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2017 1009 city website

The city on Monday launched a beautiful new Web site with more features, but it’s not without problems; many of them quickly fixed.

The new city website’s front page features large, beautiful local images with a great new search feature which works remarkably-better than the search feature on the old website. In fact, searches, in many cases, show just what you’re searching for and, this is new, without any Google advertising.

But, and yes, there’s a but here. The city’s provider had chosen to mix secure Web pages with insecure Web content on some pages. This is surprising because mixing insecure pages and documents with secure Web pages has long been a no-no for Web developers because of the potential for malware from insecure sources.

But, the city had the problem fixed within an hour of my talking to them.

When it comes to looking for the packets, digital copies of backup documents, for Council, Planning Commission or other meetings, you need to find the Watch Meetings page.

Another feature is the ability to create accounts and sign up for all sorts of email and text notifications such as Council or Planning Commission meeting notices, as well as a wide assortment of other notices.

Oddly, the city has chosen to offer using a Yahoo sign-in, which is strange since Yahoo has announced that all of its 3-billion accounts have been impacted in a 2013 security breach.

Yahoo announced last week that the stolen account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. I would strongly suggest NOT using Yahoo to log in to the city’s Web site.

The new Website loads quickly and is easy to use.

By the way, the new Website is on the agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 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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