A fallow field

Wary farmers watch weak snowpack

Last summer's drought lingered all the way to January before Skagit County officially finally emerged out of it. But that does not mean this year's water situation is secure. Snowpack in the Cascade...

Tribe plans to sue feds over salmon habitat

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has notified the federal government it intends to sue for its failure to protect threatened and endangered salmon runs. In a 15-page document submitted Feb. 22 to the Environmental Protection Agency, National...

Citizens gather at a public forum

Would one-way boost First St. safety?

Safety. That is the number one concern for La Conner's First Street, Fire Chief Aaron Reinstra told the 40 people gathered to discuss parking and traffic patterns at last Tuesday evening's Community...

How might First St. travel and parking transition?

What is the process, procedure, requirements and schedule to make South First Street one way? First, it will not happen in a hurry. Town Administrator Scott Thomas, Planning Director Michael Davolio and Mayor Marna Hanneman’s responses to emailed...

Man holds salmon

La Conner mourns death of Rich Watkins, coach and fisherman

In his all-too-short life, La Conner's Rich Watkins created a legacy to last generations. Consider pre-season baseball practices now under way at La Conner High School, where two decades ago Watkins...

Presidential primary requires party declaration

Voting in Washington state’s presidential primary is underway for voters willing to declare their party on their ballot. The ballot instructions state “The major political parties require voters to mark a party box” and then vote for a...

Town's January tax receipts are solid

Lots of tourists stayed overnight in La Conner last November. The town council’s January packet summarizing revenues reported $9,464 was collected in hotel/motel taxes, above 2023 and the second highest ever. The visitors did not spend a record...

Coach talks to basketball players in a huddle

Both La Conner basketball teams ousted from state playoffs

State seeding sent La Conner High School's basketball teams south. Unfortunately, their hopes of advancing to the round of 12 at the Spokane Arena this week went south as well. The boys' team was...

Boy poses with NFL swag

La Conner second grader snags NFL swag

A La Conner youth sports standout is already on the radar of all 32 National Football League teams. And soon he will attract that same kind of attention from major league baseball. Cassius Landworth,...

Theater review: March yourself over for a jubilant 'Music Man'

The rousing performance of “The Music Man” at McIntyre Hall Saturday night trumpeted the talents of Diane Johnson, the production’s music director and music department chair at Skagit Valley College. From “76 Trombones” to “Till There...

Library Friends focus on the future

Friends of the Libraries are nonprofit groups that support libraries in their communities. They consist of volunteers and exist throughout the United States and around the world. In general, most Friends groups work to advocate for the library at...

Anacortes jazz walk

The Anacortes Jazz Walk offers six stages of live music Friday, March 1 from 6-9 p.m. Add this to the First Friday Art Walk and stop at venues clustered in the downtown core, including The Rockfish Grill, The Masonic Lodge, The Blackbird Wine Bar,...

'Mary Poppins Jr.' flies into Lincoln

“Mary Poppins Jr.” opens March 8 at the Lincoln Theatre. This Theater Arts Guild’s production of a younger nanny is Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins, Jr., a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney...

From the editor: La Conner's parking problem

If the 30 residents at the Feb. 20 community mingle on what was billed as a forum to discuss parking on South First Street had their way, the clear sentiment was to improve safety in the downtown by making it a one-way street south of Washington...

Hope springs eternal for this local lawmaker

Nothing changes your outlook on life quite like the birth of a child. Seeing the helpless life for which you’re now responsible can be scary, but as many parents find, that gives way to excitement and optimism for what the future holds for this...

Keep student learning locally focused

Oh how I wish I didn’t think about our little town’s budget, but as a businessman, I can’t help myself. I had to manage a small farm’s budget, and I didn’t get any grants from either the state or the feds, and I had to educate my...

Letters to the editor

Recognizing Zach Battle’s life I was shocked and saddened to read of the death of Zachery Battle in the Feb. 21 issue. I got to know Zach when I was fundraising for the new library several years back. We became friends. And he became a supporter...

Susan Jane Faller

Susan Faller passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, in Mount Vernon. She was born on Oct. 19, 1938, in Mount Vernon to Earl and Alice (Van Sickle) Moore. Susan graduated from Queen Anne High School in...

Norma LaMoyne Bryant, 1930- 2024

Norma LaMoyne Bryant (Bowdry-Bergeron), 93 of La Conner, passed away Jan. 21, 2024. She was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Dallas, Texas, to Clifford and Ethel (Lilly) Bowdry. LaMoyne was preceded in death by...

Police Blotter

Sunday, Feb. 18 6:54 p.m.: Bad dog owners – Aggressive dogs keep getting loose and being a problem for neighbors. The dogs were in a driveway and not allowing the homeowner to exit her car. The owner was contacted and animal control is working on...

Lemon in Honey

Simplicity. Nutritious. I will serve a slice in hot tea. I started out dehydrating lemon slices from an abundance of fresh lemons. One of my friends, Colleen, commented on my endeavors. Her recipe is...

Legal Notices

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of Grace Feddema, Deceased. Cause No. 24-4 00075 29 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as...

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Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED 5-6 p.m. Feb. 28: Free Virtual trip to Italy. La Conner Swinomish Library. 520 Morris St., La Conner. 6-9 p.m. March 1: Jazz Walk in Anacortes. The Manieri Jazz Endowment of the Anacortes Public Library presents six stages of live...

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