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MOUNT VERNON — Even with a light rain coming down Wednesday afternoon, customers browsed through the TNT Fireworks stand in the Haggen parking lot, glancing at the Dancing Devils and Lightning Flashes, the Super Snap Bangers and Magic Whips.

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CUMBERLAND CREEK — Tucked in a curve of the Skagit River south of Hamilton, the Skagit Land Trust’s Cumberland Creek Conservation Area is teeming with greenery, dotted with animal prints pressed into the mud, and lively with birdsong.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Skagit County residents have been lucky to be living in a place where fresh air, wildlife and scenic landscapes are abundant, a local author said Wednesday during the meeting of an online environmental book club.

The state Department of Ecology is taking comment on emerging plans to clean up legacy contamination left beneath Sedro-Woolley’s Hammer Heritage Square from decades of underground petroleum storage including during operation as a gas station.