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n The Conway School Board will meet at 7:15 p.m. today, Nov. 19, in the Digital Commons, 19710 Highway 534, Mount Vernon. The board will meet at 7 p.m. for a special meeting to discuss a budget extension. conway.k12.wa.us or 360-445-5785.

FOOD DRIVE: First Lutheran Church, 2015 E. Blackburn Road, Mount Vernon, is in the midst of its annual Neighbors in Need Food Drive. People can pick up paper grocery bags in the church narthex and return the bags filled with nonperishable food items any time before the end of November. The g…

The following are criminal cases heard Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court:

MOUNT VERNON — A 34-year-old Mount Vernon man was arrested early Monday morning after an hourslong standoff with police at a house in the 700 block of North First Street.

The following are criminal cases heard Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court:

MARCH POINT — The 15.5 acres of protected great blue heron habitat on March Point is lush with ferns, moss and tall trees dotted with heron nests.

State Department of Natural Resources officers Greg Erwin and Ron Whitehall can easily detect signs of illegal or hazardous activity on state forest lands.

n The Conway School Board will meet at 7:15 p.m. today, Nov. 19, in the Digital Commons, 19710 Highway 534, Mount Vernon. The board will meet at 7 p.m. for a special meeting to discuss a budget extension. conway.k12.wa.us or 360-445-5785.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — With 220 students, the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy is well on its way to full enrollment, Director Kevin Meenaghan said Friday at a luncheon at the academy.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Women with primary financial responsibility for themselves and their dependents who are attending an undergraduate degree program or vocational training program and have financial need are eligible to apply for a $2,000 Live Your Dream Award from Soroptimist …

n The Mount Vernon School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy, 2205 W. Campus Place, Mount Vernon. mountvernonschools.org or 360-428-6110.

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Here's a quick look at how voting is going in Skagit County based on the Tuesday night tally. After a second count for the night, 12,517 ballots had been counted, and the next count is set to occur Wednesday afternoon.

Whether or not Americans like the direction the country is headed under current leadership, a majority tend to agree that the partisan divide is growing.

Debra Lekanoff and Michael Petrish lead in the primary race for a 40th Legislative District state House of Representatives seat after initial results were released Tuesday.

Burlington chamber sets lunch

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Sedron Technologies — formerly Janicki Bioenergy — revealed this week a new self-sustaining toilet design at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing.

Sedron Technologies, formerly Janicki Bioenergy, has received a license to take its Janicki Omni Processor — which turns sewage sludge into drinking water and electricity — to the commercial market.