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Mayor Gere and city Pubic Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer helped honor city employee Becky Fox (center), who has won an award from a regional organization of water environment professionals.

Fox, an employee with the city’s wastewater treatment plant, was awarded the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association’s Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award last week at the group’s annual conference in Vancouver, Wash.

Fox was nominated by her peers for her proactive approach analyzing waste discharges and working with numerous clients to help reduce industrial waste loading that goes through the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Her work with facility managers from Trident, Seabear, and with the Port of Anacortes, has improved their understanding of the waste that is deposited; and has helped in finding ways to reduce strength and volume of their waste.

Mayor Gere, at Monday night’s City Council meeting, said, “Her experience, dedication and understanding of the wastewater treatment process, incineration and air emissions rules and regulations, makes her stand out among her peers.”

In addition to her professionalism in the lab, her dedication in areas outside of the lab showed when she was awarded the Red Cross “Real Hero” award.”

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 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