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The City is launching a ride share contest in an effort to get Anacortes residents to save energy. The prize? Tell the city where to spend $1,000. 

“Auto Magic” is the city’s new competition for everyone who takes the bus, walks, bikes or shares a ride and who wants to have a bit of fun. The idea is to track just how many miles contestants don’t drive by keeping a log of “miles not driven” from now until the end of this year.

There are two tracks for the contest, one for commuters who will really stack up the miles and one for non-commuters who may only share the ride once or twice a week.

Each participant is to register as part of a group, which could be any organization, like a church, a PTA or quilters group. And, participants can only register once.

The organization with the most logged miles at the end of the year, from each of the two tracks will win the right to tell the City where to spend $1,000. Since the City’s talking public money, there are some restrictions. The money needs to be spend on City facilities like the library, museum, parks, streets or sidewalks.

For more information, contact City Council Member Erica Pickett at 293-6264. Download and print the log sheet.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 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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