NEWS

State proposes to increase ferry fares and capital surcharge – Get your comments in

(OLYMPIA)– Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferries fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its proposal to increase ferry fares over the next two years. The proposed increase must generate $407 million in fare revenue between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2021, as required in the recently passed two-year state transportation budget for Washington State Ferries operations. The commission’s proposal includes two ferry fare increases over the next two years and an increase in the current capital surcharge paid     (read more)

Around-the-clock bridge work to close lanes of southbound I-5 in Arlington this week and next

(ARLINGTON)– People who use Interstate 5 to head south from northern Snohomish County need to prepare for lengthy backups and delays during the next two Friday commutes. Washington State Department of Transportation contract crews working on the I-5 concrete rehabilitation project between Arlington and Conway will reduce southbound I-5 from three lanes to two at the Pilchuck Creek Bridge, just north of the 236th Street Northeast interchange, on Friday, June 21 and Friday, June 28. Crews will use the following timeline to close lanes of southbound I-5: 5 a.m. Friday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Saturday, June 22 – Left lane closed. 12 p.m. Friday, June 28     (read more)

Revenue offers free tax workshop July 9 in Bellingham

(OLYMPIA)- Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners July 9 in Bellingham. Call 360-594-4840 or go online to register on Revenue’s education page. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. Attendees receive a workbook and helpful reference guide to Revenue’s rules and regulations. Also, attendees may earn one continuing professional education (CPE) credit. Contact the workshop instructor for details. The     (read more)

Commissioners plan East County Public Forum for July 31

(CONCRETE)- 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 public forum July 31 at the Concrete Community Center. The forum is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 where public comment will be taken. Residents are encouraged to discuss any issue of interest. Some additional representatives, or their designee, will include: • Don McDermott, Sheriff • Hal Hart, Planning and Development Services • Jennifer Johnson, Public Health • Dan Berentson, Public Works • Brian Adams, Parks and Recreation • Ken Hansen, Facilities Management • Doug ten Hoopen, Emergency Management • Bill     (read more)

Around-the-clock bridge work to close lanes of southbound I-5 in Arlington, June 21 and 28

(ARLINGTON)– People who use Interstate 5 to head south from northern Snohomish County need to prepare for lengthy backups and delays during the next two Friday commutes. Washington State Department of Transportation contract crews working on the I-5 concrete rehabilitation project between Arlington and Conway will reduce southbound I-5 from three lanes to two at the Pilchuck Creek Bridge, just north of the 236th Street Northeast interchange, on Friday, June 21 and Friday, June 28. Crews will use the following timeline to close lanes of southbound I-5: - 5 a.m. Friday, June 21, to 5 a.m. Saturday, June 22 - Left lane closed. - 12 p     (read more)