North County Update

Camano Island: State park public meeting

The state Parks and Recreation Commission plans to host a public information meeting on a proposal to restore a saltwater estuary and lagoon at Camano Island State Park. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cama Center

at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 SW Camano Drive.

The Skagit River System Cooperative has asked Washington State Parks for approval to restore a saltwater estuary and lagoon at the popular park. The reason for the proposal is to add salmon rearing habitat to Puget Sound. The tribal cooperative has applied for a state salmon recovery grant to do a feasibility study and prepare design options.

State parks officials plan to support the grant application provided the effort will not diminish the overall park experience.

Stanwood: Author to discuss tiger book

Author John Vaillant plans to talk about his most recent book, “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival at 7 tonight at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27108 102nd Ave. NW.

The book is the subject of this year’s Together We Read project, which attracts hundreds of people in the Stanwood area to read the book at the same time.

Vaillant also is scheduled to make a presentation at Stanwood High School and talk about writing with students.

“The Tiger” is a tale of man and nature set in 1997 outside a village in Russia’s Far East, where a man-eating Siberian tiger is on the prowl.

Vaillant lives in Vancouver, B.C. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic and Outside magazines.

This is the fourth year of the community reading program, which offers local events to inspire discussion and celebration of reading and literature.

Funding for the project comes from organizations including Stanwood-Camano Friends of the Library, Camano Island Library Friends and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

More info: 360-629-3132;

Pioneer Highway closure update

Pioneer Highway is closed to traffic from Logan Road to Douglas Creek on the north side of Stanwood while crews repair the southbound lanes of the road. The road was damaged in a winter storm earlier this year. A temporary detour is set up for all northbound and southbound traffic. City officials hope the road will be opened within a week or two.

City Council to discuss fire protection

A public discussion regarding fire protection and emergency medical services is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Stanwood City Council meeting in the school district board room, 26920 Pioneer Highway.

Lions annual lutefisk dinner set for Sunday

The Stanwood Lions 59th annual Lutefisk Dinner is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Stanwood High School, 7200 272nd St. NW.

The all-you-can eat dinner is served family style. Lions club members claim to have perfected their lutefisk recipe over the years. But if the fish doesn’t appeal, people can chose Swedish meatballs. The dinner includes potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dessert and coffee.

Cost is $21 a plate or $7 for children age 7 to 12 and free for those who are younger.

More info: 360-629-3604

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