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Pair sentenced to jail for role in deadly Skagit County crash

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A woman pleaded guilty to charges related to her role in a five-vehicle crash that killed a 49-year-old Sedro-Woolley woman. According to the Skagit Valley Herald, Lucia Luna Morales pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of second-degree manslaughter and one count of reckle


Police arrest 21-year-old Deming man after standoff near Arlington cemetery

ARLINGTON – Police arrested a 21-year-old Deming man Saturday after a standoff at the Arlington Municipal Cemetery. Police responded at 9:15 a.m. to reports of a man acting suspiciously at the cemetery located at 20310 67th Ave. NE, with individuals in 9-1-1 calls also reporting possible gunshots.


Washington state lawmaker apologizes for comment on nurses

OLYMPIA — A Washington state lawmaker who angered nurses by saying some may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals says she wishes she could reel that comment back in.


Alumni Update: Smith playing well at Bethune-Cookman

Burlington-Edison graduate Jacki Smith is off to a scorching start for the Bethune-Cookman University softball team. The college junior is hitting .336 with 16 runs scored, eight walks and 15 steals for the NCAA Division I program.


Walk 12 hours in our shoes, angry nurses say after Eastern Washington legislator’s ‘playing cards’ remark

Half-a-million people had signed two petitions on change.org demanding that Washington state Sen. Maureen Walsh spend a 12-hour shift shadowing a nurse. The petitions were in response to the College Place Republican’s comment during a Senate debate last week that nurses in the state’s small, rural h


Prep Roundup: Burlington-Edison baseball team handles Lakewood

BURLINGTON — Alex Thurmond went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and three stolen bases to lead the Burlington-Edison Tigers to an 8-1 victory over the Lakewood Cougars on Saturday in prep baseball action.


Wash. set to be first state to allow human composting

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington is set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated process of decomposition that turns a body into soil in a matter of weeks.


Washington Democrats call for GOP state Rep. Matt Shea to be expelled after latest allegations

OLYMPIA — Washington Democrats are calling for the expulsion of GOP state Rep. Matt Shea from his caucus after a report that he allegedly participated in a group chat that discussed spying on and attacking political enemies.


Johnson & Johnson settles Washington surgical mesh lawsuit for $9.9 million

In an effort to avoid going to trial, Johnson & Johnson will pay $9.9 million for failing to disclose the serious risks linked with their surgical mesh devices, which impacted numerous Washington patients, nurses, and doctors.


Who is Maureen Walsh? A look at the Washington state Senator's political career

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Comments made by Washington state Senator Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla) have received a lot of attention after she suggested that nurses at small hospitals had time to play cards during their shifts.


Bellingham police searching for missing 80-year-old woman

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Officers with the Bellingham Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Officials said 80-year-old Jane Beer is believed to have walked away from her residence on Viewcrest Road.


Twin brothers driving separate vehicles charged with DWI after crash that injured Texas deputies

Twin brothers driving separate vehicles were both charged with driving while intoxicated over the weekend after two deputies were injured in a crash on a Houston freeway. The Harris County Precinct 8 Constable’s Office said in a Facebook post that officers were initially investigating a "major accid


Police nab QFC robbery suspect in Stanwood Library bathroom

Police apprehended a 29-year-old suspect in the Stanwood Library bathroom after a short manhunt following a robbery at QFC. Police swarmed the downtown area after the report of the robbery came in at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22.


Opioid treatment need, services continue to grow

As the opioid epidemic continues to infiltrate Skagit County, the community has begun fighting back, expanding treatment options and forming groups prepared to combat the problem.


Public Works begins Goshen Road Bridge project

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Expect to see flaggers and activity if you drive on Goshen Road the next two weeks. Whatcom County Public Works crews will be repairing Goshen Road Bridge beginning Monday morning, closing one lane of the road from 6 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.


Centennial Elementary School making good behavior fun

MOUNT VERNON — On a recent morning at Centennial Elementary School, students in Adele Barborinas’ third grade class were dancing as obnoxiously as possible. The dance party — a reward for the students’ good behavior — lasted 30 seconds and, as soon as the timer went off, the students quietly sat dow


Earth Day brings another free fee day at State Parks

BIRCH BAY, Wash. — It’s Earth Day and to celebrate is Free Fee Day at all Washington State Parks. Visitors don’t need a Discover Pass to visit State Parks today. Nearby parks include Larrabee, Birch Bay, Peace Arch, Bay View, Deception Pass, and Rasar State Park in Concrete.


Arlington Easter Egg Hunt a family adventure in scramble for good eggs

ARLINGTON – For some basket-toting youngsters at Arlington’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, it’s a family adventure. Eleanor Balentine, who will turn 3 years old on Friday, joined hundreds of kids who scrambled onto a grassy field dotted with thousands of eggs during Saturday’s Egg Hunt west of Arlington A


Nooksack water use rules up for comment

BELLINGHAM, Wash — New water rules affecting Whatcom County are up for public comment. The Department of Ecology is drafting a plan of action for future water use in the Nooksack River watershed to accommodate rural growth and protect water supply needs for fish.


Get to Know: Hans Kahl

What brought you to the Skagit Valley? “My better half is from the Sumas area and we met in the South. When we decided to move back to Washington, we just picked a place — and it was Anacortes.”