Police Blotter, March 22 - 28, 2024

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Here’s this week’s Anacortes Police Blotter. Featuring a couple of assaults, one between drivers on Highway 20. 

Washington adds worker protection laws, including ban on mandatory anti-union meetings

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Washington workers will soon gain some new rights, including protections against employers holding mandatory meetings on religious and political issues. 

Streaming: James Clavell’s ‘Shōgun’ is reimagined for a new generation of TV viewers

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Compared to its 1980 predecessor, the new FX series presents a more authentic portrayal of early modern Japan.

New Washington budget boosts state spending by $2B

 Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (seated) prepares to sign the 2024 supplemental budget on March 29, 2024. Barring a special session, it was the last bill he will sign as governor. He is not seeking re-election after serving three terms. (Courtesy of UW Medicine | Nicholas Swatz)

Gov. Jay Inslee signed his final spending plans – and likely final bills – on Friday.

Hikes: In the Early Morning Fog

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The meadow lay silent before us, sacred and serene. Veiled in the mist, three ghost-gray deer dawdled along the opposite side of the field and then out of sight.

The Burden of Getting Medical Care Can Exhaust Older Patients

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It’s estimated that an older patient can spend three weeks of the year getting care — and that doesn’t count the time it takes to arrange appointments or deal with insurance companies.

Rising temperatures from climate change depleting oxygen in coastal waters, threatening marine life

Jack Barth of Oregon State University and his colleagues deploy a glider in the Pacific Ocean to record oxygen levels in water from Astoria to Coos Bay. (Jack Barth/Oregon State University)

During the summer of 2021, half of coastal waters from northern California to the Canadian border had oxygen levels too low to support marine life.

Police Blotter, March 15 - 21, 2024

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Anacortes Police had to chase down two juveniles driving wildly in a stolen school district van.

Guemes Island Ferry to Transition to Electronic Ticketing System

Skagit County plans to move to a new electronic ticketing system for the Guemes Island Ferry.

Guest: Women's History Month

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March is Women’s History Month, so what better time to talk about women’s roles in World War II in the UK.