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at our Visitor's Center
located at:
320 Main Street
Sultan, WA 98294

 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 46 
Sultan, WA 98294
Hours:
10-4 Mon-Fri, 10-1 Sat
Phone: 360-793-0983
Fax: 360-793-3241
E-mail: 
debbie@skyvalleyvic.net

Chamber Membership:

The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is not a tax supported organization. We spend everything we generate on keeping the Visitor Center open and to support our business community. Our amazing group of volunteers make this possible! Please help us work to build a stronger business community and to become a liaison representing the Sky ValleyThanks to everyone who has renewed! We appreciate your support! We would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone else to join the Sky Valley Chamber and Visitor Center. We pledge to promote your business and the entire Sky Valley to the best of our abilities!

The Sky Valley Visitor Information Center is closed, until we get the go-ahead to reopen. Below are services to help families, seniors and low income folks. 
—Debbie Copple


2020 Shindig and Gold Dust Days Celebrations Are Cancelled

The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce is sorry to inform you that the Shindig and Gold Dust Days Celebrations will be cancelled this year because of the virus and demands for social distancing. We feel that it is the right thing to do to keep our people safe. Also, putting on a festival is an expensive thing to do. We had to cancel the annual auction and that is a big piece of our financing plan. Vendor fees and sponsors make up the balance. The street fair cannot happen and still meet the needs for social distancing. Most businesses are having a difficult time just surviving and I simply can’t ask them to sponsor anything at this time.

This will give us plenty of time to ensure that the 2021 events are the biggest and best the Sky Valley has ever seen!

Stay safe,
—Debbie Copple, Chamber Board and the Shindig committee


Sultan Pharmacy & Natural Care

Sultan Pharmacy & Natural Care would like to thank our pharmacist Dr. Michael Witte (at right), as the head pharmacist leading the first trial vaccine study against the coronavirus.  This study is taking place at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle as listed in the New York Times, National Institute of Health, ABC and NBC news, Forbes, and announced by President Trump.

When not working at the Sultan Pharmacy, Michael works for Kaiser Permanente Research in Seattle as well as is an Air Force National Guard pharmacist.  Our thanks to him for being one of the first to help find a vaccine against this deadly virus.

Sultan Pharmacy still has some hand sanitizer, thermometers, gloves, Zinc Lozenges, Vitamin C, and alcohol wipes available for purchase.  They are now providing curbside service for everyone to help restrain the spread of this virus.  Please utilize the service lane in front of Sultan Pharmacy with the driver’s side toward the pharmacy where someone will greet you.  If you are unable to leave your home, please call them at (360) 793-8813 for delivery service if needed.  There is still room to sign up for the April 18, 2020 mushroom walk for those interested in learning identification and cooking of local mushrooms and edible plants.


Cascade Health Clinic located right off highway 2 at 31503 US-2 in Sultan is still open during this time, and is accepting new patients. The clinic is seeing patients that feel ill but might not need to go to the ER. The clinic is also offering coronavirus testing to those that need it. Dr. Sadler and Dr. Agisheva are both naturopaths that are able to help give advice on supplements and herbs that can be helpful for the prevention and/or shortening of the viruses as well. You can call 206-886-5654 to schedule an appointment or visit www.cascadehealthclinic.org to schedule online. Clinic is open Monday-Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturday 11-2:00.


Invara Pharmacy Now Offering Curbside Temperature Reading
Invara pharmacy is offering curbside temperature readings for you and your family. They have a zero contact device that can take an accurate reading for you in seconds while you wait in your vehicle. Pull into one of their curbside parking spots in front of the pharmacy and text 360-208-8651 or call 360-953-5250.


YMCA also has emergency 6 week childcare available and it is FREE to all first responders and medical professionals who are required to work during this difficult time. 360-804-2175,  ymca-snoco.org/monroe Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA, 14033 Fryelands Blvd., Monroe WA 98272


Learn To Be Your Own Boss! For people on Unemployment scholarships are available to assist with tuition for SEAP (Self Employment Assistance Program) to become their own boss while drawing Unemployment Insurance. Girandola Academy http://www.seapwashington.com/  


Sultan Boys & Girls Club is open for child care. Monday through Friday from 6am-6pm. Please call 360-793-2515 if you’d like to connect with them or have any questions.

The Sky Valley Resource Center is open, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. We can connect people to available resources and services, as well as provide emergency financial assistance to those that qualify. We are expecting a large increase in households that are needing this in the few weeks, as hourly jobs start getting cut, lack of child care beginning to take effect, and many other factors as I’m sure you all know.

The Sultan Food Bank is still open during regular hours: Thursdays from 5-7pm and Fridays from 9:30am-12pm. We are in need of donations. 

