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Council hears plugs for fireboat, solar energy

On a cold, wet January night, the La Conner Town Council embraced a sunny outlook. The panel last Tuesday approved payment for a $100 membership fee and joined the Skagit Valley Clean Energy Co-Operative, organizer of the new Solarize Skagit...

Multiple fire crews extinguish boat fire

A fire in a 50 ft. cabin cruiser on a rack at Latitude Marine Services south of La Conner Thursday afternoon was readily extinguished by crews from Fire District 13, with assistance from multiple area fire departments. Assistant Fire Chief Jami...

Simple home device needed to monitor electric usage

Suppose you were filling your car with gas, and the pump behind you suddenly changed the price from $4 a gallon to $400 a gallon. You’d get an unpleasant surprise when you put the nozzle back on...

Council creates emergency management commission

There won’t be a Town flood commission, after all. Instead the new five-member municipal panel will be tasked with an expanded portfolio to address multiple emergency management and natural disaster incidents. The change in scope came at the...

Anacortes ferry trail closed due to flooding

The trail between the beach at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal and the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve is closed indefinitely. Recent king tides and winter storms destroyed the boardwalk and dramatically changed the fragile wetland, which the public...

Mount Vernon lit up last Friday night

THIS BIRD HAS ITS OWN LIGHT – La Conner artist Maggie Wilder poses with her handmade barn owl luminary before the Illuminight parade in Mount Vernon last Friday, Jan. 27. The first Illuminight...

Public pleads for school district arts education

Math has been a top priority for La Conner Schools, with the district adopting new K-12 curricula designed to engage students and improve standardized test scores. Students, teachers, parents and community members now want the same emphasis given...

Future of Skagit farming celebration at Lincoln Theatre last Thursday

What do you get when you combine one of the most successful food coops in the state donating $100,000 to probably the most successful farm incubator organizations in the nation? A guaranteed and...

Valentine & Poetry workshop Feb. 11

Join poet Jeffrey Morgan and paper artist Nancy Scagliotti to create love poems and valentines 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Mount Vernon. Fee of $10 includes supplies. Families welcome. Register: [email protected] Sponsor: Skagit River Poetry...

Katherine Paul album featured in Rolling Stone

As a popular song says, there are few ways better to gain fame than to have your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. A La Conner singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist may not be on the iconic magazine’s cover, but she is featured on...

District open house offers dinner, classroom tours

La Conner Schools served up a dinner menu that included food for thought during the district's winter open house last Wednesday. As the over 200 attendees finished a community ham-and-potato meal...

Braves win against Tulalip

After losing last second heartbreakers to Coupeville and Orcas Island, the La Conner Braves flipped the script and won a hard-fought 58-54 non-conference hoops battle with Tulalip Heritage at Landy...

Lady Braves win away, fell 4A Skyview

After being eclipsed by one of the state's budding shooting stars, the La Conner High School Lady Braves brightened their prospects for a deep post-season run with a stellar 81-77 win at 4A Skyview...

About violence in America

What a beautiful clear, crisp blue sky day we had Sunday. Monday started sunny. February is here: there are more hours of sunlight and the sun is higher in the sky and starting its march northward. And, we live in a state with sane legislators...

New flood solutions needed

King tides, like pesky mosquitoes, occasionally discomfort those that are having a picnic in paradise. Water runs downhill, right into the lowest places around, saturating the ground, drowning earthworms and roots, making us humans frown, as we put...

Reversing work shortage: an opportunity

Here in the 10th District and throughout the state, we face challenges that affect all our families, including: • A shortage of housing. • Lack of access to healthcare. • Businesses who can't...

Betty Wilson

Betty May Jackman Wilson left La Conner, Washington for her next adventure on her 95th birthday, Sept. 23, 2022. She was born at home in Dayton, Oregon in 1927 to May and Walter Jackman. Her family...

Charles "Chuck" Chris Clausen

Charles "Chuck" Chris Clausen 4/5/1940 – 1/12/2023 Charles "Chuck" Chris Clausen succumbed, on Jan. 12, 2023, to a five-year battle with fibrosis. He married Patricia Eisen on March 23, 1963 in...

Police Blotter 1/22-1/28

Monday, January 23 11:30 a.m.: Wandering dog – A tan female pit bull mix was wandering in the Farmhouse parking lot. The organization SPOT (Saving Pets One at a Time) was contacted to come get the...

Roasted Baby Brussel Sprouts

You may not find the smaller Brussel sprouts at the local grocer. You may find them in a CSA box. These were from Boldly Grown Farms winter CSA box. I prepared them for a family meal when my sister,...

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