Political News

  • By Shannen Kuest

Skagit County resident Mark Brinn applied for a business license with the Liquor and Cannabis Board in November 2013 on the first day it was legal. The tier-III marijuana producer and processor received his license nearly a year later and has been operating ever since.

  • By Shannen Kuest

MOUNT VERNON — About 50 Skagit County residents filled the pews of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday for a public forum on local and national immigration policy that included U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau.

  • By Shannen Kuest

MOUNT VERNON — What started out as a neighborhood dispute over a special-use permit for the home-based business of two Skagit County music teachers has become a hot issue between music teachers, their students and those who live in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

  • By Shannen Kuest

MOUNT VERNON — State Department of Social and Health Services workers took to the streets Thursday in Mount Vernon to raise public awareness and urge the state Legislature to approve a budget by June 30 — one that includes pay raises for public employees.

  • By Shannen Kuest

Several music teachers expressed concern to the Skagit Valley Herald on Friday about the reach of a recent decision by Skagit County Hearing Examiner Wick Dufford that restricts the hours of operation and number of students for two Mount Vernon music teachers.

  • Skagit Valley Herald staff

It’s candidate filing week in Skagit County, which is the only week for those interested in running for public office to file with the Skagit County Auditor’s Office.

  • By Kera Wanielista

MOUNT VERNON — To the tune of “You are my sunshine,” educators from Mount Vernon and Conway school districts on Friday had a message for legislators in Olympia: “Please fund McCleary, now don’t be dreary, our hearts grow wearier each day.”

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — A bill to split the Seattle Public Schools into two separate districts died quietly Wednesday when a legislative cutoff deadline passed.

  • By Shannen Kuest

The state Senate Wednesday approved a bill that could allow permit-exempt well access to hundreds of Skagit County landowners, despite opposition from several Washington native American tribes, including the Swinomish Tribe.

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — The Washington Senate wants the state Department of Commerce to begin looking for potential manufacturing sites for small modular reactors.

  • By Kera Wanielista

Officials from Skagit County Fire District 6 and the city of Burlington have tentatively reached an agreement that would see the two form a long-term partnership that would again see city fire units responding to areas of District 6 that it can not get to as quickly as the city can.

  • By Kera Wanielista

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Director Larry Otos has been placed on administrative leave, Mayor Jill Boudreau said Friday.

  • Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Health would have to provide information on childhood vaccinations for couples expecting a child, under a bill sponsored by Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville.

  • By Kimberly Cauvel

Attempts to improve oil transportation safety measures are continuing at state and federal levels, while an Anacortes refinery is seeking to appeal Skagit County’s request for a thorough environmental review for a proposed rail offloading facility.

  • By Kera Wanielista

BURLINGTON — While discussions between Fire District 6 and the city of Burlington regarding a possible “virtual” regional fire authority are in the works, Mayor Steve Sexton on Monday expressed confusion about the situation, saying he never received a recent offer the district says it made t…

  • Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — The Washington House unanimously passed a “revenge-porn” bill Monday that would allow a victim to seek damages in civil court for posting intimate images without a person’s consent.

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — The Senate Rules Committee green-lighted an 11-bill transportation package on Thursday, which can now show up for full floor votes as a group or individually.

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — Split along party lines on a 9-7 vote, the House Finance Committee recommended Wednesday that the full House pass an oil train safety bill.

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — Parts of a long-delayed Washington Senate transportation package will likely show up on the chamber’s floor in a few days.

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — The big question this coming week is whether something will happen: Will the Washington Senate leadership put a transportation package to a vote?

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — Washington’s state government will raise roughly $140 million more than expected in 2015-2017 revenue, which means … not really much for the Legislature’s decisions about the state budget.

  • By Shannen Kuest

MOUNT VERNON — Members of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition rallied Tuesday morning outside the Mount Vernon office of U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., in the hopes of urging her to oppose Fast Track legislation for the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership international trade pact.

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — The state’s death penalty goes on trial again Wednesday.

  • Skagit Valley Herald staff

OLYMPIA — A package of bills introduced by Republican senators Barbara Bailey and Kirk Pearson to ensure public water access in the Skagit River basin and other areas affected by the Department of Ecology’s instream flow rules passed out of the Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Developme…

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — The Washington Senate Commerce & Labor Committee green-lighted two bills in a 4-3 vote along party lines Wednesday to allow teens to be paid slightly less than the minimum wage for summer jobs and for training.

  • By Shannen Kuest

MOUNT VERNON — As of Wednesday afternoon, the Anacortes School District $86.9 million bond looked poised to pass with 62.5 percent voter approval and an estimated 120 ballots left to count, according to numbers released by the Skagit County Auditor’s Office.

  • By John Stang
    Crosscut Public Media

OLYMPIA — Think of it as profiling by dog breed. At least that’s what Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, believes she is addressing in her bill to forbid a local government from making specific dog breeds illegal.