Cyberattack probe shuts down casino

The Swinomish Casino & Lodge has had a run of bad luck lately. Having braced for a busy April and heavy traffic volumes from the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, the gaming center and dining venue 8 miles north of La Conner has been closed...

A view of the Skagit River with Mount Baker in the background

New agreement with Skagit PUD will let farmers irrigate all summer

With the snowpack at 69% of normal and spring precipitation uncertain, local farmers have one piece of good news: if a drought develops, they can count on water from the Skagit Public Utility...

Workers pick daffodils

Winter snowpack low as spring starts to heat up

At winter's end, the North Puget Sound basin snowpack is 56% of median, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service states in its April 1 Washington Water Supply Outlook Report. This is lower than...

Puffy white clouds and a blue sky over the La Conner Marina

Little rain fell in March; fourth driest since 2000

Remember the inch of rain in eight days at March's end? That was one-half the month's total, not enough, as the 2 inches was one-third below March' century average of 3 inches. It was the first month...

Give your input to school board on new superintendent

La Conner School Board members want input on what approach should be taken as they seek a successor to Superintendent Will Nelson, who is stepping down after three years. Nelson announced earlier this month that he will be leaving June 30 to accept...

First-quarter town tax revenue lags

La Conner Town Council members and residents attending the April 9 meeting heard the down news: March's sales tax revenues are 15% below 2023. Year to date, sales tax revenue is down 15%, $124,353,...

Three housing complexes awarded $1.6M

The Channel Cove complex, managed by Home Trust of Skagit County, will have $336,144 in Washington state Department of Commerce Housing Preservation Program funding. Statewide, 31 low-income housing complexes were awarded $19.9 million Commerce...

A boy runs the hurdles.

Braves outperform big schools in Skagit Showdown

First Street isn't the only place in town with parking issues. The Whittaker Field parking lot on N. Sixth Street was jammed with vehicles April 10 when La Conner hosted the annual Skagit Showdown...

A girl lands the triple jump in the sand

Murdock sweeps hurdles, Jenkins 2nd in 200 dash

No rest for the weary. That age-old mantra applied to the La Conner High School track teams last week. Just three days after hosting the much-anticipated Skagit Showdown, La Conner thinclads competed...

Braves' ball teams have a bumpy road trip

Travel wasn’t kind to the La Conner High School baseball and softball teams last week. The Braves suffered a pair of heartbreaking one-run extra-inning losses while the young Lady Braves were dealt double-digit setbacks during visits to...

Museum sale at Skagit City School this weekend

The Skagit Historical Museum's annual Sale at the School runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 19-21 at the Skagit City School, 17508 Moore Road on Fir Island. Museum Director Jo Wolfe is excited...

What's in your potting soil?

Local gardening stores offer a multitude of soil mix choices this time of year. This overview of the attributes of soil and how to amend commercially produced potting soils will increase the success of your container and raised bed plantings. This...

Tell Rick Larsen no to Israeli aid

Earth Day is Monday, April 22. This is not an Earth Day editorial and not because the almost holiday atmosphere and platitudes reverently uttered by politicians and corporate heads have hijacked the original intent. It is the same with Mother’s...

Hypermilers are champs at saving gas

A few years ago I was managing an experiment aimed at determining whether it was practical to power cars with hydrogen, instead of gasoline. Most of the cars were small gasoline-engine SUVs which had...

News and media literacy: Are you informed or influenced?

Do you know fact from propaganda when see or hear it? Learn more at the April 29 forum “News & Media Literacy: Informed or Influenced?” The League of Women Voters of Skagit County offers its second program in their series of voter education,...

Sheriff's Blotter

Sunday, April 7 11:36 a.m.: Not what it seems – Subject driving on Maple Avenue lost control of her car and hit the sign for the dental office. The sign was knocked over but the suspect fled the scene and was later located at her residence. The...

Puzzles

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Dried banana chips

Dehydrated bananas

We got bananas! Lots of bananas! Sometimes organic bananas. Ripe bananas. Overripe bananas. Replenish the banana bowl every week. Eat bananas for health. Once, on my travels to Brazil, I bought a...

Legal Notices

TOWN OF LA CONNER NOTICE OF ORDINANCE Notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of La Conner, Washington, passed Ordinance No. 1245 at the April 9, 2024 Town Council meeting. A summary of Ordinance No. 1245 is as follows: An...

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Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED The Skagit Community Band presents “In A Mellow Tone,” its annual jazz concert. Join the band with free concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Maple Hall in La Conner, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Brodniak Hall at...

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