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The director of the Chamber of Commerce says the International ferry run is “key to the continued vitality of the Anacortes economy” and the chamber will work to keep it operating, even though the Governor has decided to take it out of the state budget.

Chamber Executive Director Mitch Everton said “We will be implementing a comprehensive Save Our Ferry (SOF) campaign, beginning early January.”

Governor Chris Gregoire says cutting the Anacortes-Sidney, BC run would save $9.6 million. She is proposing ending it next fall.

But, Everton said the chamber will involve the city and other interested groups in a move to save it. He said contacts have already been initiated with key legislators. In fact, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, a long-time supporter of the ferry system, said “We’re going to do everything we can to keep things running.”

“The chamber will take an active role in planning and follow-up, specifically for the hearings and testimony that will ultimately decide the run's fate,” Everton said in an email to chamber members.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,156 Confirmed Skagit Cases
379 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

263 Hospitalizations
61 Deaths
11,527 Fully Vaccinated
33,897 Doses Given


321,881 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,372 Hospitalizations

4,969 Deaths Statewide

Updated 8 pm, March 1, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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