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In recent years, if there was racing at Skagit Speedway, you could be almost certain to find Harold Beitler in his familiar chair atop the control tower, where he greeted visitors, playfully teased children — and adults — and kept an insightful eye on the races.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Olivia Isakson's dream of playing soccer at the NCAA Division I level became a reality Wednesday when the Sedro-Woolley High School senior signed a letter of intent to play for Seattle University.

Two state Department of Fish & Wildlife officials will take questions from the public in an online open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Under a new set of guidelines carefully developed by high school athletic directors in Skagit County, local high school athletes can now get an experience closer to the practices and competitions they’re used to.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved razor clam digging through Wednesday after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Local high schools have begun workouts while adhering to strict pandemic regulations. The Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association is allowing schools to hold workouts from Sept. 28 to Nov. 30.

Participants in the 2020 Trek for Treasure didn't care the annual event was scaled back by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALGER — Skagit Speedway wrapped up one of the most unusual seasons in the track's long history late Thursday with something that wasn't so unusual — some exciting wins and three champions.

A 17-year-old driver held off several tough challenges at Skagit Speedway to a tough performance of his own — and claim a checkered flag.

MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit Valley YMCA has two new coaches for its Chinooks swim team.

One Skagit Valley College men’s basketball player is heading south for the next stop in his basketball career, while another player is getting set to join the Cardinals.

When the state governing body for high school sports announced dramatic changes to the upcoming school year's schedule, it left open the possibility that a few sports may be played in the fall.

Chase Goetz threatened the leader for several laps Thursday at Skagit Speedway before becoming the leader himself.

As a basketball player, Loren Anderson was a 5-foot-9 spark plug who hustled his way into becoming the all-time leading scorer at Seattle Pacific University. As a baseball player, he was a high-average dynamo who drew interest from Major League Baseball organizations.

A canny veteran proved Thursday night he still knows his way around Skagit Speedway, and a newcomer claimed the checkered flag in his first feature race.

Saltwater anglers will get the opportunity to fish for halibut beginning Thursday.

ALGER — The three sprint car drivers who finished at the front of their respective classes late Thursday at Skagit Speedway found different ways to do so.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced dramatic changes Tuesday night to high school sports for the upcoming school year — and cautioned that fans, coaches and players should brace for more changes in a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOUNT VERNON — Graham Rawson had grown weary of exerting the extra effort required to pedal up inclines of dirt and pavement, as well as the monotonous grind of pumping along lengthy, flat stretches.

Times are tough and the agency responsible for preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other recreation opportunities is feeling the pinch.

With in-person instruction not possible because of COVID-19, the Skagit Valley College men's basketball coaches are trying something different for their upcoming basketball camp.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Not having the necessary outdoor gear used to be a major problem.