Commissioners, stakeholders plan next steps in EMS transition

(MOUNT VERNON)- A new, fire-based EMS system will begin operating in central Skagit County on or before Jan. 1, 2019, following an ordinance passed July 25 by the Skagit County Board of Commissioners. The ordinance also dissolves the Central Valley Ambulance Authority (CVAA) as of July 31, 2019. “It’s the first time the county and cities have had a unified view of how the system should work,” said EMS Director Jeff Sargent. “We wanted to capitalize on that momentum.” Representatives from the county’s four cities – Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley – along with Aero Skagit, local fire districts, and Skagit County, will     (read more)

Lane closure on a portion of 18th Street in Mount Vernon

(MOUNT VERNON)- Crews will close 18th Street at Hillcrest Park Way in Mount Vernon on Friday, August 3rd, for water line connection work. The work will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Delays are expected and alternate routes advised.     (read more)

NAS Whidbey SAR transports patient from Forks

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island transported a patient from Forks to higher care in Seattle in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 1st. The SAR team was called to transport the patient, who was in critical condition, from Forks Community Hospital to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Low clouds and low visibility had grounded available civilian helicopters. The SAR crew landed at Forks at approximately 2 a.m. and had the patient at Harborview about an hour later. NAS Whidbey Island SAR, has conducted 31 total missions throughout Washington     (read more)

Public invited to review draft transportation plan for 2040 and beyond

(OLYMPIA)– Here’s your chance to have a say in the framework that ensures transportation plans and investments for local streets and roadways, state highways, transit, ferries, sidewalks, bike lanes, air, barge, and rail all work together to keep people and freight moving safely and efficiently. The public is invited to review and comment on the draft Washington Transportation Plan – 2040 and Beyond, just released by the Washington State Transportation Commission. The WTP 2040 and Beyond is a statewide policy plan addressing the six statutorily-mandated transportation goals promoting economic vitality, mobility, safety, preservation, environmental health, and stewardship. The draft plan is available     (read more)

Prepare now for three weekends of closures on US 2

(EVERETT)- This weekend marks the first of three consecutive weekend closures for the paving of US 2 between the Lake Stevens area and Everett. The closures of westbound US 2 are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday, the next three weekends, as long as it stays completely dry. During the first weekend, westbound traffic will detour onto 20th Street Southeast as crews continue working on the Hewitt Avenue trestle – just like it did during the previous closures. The last two closures are when things get a little interesting. During Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 17-20 (including Friday night and     (read more)