Community News

Second flu-related death confirmed in county

A second Skagit County resident has died from laboratory-confirmed influenza.  Skagit County Public Health received notification that the man, in his 30s, died in late January from complications related to both pneumonia and influenza. 

Anacortes school levies passing

The two Anacortes school levies appear to be passing with more than 60 percent approval in early vote counts.

A proposal to lower property taxes

Like many of you, I'm seeing my property taxes jump up this year and I'm very concerned about how that's going to affect our community.

Island-wide power outage

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Puget Sound Energy reports that power has been restored to all but a dozen or so Anacortes electricity customers following a power outage that, at its peak, had the entire Fidalgo Island and Gueues Island in the dark.

Cypress Island salmon farm lease cancelled

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Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, announced on Sunday the termination of Cooke Aquaculture’s lease for its Cypress Island facility. Cooke Aquaculture (Cooke) raises Atlantic salmon at the site and leases the aquatic lands from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

State blames operator for salmon net collapse

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State investigators have determined that an excessive buildup of mussels and other marine organisms on nets – caused by Cooke Aquaculture’s failure to properly clean them – was the primary cause of the August 19 collapse of the company’s net pen at Cypress Island, according to a news release.