NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board Reminder

(OAK HARBOR)- The next NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held August 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bakerview Restaurant/Chief’s Club, located at 1080 W Ault Field Rd #138, Oak Harbor. Interested community members are invited to attend the meeting. Several topics will be discussed; including, the State Petroleum Cleanup Program, Military Munitions Response Program, and the CERCLA Program (including work at the Area 6 landfill and drinking water PFAS investigation). The RAB is a key element of the NAS Whidbey Island environmental program. As an advisory board the RAB is designated to act as a     (read more)

Wildfire smoke from regional fires headed to Skagit County this week

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Forecasts call for some wildfire smoke to reach Skagit County starting Tuesday, Aug. 7. Periodic east winds could bring in smoke from fires in the North Cascades, causing air quality to deteriorate to “Moderate” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” on occasion. If smoke levels become “Moderate” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” Skagit County Public Health recommends limiting or avoiding intense outdoor activities. Smoke may be hazardous, particularly to those more sensitive to poor air quality, including: People with heart and lung disease, respiratory infections, asthma, diabetes or other health conditions; Babies and children Pregnant women; and People older     (read more)

Three weekend closures down, three more to go for westbound US 2

(EVERETT)– Only three weekend closures remain for this summer’s US 2 paving project, but Snohomish County travelers must brace for the biggest traffic delays yet. Contractor crews working for the Washington Department of Transportation will close all lanes of westbound US 2 between State Route 9 and Interstate 5 from 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday on the following dates: Aug. 10-13, Aug. 17-20, and Sept. 7-10. All closures are weather-dependent.     (read more)

A man was arrested in Burlington after barricading himself in a vehicle

(BURLINGTON)- According to a press from the Burlington Police Department, a patrol officer spotted a wanted felon in the 1700 block of Whitmarsh Rd at about 8:30 a.m. Friday. The suspect, a 36 year old Mount Vernon man, was known to have a violent history. Officer Mike Lumpkin said, when the officer tried to contact him, he immediately barricaded himself in a vehicle. The suspect was wanted for weapons charges as well as for multiple charges of assaulting police officers. The area around this barricaded suspect was closed down for safety reasons and negotiators from the county wide Hostage Negotiation Team     (read more)

NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Injured Hiker On Forbidden Peak

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued an injured climber on Forbidden Peak August 2nd. The SAR team arrived on the scene at approximately 7,500 feet elevation on Forbidden Peak in the Cascade Mountains before noon Thursday. Two SAR crew members were lowered down to the climber, who was wedged between a cliff and a sheet of ice, and suffering multiple broken bones and a spinal injury. Because of his trapped situation and the extent of his injuries, the two crewmembers stayed on scene to prepare the climber for a     (read more)