NEWS

Inslee issues proclamation requiring agricultural worker testing

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday issued an update to Proclamation 20-57, “Concerning the Health of Agricultural Workers.” The proclamation now requires agricultural employers to test their workforce broadly when health officials identify an outbreak that passes certain thresholds. Since the governor first issued Proclamation 20-57 on May 28, the total number of cases in Washington has increased from 21,138 to 67,721, an average rate of more than 500 new cases per day. Many of these are appearing at farms and food-packing facilities, where employees often work, travel, and live together in close contact. “There is no question that we need to escalate     (read more)

Skagit County Commissioners to hold special meeting

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Skagit County Commissioners will hold a special joint meeting with Snohomish, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties on Thursday, August 20, 2020 beginning at 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be hosted by Snohomish County (watch the meeting live on Skagit21 Television, streamed online at www.skagitcounty.net/Skagit21, or listen to the meeting by calling: 1 (253) 215 8782 Meeting ID: 989 2845 1452 or join by computer: https://zoom.us/j/98928451452) The purpose of the special joint meeting is to discuss a proposal for greater regional cooperation.     (read more)

AG Bob Ferguson files federal lawsuits against three agencies

(SEATTLE)— Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuits today against three agencies involved in the January decision to close the Federal Archives & Records Center in Seattle, sell the building and move the records stored there to facilities more than 1,000 miles away. Ferguson is also sending a letter to a fourth agency who is demanding tens of thousands of dollars to produce the requested records, informing them that if they continue to fail to produce the documents he is prepared to file a lawsuit against them, as well. The lawsuits seek public records that Ferguson requested more     (read more)

Paving work on McLean Road from August 17- August 31, Skagit Residents should expect delays

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Public Works will be grinding and paving McLean Road between Best Road (MP 1.260) and Beaver Marsh Road (MP 3.240) between August 17 and August 31. The contractor will be working Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. This work is part of the annual pavement rehabilitation program. Residents should anticipate delays up to 15 minutes and impacts to traffic at the Best Road/McLean Road roundabout and the McLean and Beaver March Road intersection.     (read more)

Inslee announces relief funds to help immigrants and agricultural workers

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee Monday announced the creation of two funds to help workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Immigrant Relief Fund will provide $40 million to assist Washington residents who are unable to access federal stimulus programs due to their immigration status, and the Food Production Paid Leave Program will provide $3 million of financial resources to certain food production workers who remain home when ill. The governor and his staff worked closely with a coalition representing 430 immigrant rights and social services organizations, and labor advocacy leaders, to develop the funds. “We have to ensure that no one in our     (read more)