NEWS

Deadline Approaching in Washington for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Drought

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)– Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in 15 Washington counties of the April 29, 2020, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began June 18, 2019. Primary counties: King, Pierce, Skagit and Snohomish; Neighboring counties: Chelan, Island, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, San Juan, Thurston, Whatcom and Yakima. According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture     (read more)

Navy aircraft noise monitoring at NAS Whidbey Island and NAS Lemoore

(WASHINGTON) (NNS)- The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 directed the Department of the Navy to provide a report to the congressional defense committees by March 20, 2020 on real-time sound monitoring at no fewer than two Navy installations on the west coast. Pursuant to this directive, the Navy will conduct real-time noise monitoring of aircraft-in-flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, WA and at NAS Lemoore, CA. The Navy will rely on American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Acoustical Society of America guidance to undertake the monitoring effort. During monitoring periods, the Navy team will place at least 10     (read more)

North Cascades Pass clearing suspended until further notice

(NORTH CASCADES HIGHWAY)- On March 26, Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar suspended most maintenance work due to COVID-19 safety concerns, and implemented an “Essential Maintenance” approach to further comply with the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to safeguard public health. Under these guidelines, WSDOT has paused most maintenance across the state, including work to reopen the North Cascades Highway. Similar work pauses are occurring on Cayuse and Chinook Passes. This highway remains a valuable route for the movement of goods and as an alternative evacuation route in the case of natural disaster. A date to return to normal     (read more)

Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at the NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 30 to April 5

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are no aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville the week of March 30 to April 5. 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     (read more)

Skagit Transit reduces bus service due to COVID 19

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit Transit will reduce its fixed-route bus service to a modified schedule, beginning Monday, March 30, and continuing until further notice. The service reduction is the result of a sharp decline in ridership due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fixed-route service experienced a significant system-wide drop in daily ridership. Skagit Transit trips saw a drop of 52% during the 3rd full week of March compared to the same period of last year. This service reduction is designed to maintain a financially resilient and sustainable transit system that keeps our region moving and to ramp up when the COVID 19 crisis is     (read more)

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