Press Releases


Skagit County Press Releases
Check here for the most current information released from Skagit County.
Press release archives:


Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:22:00 PST
Share stories of fair housing challenges at April 13 open house
Fair housing open house at Skagit Valley College

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:22:45 PST
Surplus county facility, property up for auction April 21
A large commercial facility with frontage on College Way will soon be up for sale

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:33:00 PST
Skagit named one of top 10 healthiest counties in Washington state
New data released today shows that Skagit County is the 9th healthiest county in Washington state

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:00 PST
Public comment now accepted on draft EIS for Tesoro Anacortes Clean Products Upgrade Project
The public may submit comments on the draft EIS through midnight on May 8, 2017

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:00 PST
Guemes Ferry delayed in return to service until April 7, 2017
Unanticipated repairs cause delay, originally scheduled to return Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:00:00 PST
Assessor offers assistance for senior, disabled property tax exemptions
Seniors age 61 or older, or those with disabilities, who own their own residence can apply.

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:00:00 PST
10 cases of mumps now identified in Skagit County
Including five students in the Mount Vernon School District.

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:00:00 PST
County to consider 10-year facility lease agreement with the Skagit Valley Family YMCA
Will consider signing the 10-year facility lease agreement at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:00 PST
Extended hours now available for permit applications
Permit technicians are available daily from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., including during the lunch hour.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 PST
Applications sought for Economic Development Grant projects
Up to $2,000,000 in grant funding is available

Thu, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 PST
Mumps cases confirmed in Skagit County
Skagit County Public Health recommends that unimmunized people be excluded from schools.

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:00:00 PST
Commissioners seek your feedback about grizzly restoration options
Public meeting is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00:00 PST
Guemes Ferry out of service from Feb. 28 through March 28
Expected to return to service by 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:45:00 PST
Auditor's Office earns excellence in financial reporting award
The highest form of recognition for government accounting and financial reporting

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:45:00 PST
Learn about Burlington Northern Overpass Project at January 25 meeting
County staff will make a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by a QnA opportunity

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:15:00 PST
Legislative funding gap puts Blanchard Forest conservation area at risk of being logged
Budget only allocates $1.5 million to the Blanchard Forest Strategy

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:15:00 PST
Board of Commissioners sets docket for 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendments
The County accepts suggestions each year through the last business day of July.

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:15:00 PST
Skagit County approves 2017 operating budget
The Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to pass the $219.9 million budget.

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:30:00 PST
Dianne Goddard appointed to fill District Court judgeship
The appointment becomes effective January 1, 2017

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST
Proposed Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Expansion
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community recently filed papers with the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST
Superior Court welcomes Judge David Svaren
Ceremony Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:30:00 PST
Notice of potential vacancy in Skagit County District Court
The Board of County Commissioners has the authority and responsibility to appoint.

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:00:00 PST
County files suit to halt illegal recycling, retail operation on Cook Road
The County filed suit against BTI Materials Nov. 15

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:20:00 PST
Active shooter drill scheduled for Nov. 19 at Skagit Valley College
Law enforcement, fire, EMS and other first responders will take part

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:20:00 PST
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:40:00 PST
New hours start Jan. 1, 2017, at Clear Lake recycling site
The site will not operate on Wednesdays - Just Friday through Monday.

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 PST
Join Population Health Trust for its website kickoff event Nov. 9
4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at McIntyre Hall

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:20:00 PST
Applicants sought for Central Valley Ambulance Authority Board
The current Citizen At Large position ends Dec. 31

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:30:00 PST
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:00:00 PST
Population Health Trust will hear ways to reduce opioid abuse Nov. 3
Young adults in Skagit County are dying from opioid use at a rate higher than the state average

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:00:00 PST
Notice of Election
Canvassing of ballots begins Wednesday, October 19th

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:40:00 PST
Reminders for voters
The 2016 General Election is November 8

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:40:00 PST
Skagit County second half property taxes due October 31
Payments postmarked after this date are subject to a 1 percent per month finance charge.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:40:00 PST
New Skyline ballot drop box available to Anacortes residents
Skyline Beach Club at 6041 Sands Way, Anacortes

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:00:00 PST
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PST
Skagit River Level Hotline will provide updates during flood events
The hotline is updated daily, unless river conditions warrant more frequent updates.

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:20:00 PST
County appoints new interim Emergency Management director
Former director recently hired as new Deputy Fire Marshal

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:45:00 PST
Don't toss your prescription meds
Drug Take-Back day is Oct. 22

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:05:00 PST
Crisis Support and Community Resource Meeting
Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:20:00 PST
Helpful Election 2016 tips for Skagit County voters
Are you prepared to vote in the 2016 presidential election?

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:20:00 PST
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:30:00 PST
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:00:00 PST
Skagit County Coroner's Office has completed its Burlington Mall shooting investigation
Four women and one man were murdered in the Sept 23rd attack.

Tue, 26 Sep 2016 09:40:00 PST
Investigation continues in Burlington Mall shooting incident
Officers arrested 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, an Oak Harbor man.

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:40:00 PST
Arrest made in Cascade Mall shooting
Officers arrested 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, an Oak Harbor man.

