n The Anacortes City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at City Hall, 904 Sixth St. Those who can’t attend can listen by calling 1-253-215-8782, meeting ID 892-5564-6791. The meeting is also available at us02web.zoom.us/j/89255646791.

Washington recently enacted a number of new “police reform” laws that will significantly affect deputies’ ability to detect and prevent crime, hinder the apprehension of criminals and render our community less safe.

A variety of police reform laws enacted this year will change the way law enforcement does its job, and while there is hope the changes will be for the better, there are also concerns about the impacts the reforms may have on the safety of the community.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some districts are holding their school board meetings electronically, while others are holding them in a combination of in person and online. For information, visit district websites.

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ANACORTES — At least one deer in northeast Anacortes has died as a result of the viral infection known as adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD), the state Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed Wednesday.

Nearly a year after a black plume rose from the Shell Puget Sound Refinery at March Point and the nearby Swinomish Indian Tribal Community alerted residents to close windows and stay indoors to avoid a smell described as like burning rubber, the refinery has been fined $60,000.