Front Porch: Navy bases to take part in exercises

Navy exercises set

Naval Station Everett and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station plan to participate in annual exercises designed to enhance training and readiness of Navy security forces.

The exercises are planned from Feb. 19 to March 1.

The exercise will cause gate closures, delays in base access and increased traffic on roads around bases. Area residents may see increased security activity on the water near the bases that are associated with the exercise.

Navy personnel should contact their respective command for more information, including event planning and reporting procedures.

The Legislature is announcing the start of a pilot program called e-comments to allow people to submit electronic comments and suggestions directly to their legislators about any bill under consideration.

The e-comments pilot program is accessed through the Legislature’s website at www.leg.wa.gov and allows the public to select a bill, indicate whether they are for or against it and offer comments and suggestions. This information is then made available to the legislators to be used in their consideration of a bill.

The public will be asked to create an account the first time they use the system and to provide residential address information to determine which legislative district they live in. This will allow the comments to be made available directly to the legislators who represent the person submitting the comments. The information will be used only by the Legislature and will not be sold or otherwise made available to any third parties for commercial purposes.

Learn to make artisan bread at a free workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 16, at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd.

Space is limited. Registration is required: www.sno-isle.org or 425-493-8202.

Class features live demonstration, handouts, recipes and free samples.

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