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Website: www.goskagit.com Skagit Publishing is part of the family-owned Pioneer News Group. Skagit Publishing publishes the daily Skagit Valley Herald, the weekly Anacortes American, Fidalgo This Week, The Argus and Courier-Times, and various specialty publications. CONTACT INFORMATION:
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Website: www.goskagit.com Skagit Publishing is part of the family-owned Pioneer News Group. Skagit Publishing publishes the daily Skagit Valley Herald, the weekly Anacortes American, Fidalgo This Week, The Argus and Courier-Times, and various specialty publications. CONTACT INFORMATION:
News Tips: [email protected]
Editor: [email protected]

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The state Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds would-be hunters that Skagit County is closed to brant hunting, includ...
02/04/2023
Low brant numbers mean no special hunts for Skagit County

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds would-be hunters that Skagit County is closed to brant hunting, including during Saturday's youth, veteran and active military waterfowl hunting opportunity.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds would-be hunters that Skagit County is closed to brant hunting, including during Saturday's youth, veteran and active military waterfowl hunting opportunity.

About 1,500 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a utility po...
02/03/2023
Car collision causes power outage in La Conner

About 1,500 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of La Conner-Whitney and McLean roads.

About 1,500 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of La Conner-Whitney and McLean roads.

Mount Vernon police are investigating a fight Tuesday night in downtown Mount Vernon that ended in a 17-year-old boy bei...
02/03/2023
Boy shot during fight in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon police are investigating a fight Tuesday night in downtown Mount Vernon that ended in a 17-year-old boy being shot.

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon police are investigating a fight Tuesday night in downtown Mount Vernon that ended in a 17-year-old boy being shot.

Anacortes High School's Davis Fogle scored 39 points Thursday to help his boys' basketball team beat Sedro-Woolley 63-46...
02/03/2023
Thursday's Prep Roundup: Fogle leads Anacortes to boys' basketball win

Anacortes High School's Davis Fogle scored 39 points Thursday to help his boys' basketball team beat Sedro-Woolley 63-46 in a Northwest Conference game.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Anacortes High School's Davis Fogle scored 39 points Thursday to help his boys' basketball team beat Sedro-Woolley 63-46 in a Northwest Conference game.

The Samish Indian Nation is moving forward with its plan to provide cottage housing to its elderly residents and those w...
02/03/2023
Samish Indian Nation working on cottage housing project

The Samish Indian Nation is moving forward with its plan to provide cottage housing to its elderly residents and those with disabilities.

The Samish Indian Nation is moving forward with its plan to provide cottage housing to its elderly residents and those with disabilities.

Temporary repairs to a damaged culvert under Fonk Road near Clear Lake are delayed again, after the owner of an adjacent...
02/03/2023
Fonk Road repairs stall yet again

Temporary repairs to a damaged culvert under Fonk Road near Clear Lake are delayed again, after the owner of an adjacent property denied Skagit County temporary access.

Temporary repairs to a damaged culvert under Fonk Road near Clear Lake are delayed again, after the owner of an adjacent property denied Skagit County temporary access.

Skagit County is working with a new design team on a seismic retrofit for the county's historic courthouse, with work on...
02/03/2023
Skagit County Courthouse retrofit back on track

Skagit County is working with a new design team on a seismic retrofit for the county's historic courthouse, with work on track to begin this summer.

Skagit County is working with a new design team on a seismic retrofit for the county's historic courthouse, with work on track to begin this summer.

Skagit County Public Works has six roads in urgent need of repairs, but no money to fix them.
02/02/2023
Skagit County lacks funding to fix failing roads

Skagit County Public Works has six roads in urgent need of repairs, but no money to fix them.

Skagit County Public Works has six roads in urgent need of repairs, but no money to fix them.

Crews started working Jan. 25 to repair a section of damaged trestle on the Tommy Thompson Trail.
02/02/2023
Work begins on Tommy Thompson Trail trestle

Crews started working Jan. 25 to repair a section of damaged trestle on the Tommy Thompson Trail.

ANACORTES — Crews started working Jan. 25 to repair a section of damaged trestle on the Tommy Thompson Trail.

The Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit seized about 300,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in 2022, m...
02/01/2023
Skagit County sees big jump in fentanyl, counterfeit pills

The Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit seized about 300,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in 2022, marking a significant increase from the about 18,000 pills seized in 2021.

The Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit seized about 300,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in 2022, marking a significant increase from the about 18,000 pills seized in 2021.

As newly-released fishers roam the North Cascades this winter, Park officials take stock and prepare for the next steps ...
02/01/2023
First stage of fisher reintroduction comes to a close

As newly-released fishers roam the North Cascades this winter, Park officials take stock and prepare for the next steps to study their reintroduction.

As newly released fishers roam the North Cascades this winter, National Park Service officials take stock and prepare for the next steps to study their reintroduction.

