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 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 Anne Basye    News    March 27, 2024

Agritourism decision on hold again

The interim ordinance that places a temporary moratorium on new event venues on land zoned Ag-NRL “is not a free pass for existing venues,” Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney Will Honea said Monday at a post-adoption hearing in the county com...

 By Anne Basye    News    March 27, 2024
A long line of traffic

'Traffic' is Tulip Festival's top word, top worry

This year's Tulip Festival is all about traffic – on the road and on social media. Eighty percent of the traffic to the Tulip Festival website comes from people on mobile devices. On its new m...

 By Anne Basye    News    February 21, 2024
passenger ferry undergoes sea trials

2 Mavrik ferries done, 2 more to go

The high-speed passenger ferry MV Delphinus has joined the San Francisco Bay Ferry system after breezing through builder trials and two weeks of sea trials that tested speed, endurance and maneuverabi...

 By Anne Basye    A & E    January 10, 2024

Bounty of poems, art, recipes in book

Poets are people. They get hungry, make shopping lists, cook. You can find their hankerings and appetites in "The Empty Bowl Cookbook," a new anthology published by the Madrona Project. The...

 By Anne Basye    News    January 10, 2024
Doug Jones

Channel Drive resident honored for 64 years in Rotary

For more than two-thirds of his life, Doug Jones has been a Rotarian. The 95-year-old Channel Drive resident joined Rotary when he was 31. He has been a Rotarian longer than the 52 years he was...

 By Anne Basye    News    December 20, 2023
Building made of old barn wood at Christianson's Nursery.

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 Anne Basye    A & E    December 13, 2023

Shelter Bay Chorus holiday concert sings strong

"It's time for your audition," announced Director Lyle Forde midway through the Shelter Bay Chorus's holiday concert last Friday evening. The 200 people in the audience at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse em...

 By Anne Basye    A & E    November 15, 2023
People viewing art.

Maple Hall lit up by Art's Alive

When power failed in La Conner late Friday night and Saturday, the cell phone flashlights came out at Art's Alive. "It was art in the dark," said La Conner Arts Foundation board member Sheila Johnson...

 By Anne Basye    A & E    November 8, 2023
Image of a watercolor of madrona limb leaning out over water.

Art's Alive! 2023 opens Friday at Maple Hall

Expect to see an exciting array of art when Art's Alive opens at Maple Hall this Friday at 1 pm. "Northwest Focus," this year's theme, was inspired by poster artist, greater La Conner resident and...

 By Anne Basye    News    November 8, 2023
Boat rolling onto barge with people watching closely.

Mavrik Marine floats second ferry for San Francisco system

After a weeklong wait for the right tide and weather conditions, the aluminum ferry M.V. Delphinus left Monday night in a tricky operation conducted under rented klieg lights. No crane in La Conner...

 By Anne Basye    News    November 8, 2023

Museum sounds the alarm for new fire detection

An alarm of sorts went off at last Friday’s fall party for the Skagit County Historical Museum – on purpose. An enthusiastic crowd was enjoying itself at Maple Hall. Radio show host Mike in the Morning was master of ceremonies. Santo Coyote sta...

 By Anne Basye    News    November 1, 2023

Agritourism code changes will be a multi-year process

Nearly 1,400 individuals and organizations from inside and outside Skagit County submitted comments on proposed changes to county code regarding agritourism last summer. During its Oct. 10 meeting, the Skagit County Planning Commission reviewed...

 By Anne Basye    News    September 20, 2023
Kim Good-Rubenstein and John Roozen.

John Roozen gets award at SPF annual auction-dinner

You may not know John Roozen – but you probably know his truck. On any given day, a red F250 Power Stroke diesel truck from the late 1990s may pass you on Calhoun or McLean roads – or may be par...

 By Anne Basye    News    September 13, 2023

Singing the salmon home

It's hard to take a photo of a fast-moving salmon – even when you are surrounded by them. They splash. They skitter. They hit your kayak and soak your shirt. One second they are a tiny ripple in t...

 By Anne Basye    News    August 30, 2023
Farm workers pick leeks in a field

Agritourism stakeholders to county: slow down, step back and try again

An adhoc Agritourism Stakeholder Working Group created in July has submitted agritourism policy concepts to the Skagit County Planning Commissioners. The group's goal is to help the county shape code...

 By Anne Basye    News    August 2, 2023
A potato field with pink blooms

Fine weather for many crops, as long as farmers irrigate

Skagit County is officially in a drought emergency – but so far, some area farmers are having a pretty good year. Swanson Family Farm's berry crop was bountiful. "We went from a 10 percent crop and l...

 By Anne Basye    News    July 26, 2023

After 20 years of Tulip Festival, Verge reflects on her time

After promoting the Valley's most famous flower gardens, Cindy Verge is looking forward to tending her own backyard. Executive director of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for 20 years, Verge will...

 By Anne Basye    News    July 12, 2023
A field of barley is ready for harvest

Bye bye, barley?

Amber waves of grain are beautiful, until you can't sell them. Dave Hedlin's barley fields along Chilberg Road – labeled "Spring Malting Barley" on crop signs – will be ripe in about a week, alo...

 By Anne Basye    School    July 5, 2023

Lori Buher looks back on a 27-year career with La Conner Schools

Lori Buher retired in June after 27 years with La Conner Schools and even longer as a La Conner School parent. Her long career can be divided into three chapters. In Chapter 1, she joined the La... Full story

 By Anne Basye    School    June 28, 2023

Juli Olson retires from school office

After 20 years, Juli Olson is finally graduating from middle school. The La Conner middle and high school administrative assistant retires at the end of June after working under six principals and through a school remodel and a pandemic. Besides...

 By Anne Basye    Community    May 3, 2023

Local shops have new local owners

Two La Conner institutions have new owners – and one of them a new name. Purchasing the Reclamation Candle Company and Coffee Bar from Barney and Tammy Richard was a no-brainer for Greg Whiting and Je...

 By Anne Basye    Community    April 26, 2023

Jeannette DeGoede tells inside story of Tulip Town

Very few people give up a desk job to work in the tulip fields – but Jeannette DeGoede did. “I was sporting goods managers at Ernst Hardware in Mount Vernon,” she remembers. “Leaving a nice warm store and coming out to a cold field with no one to...

 By Anne Basye    Community    March 29, 2023

Tulip Festival is back, if not yet in full bloom

Ready or not, here comes the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The Mount Vernon Kiwanis are firing up the grill for their annual salmon barbecue, which starts this Saturday, April 1. The four local flower...

 By Anne Basye    News    March 15, 2023

Yes it has been cold: Weather delays daffodil blooms

It's March 15, and nary a daffodil can be seen, but Brent Roozen isn't worried. Field picking ramped up last weekend, said the Washington Bulb Company CEO, and daffodils are shipping to customers at...


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