$22 million from VW settlement goes toward electric transit buses and low-emission school buses

(OLYMPIA)– Dozens of Washington school districts and public transit fleets will receive a total of $22 million to buy electric or low-emission buses as part of the state’s $28.4 million settlement from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. The Washington Department of Ecology, which oversees the settlement funds, awarded $9.4 million to purchase 19 electric transit buses in Lewis, Benton, Spokane, Clark, Pierce, Snohomish and King counties. Those grants follow on another $12 million from the settlement Ecology gave to help 83 school districts across the state buy 336 low-emission school buses. Together, these grants will cut emissions of nitrogen oxides by 125 tons and reduce greenhouse gas     (read more)

Board of Health considering making opioid overdose a reportable condition

(MOUNT VERNON)- Tracking of opioid overdoses doesn’t happen consistently at the local level. Skagit County Public Health proposes to change that by making opioid overdose a reportable condition. An ordinance presented Dec. 11 to the Skagit County Board of Health seeks public comment on the proposal. A public hearing is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. The entire ordinance can be found online at Written comments can be submitted through Jan. 7, 2019 online, or by email to “In Public Health, we create strategies to address problems,” said Joanne Lynn, Communicable Disease and     (read more)

Plan for 45-minute traffic holds on SR 530, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15

(DARRINGTON)– Travelers who use State Route 530 between Darrington and Rockport should prepare for 45-minute traffic holds on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 as crews do emergency work to stabilize the riverbank. Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will use a crane to place large logs and root balls in the Sauk River to protect the highway at milepost 58.8, north of the Snohomish/Skagit county line. This work will close both lanes of SR 530. WSDOT will work during daylight hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Crews will close the highway at the top of     (read more)

Bridge deck repair work requires lane closures on I-90 near Cle Elum and Ellensburg next week

(CLE ELUM)– The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge decks near Cle Elum and Ellensburg. In order to do this work, the eastbound lanes will close to traffic from 11 p.m. Sunday night, Dec. 16 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17. The eastbound lanes will be closed at Exit 85 and drivers will be detoured to Ellensburg via State Route 970 and US 97. Drivers will need to plan for about 30 minutes of added travel time. The westbound lanes will also be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Exit 106. Drivers will be     (read more)

No aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled for NAS Whidbey Island next week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are no aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field or the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville the week of December 17-23. People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield. Both runways at Ault     (read more)