Beginning farmers are learning how to become soil health managers thanks to a grant received by Viva Farms.
02/01/2023
Local farmers participating in soil health project

Beginning farmers are learning how to become soil health managers thanks to a grant received by Viva Farms.

Beginning farmers are learning how to become soil health managers thanks to a grant received by Viva Farms.

Recognition nameplates remain available at the recently completed Veterans Community Park Plaza.
01/31/2023
Plenty of nameplates available to honor veterans

Recognition nameplates remain available at the recently completed Veterans Community Park Plaza.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Recognition nameplates remain available at the recently completed Veterans Community Park Plaza.

The Mount Vernon High School girls' basketball team kept Sedro-Woolley winless in Northwest Conference play Monday night...
01/31/2023
Monday's Prep Roundup: Defense carries Mount Vernon girls over Sedro-Woolley

The Mount Vernon High School girls' basketball team kept Sedro-Woolley winless in Northwest Conference play Monday night, winning the matchup 57-27.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The Mount Vernon High School girls' basketball team kept Sedro-Woolley winless in Northwest Conference play Monday night, winning the matchup 57-27.

As state officials raise the issue of whether to consider the removal of sea lions and seals for the sake of reviving en...
01/31/2023
Research continues on pinniped predation in Salish Sea

As state officials raise the issue of whether to consider the removal of sea lions and seals for the sake of reviving endangered salmon populations, research continues on the mammals' impacts.

As state officials raise the issue of whether to consider the removal of sea lions and seals for the sake of reviving endangered salmon populations, research continues on the mammals’

Twenty-eight students at Lyman Elementary School are wrapping up their robotics season after months of learning everythi...
01/31/2023
Lyman Elementary School students learn robotics

Twenty-eight students at Lyman Elementary School are wrapping up their robotics season after months of learning everything from programming to teamwork, applied mathematics to social skills.

LYMAN — Twenty-eight students at Lyman Elementary School are wrapping up their robotics season after months of learning everything from programming to teamwork, applied mathematics to social skills.

Business notes from Skagit County.
01/30/2023
Business Briefly

Business notes from Skagit County.

Business notes from Skagit County

The Skagit Valley College men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday by beating Whatcom 91-66.
01/29/2023
Saturday's SVC Roundup: Men's basketball team snaps losing streak

The Skagit Valley College men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday by beating Whatcom 91-66.

MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit Valley College men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday by beating Whatcom 91-66.

William C. McCool, or as most people called him, “Willie,” was a father first and an astronaut second, said his oldest s...
01/29/2023
Son recalls his astronaut father 20 years after his tragic death

William C. McCool, or as most people called him, “Willie,” was a father first and an astronaut second, said his oldest son.

ANACORTES — William C. McCool, or as most people called him, “Willie,” was a father first and an astronaut second, said his oldest son.

Government meetings scheduled for next week in Skagit County.
01/29/2023
Government Meeting

Government meetings scheduled for next week in Skagit County.

Government meetings scheduled for next week in Skagit County

The Sedro-Woolley resident says the world would be a better place if everyone used their turn signals when exiting a rou...
01/29/2023
Get to Know: Chad Wesson

The Sedro-Woolley resident says the world would be a better place if everyone used their turn signals when exiting a roundabout.

The Sedro-Woolley resident says the world would be a better place if everyone used their turn signals when exiting a roundabout.

The trails at the Northern State Recreation Area have been named, and are now getting posts installed to help direct hik...
01/29/2023
Northern State Recreation Area trails get named

The trails at the Northern State Recreation Area have been named, and are now getting posts installed to help direct hikers.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The trails at the Northern State Recreation Area have been named, and are now getting posts installed to help direct hikers.

A listing of school board meetings scheduled for next week in Skagit County.
01/28/2023
Education Meetings

A listing of school board meetings scheduled for next week in Skagit County.

A listing of school board meetings scheduled for next week in Skagit County

Local wildlife and nature were celebrated Friday during Illuminight Skagit in downtown Mount Vernon.
01/28/2023
Community gathers to celebrate light, art

Local wildlife and nature were celebrated Friday during Illuminight Skagit in downtown Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON — Local wildlife and nature were celebrated Friday during Illuminight Skagit in downtown Mount Vernon.

Elected officials in the area are asking the Housing Authority of Skagit County why hundreds of housing vouchers are goi...
01/28/2023
Count commissioners, mayors concerned about unused housing vouchers

Elected officials in the area are asking the Housing Authority of Skagit County why hundreds of housing vouchers are going unused.

Elected officials in the area are asking the Housing Authority of Skagit County why hundreds of housing vouchers are going unused.

A coalition of conservation organizations is in the midst of drastic efforts to keep the state's pinto abalone populatio...
01/28/2023
Chance of survival is looking good for Washington's only abalone

A coalition of conservation organizations is in the midst of drastic efforts to keep the state's pinto abalone population alive.

Pinto abalone, a marine snail the size of a fist, is not a typically charismatic creature, said state Fish and Wildlife abalone biologist Katie Sowul.