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:22:00 PST
5 confirmed dead after Cascade Mall shooting; investigation ongoing
The SMART team is currently reconstructing the entire scene.

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PST
Cascade Mall Shooting Incident Update
Only one shooter is suspected.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:30:00 PST
County Fire Code inspections going digital
Simpler for both the County and business owners to keep track of their current inspection status.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST
Assessor's Office: Value Change Notices and La Conner inspections
Notices are mailed only if the assessed value changed from the prior year.

Tue, 026 Sep 2016 13:40:00 PST
Skagit County outdoor burn ban lifted
Residential yard and land-clearing fires are permitted in unincorporated Skagit County.

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:50:00 PST
Dramatic water quality improvements recorded at Bay View State Park
Thanks in part to local volunteers, local residents and the collaborative efforts of the Skagit County Clean Water program

Thu, 01 Jul 2016 13:50:00 PST
Recreational Burn Ban Lifted in Skagit County
Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels

Thu, 18 Jul 2016 13:50:00 PST
Complete burn ban in effect Aug. 18 for all of Skagit County
Due to the hot weather conditions ahead and low fuel moisture levels

Mon, 15 Jul 2016 10:10:00 PST
13th Annual Fidalgo Bay Day
August 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wed, 03 Jul 2016 15:25:00 PST
Skagit County engineer elected as Western District Representative for State Association of County Engineers
Randall-Grutter will serve on the WASCE board and represent the 19 counties west of the Cascade mountains.

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:25:00 PST
Modified burn ban in effect August 1 for Skagit County
For all residential yard and land clearing fires

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:04:00 PST
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:15:00 PST
Skagit County earns Digital Counties honors in annual survey
From the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:35:00 PST
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:35:00 PST
Share your feedback on Pressentin Park upgrades at July 27 meeting
Would you like to see picnic facilities, bicycle camping sites or fishing access at Pressentin Park?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:15:00 PST
$2.2M Ecology grant will pay for cleanup at new County jail site
The roughly 8-acre parcel previously served at the Truck City Truck Stop for more than 30 years.

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:15:00 PST
Lake View Boulevard/SR 9 intersection closed July 3 for fireworks show
At the intersection of SR 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight July 3.

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:40:00 PST
Keep it safe and sane this Fourth of July
Skagit County fire departments need your help to keep this Fourth of July weekend safe and sane.

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:00:00 PST
Farmers invited to apply for innovative on-farm project grant funds
Program aims to support local farmers, bolster local food production and - ultimately - give back to the Skagit County community.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:00:00 PST
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:43:00 PST
Countywide chip seal program begins June 20
As the weather gets warmer, Skagit County Public Works crews will get busier..

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:13:00 PST
Skagit County successfully refinances 2006 bonds
Seven companies nationwide submitted bids.

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:47:00 PST
Watercraft registration expires June 30: Have you renewed yet?
Renewing your registration now means enjoy the summer weather without any delays.

Mon, 16 May 2016 15:47:00 PST
Hayley Thompson sworn in as new County Coroner
Thompson holds a Masters degree in Forensic Anthropology.

Sun, 15 May 2016 09:47:00 PST
Police arrest 52, clear BNSF railway line near Farm to Market Road
Protesters on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks.

Tue, 10 May 2016 10:19:00 PST
Expect congestion May 13-15 during weekend protest near Anacortes
Drivers on State Route 20 between Anacortes and Deception Pass.

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:23:16 PST
County media release regarding May 13-15 event by activists
The number of protestors is estimated in excess of one thousand.

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:23:16 PST
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:23:16 PST
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:21:16 PST
Skagit County to send out Presidential Primary ballots
To approximately 70,300 registered voters for Washingtons 2016 Presidential Primary

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 07:21:16 PST
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:25:16 PST
Guemes Island Ferry Operations Public Forum Meeting April 12, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Guemes Island Community Center

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:12:16 PST
City Light, PSE, Skagit, Whatcom Counties Collaborate on Dam Safety
March 16 Exercise Will Test Emergency Coordination

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:12:18 PST
Riquelme to be sworn in as Superior Court judge
Was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to replace Judge Susan K. Cook

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:32:16 PST
Summit participants agree on 'housing crisis', express desire to see community-wide campaign
An overwhelming 98 percent of participants agreed that Skagit County is experiencing a housing crisis

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:57:16 PST
Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:45:00 PST
Clean Samish Initiative Enters Spring Critical Period
Campaign to reduce water pollution from fecal coliform bacteria.

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:15:00 PST
Become a Salish Sea Steward Volunteer and Make a Difference
The Skagit County Marine Resources Committee is offering FREE Training .

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:15:00 PST
Superior Court Judge Cook to retire March 1
After serving 20 years as Superior Court Judge.

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:15:00 PST
Spotlight Film Festival continues with documentary
February 11 at Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon.

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:15:00 PST
Janicki to chair County Board of Commissioners
Commissioners rotate in the role of chair on an annual basis.

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:45:00 PST
New stormwater management code in effect
Endorsed unanimously the County Planning Commission in 2015

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:45:00 PST
Public Health brings documentary about American motherhood
Dark Side of the Full Moon at the Lincoln Theatre January 14 at 7 p.m.