Skagit County Fire District No. 6 will hold two Q-and-A sessions

(BURLINGTON)— Skagit County Fire District No. 6 is inviting the community to learn more about the fire levy lid lift that will be on the November 7, 2023, general election ballot. According to a news release from the Fire District No. 6, the purpose of the lid lift is to improve emergency services. Fire District No. 6 will hold Q-and-A sessions on Monday, October 23, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, October 28, at 10 a.m. Both sessions will be at 16220 Peterson Road. Fire Chief Ed Tjeerdsma will deliver a short presentation and answer any questions. Fire District No. 6 reports call volumes and costs to provide emergency services     (read more)

The 2023 Student Mock Election is now open for all Washington K-12 students

(OLYMPIA)— Young Washingtonians across the state are invited to participate in the 2023 Student Mock Election presented by the Office of the Secretary of State. The Student Mock Election is a non-partisan, educational event that teaches children to be informed voters. All K-12 students in Washington state are welcome to participate by casting votes on races and measures. In recognition of National Voter Education Week the first week of October, Secretary of State Steve Hobbs is calling on students and teachers across Washington to take part in the Mock Election, according to a news release from Washington’s Office of the     (read more)

Third quarter home sale prices show mild gains in Skagit County

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Home sale prices in Skagit County showed mild gains in the third quarter compared to a year ago, according to a new real-estate report. The median price of Skagit County homes sold in the third quarter was $568,670, an increase of 2.5% from 2022, according to managing broker Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate in Burlington in a news release. Inman prepared a report based on data from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Anacortes keeps the highest median price in the county of $747,000, ticking down 0.7% from a year ago. There were 397 Skagit homes sold in the third quarter, down 12.8%     (read more)

FEMA and FCC plan nationwide Emergency Alert Test for October 4, 2023

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) tomorrow, October 4, 2023. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 11:20 a.m. PST, according to a news release from Skagit County. The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. This will be the third nationwide test, but the second test to all cellular devices. The test message will display in either English or     (read more)

Washington State Library announces reduced in-person hours

(OLYMPIA)— Due to a dramatic decline in operating funds derived from real-estate transactions, the Washington State Library will be closed to in-person visits on Mondays, effective October 2nd. The State Library will remain open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6880 Capitol Boulevard East in Tumwater. The reduction in hours is necessary because the State Library is unable to fill vacant staff positions due to a historic revenue shortfall. Under a structure described in RCW 43.07.128, State Library operations are funded through fees on filings of real-estate transactions and other public records. The downturn in     (read more)