Washington State Ferries to host series of community meetings

(SEATTLE)– This spring, Washington State Ferries will host a series of community meetings for each route it serves. Topics will include proposed changes to passenger fares, implementation of WSF’s 2040 Long Range Plan and issues and projects specific to each route. “We not only want to provide excellent service, we want to be good neighbors to the communities we serve,” said WSF Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton. “I’m looking forward to sharing what’s ahead for the future of ferries and hearing from our customers about how we can continue to improve.” Each meeting will include a brief presentation and     (read more)

A Naval Station Everett pilot project may improve ship support

(EVERETT)- Naval Station Everett is improving equipment used to serve its five homeported U.S. Navy destroyers when they are in port. While existing facilities are capable of keeping pace with requirements, a recent pilot project is expected to make the processing of seawater after ship refueling more time and cost efficient. NSE is currently home to the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Momsen, USS Gridley, USS Kidd, USS Sampson, and USS Ralph Johnson. The ships use seawater for ballast that helps them remain stable in the water. As the fuel in their tanks are gradually used up,     (read more)

Ron Wesen to join leaders in county government for intensive leadership program in nation’s capital

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen has been accepted as one of a select group of leaders in county government from across the country to participate in the 16th Annual County Leadership Institute (CLI), a rigorous program developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Cambridge Leadership Associates. CLI will be held on June 9 – 13 in Washington, D.C., and equips county officials with practical leadership strategies as they explore innovative approaches to address key issues facing their counties and constituents. “The County Leadership Institute will provide a hands-on professional development experience that will help us accomplish     (read more)

New Solid Waste rates in effect starting June 3

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Solid Waste rates will increase on June 3, 2019, after the Board of County Commissioners gave their final approval by resolution on March 25. The rate for general solid waste will increase from $89 per ton to $97 per ton. The minimum charge for residential waste disposal will increase from $10 for the first 200 pounds to $14 for the first 280 pounds. Customers at Clear Lake will see an increase from $6 per bag to $7 per bag. Recycling and household hazardous waste drop-off will remain free for households. “Our rates last increased in 2010,” said Solid Waste Division Manager Margo Gillaspy. “Many people don’t know this,     (read more)

First comment period opens on future water use in Nooksack watershed

(BELLINGHAM)– The Department of Ecology has opened the first comment period on a streamflow rule amendment that will accommodate rural growth and protect water supply needs for fish in the Nooksack watershed. The comment period is part of the rulemaking process on streamflow restoration efforts. The watershed includes most of western Whatcom County and a small portion of Skagit County. Ecology is asking for feedback on the preliminary drafts of the rule amendment language and the rule supporting document. Anyone wishing to comment on the draft language can do so through Ecology’s online comment form, or by mail to:     (read more)