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July 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Citizen tip closes LaConner’s ‘rainbow bridge,’ traffic being detoured

The landmark arch bridge between LaConner and the Swinomish Reservation was closed Thursday afternoon, after someone told dispatchers a piece of it fell off the bottom. A quick inspection by Skagit County Public Works didn’t find any damage, but the county closed it anyway as a precaution, said Dan Berentson, public works director.  Inspectors from the…

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March 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Skagit County to pay $215K to settle release of health info

By Rachel Lerman / Skagit Valley Herald MOUNT VERNON— Skagit County will pay $215,000 and has agreed to monitoring in a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services due to a 2011 exposure of county Public Health Department receipts containing protected health information. The county discovered in September 2011 that receipts from the…

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January 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Driver of overweight truck gets a ticket — for $40,000

A semi flatbed truck carrying more than 126,000 pounds beyond the legal limit broke down on a county road just west of Mount Vernon Monday, blocking the road for about 14 hours before a truck arrived that was big enough to tow it away. The truck didn’t cause significant damage to any bridges or roads, according…

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January 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Sexual predator sting operation leads to arrest in Skagit County

Skagit Valley Herald ANACORTES — A man was arrested by Anacortes Police and booked into Skagit County Jail late Tuesday night. Police have requested charges from the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office for communication with a minor for immoral purposes, possession of child pornography and attempted second-degree rape of a child, said officer Doug Liddle. The arrest stemmed from…

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November 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Burlington man killed in Skagit County crash

A 59-year-old Burlington man was killed Sunday night when his pick-up truck crashed into a tree in Skagit  County, according to the Washington State Patrol. The crash occurred at about 7 p.m.in the 1300 block of Beaver Lake Road, north of the town of Clear Lake. Trooper Mark Francis said the driver was wearing a seatbelt. The driver’s identity was not…

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September 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Fireboat Alki sale finalized to Skagit County business owners

The sale of Seattle’s 86-year-old fireboat, Alki, which the city auctioned off last month, was finalized Monday. The buyers, longtime La Conner residents and business-owners Ken Gunersen and Ron Rennebohm, announced that the boat would be moved to its new home in Skagit County. The buyers, who bought the boat for more than $25,000, said the…

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June 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Wash. to pay $9M to victims of Skagit Co. spree

OLYMPIA  (AP) — The lawyer for the victims of a 2008 shooting spree in Skagit County says Washington state has agree to pay $9 million to settle claims that the violence could have been prevented. Isaac Zamora killed six people and wounded four others. Lawyer Jack Connelly represents some of the surviving victims and estates of…

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May 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

‘Barefoot Bandit’ pleads guilty to Anacortes burglary

TED WARREN Associated Press MOUNT VERNON — The young man known as the “Barefoot Bandit” pleaded guilty to burglary Wednesday in a Washington state county court, perhaps closing the lengthy saga involving a run from the law in stolen cars, boats and airplanes. Colton Harris-Moore, 22, acknowledged breaking into a small airport in Washington state in 2010 where…

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April 6, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Fatal shooting in Skagit County; man arrested

A 46-year-old man was arrested Saturday for investigation of second-degree murder after another man was found shot to death in Skagit County, according to authorities. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot victim at about 4 p.m in the 15000 block of Flinn Road in Bow. A 53-year-old man from the Bow area…

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March 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Darrington man dies after car runs off road

A 20-year-old man Darrington died early Sunday morning after his car ran off the road in rural Skagit County, according to the Washington State Patrol. Kenneth Cousins was driving a Subaru Legacy eastbound on State Route 530 when he crossed the westbound lanes and drove off the road at the intersection with Concrete Sauk Valley Road, according…

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