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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!

Sky Valley Chamber Weekly Newsletter 


Next Chamber Meeting Wednesday, February 6, at noon at the Sultan City Hall Community Room.

Our speakers will be: Gold Bar Mayor Bill Clem, and representatives from Index & Skykomish.

There’s a lot going on in the Sky Valley!

Lunch will be provided by Sahara Pizza. John will be making a selection of his yummy pizza’s (including a veggie option) with a garden salad and your choice of dressing. $10  payable at the meeting. PLEASE RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough food.


We’d like to welcome Hawkes Law Firm to Main Street, Sultan and to the Sky Valley Chamber!


Sultan High School Yearbook

Want to advertise your business? If you buy a Sultan High School yearbook ad we will put your business info/logo into our yearbook. It’s a great way to get your business information out there for everyone to see.

There are four different size options to pick from:

  • 1/8 page is $75
  • 1/4 page is $125
  • 1/2 page is $200
  • Full page is $300

We can work with you to design your ad, or you can send us your logo to be used in your advertisement in the yearbook.

Contact Information: Abby Owens – Email: abbyiowens26@gmail.com • Phone: 360-912-3648


Chamber Dinner/Auction Planning

We are gathering next Wednesday, Jan 16, at noon at the VIC to really get the auction planning up and running. Bring your lunch and your great ideas. The theme is Frontier Days and should be really fun! We would love to welcome some new team members to this important event. Many hands make like work!


Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce Work Plan for 2019

  • Venue Marketing Plan
  • Market the Mobile App
  • Membership Drive
  • Update website & continue growing social media for members
  • Monthly Membership Meetings
  • Sky Valley Event Guide Magazine
  • Work with Monroe & Snohomish to promote the entire Snohomish/Skykomish River Valleys.
  • Serve Visitors at the Info Center

Chamber Sponsored Events:

  • Sky Valley Community Award Celebration-February
  • Auction & Dinner-April (Our only big fund-raiser and how we support the Visitor Center)
  • Easter Egg Hunts-April 
  • Sultan Shindig-July
  • Gold Dust Days-July
  • Return of the Salmon Celebration-September
  • Sky Valley Farm Festival-October
  • Winterfest-December

Special interest work:

  • Serve on the Snohomish County LTAC board 
  • Cascade Loop Executive Board
  • Marketing and Community Development of the Sky Valley 
  • Ongoing support for the Index Arts Festival, Skykomish Music In The Park, Skykomish Outdoor Market,  Sultan Community Alliance, Sky Valley Arts Council, the Giving Tree and the Sultan Education Foundation.

Lobbying:

  • US Highway 2 safety, Finish 522 and capacity issues
  • Recreational Access to Public Lands

About the Sky Valley Chamber and Visitor Information Center 2019

The Sky Valley Chamber has a focus on outdoor recreation, arts/entertainment, creating quality visitor experiences and attracting new businesses to our growing communities.

The Sky Valley is comprised of Monroe, Sultan, Startup, Gold Bar, Index, Baring, Skykomish and the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort. We currently have 182 members. We host monthly networking/educational meetings and have a dedicated business card wall in the Visitor Center for our members. We sell hunting & fishing licenses, Discover Passes, Forest Service Passes and Christmas Tree Permits. We are working to preserve the natural attractions in the area as well as creating new assets and providing recreation opportunities for all user groups.

The strength of the Sky Valley comes from strong partnerships. We work closely with area land managers including: Snohomish County, U.S. Forest Service, Dept. of Natural Resources, State Parks, Fish & Wildlife, National Parks, local City Parks, recreation businesses, environmental groups and special interest groups such as Back Country Horsemen, Forterra, American River, American Whitewater, Washington Climbers Assoc,. Cascade Paddle Sports, American Canoe, PCT Association, Washington Bikes, The Wilderness Society, Snohomish County Tourism and Economic Development. We are very fortunate to have representatives at the local, State and Federal levels who are deeply involved with the work we are doing. We keep adding more partners to this important effort. This effort has inspired a collaborative spirit to find respectful ways to support recreation, the environment and each other. We meet every other month, everyone is welcome. We are also members of the Big Tent Coalition which is a statewide lobbying group representing Outdoor Recreation.

Other important regional projects:

We are working with Snohomish County Tourism to implement a mobile app that will work to promote the Sky Valley to tourists as well as to local residents. It’s GPS enabled to be able to track users as they explore the Sky Valley earning points that they can then ‘spend’ at area businesses. Many of the destinations are historic, cultural or recreation based. The app can be downloaded to the phone so that it will work even in areas that don’t always have good internet connections. 

The Trails Town project is proceeding and gaining strength. The idea is to connect recreational users more closely to our small towns creating an enhanced experience and supporting the local economy.

The Cascade Loop partnership is thriving. Last year the new wayfinding signs went up all the way around the Loop. Several travel magazines covered stories about the Loop and Voortex Video created 2 new promotional features about the Loop. Our visitor center was featured in the video that the Loop used at the World Travel Expo in England! These encourage visitors to truly explore the entire Loop and don’t focus on just one destination.

The next step is to develop interpretive pullout areas around the Loop. We feel these will enrich the visitor experience by providing safe pull out locations and provide interesting information about the area. There is also a concerted effort to attract international travelers.  We have decided to work with Snohomish County Tourism to create an inclusive signage & interpretive plan.

