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Check here for the most current information released from Skagit County.
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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:25:00 PST
Celebrate new Burlington Northern Overpass on Jan. 23
2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the project site, off Belleville Road, on the north side of the new bridge.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:00:00 PST
Board of Health considering making opioid overdose a reportable condition
Tracking of opioid overdoses does not happen consistently at the local level.

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:41:00 PST
New Solid Waste rates proposed: Public Hearing set for Jan. 15
Rates for Skagit County Solid Waste services could rise in 2019

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:40:00 PST
Skagit County Commissioners approve 2019 budget
The approved 2019 budget represents a 2.1 percent increase from the 2018 budget

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 07:00:00 PST
Romaine Lettuce Health Alert Update
Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine does not appear to be related to the current outbreak

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 PST
USDA, elected leaders to host Dec. 4 roundtable focused on solutions to the opioid crisis
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Skagit County Commissioners Hearing Room

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 10:00:00 PST
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:50:00 PST
Romaine Lettuce Health Alert
U.S. consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce and throw it away.

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:50:00 PST
Flu season is here: Take steps to reduce your risks
Get vaccinated now, to ensure that your immunity is at its peak

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:30:00 PST
Share your input on future of Skagit County Parks and Recreation
Survey responses are being accepted online through December 1

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:30:00 PST
Public invited to learn about, comment on preliminary 2019 budget
Share comments prior to a formal public hearing on December 3

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:30:00 PST
Solid Waste division seeks feedback on expanded recycling idea
Free drop-off recycling is currently available at three locations in the county

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:10:00 PST
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:57:00 PST
Confirmed case of Acute Flaccid Myleitis in Skagit County; 6 in state
AFM is a rare condition with sudden onset of weakness in one or more limbs

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:09:29 PST
Election results are important to everyone: Tips for faster results
Here are some ways you can help the Skagit County Auditors Office provide faster results

Tue, 09 October 2018 10:00:00 PST
Pilot needle pickup program kicks off Oct. 10 countywide
Used needles can pose a public health hazard.

Mon, 08 October 2018 10:20:00 PST
County accepting proposals to build, operate affordable veterans' housing
Affordable housing for local veterans is getting a boost thanks to a $500,000 grant from Skagit County..

Fri, 28 September 2018 10:10:00 PST
Skagit County shellfish harvest closure expanded due to Red Tide.
Samish Bay, Padilla Bay, Fidalgo Bay and Guemes Channel south to Rosario Head (including Guemes, Burrows and Allan islands) are closed to recreational shellfish harvest.

Wed, 26 September 2018 15:10:00 PST
Samish Bay closed to recreational shellfish harvesters due to Red Tide.
Will remain closed until additional sampling indicates toxin levels have declined.

Thu, 20 September 2018 08:20:00 PST
Skagit County lifts outdoor burn ban for all unincorporated areas.
Effective September 21, residential yard and land-clearing fires are permitted in areas within unincorporated Skagit County

Thu, 13 September 2018 12:20:00 PST
Skagit County lifts outdoor burn ban for areas east of the Swinomish Channel
Effective September 14, 2018, and until further notice

Wed, 12 September 2018 09:20:00 PST
Tue, 11 September 2018 08:21:00 PST
SepticSmart Week September 17th-21st
Helpful tips for your septic system

Tue, 11 September 2018 08:20:00 PST
Information Technology Security Performance Audit
Public hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

Wed, 05 September 2018 13:40:00 PST
Learn about upcoming road, bridge projects
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Skagit County Administrative Building, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon.

Fri, 31 August 2018 07:40:00 PST
Volunteers Needed!
For the Accessible Communities Advisory Committee

Mon, 27 August 2018 11:40:00 PST
Air quality burn ban ends in Island, Skagit, Whatcom
The counties continue their fire safety burn bans

Fri, 24 August 2018 14:00:00 PST
Tue, 21 August 2018 13:40:00 PST
Wildfire smoke prompts air quality burn ban in Island, Skagit, Whatcom counties
As of 8 a.m. Monday, burning prohibited until further notice

Tue, 14 August 2018 08:40:00 PST
Mon, 13 August 2018 14:20:00 PST
Wed, 08 August 2018 07:00:00 PST
Wildfire smoke from regional fires headed to Skagit County this week
Periodic east winds could bring in smoke from fires in the North Cascades

Fri, 13 July 2018 11:30:00 PST
Applicants sought for Skagit County Board of Equalization
Letters of interest are being accepted until August 3

Tue, 10 July 2018 13:30:00 PST
Modified burn ban takes effect July 13 for all of Skagit County
For all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County.

