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Skagit home sale prices rose 7.9% last year

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The median sales price of a Skagit County home rose 7.9% to $374,500 in 2019, according to Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate. Inman prepared a year-end report based on data from the Northwest Washington Multiple Listing Service. “While not the double-digit gains of 11.3% in 2018 and 11.1% in 2017, we still had strong demand for Skagit County homes in 2019,” Inman said. The changes are even more dramatic when looking at the housing market for the entire decade, Inman added. The Skagit County median home sales price has increased 68.9% since 2010, when the area was in the midst of the Great Recession. The     (read more)

Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled for NAS Whidbey Island next week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of January 6-12. 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 at Ault     (read more)

Skagit County appeals WA Board of Natural Resources’ adoption of 2015-2024 sustainable timber harvest level

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- With authorization from the Board of Skagit County Commissioners, the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney has filed an appeal of the Washington State Board of Natural Resources’ December 3rd adoption of the 2015-2024 sustainable harvest level. (The sustainable harvest level is the volume of timber to be scheduled for sale during a planning decade from all state trust lands located west of the Cascade crest in Washington.) The adopted sustainable harvest level and associated Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) indicate that harvest and thus revenue to Skagit County and junior taxing districts will decline in the range of 50%     (read more)

Washington State Transportation Commission adopts recommendations on road usage charging

(OLYMPIA)– The Washington State Transportation Commission adopted recommendations today, Tuesday, Dec. 17, on how Washington can begin a transition away from the state gas tax and toward a road usage charge system. The commission based its recommendations on extensive research, statewide public engagement, as well detailed analysis of the participant feedback and system performance of the 12-month Washington Road Usage Charge Pilot Project. These recommendations, along with the Road Usage Charge Steering Committee’s final report, will be transmitted to the Washington State Legislature, Governor Jay Inslee and the Federal Highway Administration in January 2020. At the core of these recommendations, the     (read more)

Secretary Wyman encourages Washingtonians to ‘give smart’ this holiday season

(OLYMPIA)— ‘Tis the season for charitable giving, as well as charity scams. To help ensure all donations are going toward their intended causes, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is reminding state residents of the dangers of charity fraud with a GiveSmart promotion of charitable awareness. “Unfortunately, the holidays are an opportune time for scammers and bad actors to take advantage of donors,” said Wyman. “The Office of the Secretary of State wants to be a trusted source of information for Washingtonians, which is why we are promoting GiveSmart, a collaborative effort between my office and the Attorney General’s     (read more)

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