I-5 lane reductions north of Ferndale start this Tuesday, May 26

(FERNDALE)– Plan now for daytime lane reductions starting next week on Interstate 5 in Whatcom County. Work to replace four culverts currently blocking fish passage require the reductions starting Tuesday, May 26, north of Ferndale. Contractor crews from Kiewit, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, will reduce I-5 to one lane in each direction from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26-29 between State Route 548/Grandview Road and Birch Bay Lynden Road. This will provide a safe work zone for people building a bypass lane in the median between the northbound and southbound lanes. Later this year, traffic will shift     (read more)

Inslee issues additional guidance for real estate and fitness operations in Phase 2

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for resuming real estate and fitness operations in Phase 2. Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks. Additionally, counties with less than 10 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Ten counties have received     (read more)

Skagit Valley College to remain online Summer Quarter, cancels June Commencement activities

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- In support of the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Healthy directive to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Skagit Valley College announces that it will continue to operate online for Summer Quarter. In addition to the decision to remain online through the summer, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Commencement activities originally scheduled for June in Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Friday Harbor. “Commencement is my favorite annual activity, and I share our students’ disappointment in our inability to recognize them on stage this year,” said SVC President Dr. Tom Keegan. “We take     (read more)

Enrollment ends May 31 for Washington’s Prepaid College Savings Plan

(OLYMPIA)- The GET program’s 2019-2020 enrollment period comes to a close on May 31. Washington families still have time to start saving for future college costs with the state’s 529 prepaid tuition program. As a 529 prepaid tuition program, the State of Washington guarantees that a family’s GET savings will keep pace with in-state tuition and state-mandated fees. While GET account values keep pace with in-state tuition, beneficiaries have the freedom to follow their ambitions wherever they choose, as GET can be used at nearly any public or private university, community college, or technical school in the country. GET     (read more)

Transportation Commission holds virtual meeting to consider COVID-19 impacts on transportation, May 19

(OLYMPIA)– As people have stayed home in efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, traffic volumes have dropped significantly on highways and ferries. During an online virtual meeting, the Washington State Transportation Commission will hear about traffic impacts from the virus across the world, in other states, and in Washington. The meeting starts 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 19. Due to the governor’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order issued on March 23, this meeting will be conducted using GoToWebinar. People interested in attending can find participation instructions and a link on the commission website to register. The commission will hear     (read more)