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Skagit County Press Releases 2023

The latest news from Skagit County government.

Press release archives:

September 26, 2023
Skagit County Lifts Outdoor Burn Ban for all Unincorporated Areas Beginning September 27, 2023
Until further notice, residential yard, and land-clearing fires are again permitted in areas within unincorporated Skagit County.

September 22, 2023
Fonk Road Closed for Daytime Repairs
Monday, October 2nd, through Thursday, October 5th, 2023,from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

September 21, 2023
Family Reunification Day Celebration on September 25th 
The Skagit County Superior Court would like to invite you to celebrate Family Reunification Day on Monday, September 25th, 2023, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Skagit Valley Playfields

September 21, 2023
Fall Tire Round-Up Scheduled for October 5th and October 6th 
Skagit County will host a free tire-round up for Skagit County residents at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. Residents must register.

September 14, 2023
Skagit County Releases Invitation for Bids for Construction of Guemes Island Electric Ferry
Skagit County is seeking bid proposals for construction and delivery of an all‑electric ferry design to replace the M/V Guemes.

September 13, 2023
East County Community Meeting Scheduled for September 25th 
Skagit County will host an east county community meeting on Monday, September 25, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Concrete High School Commons

September 11, 2023
The Upper Finney Creek Bridge (Seismic Retrofit) Project is now complete and Finney Creek Road has been reopened 
Finney Creek Road at the Upper Finney Bridge, which was built in 1952, has been closed for construction since the summer of 2022.

September 8, 2023
Call for Applications for Noxious Weeds Control Board
The Noxious Weed Control Board works with the Public Works Department to oversee noxious weed coordination in Skagit County.

September 1, 2023
Skagit County Burn Ban Modified to Allow Recreational Fires
Residential yard and land-clearing fires continue to be banned until further notice.

August 31, 2023
Historic La Conner Farm Protected by Skagit County Farmland Legacy Program
Skagit County’s Farmland Legacy Program has finalized two farmland preservation projects this August, permanently protecting another 60 acres of farmland from development.

August 31, 2023
Sauk Recycling & Transfer Station Temporarily Closed
Station located 50796 State Route 20 is closed temporarily due to staffing shortages. The station is expected to reopen on Thursday, September 7th, for normal operating hours.

August 30, 2023
All Skagit County Beaches Closed to Shellfish Harvesting Due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)
Unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins have prompted the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to close all beaches in Skagit County to recreational harvesting of all species of shellfish.

August 29, 2023
Call for Applications for the Skagit County Planning Commission
The Planning Commission works with the Planning and Development Services Department and advises the Department and the Board of County Commissioners on proposed land use plans and regulations in unincorporated Skagit County.

August 28, 2023
Washington State to Evaluate Sourdough Fire Economic Impacts for Disaster Fund Eligibility
The Washington State Emergency Management Department is assessing statewide eligibility for a U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration.

August 21, 2023
Northwest Clean Air Agency Ends Stage 2 Air Quality Burn Ban for Skagit, Whatcom, and Island Counties
Air quality has improved as shifting winds clear out wildfire smoke.

August 18, 2023
Lake Campbell Closed Due to Elevated Levels of Toxic Blue Green Algae
Public access through the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife boat launch on the north side of Lake Campbell is restricted until further notice.

August 18, 2023
Northwest Clean Air Agency issues air quality burn ban in Skagit, Whatcom, and Island counties
Outdoor burning, including campfires and agricultural burning, prohibited until further notice.

August 17, 2023
Washington State Department of Health Issues Recreational Shellfish Harvest Closure for Samish Bay due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)
Guemes Island, Cypress Island, Sinclair Island, and Vendovi Island areas are also closed to all shellfish species.

August 16, 2023
Complete Burn Ban in effect August 17, 2023, for all Skagit County
Due to the continuing elevated fire risk conditions and low fuel moisture levels within Skagit County.

August 11, 2023
19th Annual Fidalgo Bay Day
A FREE, fun, family outing on Saturday, August 26, from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Samish Indian Nation’s beautiful Fidalgo Bay Resort.

August 9, 2023
Fonk Road Closed Thursday, August 10, 2023
From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to allow for the roads crew to finish restoring access after installing a new culvert replacement pipe.

July 25, 2023
Fonk Road Closed for Daily Repairs August 7 to August 11, 2023
There will be daily road closures from approximately 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM during this time, but access will be restored to the community each day outside of construction hours.