Jack Curtis was appointed Thursday night to the Anacortes School Board, filling a vacancy left by the departure of Maril...
01/28/2023
Anacortes School Board selects new member

Jack Curtis was appointed Thursday night to the Anacortes School Board, filling a vacancy left by the departure of Marilyn Hanesworth.

ANACORTES — Jack Curtis was appointed Thursday night to the Anacortes School Board, filling a vacancy left by the departure of Marilyn Hanesworth.

Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton plans to ask the state Legislature to support expansion of Burlington's city-owned homeles...
01/27/2023
Burlington seeks funding for homeless shelter expansion

Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton plans to ask the state Legislature to support expansion of Burlington's city-owned homeless shelter.

BURLINGTON — Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton plans to ask the state Legislature to support expansion of Burlington's city-owned homeless shelter.

Salmon now have easier access to 2.5 acres of habitat, thanks to a culvert being replaced with a bridge near Concrete.
01/27/2023
Fish passage improved along Ovenell Slough

Salmon now have easier access to 2.5 acres of habitat, thanks to a culvert being replaced with a bridge near Concrete.

Salmon now have easier access to 2.5 acres of habitat, thanks to a culvert being replaced with a bridge near Concrete.

The Burlington-Edison High School girls' basketball team beat Sedro-Woolley 66-17 on Thursday in an annual ChickenFest g...
01/27/2023
Thursday's Prep Roundup: Tigers and Cubs tangle on the hardwood

The Burlington-Edison High School girls' basketball team beat Sedro-Woolley 66-17 on Thursday in an annual ChickenFest game.

BURLINGTON — The Burlington-Edison High School girls' basketball team beat Sedro-Woolley 66-17 on Thursday in an annual ChickenFest game.

A team of 78 blanketed Skagit County on Thursday, looking to count the homeless and help them with some basic needs.
01/27/2023
Volunteers take part in annual homeless count

A team of 78 blanketed Skagit County on Thursday, looking to count the homeless and help them with some basic needs.

A team of 78 blanketed Skagit County on Thursday, looking to count the homeless and help them with some basic needs.

Members of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce gathered Wednesday to celebrate their triumphs in 2022 and give awards t...
01/26/2023
Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce holds annual awards ceremony

Members of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce gathered Wednesday to celebrate their triumphs in 2022 and give awards to a handful of members.

MOUNT VERNON — Members of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce gathered Wednesday to celebrate their triumphs in 2022 and give awards to a handful of members.

In a recent survey on agritourism in Skagit County, 80% of those surveyed were supportive of agritourism as long as it i...
01/26/2023
Results of second survey show support for agritourism in Skagit County

In a recent survey on agritourism in Skagit County, 80% of those surveyed were supportive of agritourism as long as it is an accessory use to agriculture.

In a recent survey on agritourism in Skagit County, 80% of those surveyed were supportive of agritourism as long as it is an accessory use to agriculture.

Robert Andrew Johnny was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison on drug and gun ch...
01/26/2023
Swinomish tribal member sentenced for drug and gun crimes

Robert Andrew Johnny was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison on drug and gun charges.

A member of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison on drug and gun charges.

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The state Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds would-be hunters that Skagit County is closed to brant hunting, including during Saturday's youth, veteran and active military waterfowl hunting opportunity.
About 1,500 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of La Conner-Whitney and McLean roads.
Mount Vernon police are investigating a fight Tuesday night in downtown Mount Vernon that ended in a 17-year-old boy being shot.
Anacortes High School's Davis Fogle scored 39 points Thursday to help his boys' basketball team beat Sedro-Woolley 63-46 in a Northwest Conference game.
The Samish Indian Nation is moving forward with its plan to provide cottage housing to its elderly residents and those with disabilities.
Temporary repairs to a damaged culvert under Fonk Road near Clear Lake are delayed again, after the owner of an adjacent property denied Skagit County temporary access.
Skagit County is working with a new design team on a seismic retrofit for the county's historic courthouse, with work on track to begin this summer.
Solar energy systems may become more accessible to Skagit Valley residents in the coming months.
Skagit County Public Works has six roads in urgent need of repairs, but no money to fix them.
Crews started working Jan. 25 to repair a section of damaged trestle on the Tommy Thompson Trail.
The Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit seized about 300,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in 2022, marking a significant increase from the about 18,000 pills seized in 2021.
As newly-released fishers roam the North Cascades this winter, Park officials take stock and prepare for the next steps to study their reintroduction.
Beginning farmers are learning how to become soil health managers thanks to a grant received by Viva Farms.
Recognition nameplates remain available at the recently completed Veterans Community Park Plaza.
The Mount Vernon High School girls' basketball team kept Sedro-Woolley winless in Northwest Conference play Monday night, winning the matchup 57-27.
As state officials raise the issue of whether to consider the removal of sea lions and seals for the sake of reviving endangered salmon populations, research continues on the mammals' impacts.
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