Skagit County Commissioners schedule East County public forum for May 12

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- East County residents with questions for the Skagit County Board of Commissioners – or representatives from various county departments and local agencies – are invited to attend a virtual public forum May 12th. The forum is set for 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 where public comment will be taken through a virtual meeting platform. The meeting will focus on COVID-19 and COVID-19 recovery, as well as the future of the East County Resource Center and Library space. However, residents are encouraged to discuss any issue of interest. To attend the meeting, dial in from your computer, tablet, or smartphone at     (read more)

Skagit Shoreline Master Program Update available for public comment

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County opened the official public comment period on Thursday for the revised Shoreline Master Program. Updating the Shoreline Master Program is required for compliance with Washington State’s Shoreline Management Act. The plan is available at The comment period will run through June 7, 2021. This comment period follows an extensive public process for the Shoreline Master Program Comprehensive update, which culminated in 2016. The final adoption of the Shoreline Master Program did not occur at that time. The County is now required under state law to conduct this periodic review. The County will then     (read more)

Saturday, April 24 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is taking place this Saturday, April 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations across Skagit County. This is a national event, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in collaboration with community law enforcement and prevention partners. Since 2010, Take Back Day events have provided easy, anonymous opportunities to remove medicines in the home that are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse, and theft. Through the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, a grand total of 985,392 pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications were collected during last year’s     (read more)

Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 4,695 positive COVID-19 cases (17 new cases) in the county, with 299 hospitalizations, and 67 deaths.     (read more)

Shell may face penalty for 2020 odor incident

(ANACORTES)- According to a news release from the Northwest Clean Air Agency, Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes faces a possible penalty because of incidents in fall 2020 that impacted the community around the March Point facility. The Northwest Clean Air Agency has issued a Notice of Violation stemming from two refinery flaring events of regulated materials that exceeded allowable visible emissions. The first event was on Aug. 19, 2020. The second event on Sept. 29 released odors near the refinery, La Conner, and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. NWCAA received 12 complaints and verified the presence of odors in the area. Shell     (read more)

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