Island Hospital will receive 800 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine next week, and scheduling will open sometime Monday, it was announced today.

The B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, also known as the United Kingdom variant, has been found in Skagit County, county public health announced today.

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Island Hospital was denied any first doses of vaccine for the fourth week in a row, even as Skagit County Public Health received 600 first doses and Skagit Regional Health received a combination of 2,340 first and second doses in allotments from the state.

Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere's announcement Feb. 18 that she will not seek a third term puts in motion several potential leadership changes. On the ballot this year: mayor and four of seven City Council positions.

A 35-year-old Burlington man was arrested Feb. 17 for drunken driving after his midsize pickup went off the roadway and crashed into a tree at the halfway point of the Washington Park Loop Road.

The Center for Whale Research announced confirmation last week that a Southern Resident orca calf has been born to the L pod.

Skagit County commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to send back an expansion permit for the gravel mine located off of Rosario Road on Fidalgo Island for more investigation.Commissioner Peter Browning said while the gravel mine has existed for a long time, potential risks from the proposed expans…

The state has again skipped Skagit County, Island Hospital and Skagit Regional Health in its allotment of COVID-19 first-dose vaccine this week, making it two straight weeks that requests have gone unfilled. All three did receive a second dose supply to ensure those got the first will get th…

It was a snowy few days across much of the state this past weekend, and Anacortes was no exception. Temperatures stayed below freezing for multiple days before warming up a bit Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, most of Anacortes received between 6 and 8 inches of snow betwee…

Anacortes restaurants will now be able to seat patrons indoors at reduced capacity, just in time for Valentine’s Day and as cold winter weather has set in.

Shell Oil Products US and the EPA have reached a settlement over a toxic release that occurred at the Puget Sound Refinery in 2015. Shell paid a fine of $191,000, the EPA announced Wednesday.

Students at Anacortes Middle School are back to school this week. Students are split into two groups, one of which attends full days at school on Mondays and Thursdays and the other attending Tuesdays and Fridays.

Work on the Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges resumed Monday, following a winter weather pause in the estimated two-year project which began in May 2019.

Neither Island Hospital nor county Public Health received vaccine allotments this week, and there is little expectation in getting a significant allotment in the near future.Island Hospital has the capacity to vaccinate 1,000 people a week, CEO Charles Hall said Tuesday. With an estimated 6,…

Some Anacortes restaurants have been taking advantage of an “open-air” guideline, which allows for partial indoor dining without having to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington reopening plan, which went into effect last month.