Kevin Jackman, water quality analyst for Skagit County, collects a sample of murky water in January from the rain-swelled Samish River at Thomas Road. Samples are collected during storms for analysis of bacteria levels, which can impact shellfish farms downstream in Samish Bay.
Volunteers Tailor Zandecki (center left) of Bellingham and Owen Cornelius, 12, of Mount Vernon bring out bags of Christmas gifts Wednesday during the first day of the Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund's gift distribution at the Skagit County Fairgrounds.
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