The League of Women Voters of Skagit County will host a mayoral candidate forum 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at Brodniak Hall. It begins with a half-hour meet the candidates session followed by the forum. Candidates are Mitch Everton, Brian Geer, Laurie Gere and Dean Maxwell, who is seeking re-election to a sixth term.
Children and adults headed to Anacortes Middle School will have a safer intersection to cross come the end of summer.
However, during about 30 days of reconstruction, the four-way stop at M Avenue and 22nd Street will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, causing some inconvenience.
People on foot and bikes will be routed around the area through nearby streets. Vehicle traffic will be detoured from 22 Street to 20th Street and back using N and L avenues.
Shutting down the intersection completely will allow the improvements to be completed in less time with less money, said Eric Shjarback, assistant city engineer. The same arrangement was done for the Commercial Avenue roundabout, allowing that project to be completed faster.
The city of Anacortes Fire Department, Fire District 11, Fire District 13 and Fire District 17 received an $832,097 Regional Communication Grant from FEMA recently. The funds will allow the four agencies to install modern mobile radio equipment, response vehicle computers and fixed radio equipment on existing towers.
Residents living in and around Naval Air Station Whidbey Island should anticipate an increase in late-night jet noise due to pilots conducting nighttime operations training in preparation for combat deployments around the world.
Washington State Ferries will begin operating on its summer schedule on Sunday with more vessels, sailings and service hours on many routes.
The Anacortes to San Juan Islands routes will add an additional vessel and increase hours of service. The Anacortes to Sidney, B.C., route will make two trips a day instead of one.
The Port of Anacortes is speaking out against moving state funds from an account that supplied grants for work at its marine terminal in the past to the state’s general fund.
Thursday evening the port commission approved sending a letter drafted by Commissioner Bob Eberle to Skagit County legislators. They are Sens. Kevin Ranker and Barbara Bailey, and Reps. Kristine Lytton, Jeff Morris, Norma Smith and Dave Hayes.
The letter asked the members “to carefully consider the state budget situation in light of the fragile nature of the current general economy. Any action taken that would tend to slow down the economy would not be good for the Port of Anacortes.”