland and encouraging reuse of underutilized properties rather than expansion into undeveloped lands. With the support of partners,     (read more)

Landing Practice operations are scheduled for NAS Whidbey Island next week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field the week of August 13-19, 2018. There are no Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations scheduled for the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash. during that week. 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     (read more)

Retail sales hit $37.6 billion in first quarter 2018

(OLYMPIA)- A bump in construction and lawn and garden supplies and equipment sales helped boost the state’s taxable retail sales in first quarter of 2018. The sales increased by 10.3 percent over the same period in 2017, reaching $37.6 billion. Retail trade, a subset of all taxable retail sales in the state, also increased by 8.6 percent to a total of $15.8 billion. Taxable retail sales are transactions subject to the retail sales tax, including sales by retailers, the construction industry, manufacturing and other sectors. Retail trade includes sales of items such as clothing, furniture and automobiles, but excludes other industries, such as services     (read more)

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