A suspect was arrested after a weapons offense in Mount Vernon

(MOUNT VERNON)- The Mount Vernon Police Department has arrested a 33-year old Mount Vernon man, after receiving repeated calls of shots fired in the area of East Viewmont Drive. According to a news release from the Mount Vernon Police Department, the first calls were received last night at approximately 10pm. Several callers reported hearing 4-5 shots being fired near E. Viewmont Drive. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate any suspicious activity. A second series of calls came in at about 11pm, reporting 7-8 shots being fired in the same general area. Mount Vernon officers and deputies     (read more)

Lekanoff Sworn-In as First Native American Woman to Serve in Washington House

(OLYMPIA)- Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Bow, began her first day in the state legislature by being sworn into office Monday on the floor of the House of Representatives. Rep. Lekanoff is making history as the first Native American woman to become a Washington state Representative. Beyond the typical ceremony where all legislators are sworn into office during the House opening day proceedings, Rep. Lekanoff brought something special to the Capitol. After the closing of the daily proceedings, Rep. Lekanoff was joined on the floor Coast Salish Washington Tribal leaders and British Columbia First Nation Chiefs across Washington, as well as     (read more)

A suspect was arrested with the help of a drone

(SWINOMISH TRIBAL RESERVATION)- Swinomish Officers were dispatched to a reported domestic assault that occurred near the Swinomish Casino just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, January 12th. The suspect, a 29-year-old man, fled the scene on foot prior to officers arriving. Officers learned that the victim had been beaten and strangled by her boyfriend. As she received medical care, they established a perimeter around a large area on the north end of the Swinomish Reservation whilst the Swinomish Police Department and Skagit County Sheriff’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) Units each responded to the scene. Officers from the Anacortes Police     (read more)

A celebration for the new Burlington Northern Overpass will be held on Jan. 23

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- A celebration of the completion of the new Burlington Northern Overpass Project is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the project site, off Belleville Road, on the north side of the new bridge. Local and regional elected officials will join the Skagit County Board of Commissioners and Public Works staff to officially cut the ribbon on the new bridge. The overpass reopened to traffic on Nov. 30, 2018, after 18 months of demolition and construction. “This bridge is a key part of our regional transportation system,” said Dan Berentson, Public Works Director. “We couldn’t have been successful without     (read more)

The Columbia Valley air quality burn ban has been elevated to Stage 2

(WHATCOM COUNTY)- The Northwest Clean Air Agency is calling a Stage 2 air quality burn ban in the Columbia Valley urban growth area in the Kendall area in Whatcom County because cold, stagnant air is preventing smoke from wood burning from clearing out. NWCAA called a Stage 1 burn ban on Sunday, Jan. 13, but since then air quality has worsened in the area. Fine particles in wood smoke are harmful because they can be inhaled deeply into lungs and damage delicate tissues. During a Stage 2 burn ban, no burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, woodstoves, or fireplace inserts (certified or     (read more)

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