New solid waste rates in effect starting June 1

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- New solid waste rates will go into effect starting June 1, 2022, according to a news release from the county. General solid waste at Skagit County Transfer and Recycling Station and the Sauk Transfer Station will increase from $101 to $103 per ton. The minimum charge for residential waste disposal will also increase from $18 to $20. Recycling and household hazardous waste drop-off will remain free for households, and rates at the Clear Lake Compactor site will remain at $7 per 32 gallon can. “The Solid Waste division is funded entirely by disposal and user fees. This rate increase is part of a rate structure     (read more)

The North Cascades Highway is set to open up

(NORTH CASCADES)- The 2022 spring clearing is complete and the crew will open the gates on SR 20 North Cascades Highway Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation. For those with plans to travel the North Cascades Highway in the near future, please keep in mind that many of the Forest Service and Parks Service facilities remain closed. Crews clear the road and shoulder and any pullout areas needed for our maintenance work, but otherwise, it is still wintery up in the mountains and there are few rest stops or services.     (read more)

Skagit County marks 25 years of farmland preservation with 14,000 acres protected

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- This spring, Skagit County released the quarter-century anniversary report detailing its farmland protection work. The Farmland Legacy Program is a county-funded initiative that compensates landowners for unused residential development rights and that places perpetual conservation easements on agricultural lands in Skagit County, according to a news release from the county. Landowners retain ownership of their land and continue to farm, while the easement restricts future uses to agriculture. The program’s primary goals are to protect Skagit County’s agricultural character and productivity. The report’s eight pages include a Farmland Legacy program overview, a centerfold map     (read more)

North Cascades 2022 spring clearing

(NORTH CASCADES)- Week six of the 2022 spring clearing brought the moment when the west side and east side crews met west of the Rainy Pass summit. The last few miles were some of the slowest going, with snow depths over 6 feet, making it necessary to use an excavator to knock down the snow from above before the blower could clear the roadway, according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The crews also performed necessary pavement and guardrail repair, as well as another round of avalanche control. At the moment the pavement is clear and     (read more)

Running for public office? Candidate Filing Week is May 16-20

(OLYMPIA)— Candidate Filing Week is May 16-20 for people who want to run for any of the 165 federal, state, and multicounty legislative or judicial offices up for election in Washington this year, according to a news release from the Office of the Secretary of State. Candidates are encouraged to submit an application online with the Office of the Secretary of State between 9 a.m. Monday, May 16, and 4 p.m. Friday, May 20. Those who file online and pay the required fees via credit or debit card can do so any time day or night during the week. Applicants may also download     (read more)