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Car fire put out by local fire departments

Why an SUV was in a farm field just north of La Conner and who set it on fire last Tuesday night, Nov. 22 remains a mystery, but it is certain that it was totally engulfed in flames by the time Fire...

Shavers wins for LD 10 state rep but recount mandated

Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers, a political newcomer and recent returnee to Oak Harbor, has beaten State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1. His 182 vote victory, 0.24%, with...

306 Center Street permit appeal heard Thursday

The final chapter on the fate of Brandon Atkinson’s 306 Center Street condominium project opens Thursday with the appeal to stop the project before Town of La Conner Hearing Examiner David Lowell at 2 p.m., a Zoom-only hearing. Residents Debbie...

Swinomish lands major grant for port projects

The future is now for the fledgling Port of Swinomish. The tribal port authority, created just two years ago, was awarded an $11 million federal grant in October that will fast track its long-range goals by a decade, according to Swinomish Port...

Another heartwarming Waterfront Café community Thanksgiving meal

After more than a decade, the Waterfront Café has a tried-and-true recipe for its popular annual community Thanksgiving meals. But this year a new ingredient was added to the mix – outdoor dining....

Shelter Bay officers in court Friday for injunction hearing

The officers of the Shelter Bay Community board of directors have a hearing in Skagit County Superior Court Friday to contest a preliminary injunction imposing a restraining order against them. The...

U.S. cannot drill, frack and pump its way to oil independence

The United States can become energy independent. We can develop an energy infrastructure with stable prices low enough to support a modern, growing society. Although much of the discussion about...

No 'Love La Conner' sign at Gilkey Square

A colorful Love La Conner “selfie station” at Gilkey Square is an idea whose time has come. And gone. That was the unanimous sentiment expressed by La Conner Town Council last week. At their Nov. 22 hybrid meeting, members nixed the design for...

Marina visioning open house Thursday

The public is invited to attend an open house hosted by the Port of Skagit Dec. 1 to share ideas and learn more about the vision and goals for redeveloping the La Conner Marina. Port staff welcome feedback from the community as the Port looks at...

New Lady Braves hoop coach plans fun and fundamentals

Succeeding a Hall of Fame coach is a tall order, but fortunately for the La Conner High School girls' basketball program new mentor Joe Harper stands 6'-5". He takes over from Scott Novak, who guided...

Art's Alive 2022 a great success

Some 1,900 people viewed fine art in Maple Hall Nov. 11-14 during La Conner’s 37th annual Art’s Alive! Forty-seven art pieces sold, generating $50,000, including donations. Maggie Wilder sold eight paintings and Janie Olsen and Ria Harboe each...

Paul Newman's life, as he told it

By Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm The eyes must've been two feet tall. And they were looking right at you. For a minute, you imagined that they were following you as you sat eating buttery...

Library Happenings

By Jean Markert, La Conner Swinomish Library director In this season of Thanksgiving, the library has so many things to be thankful for. We are extremely thankful for the amazing community volunteers...

Greetings from your community newspaper

Happy holiday season! Along with lights, trees and lawn displays comes this more recent tradition: the annual La Conner Weekly News subscription drive. These next three weeks your community newspaper will be delivered to every address in our local...

Art's Alive a success

Art’s Alive! 2022 wishes to thank the townspeople of La Conner for their continuing support of the fine arts show. Our town attended this year’s Art’s Alive! in record numbers. Many were inspired by the perfect pieces of art now gracing their...

Town issues list

Dear Friends, I would like to provide an update for town issues from my side of the table. Regarding the north end issue, an appeal of the 306 Center Street project permit is working its way through the steps in the process. The issues are the...

Urban sprawl from rural rezoning

The spot re-zone being requested by Bertlesen Farm LLC on sixty acres north of its winery on Starbird Road is what leads to urban sprawl as urban services are extended to rural land. Both the Growth Management Act and Skagit County’s...

If I ran the zoo

Okay, are you sitting down? You are about to be very surprised by what this progressive liberal is about to say. I am very much in favor of the death penalty for murderers who are absolutely guilty...

Police Blotter: November 20-23, 2022

Sunday, November 20 10:19 a.m.: Attempted truck theif arrested – A female suspect attempted to steal a truck from a residential driveway. The suspect ran off when confronted by the homeowner. She...

Lemony Brussel Sprouts

The strong flavor of fresh squeezed lemon juice goes quite well with the slightly caramelized Brussel sprouts. The maple syrup takes the edge off the tart lemon juice. The choice of mustard is yours....

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