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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 Bill Reynolds    News    May 29, 2024 
A bugler plays at a Memorial Day cemetery ceremony

Remember the fallen

Busy lives paused Monday as local residents took time to reflect on the past during annual Memorial Day services at two area cemeteries. Somber holiday programs drew large turnouts to the Pleasant Rid...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 29, 2024 

Tribal senior center hosts training for disaster preparation

Being prepared is no longer exclusively a Boy Scout thing. It works for senior citizens as well. That's why the Swinomish Senior Center was the site of a three-hour community disaster preparedness...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 29, 2024 

Planning commission OKs gazebo for downtown store

Caravan Gallery on First Street has long been known for its unique vibe. That likely won’t change anytime soon based on action taken last week by the Town Planning Commission. The downtown retail outlet, which enjoys a loyal customer base drawn to i...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 29, 2024 

Transitional kindergarten eyed as option to fill preschool void

When national Head Start budget cuts announced earlier this year spelled the imminent demise of the Little Braves preschool program, La Conner Elementary School Principal Heather ­Fakkema reacted with sadness. But not panic. Fakkema was among those...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 29, 2024 

Father and son bond over Prefontaine Classic runs

La Conner distance runner Toby Walls caught up with some of the biggest names in track-and-field on May 25. Walls and his son, Sylas, an up-and-coming middle school racer, were part of the large...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 29, 2024 

Tommy Murdock takes gold at state

La Conner High School senior Tommy Murdock continued to set the gold standard for the state’s Class 2B boys’ hurdlers on Saturday. For the second year in a row, Murdock swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles events at the Washington State 2B Track and...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 29, 2024 

Pitching La Conner's benefits in the 1950s

Strange as it may sound today, there was a time when having a parking problem in La Conner meant more cars were wanted on First Street to spur retail shopping – and when retail meant purchases for h...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    Community    May 29, 2024 

La Conner alumni meet Saturday to honor Swanson, Class of 2024

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Through more than a century, as La Conner has evolved to its present state as a major tourist destination, its schools have remained a cornerstone. That is perhaps best symbolized by the La Conner...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 22, 2024

First Street will switch to one-way

The La Conner Town Council last week chose to forego the path of least resistance when dealing with future downtown traffic flow and parking. Rather than table action and extend discussion of options for S. First Street, council members voted 4-0...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 22, 2024
Man stands beside berry vines

Berry good: Dean Swanson is outstanding La Conner alumnus

He was raised and again resides on a diversified century-old farm north of town, but more than any single crop it's been goodwill that Dean Swanson has spent a lifetime cultivating. "I've been lucky...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 22, 2024

State biologist named to town emergency panel

A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife ­biologist will look to maintain the ­chemistry enjoyed by the Town's ­Emergency Management ­Commission since its inception in 2023. Three-year town res...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 22, 2024
Teacher at a table helps children with math games

Math Night adds up to fun time for students, families

Math can be serious stuff, but it's also a great vehicle for fun and games. That was spelled out at La Conner Elementary School during the annual campus Math Night celebration May 1, when parents,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 22, 2024

Braves trio qualify for state 2B/1B golf

Three of six La Conner High School golfers advanced from Northwest Tri-District 2B competition to state brackets this week in Tumwater. Seniors Abigail Udlock and Sammy Williams and junior Corran...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 22, 2024

Braves junior Kendall Lee qualifies for state tennis

Kendall Lee has brought her A-game – as in Anacortes – to area tennis courts this spring. The La Conner High School junior has competed in 2024 for Anacortes head coach Jeff Leer and the 2A Seahawks s...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 22, 2024

Baseball, softball shine in league awards

The La Conner High School baseball and softball teams fell short in their respective league title races this spring, but they were winners nonetheless. Both programs were recipients of 2024 Team Sportsmanship Awards in recent balloting by their...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 15, 2024
People march down a road

Marchers raise awareness of missing, murdered native women

In the walk-up to Mother's Day, supporters met at John K. Bob Ball Park Friday to march in honor of missing and murdered indigenous women. Marchers from as far as British Columbia walked...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 15, 2024

Planning Commission gives council multiple First St. options

There are several directions town council members can take when it comes to future traffic flow and parking schemes on South First Street. The La Conner governing panel was scheduled last night to hear separate recommendations from its planning...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 15, 2024

Fire District 13 puts 2 EMTs at Summit Park

There’s supply and demand, but it can be demand and supply. The latter condition has led Skagit County Fire District 13 to assign two emergency medical technicians for 12-hour shifts two days per week at the Summit Park station near Highway 20 s...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 15, 2024

Braves take second in district track

Tommy Murdock, Yandel Rosales-Rojas, Kiana Jenkins and Morgan Huizenga each won multiple events and four eighth graders teamed to win the girls’ mile relay to lead the La Conner High School track teams to second-place finishes at the Northwest D...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 15, 2024
Tommy Murdock leaps a hurdle

Murdock named Herald ­athlete of week

La Conner High School senior Tommy Murdock, the defending state 2B champion in the 110-meter hurdles and two-time state title winner in the 300-meter hurdles, is reaching new heights this spring....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 15, 2024

Golfers compete at Tri-District tourney today

Six La Conner High School students will be doing their course work outdoors today. They will do so while exchanging textbooks for scorecards, having qualified for the May 15 Northwest 2B/1B Tri-District Golf Tournament at Tulalip’s Battle Creek Golf...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    May 15, 2024
Author and musician Lucky Diaz plays guitar for children

Kids get a Lucky day at La Conner Swinomish Library

Friday was a Lucky day in La Conner, and not just because of the Northern Lights. An upbeat, hour-long morning program at La Conner-­Swinomish Library by award-winning author and musician Lucky Diaz...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 8, 2024

Cram set to lead schools for one year

The La Conner School District should enjoy a smooth leadership transition as the school board on Monday appointed finance chief David Cram to succeed Will Nelson as superintendent for one year,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 8, 2024
A man helps children with their new bikes

Studious fifth graders earn new bicycles

Christmas came early for more than 40 La Conner Elementary School fifth graders. Rather than waiting to awaken Dec. 25 to find a new bicycle under the tree, students ended their school day May 2 with...

 

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