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Town forum unleashes flood of ideas for communicating

Public safety in emergency situations was the talk of the town at the La Conner Retirement Inn Saturday morning. The latest in a series of quarterly public forums coordinated by La Conner Town...

Rain and wind like you would not believe hit California

In the first three weeks of January, 32 trillion gallons of rain and snow fell on California. I was there for an awful lot of them. Usually, when I make my holiday sojourn to Sacramento, I enjoy...

Rep. Larsen discusses flood response with Mayor

Even a U.S. representative can have trouble finding a parking place in La Conner. And not just during peak summer tourist season, but on a January weekday morning. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Arlington), top...

Tribal dental program gets Medicaid funding

OLYMPIA — A federal appeals court reversed a last-minute Trump Administration decision to deny Medicaid funding for dental health aide therapists in Washington tribal communities, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the Swinomish Indian Tribal...

Oregon loses yet another newspaper

The year is less than a month old, and Oregon has already lost three newspapers. The latest to shut down is the Lebanon Express, a weekly that’s served its namesake Linn County community for nearly 136 years. The final edition was published Jan....

Even keel electrical supply and pricing is possible

What can Washington state do to avoid problems similar to those Texas experienced with its energy supply during February 2021? How should our grid and utility regulations be designed to maintain...

Inslee pushes legislature for homeless funding

Homelessness is still a big issue throughout Washington, and while the state has spent millions, the governor wants to invest more. In a press conference Jan. 19, Governor Jay Inslee said while some homeless encampments have been cleared as a...

Fundraising campaign launched to help McLeod family after fire

A La Conner man's lifelong dream and five years of his hard work quickly went up in smoke last week. Tyrone McLeod lost to fire on Tuesday, Jan. 17 the house he had been building on family property...

Apply for ag advisory board

Skagit County is seeking applicants for a seat in District 2 for a Citizens Advisory Committee, the Agricultural Advisory Board that makes recommendations to the county commissioners on land use, planning, programs and policy decisions relating to...

Wild swimming: My year-round experience in the Salish Sea

I have always had mixed feelings about swimming in cold water and my idea of paradise is floating in the warm waters of the Caribbean. But I grew up on the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound and...

'Quilt Until You Wilt' at history museum

Come check out the new interactive exhibit “Quilt Until You Wilt.” There are a variety of designs, including floral patterns in time for Tulip Season! Guests will get the opportunity to design their own paper quilts while being surrounded by...

Join farmers Thursday at Lincoln Theatre

Come celebrate the Skagit Valley Food Co-op’s partnership with Viva Farms at the Lincoln Theatre 6 p.m. Jan. 26 with snacks, prizes, beer and farmers. Learn more about Viva Farms and its incredible work. The Co-op has donated $100,000 to Viva...

Braves lose heartbreaker to Coupeville; rebound with big win against Darrington

The La Conner Braves went from heartache to heartened in 48 hours last week. The high school team (7-7) rebounded from a tough 57-56 home loss to Coupeville Wednesday with a 64-14 blowout win over...

La Conner Lady Braves are dominate in two-game sweep

There was plenty of highlight reel material when the La Conner High School girls' basketball team swept conference foes Coupeville and Darrington at home last week. The Lady Braves routed Coupeville...

Rachel Haley is Soroptimist student

Rachel Haley, a senior at La Conner High School, is the January Honored Student of the Month for Soroptimist of La Conner. Rachel is a member of the McCauley family and attributes much of her...

Senior class raffle fundraiser set for Jan. 31 basketball games

When the La Conner and Mount Vernon Christian basketball teams tip off next Tuesday, winners will have already been determined. They being the La Conner High senior class and lucky raffle ticketholders. The seniors will be raffling over $1,000 in...

Resiliency every day, every year

Town of La Conner leaders continue to talk, plan and act in preparing flood control measures in the wake of Dec. 27’s flooding from the Swinomish Channel. Last night the town council created a flood commission by ordinance, cementing in place a...

Edison citizens success story

In January of 2022, a record-high king tide, coupled with strong winds and unusually low barometric pressure, pushed the waters of Edison Slough to breach the west-side town dikes, causing substantial damage to some homes and a number of businesses...

If I Ran The Zoo 1/25

Am I proud to be an American? Yes. This is the country that gave my parents a wonderful place to live after they barely escaped from Nazi Germany. Am I happy with the direction this country is headed...

Farmland and farming community protection

Washington has a proud history of agricultural leadership. Here in Skagit County, we have one of the largest and most diverse agricultural communities west of the Cascade Mountains. Island County is...

Sharon Kay Cutler

Sharon Kay Cutler Sept. 20, 1939 – Jan. 4, 2023 Sharon passed away on Wednesday Jan. 4, 2023. She was born on Sept. 20, 1939 and was 83 years old. Sharon was preceded in death by her dad,...

Police Blotter 1/15-1/21

Sunday, January 15 8:51 p.m.: Stranded kayak – A subject in a kayak got stuck on the northeast end of Hope Island due to high winds. A Swinomish Fisheries boat was able to contact the stranded...

Butternut Squash Soup

I ventured out to our garden today, packing my scissors out in a grocery bag. I told Chili, our 5-year-old miniature Australian Shepherd that we were going out to the garden. As the day was rainy, I...

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