Cantwell tours Island Hospital and new helipad

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Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) toured Island Hospital today to help celebrate the hospital's newly completed rooftop helipad, constructed above the hospital's Acute Health Care Unit, next to the Emergency Department.

Police Blotter, July 5 - 11, 2024

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There were several cases of vehicle prowling at Mount Erie this week.

Washington faces shortfall of qualified special education teachers, audit finds

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Washington lacks qualified special education teachers and teachers’ aides, but the state doesn’t know how bad the problem really is.

If a presidential nominee drops out, what happens to states’ ballots?

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Experts say it’s likely the Supreme Court would settle the resulting mess.

Hikes: Celebrating Freedom

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Maybe I’m just getting old. I used to love setting off fireworks on the Fourth, watching them blow up in explosions of noise and showers of sparks.

Police Blotter, June 28 - July 4, 2024

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Anacortes Police arrested and jailed a man in connection a report of a driver waving a handgun on Highway 20.

Gas taxes can’t pay for roads much longer, but Amazon deliveries might

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More states could follow Colorado and Minnesota in putting a fee on retail deliveries.

Crowd cheered Anacortes July Fourth Parade

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Commercial Avenue was crowded early for this year's annual July Fourth Parade. More photos here.

Heat Advisory for our area

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for our area. Hot conditions with temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s expected in Skagit County. Anacortes may be cooler than the rest of the county. We have the forecast.

Measure to prevent phasing out of natural gas in WA is on track for November ballot

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Supporters submitted 400,000-plus signatures in support of Initiative 2066. If approved, it would blow up key parts of a state law approved this year and recent building code changes.