Sky Valley Youth Coalition, in partnership with the amazing Operation Full Bellies, will still be providing weekend meal bags to families within Sultan School District. We are so grateful to the school district for providing breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday to all children 0-18 via bus routes and in-person pickups at SMS and GBE!  If you know of a family that needs a bag of food over the weekend, please have them reach out to us at 360-793-2400.

The SEND program (Sky Valley Elderly Nutrition Delivered) will still be delivering weekly meals to homebound seniors and those with disabilities. Please feel free to refer those interested in this service to us at 360-793-2400. Please know our service area is vast, from east Monroe to Skykomish. We seek to fill this need, and it is growing!

The Sky Valley Senior & Community Center is closed through March as of right now, and will probably be extended through April.

The Sky Valley ECEAP program is also closed following the school district closure, until at least April 24.

Lynsey Gagnon, Executive Director, Community Resource Centers, Volunteers of America Western Washington, 701 1st St. Sultan, WA 98294, 360-793-2400


Sultan Library: How is Sno-Isle Libraries serving customers during this closure?

We have always offered a rich online environment to customers in addition to the in-person experience through our 23 community libraries and Library on Wheels. Now, we are focusing on those online offerings to continue serving customers in these difficult times.

We’ve adjusted our website (http://www.sno-isle.org) to emphasize digital materials such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies and TV shows, online learning and activities for kids and teens. All of that and more can be found at http://www.sno-isle.org/online.
We always have a selection of digital titles that are available for immediate download, no waiting. We call it “instant access” (https://www.sno-isle.org/instantaccess).

We made it easier to get a library account online (https://www.sno-isle.org/getacard) and expanded the access to online items and service.​

We are continuing to offer the popular Ask Us, Tell Us (https://askus.sno-isle.org/) feature that includes answers to many questions plus the opportunity to submit a question and get an answer from library staff.

Business resources are always available online and free with your library card – https://www.sno-isle.org/business – and librarians are ready to help with your questions.


More Resources:

Slow The Spread Campaign

The White House put together graphics you can share via email, social media or websites, or display in your workplace. Download here

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Leave some for your neighbor – don’t buy more than you need!

The Washington State Department of Health put together great material about purchasing reasonablyduring this time.

“Washington State’s supply chains are operating normally, yet consumers are overstocking and clearing store shelves of the items that sick neighbors, doctors, dentists and emergency response personnel need to stay safe. Health experts emphasize the best way to protect yourself from infection is through washing your hands frequently and limiting contact with others, not by overstocking certain supplies. Leave some for the folks who need them most!

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Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration Expanded Emergency Declaration

The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration provided an expanded emergency declaration on March 18, 2020.

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Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19

Learn about international travel restrictions, how you can prepare for coronavirus, and what the U.S. government is doing in response to the virus.

https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus

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Cleaning Facilities

For cleaning facilities where an individual tested positive for the coronavirus, the CDC offers these resources to assist your business.

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Rumor Control

The link here is CDC’s current Myth/Fact page. Additionally, for the most up-to-date information, CDC has started a What is New page – this includes the latest fact sheets and external communications materials on COVID-19.

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Translations

CDC’s website and communications resources can be found here in Spanish. Content is continuing to be updated daily.

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Washington Small Business Development Center Business Resiliency Webinars

The Washington SBDC is launching a series of Business Resiliency webinars targeted at small businesses starting this Thursday at 11am in Response to COVID-19. View the upcoming events to support your business. Webinar participants will also receive access to a business resiliency PDF fillable form that they can customize according to their particular needs. About 30 minutes of the webinar will be an overview of resiliency planning and the remainder of the time will be for questions and answers. In addition, they have a business resiliency web page. On the page, you’ll be able to download a copy of our Business Resiliency Guide, as well as a Business Resiliency Plan, which can be customized by small business owners to meet their specific needs.  

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Useful COVID-19 Links

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

What you should know:

Situation Updates:

Information for Businesses:

o   PDF

Information for Travel and Transportation:

Information for Healthcare Providers, First Responders, and Research Facilities:

o   PDF

Information for Families and Households:

o   PDF

Information for Schools and Childcare Providers:

o   PDF

Information for Community Events and Gatherings:

o   PDF

Information for Military Response:

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Brett Holt, Private Sector Liaison | Region 10 Office of External Affairs, Bothell, WA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
fema.gov


Congratulations to all the amazing citizens at the 2020 Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration!

