Recycling and environmentally focused groups are hailing a new state law as groundbreaking when it comes to reducing the amount of plastics entering the solid waste system and, too often, the oceans.

n The Anacortes City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May 17, remotely. Listen in by calling 1-253-215-8782, meeting ID 892-5564-6791. The meeting is also available at us02web.zoom.us/j/89255646791.

n The Anacortes School Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, for a study session, and at 6:15 p.m. for a regularly scheduled board meeting. asd103.org or 360-503-1211.

MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit Valley College men’s basketball team beat Peninsula 75-63 on Friday afternoon to avenge its only loss of the season and push its win streak to three games.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is on track to fully reopen its economy by June 30, and a full reopening could happen even sooner if 70% or more of residents ages 16 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine by then, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.

Despite Seattle City Light expanding its study plan associated with the relicensing process of its Skagit River dams, at least 17 commenting government agencies, tribes and nonprofits wrote in letters last week that they remain dissatisfied.

With fishing season in full swing and several hundred lowland lakes throughout the state primed for anglers, now is the time to get outside and make a few casts.

MOUNT VERNON — On a recent sunny Saturday, about a dozen Burlington-Edison School District students hiked the winding trails to the top of Little Mountain, learning along the way outdoor safety tips and about the plants and animals found in the forest.

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

It’s not an unusual sight during the COVID-19 pandemic: a 30-foot Skagit Transit bus parked outside a local business to house a food drive.

TOWN HALL: The Anacortes School District will hold a town hall regarding its plans to return its elementary school students for more in-person learning, health department guidelines and next steps at 5:30 p.m. May 12.

n The Anacortes City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May 10, remotely. Listen in by calling 1-253-215-8782, meeting ID 892-5564-6791. The meeting is also available at us02web.zoom.us/j/89255646791.

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.

MOUNT VERNON — About 90 families parked their cars at Skagit Valley College on Friday night and watched the film “Cars” with a dramatic cloudy sky as a backdrop.

BURLINGTON — Residents of HomePlace Burlington Memory Care and their families drank tea, listened to music and shared stories Friday at an outdoor Mother’s Day celebration at the care center.