There are so many travelers on Highway 2 that just don’t really know the many assets that already exist here in the Sky Valley and we are working to create even more! Please help us tell the colorful story of the Sky Valley history, culture, recreation, and of course, our businesses who stand ready to serve. This isn’t about attracting more people to Highway 2, it’s about helping them know about all the wonderful things they can do if they will only get off the Highway!



Call for Public Participation – Town of Skykomish, Washington

The Town of Skykomish is conducting a periodic review of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) for the Town’s shoreline along Skykomish River and Maloney Creek. The SMP determines the types and uses of shoreline development, provides for public access, and increases opportunities for restoration. You may send comments to the Town of Skykomish at 360-677-2388 or email clerk@skykomishwa.gov. You may also send comments via email to Project Lead Talia Tittelfitz attalia.tittelfitz@bhcconsultants.com.

You Can Provide Comments Now!

Coordinating with the Department of Ecology, the Town has prepared initial draft SMP amendments to keep the SMP current with changes in state law, changes in other Town plans and regulations, and other changed local circumstances. This information is presented on the Town website (https://skykomishwa.gov/forms-%26-documents) in multiple formats:

  • a poster,
  • an initial draft Periodic Review Checklist of proposed SMP revisions (dated Dec 2018), and
  • an initial draft SMP Amendments document with annotated revisions (dated January 2018).

The Town is currently seeking informal input on these initial draft documents from all residents, property owners, and other stakeholders regarding the proposed amendments. 

Upcoming Draft

Based on your feedback and ongoing review between the Town and the Department of Ecology, the next draft of SMP amendments will posted on the website on February 15th. This is the draft which will be released for formal review under the Growth Management Act, the State Environmental Policy Act, and joint public review by the Department of Ecology and the Planning Commission.

More Opportunities to Comment on the SMP Review

A formal 30-day comment period is anticipated from March 15 to April 15. Comments sent to the Town will be forwarded to the Department of Ecology.

Your participation is encouraged at all Planning Commission and Town Council meetings, which are open to the public at Skykomish Town Hall. Each meeting will provide information about the progress of the work. Planning Commission meetings are held from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, and Town Council Meetings are held from 5pm-6pm.

Important Dates

February 15 – Look for the next draft of the SMP amendments on the Town’s website.

March 15 – The formal joint public comment period opens.

March 18 – The revised draft checklist and SMP amendments are presented to the Planning Commission at the regular monthly meeting.

April 15 – The Town and the Department of Ecology host a joint public hearing to review the draft SMP amendments at the Planning Commission’s regular monthly meeting. The formal public comment period closes.

April 29 – The Town’s response to public comments is presented to the Planning Commission at a special meeting. The Commission is asked to recommend the SMP Amendments for adoption by Town Council.

June 1 – The Department of Ecology issues an initial determination on the proposed SMP amendments.

June 10 – Considering the Planning Commission’s recommendation and Department of Ecology’s determination, the Town Council is asked to take action on approving the amendments to the SMP by ordinance.

June 30 – Final submittal to the Department of Ecology.

Join the Mailing List

If you would like to be included on the email list for the Skykomish Shoreline Master Program periodic review, please mail your contact information to:

Town of Skykomish, Shoreline Master Program, 119 4th Street N., PO Box 308, Skykomish, WA 98288

You may also email your contact information to townofsky@frontier.com.

Please provide your: Name, Stakeholder Affiliation, Mailing Address and Email Address


FREE Security System!

Please let me know if you would like this security system. The business who used it has purchased a bigger system. It works fine but is a few years old. If you’re contact Carol at carolrhawthorne@aol.com

This is the monitor that is about an 18 inch cube and fairly heavy (like a television with a tube).  It comes with the camera, wires, etc. to set up at the site being monitored and uses the internet to reach the monitor. 


At The Library
For more information on any of these events contact the Sultan Library at 360-793-1695 Ext 4301

Children and Families

Wednesdays, 11 am
Little Science Lab –
In partnership with Imagine Children’s Museum join us for a 30 minute weekly science, technology, engineering and math program that encourages preschool-age children to explore the world around them.

Mondays,  11 am
Ready Readers Preschool Storytime – 
Let imaginations run wild with fun books, sing-along songs and creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of reading. Craft may follow. For ages 3 to 5 years. Caregiver required.

Adults 

Drop-in Job Help, Wednesdays, 2-4 pm
Where support for most job-match sites stops at the keyboard, WorkSource and Sno-Isle Libraries offer you access to career specialists who can help you with your job hunt. Let the WorkSource Team help you with answers to your job search, resume, career coaching and other questions you may have concerning getting back to work, finding a better job or advancing your career. Drop in and see a WorkSource specialist right here. 

Veterans’ Outreach Services, Friday, Jan 25, 11 am – 1 pm
WorkSource Veteran representative John Cruz will be at the library to help Veterans seeking employment and to assist with questions about Veteran benefits. Appointments not necessary.

Monday, Jan. 28, 9 – 11 am
Sky River Writers –
Join other writers to discuss, problem solve, share, and receive feedback and work on the craft of writing. Everyone is welcome

Monday, Jan. 28, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Community Health Center of Snohomish County Health and Social Services Signup
Need help connecting with social services, health insurance, affordable care, and assistance programs like SNAP? Meet with a CHC of Snohomish County specialist. Appointments not necessary.