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Excavation begins for Center Street project

No building permit has yet been issued, but excavation began at the 306 Center Street condominium project site last week to find the water table on the property so that paperwork could be completed for removal of contaminated soil. Following that...

 
 By Adam Sowards    News    December 20, 2024

Managing food insecurity key to a strong local food system

Local grocery shoppers pause and compare prices. They add up the rising costs of food and wonder how they will afford their next meal. This is how Arin Magill, director of the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank, defines food insecurity: concern about where...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    December 20, 2024

County planning commission says 'no' to easing agritourism rules

In the latest step in the process of reviewing and perhaps changing county code around agritourism, the Skagit County Planning Commissioners voted 5 to 2 to recommend that Skagit County Commissioners...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 20, 2024

November felt cold and was damp but not much rain fell

Don’t let December’s rain, gray skies or fields of standing water distract you into thinking it has rained a lot. November maintained 2023’s pattern of rainfall below the monthly century’s norms. While precipitation came down 22 days, half...

 

Holiday Closures

Christmas Monday, Dec.25 Closed: Everything Bank: Closed Buses: No service Library: Closed Post Office: Closed Schools: Till Jan 3 Town Hall: Dec 22-26 County government: Closed Trash Pick Up: None Weekly News: Closed And God bless us,... Full story

 
 By Adam Sowards    News    February 28, 2024 
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 M...

 
 By Kurt Batdorf    News    February 28, 2024 

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...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 28, 2024 
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...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 28, 2024 

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...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 28, 2024 
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 w...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    February 28, 2024 

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... Full story

 

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...

 
 By Glen Johnson    Opinion    February 28, 2024 

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 employees,...

 

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...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 28, 2024 

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...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 28, 2024 

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...

 

3 ballot initiatives will get legislative hearings

Three citizen-led initiatives will receive hearings in this session of the Legislature, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, and Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma reported last week. The Legislature will debate I-2113 on...

 

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...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 28, 2024 
Golden retriever wears sunglasses, sits behind steering wheel of car

Often-photographed Brodie Coyote didn't have a bad side

Longtime La Conner news photographer Don Coyote is renowned for making magic with his camera. But no magic was needed to enhance the image of his favorite photographic subject, the late Brodie...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    February 28, 2024 
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...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    February 28, 2024 
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,...

 

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