An NAS Whidbey Island search and rescue crew trained with Olympic Mountain Rescue

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)– A crew from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Search and Rescue (SAR) flew to Bremerton National Airport to meet and train with approximately 30 members of Olympic Mountain Rescue (OMR) on Saturday, May 18. The two teams began the day with a discussion about their respective capabilities and discussed past joint missions, prior to engaging in field training and live training exercises with an operating rescue helicopter. “For each of the last three years the NAS Whidbey SAR team has come to our backyard (Bremerton Airport) and provided exactly the type of training we need,” said Dan Prince,     (read more)

Gov. Inslee has expanded the drought emergency for nearly half of the state

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee expanded the drought emergency declaration to cover nearly half of Washington state due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer. Snow pack conditions are currently less than 50 percent of average for this time of year. Washington State Department of Ecology experts expect the warmer, drier weather will cause the already-diminished snow pack to melt more quickly, reducing water availability this summer when it is needed most for farms, communities and fish. Despite this past week’s rain, rainfall totals for the state remain below     (read more)

Naval Station Everett has scheduled a training exercise for May 22

(EVERETT)- Naval Station Everett will be conducting an emergency response training exercise on Wednesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The exercise will include brief gate closures, activated emergency response vehicles, and emergency mass warning notifications on the base outdoor loudspeakers. The Navy regularly conducts training exercises to maintain and improve security and emergency response qualifications. They also provide valuable opportunities for coordination between Navy personnel and local mutual aid partners.     (read more)

Plan for delays on SR 542, 547, 548 and US 2 through fall

(BELLINGHAM)- Crews are in the process of preparing four highways to get a new thin layer of pavement. This resurfacing project on US 2 in Snohomish, King Counties and State Routes 542, 547 and 548 in Whatcom County will preserve nearly 35 miles of roadway. This preservation effort means weeks of intermittent lane closures and delays for travelers. Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews from Doolittle Construction will begin daytime lane closures Monday, May 20. Work hours vary depending on the highway, but people who travel these highways should expect delays from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Flaggers and pilot cars will     (read more)

State denies Ashford University’s application to recruit, advertise in Washington

(OLYMPIA)- The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has denied Ashford University’s application to continue advertising and recruiting in state. The school’s courses and degree programs are entirely online. WSAC made this decision after reviewing Ashford’s most recent application for re-authorization. Currently, there are approximately 1,070 Washingtonians enrolled in Ashford. This denial does not affect currently enrolled Washington students. These students can still finish their degrees at Ashford, which can continue to enroll Washington students. WSAC’s decision also does not affect Ashford’s accreditation status or the school’s participation in federal student loan programs. The school     (read more)

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