Tue, 10 July 2018 08:30:00 PST
Paving work starts July 26 on McLean Road
Crews plan to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:30:48 PST
Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:48 PST
Make smart choices this Fourth of July: Keep it safe and sane
Know the fireworks laws and be a courteous neighbor.

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:42:48 PST
Countywide road chip seal program planned to start the week of June 25
With the return of warm weather comes the return of the chip seal program

Mon, 18 June 2018 13:05:00 PST
Guemes Ferry surcharge will take effect August 1
The surcharge is expected to raise approximately $235,000 annually.

Tue, 12 June 2018 09:05:00 PST
Touching Bats Could Expose You To Rabies
May's rabid bat stats highest in 20 years.

Tue, 12 June 2018 09:00:00 PST
Farmers invited to apply for innovative on-farm project grant funds
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all grant funds are committed.

Thu, 10 May 2018 07:30:00 PST
Lafayette Road construction begins Monday, May 14
Crews will make every effort to keep one lane of traffic open to drivers during construction.

Wed, 25 April 2018 07:30:00 PST
National Infant Immunization Week
Immunization: Power to Protect

Mon, 23 April 2018 11:10:00 PST
United General District 304 to Host Prescription Drug Take-Back Event April 28
Educational Service District Provides a Safe Way to Dispose of Prescription Drugs.

Fri, 20 April 2018 15:10:00 PST
Guemes Ferry Replacement Project in line for $7.5 million in state funding
Funding request will be submitted to the 2019 Legislature.

Fri, 20 April 2018 10:30:00 PST
Ferry Public Forum, Saturday, April 28
Discuss the Ferry Replacement Project, vessel replacement surcharge, and ferry fare revenue target report.

Wed, 18 April 2018 11:50:00 PST
Commissioners plan East County Public Forum for May 7
The meeting will take place in the commons room at Concrete High School.

Tue, 17 April 2018 14:30:00 PST
Public meeting April 23 for Lafayette Road improvement project
6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave.

Tue, 10 April 2018 07:30:00 PST
Applicants sought for Noxious Weed Control Board vacancies
Interested applicants must live in the district in which they apply.

Tue, 10 April 2018 07:30:00 PST
New Lidar maps reveal fascinating details about County geology
Users see areas of the ground hidden in aerial images.

Thu, 05 April 2018 10:30:00 PST
Tue, 03 April 2018 09:10:00 PST
Mount Vernon, Skagit County plan to partner on local projects
First proposed project is a combined library, community center and public parking facility.

Wed, 28 March 2018 09:50:00 PST
Skagit Valley tulips and traffic set to bloom in April
Peak traffic expected on weekends, at SR 536/Kincaid Street exit.

Wed, 21 March 2018 09:20:00 PST
Learn about proposed EMS levy increase April 9; share comments April 16
The current EMS levy expires at the end of 2018.

THu, 08 March 2018 13:20:00 PST
Applicants sought for Central Skagit Rural Partial-County Library District Board of Trustees
The potential appointment to the Library Board of Trustees will be for a term of five years.

Tue, 06 March 2018 09:20:00 PST
Girders for Burlington Northern Overpass arriving March 8-16
This is a big milestone for the community.

Mon, 26 February 2018 14:30:00 PST
Influenza in decline in Skagit County
Skagit County Public Health has recorded a total of 652 cases of influenza, with 99 hospitalizations and three deaths.

Wed, 21 February 2018 12:40:00 PST
Temporary emergency detour open between Prevedell, Carpenter roads
Intended for local access only. The detour is not a designated county road.

Thu, 15 February 2018 14:22:00 PST
Second flu-related death confirmed in Skagit County
Skagit County Public Health received notification that the man, in his 30s, died in late January.

Thu, 15 February 2018 14:20:00 PST
County settles suit related to illegal recycling, retail operation on Cook Road
The Settlement requires BTI to stop conducting retails sales.

Tue, 30 January 2018 08:22:00 PST
2018 property tax information now available online
Property owners can expect to receive tax statements by mid-February.

Tue, 30 January 2018 08:20:00 PST
Board of Health approves proposed secure medication return ordinance
Similar to programs underway in Snohomish and Whatcom counties.

Thu, 11 January 2018 09:30:00 PST
Mon, 08 January 2018 15:00:00 PST
Skagit County Superior Court Commissioner Brian Paxton retiring January 31
Paxton served as Court Commissioner almost 12 years.