Self-serve taps coming to The Woolley Market

Business 11/05/18, 00:40

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Something's brewing in the Skagit Valley.The Woolley Market is installing the first self-serve taps in Skagit County, and they will largely feature beer from Mount Vernon's Farmstrong Brewing Co.The two local businesses announced the new venture Thursday evening while a crowd of about 70 enjoyed food, beverages and ...

Mount Vernon students experiment with science

Science 10/24/18, 13:16

MOUNT VERNON — Students in Shaunna Holcomb’s LaVenture Middle School classroom on Monday spent the day learning all about chemistry.“It’s explosive and dangerous and we are going to make it in your classroom,” said Skagit Valley College chemistry professor Roxi Smith as students prepared to experiment with electrolysis.In honor of ...

Growing quinoa in Skagit County

America 10/24/18, 13:16

This fall, almost every variety of quinoa available in North America and some from Europe and South America was growing at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center.The varieties, grown in 250 separate plots on 2.5 acres, are part of a project to develop a strain of quinoa that ...

Experts talk research at Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Enviroment 10/24/18, 09:11

ANACORTES — Experts from as far away as Rhode Island visited Anacortes on Saturday to share their knowledge of critters and plants that call the region home during the seventh annual Fidalgo Shoreline Academy.The academy is a day-long event hosted by the local nonprofit Friends of Skagit Beaches.The event aims ...

Rep. Smith faces challenge from Mount Vernon Democrat McMullen

Enviroment 10/09/18, 07:16

Incumbent state Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, faces Democrat Scott McMullen for a state representative position in Legislative District 10.The district includes Island County, southwest Skagit County and northwest Snohomish County. The state House position is a two-year term.Smith has served in the position since 2008.McMullen of Mount Vernon said he ...

State board denies appeal of Andeavor Anacortes refinery permit

Enviroment 10/04/18, 05:10

The state Shoreline Hearings Board dismissed an appeal this week of a permit and environmental analysis for an Andeavor Anacortes Refinery project.The refinery’s Clean Products Upgrade Project has been contentious due to environmental concerns. The appeal, brought by a coalition of environmental groups, pertained to a shoreline development permit issued ...

Mount Vernon Christian School holds electric car rally

Enviroment 09/30/18, 03:36

MOUNT VERNON — Matt Moreno has been driving electric vehicles since 2007.His first was a Ford Ranger EV, a battery-powered truck that was built from 1998 to 2002.His latest is a 2013 Tesla Model S P85 that can go 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds.“It’s quick, responsive and ...

WSU vegetable seed scientist honored

Science 09/30/18, 03:35

Washington State University plant pathologist Lindsey du Toit has received an award that provides further funding for her crop seed research.Du Toit works with vegetable seed growers in western and central Washington to reduce the impact of pathogens that impede seed crop production, according to a university news release.She works ...

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