Skagit County Archives - Salish Current

Keeping wheat’s story — and profits — local

April 15, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

Wheat flour — with flavor, “terroir” and a story — is growing out of broad local, resilient grain system in Skagit County.

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Giant hornet effort approaches milestone as another pest shows up 

February 26, 2024
Lane Morgan

While the invasive northern giant hornet may be gone from the Salish Sea area — at least for now — sightings of another voracious invader, the prolific spongy moth, have increased.

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Cultivating a resilient regional ‘seed to sandwich’ food system

February 12, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

A “seed to sandwich” approach to addressing hunger — ensuring access by all to nutritious food — is the goal of local food plans.

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Power of community resonates at Storming the Sound

January 26, 2024
Amy Nelson

Environmental educators and students celebrated a milestone this week and considered grief over lost treasured spaces — while looking into the future.

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Rebuilding Salish Sea clam gardens, rock by rock

January 22, 2024
Sarah Hoffman, Crosscut and KCTS 9

Video: The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is creating new habitats along the coastline to help marine life weather rising sea temperatures.

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Update: Skagit gasoline pipeline spill cleanup still underway

January 17, 2024
Dick Clever

By the numbers: 20-inch-diameter pipe; 3/8-inch pressure valve tube; 21,168 gallons gasoline spilled; 1,664 cubic yards of contaminated soil removed at spill site near Conway.

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Connecting Skagit’s food producers and food needs

January 15, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

Helping Hands and We Feed WA meet immediate hunger needs and seek long-term solutions for equitable, sustainable food systems in Skagit County.

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Winter shelters help the unhoused while reckoning with capacity limits

January 10, 2024
Matt Benoit

After a mild December, winter conditions are in store for Whatcom County into the weekend. For those experiencing homelessness, these conditions can be a matter of life and death if they cannot find space at the county’s few winter shelters.

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In touch with the Earth: there’s more than marketing behind ‘organic’ labels

December 20, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

Some local farmers are leaning away from the ubiquitous green-and-white USDA Organic label and into the messages of newer alternatives.

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Wildfire fighting is on a year-round cycle

December 13, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

As wildfire seasons get longer due to climate change, the off-season to prepare for the next fire season gets shorter.

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Homeless student numbers trend up; agencies, school districts respond with support

November 17, 2023
Matt Benoit

Myriad reasons for youth homelessness include fleeing domestic violence, abuse and uncomfortable foster care situations as well as becoming a teenage parent or being estranged from family based on sexual orientation.

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Votes are in, early results out for general election

November 9, 2023
Editorial Staff

Update: Preliminary general election counts are in for Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties.

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State-mandated tree clearings will not improve wildfire resiliency

November 7, 2023
Michael Feerer

Commentary: The State Building Code Council’s proposed wildfire defensible space rules should be withdrawn.

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Counties prepare winter shelter plans amid the homelessness crisis

October 18, 2023
Aria Nguyen

With winter approaching, counties are working with local organizations to address the needs of vulnerable community members.

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Reducing food waste: part of the food insecurity solution

October 8, 2023
Aria Nguyen

Food insecurity is a multifaceted issue with more than one cause — but managing food waste may be part of the solution.

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Signs of a hidden threat: preparing for the really big one

September 6, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

New signs around the Salish Sea raise awareness in areas that might be inundated by tsunami.

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