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Mount Vernon bank robber found guilty

MOUNT VERNON — Joshua Castillo was found guilty in Skagit County Superior Court on Aug. 10 of first-degree robbery.The 36-year-old Vancouver man robbed the Skagit Bank branch at 1301 Memorial Highway in Mount Vernon of $800 on Nov. 22.According to court documents, Castillo entered the bank at 12:50

ANACORTES AMERICAN - 2018-08-17 19:00:00

Mount Vernon homeless meals cut due to neighbor complaints

Pastor Jim Fikkert of the nearby Communion Church says as a member of the Mount Vernon Downtown Association he's been communicating the concerns of businesses which include loitering, littering and vandalism, all of which he says are increasing.

ROANOKE TIMES - 2018-08-15 22:47:04

Bellingham Police warn of evolving phone scams | 1170 KPUG-AM

Law enforcement and government agencies do not conduct themselves this way and urge you to call police if you think you’ve been targeted or have any doubts about a phone call, otherwise, just hang up.

KPUG1170.COM - 2018-08-16 15:24:37

Couple awarded $1 million in Bellingham voyeurism lawsuit

On Tuesday, Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis awarded $750,000 to the woman and $250,000 to her husband, more than what their lawyer had asked for.

KOMO NEWS - 2018-08-17 09:46:29

How to drive in new roundabout

Engineer Roger Weiss, who was part of the Sharpes Corner roundabout design team, said drivers have the most trouble where the traffic from Anacortes enters the roundabout. To properly drive in the roundabout, you have to stay in your lane and yield to cars in the roundabout. This means drivers comin


Smoky skies may last longer than expected | 1170 KPUG-AM

8-17-2018BELLINGHAM, Wash. —Air qualityin Whatcom County isstill considered“unhealthy for sensitive groups” today with marine air steadily pushing smoke out of the area.TheNational Weather Servicesays air will continue to improve in western Washington through Saturday, but they have bad news for Sun

KPUG1170.COM - 2018-08-17 11:49:18

Kickin' it up in Stanwood with Megs McLean

STANWOOD — Get on your cowboy boots and get ready to stomp Saturday night.Loco Billy’s Wild Moon Saloon, 27021 102nd Ave. NW, will host Saturday Stomp. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

ANACORTES AMERICAN - 2018-08-16 12:00:00

Friendship House cuts meal service, cites pressure from neighbors

Buy NowRepresentatives from Draper Valley Farms and Boys & Girls Club members serve lunch at the Friendship House Cafe in Mount Vernon. Left to right: Shane Shetler, Johanna Gamboa, Terry Mortensen and Hannah Galvan.By Sarah Arquitt


Orca back to feeding, frolicking after carrying dead calf

The Center for Whale Research in Washington state says it watched the orca, known as J35, chase a school of salmon in Haro Strait west of San Juan Island on Saturday afternoon.


Mount Vernon School Board passes district's budget

However, like most other districts in Skagit County, newly required four-year budget projections show the district using some of those reserves in the next few years.

ANACORTES AMERICAN - 2018-08-16 18:30:00

Everett police want info after projectile fired from car hits school building

EVERETT, Wash.- Everett police are asking for help identifying whoever fired a projectile from a car at the Everett School District CRC building, police said.

KIRO7.COM - 2018-08-16 19:31:11

Help Wanted: Stanwood busineses struggling to find workers

Buy NowZoe Ferguson, a 17-year-old Stanwood High student, worked last week at the Spartan Drive-In, one of many businesses in the area actively seeking workers like her.Ben Olson| Stanwood Camano News


Peoples Bank scatters cash-filled piggy banks around Whatcom County | 790 KGMI

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Peoples Bank is hiding piggy banks containing a total of more than $5,000 around Whatcom County as part of their “Pay it Forward Pigs” campaign.


Washington has worst air quality in the nation | 790 KGMI

Today, Whatcom County air is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” a slight improvementover the last few days.

KGMI - 2018-08-16 13:55:58

Unhealthy air quality alert in effect for Anacortes

Buy NowSmoke from wildfires clouded Seafarers' Memorial Park Tuesday morning. Residents, especially sensitive groups including children, those 65 and older and those with heart and respiratory problems, are advised to limit their time outdoors.Jacqueline Allison / Anacortes American


Forest lands, trees across region showing signs of drought stress

In the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, bright orange branches flash through the thick understory — dying Western red cedars.“It’s something people are noticing,” said Denise Crowe, on a recent walk in the Little Cranberry Lake area. Crowe is education and outreach director of Friends of the Forest


Plastic bag ban discussed in Burlington

BURLINGTON — Wearing her signature plastic bag scarf, self-proclaimed “Bag Lady” Carol Sullivan encouraged Burlington residents to support a plastic bag ban Monday at the Burlington Public Library.Sullivan, leader of Skagit BAG BANd Wagon, has been meeting with cities and towns within Skagit County


Walking Safely to Fort Worden

Most of us realize what a great contribution Fort Worden makes to Port Townsend and the area; it has magnificent beaches, the wonderful programs of education and music through the efforts of Centrum, a stirring Fourth of July celebration, beautiful sites for RV camping, and much more.What is especia


Preliminary results change, grow closer

More than 3,000 ballots trickled in after the Aug. 7 primary election, causing one race to flip who was on top and others to be separated by only a few votes.Voter turnout


Entertainment 360: Art by the Bay, last summer concert is this weekend

Walks with the Mayor: Take a weekly walk with the mayor or city official at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays, starting at Rite Aid, 26817 88th Ave., Stanwood. Share your thoughts and discuss issues affecting the community during the two-mile energizer. Contact the mayor atLeonard.Kelley@ci.stanwood.wa.usor 360-