MOUNT VERNON — A 20-year-old Mount Vernon man will serve three months in custody for leaving the scene after hitting a 16-year-old girl with his car in November.

After the first set of primary election results were released Tuesday night, Nickolas Lavacca was the top vote-getter in the Sedro-Woolley City Council race that will determine which two candidates advance to the Nov. 2 general election.

Debra Lancaster and Greg Thramer are in position to advance to the general election in the race for Position 1 on the United General Hospital District 304 Board of Commissioners.

With vendors, animals and fairgoers crowding into the Skagit County Fairgrounds each year, Skagit County Fair Manager Aric Gaither said the event’s staff has to be flexible enough to meet unexpected challenges.

ALGER — Skagit Speedway owner Steve Beitler's connection to the racetrack began 55 years ago, cleaning up after races and selling racing magazines during a time when his father Harold was a driver.

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

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.

Skagit County businesses are figuring out how to navigate new public health guidance that recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks again indoors.

GUEMES ISLAND — A trail is being built on Guemes Island to provide a measure of safety for bikers and walk-on passengers arriving at the island’s ferry dock.

Online job fair set for Aug. 11Local organizations are teaming up to host a virtual job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 11.

LA CONNER — The La Conner Town Council approved an agreement Tuesday that will alter a 2,400-square-foot easement some residents worried may reduce the size of a future park.

Members of Skagit County’s congressional delegation are among a bipartisan group of lawmakers requesting more aid for farmers who suffered crop loss and damage following the heat wave that battered the Pacific Northwest in late June.

*Updated 7/29 to correct the current number of orcas.