Honoring Community Members Who Have Made A Difference was a huge success! Over 200 people came to celebrate all the amazing people who have made a difference in our community. A video of the complete show is available onwww.SkyValleyChamber.com

City of Gold Bar Recognized Garry Vire for his Community Service during the Snowstorm

City of Sultan Recognized Peggy Tuttle for organizing the Highway 2 Lobby Trip to Olympia

Sky Valley Youth Coalition recognized Melody Dazey for her work on the community garden

Sultan-Monroe Masonic Lodge #160 awarded the Ole Carlson Citizenship Award to Christime Kryger for her support of Sky Valley families

Snohomish County Fire #5 Firefighter of the Year: Brandon Wood

Snohomish County Fire District #26 Firefighter of the Year: Matt Doran

Sky Valley Historical Society Member of the Year: Jackie Personeus


Sky Valley Business Partner of the Year Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
General Manager Tom Pettigrew

 

Sky Valley Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Elizabeth Emmons (right) 

 

Sky Valley Citizens of the Year: 
Skykomish Food Harvest Volunteers Kim Farmer-Haines, Connie Cunningham & Bonnie McCausland(not shown) with Gold Bar Mayor Bill Clem, Sultan Mayor Russel Wiita & Skykomish Mayor Henry Sladek

 

Sky Valley Chamber Revitalization Award:
Kiss the Sky Books and Coffee owner Jim Tinney


22nd Annual Sky Valley Community Service Awards


Purple Power Snack Bag Program Once a Month Pick Up within the City of Sultan
(The food supports all kids but the pick up driver volunteer can only pick up within the City limits.)

It’s no surprise that school kids are hungry. Always hungry. But did you know that sometimes Sultan School kids don’t have a healthy snack they can grab to help their day go better? The Sky Valley Youth Coalition together with the Volunteers of America Western Washington, Sky Valley, is on a mission to solve this dilemma. We already have snack pantries at SHS, SES and GBE. We’ve started one at SMS too! We need your help. 

Sign up to be one of our valuable Snack Attack Snack Suppliers, and we will drop off, on your porch, a purple grocery bag. The first Thursday of every month, put the bag back on your porch, and one of our volunteers will come by and pick up your donated snack items from that bag, take it to our little food pantry, and pack it up with your neighbors’ donations to go into one of the Sultan School District schools. This emphasis goes from November 7 (first pickup day) until June 11. 

 The Sky Valley Youth Coalition has raised funds, held food drives, and won grants to fill our SVYC Teen Food Bank shelves. We are keeping the weekend meal packs coming, week after week, but supplying snacks to most if not all of the kids, especially in the middle school, is a huge task. For that one, the VOAWW Sultan Food Bank is asking for community help! As you’re doing your regular grocery shopping, consider adding a snack item or two to your cart, to be saved up for our once-monthly pickup. Keep the snacks in your purple bag, and then set the bag out on your porch on the first Thursday of the month, by 11AM. It’s as simple as that! You can take your empty bag back into the house at the end of the day, for filling during the next month.

You’re always welcome to bring your filled back to the visitor center or the library for pick up if you are of the City of Sultan.


Enjoy Seattle then head out to
Explore Washington on the Cascade Loop

Begin your adventure on the Stevens Pass Scenic byway as you head up the majestic Cascade Mountains. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center in Sultan for help planning your Washington adventure!


New Mobile App Rewards Exploration of Sky Valley in Northwest Washington State

The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce has launched the free Sky Valley Insider mobile app, which rewards users for visiting unique points of interest throughout Sky Valley, which includes the towns of Skykomish, Baring, Grotto, Index, Gold Bar, Startup, Sultan and Monroe, WA. Once people use the app to collect points at various destinations, they can redeem those points for rewards at area businesses. Sky Valley Insider was created using the 468 Insider platform from 468 Communications.

“The Sky Valley has adventures for every season and for every type of travel,” said Debbie Copple, Executive Director of the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce. “As if the natural splendor weren’t enough, The Sky Valley Insider app will reward both visitors and residents for exploring the valley and shopping at local businesses within our communities.” 

Sky Valley Insider is both a wayfinding tool and a gamified way to reward people for shopping locally. The app’s Explore button takes users to the map of Sky Valley, which has pins indicating the location of the area’s unique points of interest, from heritage sites to places for outdoor recreation.  Clicking on each pin on the map gives more information about that place. Locations are assigned a point value. Pushing the “Collect Points” button while physically visiting a location will add the location’s points to a user’s point total.

Points accumulated with the Sky Valley Insider app can be redeemed for goods or services at any of the Rewards locations listed in the app.

The Sky Valley Insider app is available now as a free download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Local businesses interested in offering a reward to increase traffic to their place of business should contact Debbie Copple at debbie@skyvalleyvic.net.



cascade-loop-videoHelp us Promote the New Cascade Loop Video!

The Cascade Loop promotion is getting a whole lot of traction online (we had nearly 10,000 views in less than the first week live!) but we want to be sure as many prospective travelers as possible are seeing it this winter, to help motivate their wintertime planning. Please consider linking to/embedding the video in your website and sharing it on your social media channels. Here is a link—thanks for helping! https://vimeo.com/146707469 



Touring Washington by Electric Car

Check out the article and slideshow that recently ran in the Bend Bulletin, featuring the Cascade Loop!