July 25, 2023
Skagit County Public Health Offers Financial Assistance for Septic System Inspection and Maintenance
Up to $200 rebates for septic system inspection, pumping or riser installation to qualifying residents.

July 13, 2023
Skagit County Announces New Department of Emergency Management Chief and Two New DEM Staff
The Commissioners have committed to funding this position beyond 2024 and will not be requesting any additional funding from our partners to begin this new program.

June 28, 2023
Call Volumes Increased by 17% For Emergency Medical Services in Skagit County
County to ask voters to renew EMS Levy in 2024

June 9, 2023
Health Department issues Recreational Shellfish Harvest Closure for Samish, Guemes, and Cypress Islands due to PSP
Due to recent samples of shellfish containing elevated levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins, several areas have been closed to all shellfish species for recreational shellfish harvesting.

May 31, 2023
Employer Summit to Be Held on June 15, 2023, to Discuss Local Child Care Challenges and Opportunities to Increase Capacity
Child care is essential for working families and employers alike.

May 31, 2023
Public Works Releases 2022 Annual Report
Skagit County Public Works is eager to share its 2022 Annual Report, which provides an overview of both ongoing and completed work from the year prior.

May 24, 2023
Seeking volunteers to serve on Skagit County’s Voluntary Stewardship Program Watershed Group
Washington State’s VSP enables an enrolled county to protect and restore riparian streams and other critical areas on agricultural land.

May 23, 2023
ADA Transition Plan to Increase Mobility in Skagit County
Skagit County is in the process of developing an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Transition Plan to guide when and where mobility improvements need to be made.

May 23, 2023
Notice of Water Dye Test Upstream of Little Indian Slough
Skagit County Public Works will be conducting a dye test within the waterway upstream of Little Indian Slough on Tuesday, May 23, 2023,

May 22, 2023
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Revised to Include County’s Mass Care Shelter Plan
This plan is a joint effort between Skagit County, local and tribal governments, and community partners including Dike and Draining Districts and Skagit PUD.

May 19, 2023
Skagit County Releases Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness in 2023
Led by Community Action of Skagit County in partnership with Skagit County Public Health, many community partners, and dozens of volunteers.

May 19, 2023
Farmers Market Benefit Cards Available to Eligible Seniors Beginning May 22
Each eligible person will receive up to $80 in benefits to be used at any approved Skagit County Farmers Market.

May 18, 2023
Seeking Representative for Skagit County Boundary Review Board
The Boundary Review Board functions independently and does not represent county interests.

May 12, 2023
Guemes Island Ferry Fare Proposal Public Hearing Scheduled for June 8
Skagit County and consultant, KPFF, are nearing the completion of a ferry fare rate study for the Guemes Island Ferry.

May 10, 2023
Shellfish Harvesting in Skagit County
With the return of spring and daytime low tides, you might be venturing out to harvest shellfish from one of Skagit County’s many beaches.

May 10, 2023
Skagit County Commissioners Approve 2023 Docket
On Monday, May 8, the Skagit County Board of County Commissioners established by resolution the 2023 Docket.

May 9, 2023
New Solid Waste Rates Effective June 1
General solid waste to increase from $103 to $105 per ton. The minimum charge for residential waste disposal will remain at $20.

May 1, 2023
Skagit County Seeks Partnership to Move Toward Ferry Union Resolution
Skagit County's response to the Guemes Island Ferry Inlandboatman’s Union of the Pacific (IBU) strike.

April 26, 2023
70 New Homes for Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors: Martha’s Place Opens Its Doors
Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington, the City of Mount Vernon, and Skagit County are excited to announce the grand opening of Martha’s Place located at 1925 E. College Way in Mount Vernon.

April 25, 2023
Skagit County receives major support in this year’s State Budget
Skagit County successfully secured $14.7 million in capital funding and $14 million in state transportation dollars to go toward critical projects.

April 21, 2023
2023 Stormwater Management Program Plan Draft Open for Public Comment on April 24
The plan, which is updated annually, informs the public on what the County’s Stormwater Management Program has planned for the current calendar year.

April 13, 2023
Disaster Assistance Available for Skagit County Small Businesses Economically Impacted by December 2022 Tidal Flooding
Economically impacted by severe storms, flooding, and freezing conditions between December 18 - 28, 2022.

April 11, 2023
Skagit County Receives $2 Million Additional Rental Assistance Funds
These allocations are the fourth round of funding provided by the state to address eviction prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 3, 2023
Skagit County Recruiting Corrections Deputies Starting at $30.50-$39.60/Hour with $10k Minimum Hiring Bonus
Looking for a rewarding career in corrections? Working for Skagit County now is better than ever.

