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Fire Danger High: Burn Ban in Effect

We have seen unprecedented low rainfall and snowpack, coupled with record breaking temperatures, causing fuels to be very dry locally.

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Gluten-free? Lactose-free? Sugar-free? Just Listen to Your Body…And to Logic

Gluten-free?  Lactose-free? Sugar-free?  Just Listen to Your Body…And to Logic

As I have mentioned in previous articles, the media perpetuates misinformation regarding “healthy” eating.  Unfortunately, whatever the “buzz” is, is what the masses blindly follow.

Storm moves in


A snow shower moves in from the northwest in this photo shot from Washington Park on Saturday afternoon. Expect more tonight. (Bob Hodgman photo)

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  • MOUNT VERNON — Public access on the railroad crossing on Hickox Road will permanently close to the public Wednesday as contractors complete new rail siding that runs parallel to the BNSF Railway line.

  • With the state experiencing some of its hottest and driest weather in years, Skagit County Fire Marshal Kelly Blaine announced Monday that the county has been placed under a full burn ban, meaning there can be no recreational fires in…

  • The Burlington-Edison School District will hold a special board of directors meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. It will be immediately recessed into executive session to discuss matters related to collective bargaining for certificated staff.

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  • BIG LAKE — Firefighters worked for about a half-hour Friday morning to free a man who became stuck underneath his motor home after it slipped off a jack stand in the 19000 block of West Big Lake Boulevard.


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