Skagit County burn ban modified to allow recreational fires

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Due to the increase in moisture levels, recreational fires are now allowed in unincorporated areas of Skagit County. Residential yard and land-clearing fires continue to be banned until further notice, according to a news release from the county. Recreational fires are those used for cooking or pleasure, consist only of charcoal or seasoned firewood, and meet the following requirements: - Fire must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 16 inches high, no wider than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones, or #10-gauge steel. - Burned material must be kept lower than the     (read more)

Wildfire tax relief resources

The Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is offering help to businesses and property owners impacted by the recent wildfires in Washington state. Businesses that are affected by the fire and cannot file and pay their excise tax returns on time should contact Revenue to request a filing extension before the filing deadline. Revenue also can offer a penalty waiver for qualified businesses that were unable to file an extension request before the taxes were due, according to a news release from Revenue. Property owners whose properties were damaged or destroyed by the fires can apply to their County Assessor     (read more)

Ecology awards $63 million to reduce flooding, protect communities and farms, and restore habitat

(OLYMPIA)– The Washington Department of Ecology is awarding $63 million to 12 recipients including tribes, counties, and conservation group cross Washington as part of a program to designed to transform how floodplains in the state’s major river basins are managed. Funding comes from the state Floodplains by Design program, a public-private partnership led by Ecology, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, with support from American Rivers, a tribal liaison, and other contractors. Ecology administers Floodplains by Design funds through a competitive grant program, according to a news release from Ecology. “We are working with partners across the state to improve     (read more)

Sauk Recycling & Transfer Station temporarily closed

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Sauk Recycling & Transfer Station at 50796 State Route 20 is closed temporarily due to staffing shortages. The station is expected to reopen on Thursday, September 7th, for normal operating hours. Both the Clear Lake Recycling & Compactor Site at 23202 Howey Road, Clear Lake and the Skagit County Recycling & Transfer Station at 14104 Ovenell Road will be following normal hours of operation. The Clear Lake Site does not accept large items or construction debris, according to a news release from the county. Please call the Transfer Station at 360-416-1570 or visit for more information about     (read more)

Historic La Conner farmpProtected by County Farmland Legacy Program

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County’s Farmland Legacy Program has finalized two farmland preservation projects this August, permanently protecting another 60 acres of farmland from development. The La Conner farmland is managed by two families—the Rings and the Lillquists—each of whom are descendants of Isaac Dunlap who served as Skagit County’s first County Commissioner in 1889. Together, all 60 acres are leased to Thulen Farms, according to a news release from the county. Landowner Karl Lillquist, along with his nieces, nephews, and uncle, John Ring, expressed their commitment to the viability of local agriculture. “Protecting the land as farmland into     (read more)