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March 31, 2023
Free Car Seat Checks Available Through Skagit County EMS
This no-cost service is an exciting offering for local caregivers, parents, and grandparents who routinely transport young children.

March 30, 2023
Restricted Hours Lifted on Used Oil and Antifreeze at Skagit County Transfer Station
Located at 14104 Ovenell Road in Mount Vernon, is open Monday through Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This service is provided for free to all Skagit County residents.

March 24, 2023
2023 Tulip Festival Traffic Advisory
This is an exciting and busy time for our community, with thousands of visitors visiting local tulip fields throughout the month of April.

March 22, 2023
Notification of Economic Development Grant Application Deadline
The deadline for submittal is April 28, 2023. Complete application materials are available online.

March 16, 2023
Funding Secured for Upcoming Shortfall Faced by Skagit First Step Center
Leaders embraced the challenge to meet the needs of community members experiencing homelessness.

March 16, 2023
BNSF Swinomish Channel Derailment
Shortly after midnight, a train derailed near the Swinomish Casino along the Padilla Bay waterfront.

March 14, 2023
Skagit County Public Health Soon to Launch Perinatal Education and Resilience Collaborative
Part of broader Skagit County efforts and priorities to improve services and increase access to perinatal mental health support for families.

March 3, 2023
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recommends Safe Flood Storage at Seattle’s Skagit Dams
Corps Recommendation Backs Unified Skagit Flood Request

March 3, 2023
Lake Shannon Road #97299 Will Be Closed to Through Traffic
Between the Hours Of 8:00 Am To 4:00 Pm From Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Through Thursday, March 9, 2023.

February 27, 2023
2023 Tax Statement Notice
Due to a software glitch, the comparison for residents’ tax distribution from 2022 to 2023 does not include a second line item for local school districts. The line items for school districts were combined in 2023 giving the appearance of a larger increase than the actual increase.

February 25, 2023
Board of County Commissioners announce the appointment of Jack Moore, Planning and Development Services Director
A Skagit County native, Jack has provided Skagit County and the community a longstanding service history. 

February 16, 2023
Volunteers Needed for Skagit County’s Medical Reserve Corps
Skagit County held a kickoff event for its Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) on Wednesday, February 15

February 14, 2023
An Innovative and Cost-Effective Approach to Surveying; Introducing Genesis 1
Skagit County Public Works is seeking to launch a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) program in the spring of 2023.

February 13, 2023
Samish Island Community Meeting Scheduled for February 27
From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Samish Island Community Center located at 11292 Blue Heron Rd, Bow, WA 98232. The meeting is free and open to the public.

February 13, 2023
Skagit County begins data gathering for ADA Transition Plan
Crews will be out on Skagit County roadways gathering data on pedestrian facilities in the Public Right-of-Way over the next few weeks.

February 2, 2023
Another 105 Acres of Farmland Protected by Skagit County’s Farmland Legacy Program
The additional acres of farmland now under conservation easement protection bring the total protected farmland in Skagit County to more than 14,200 acres.

January 26, 2023
Skagit County Public Health Seeks Feedback About COVID-19 Response
The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it unprecedented public health, economic, and mental health challenges for individuals and the community at large.

January 25, 2023
Skagit County's Bridge Restriction Map Now Available Online
Overweight and/or oversized loads are required to obtain a permit from the appropriate jurisdiction.

January 19, 2023
Annual Point-In-Time Count Scheduled for January 26
Administered by Community Action of Skagit County in partnership with Skagit County Public Health and other community partners.

January 19, 2023
Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Revisions to the Skagit County Public Health Schedule of Charges
The public hearing provides an opportunity for the public to give comment on the proposed fee changes and allows the Board of Health to consider public comment.

January 17, 2023
Skagit County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Now Available Online
2023 mid-cycle update to the multi-jurisdictional National Hazard Mitigation Plan is online.

January 17, 2023
Breckenridge Conservation Easement Conversion
Skagit County is seeking public comment on a proposed conversion of approximately 1.6 acres of land belonging to Marc Breckenridge.

January 12, 2023
Skagit County North Star Project Moves into Phase 2
A joint effort between Skagit County and the cities of Burlington, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, and Sedro-Woolley.

January 5, 2023
Skagit County Seeks Applicants for Agricultural Advisory Board
The Skagit County Agricultural Advisory Board makes recommendations on policy and planning issues related to agriculture.