Guemes ferry service update for March 30

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Guemes Island Ferry will be shut down on Thursday, March 30, between approximately 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to conduct the 5-year United States Coast Guard (USCG) inspection to maintain the vessel's Certificate of Inspection (COI). The last run before shutting down service on March 30 will be at 10:45 a.m., according to a news release from the county. Ferry crew will do their best to return to service as soon as the inspection is complete. The ferry is estimated to return to service at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon. Passenger-only service will not be provided during this time     (read more)

Economic development grant application

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County will begin accepting applications on March 22, 2023, for funding the construction of public facilities that retain and/or create family-wage jobs, in accordance with RCW 82.14.370. The deadline for submittal is April 28, 2023, according to a news release from the county. Complete application materials are available at Entities may apply for as many projects as they wish. Skagit County anticipates that approximately $3,500,000 will be available for award. Award limits will remain at $500,000 per project or project phase, and the criteria established via resolution R20180107 remains unchanged. It is anticipated that the committee will review applications     (read more)

Skagit County Public Health soon to launch Perinatal Education and Resilience Collaborative

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Public Health has contracted with Perinatal Support Washington to provide their Perinatal Education and Resilience Collaborative (PERC) in Skagit County. The collaborative, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), is part of broader Skagit County efforts and priorities to improve services and increase access to perinatal mental health support for families. Expansion of PERC and the Parent Resilience Program will also help strengthen the perinatal mental health task force and better prepare health professionals to support perinatal mental health in Skagit County, according to a news release from the county. The Parent Resilience Program     (read more)

San Juan Islands National Monument 10th Anniversary

(FRIDAY HARBOR)- March 25 marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the San Juan Islands National Monument. President Barack Obama signed the proclamation on March 25, 2013, to preserve the “historical and cultural significance [of the islands] and enhance their unique and varied natural and scientific resources for the benefit of all Americans.” Bureau of Land Management leadership invites the public to join the celebration at the San Juan Island Grange at 152 First St N, Friday Harbor, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on March 25, 2023, according to a news release from the BLM. “This celebration is important for so many reasons,”     (read more)

Three nights of rolling slowdowns on I-5 in Mount Vernon begin March 14

(MOUNT VERNON)– Beginning Tuesday, March 14 through Thursday, March 16, from midnight to 4 a.m. nightly, there will be rolling slowdowns of up to 10 minutes across all lanes of northbound and southbound Interstate 5 between Bow Hill (milepost 236) and Anderson Road (milepost 225) in Mount Vernon. These slowdowns will allow Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to perform critical infrastructure work across I-5, according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Transporation. In addition to these traffic holds, the on-ramps will be closed and will reopen as PSE moves along this 9-mile stretch of highway. Washington State Patrol will be on scene to     (read more)

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