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.”
The port may be expanding its footprint in the near future if a property purchase approved by its commissioners goes through.
Currently there is a letter of intent between property owner Thomas Stowe and the port for three parcels amounting to approximately 0.82 acres at 202 O Ave., said Chris Johnson, port deputy executive director.
The property is just south and across Second Street from the port’s Curtis Wharf. It is currently being used for Quiet Cove Storage.
Tesoro Corporation will pay a $1.1 million civil penalty to resolve claims it failed to comply with Clean Air Act requirements at four of its facilities, including its March Point refinery, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced recently.
This is the largest penalty for these types of violations in the history of the fuels program.
Named in the June 30 press release were Tesoro Corporation, Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC and Tesoro Alaska Company.
“The allegations in this action primarily related to the testing of gasoline batches and reporting of gasoline quality to the EPA between 2003 and 2006,” Tesoro said in a statement June 31. “Tesoro takes its environmental compliance obligations very seriously and worked diligently with EPA and the Justice Department to resolve the issues raised in this matter.”