Pavement repair work to reduce northbound I-5 to one lane in Ferndale, July 7-9

(FERNDALE)– People traveling through Ferndale on northbound Interstate 5 should plan for around-the-clock delays beginning Sunday night, July 7. Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will reduce northbound I-5 to a single lane and close the Slater Road on-ramp from 10 p.m. Sunday, July 7, to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, to repair and replace old, damaged pavement. This weather-dependent work will help preserve the road until crews are able to complete a more permanent fix.     (read more)

Washington Conservation Corps opens 300 environmental positions statewide

(OLYMPIA)– This week, the Department of Ecology opened recruitment for 300 environmental positions across the state within the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) program. “If you enjoy the outdoors, building new skills, and assisting communities in need—all while protecting the environment—nothing can rival the opportunities we offer in the WCC,” said WCC Program Director Bridget Talebi. WCC is seeking young adults age 18 to 25, as well as Gulf War Era II veterans, reservists, and active duty dependents with no age restrictions. The field-based AmeriCorps positions offer young adults and military veterans hands-on opportunities to gain experience in environmental restoration, monitoring and     (read more)

Days of delays in Van Zandt this summer

(VAN ZANDT)– The time has come for the three small pipes under State Route 9 in Van Zandt to be ripped out and replaced. For too long the tiny passages have made it too difficult for young fish to reach miles of upstream habitat. Next week, contractor crews working on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Tawes Creek project will begin replacing the two smaller pipes near Everybody’s Store on Potter Road with 12-foot wide box culverts. Farther north near Williams Lake Road, crews will build a 20-foot bridge over Tawes Creek. To help keep traffic flowing, crews built     (read more)

Solar energy system sales tax exemption starts today

(OLYMPIA)- Starting July 1st, 2019, customers can benefit from a sales tax exemption on the purchase and installation of qualified solar energy systems. The exemption covers all sales tax paid on the purchase and installation of solar energy systems that generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) AC of electricity. The exemption only applies to purchases made on or after July 1. Customers must complete and provide a Buyer’s Retail Sales Tax Exemption Certificate to the seller. Sellers must keep the certificate in their records for five years. To qualify for the exemption on the installation charges, the seller must: - be     (read more)

State ferry Hyak to sail into retirement

(SEATTLE)– After nearly 52 years in the Washington State Ferries’ fleet, Hyak will be decommissioned late Sunday night, June 30, following its 9:05 p.m. scheduled sailing from Seattle to Bremerton. With no legislative funding in the 2019-21 state transportation budget to operate the vintage vessel, Hyak will be retired once it completes the service day Sunday. It will then go to WSF’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island where crews will remove all usable equipment and prepare the ferry for sale. Hyak is the first of WSF’s four Super class ferries. Construction began in 1966 at the National Steel and     (read more)