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Another heartwarming Waterfront Café community Thanksgiving meal

After more than a decade, the Waterfront Café has a tried-and-true recipe for its popular annual community Thanksgiving meals. But this year a new ingredient was added to the mix – outdoor dining....

 

No 'Love La Conner' sign at Gilkey Square

A colorful Love La Conner “selfie station” at Gilkey Square is an idea whose time has come. And gone. That was the unanimous sentiment expressed by La Conner Town Council last week. At their Nov. 22 hybrid meeting, members nixed the design for a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    November 30, 2022 

Swinomish lands major grant for port projects

The future is now for the fledgling Port of Swinomish. The tribal port authority, created just two years ago, was awarded an $11 million federal grant in October that will fast track its long-range goals by a decade, according to Swinomish Port...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    November 30, 2022 

New Lady Braves hoop coach plans fun and fundamentals

Succeeding a Hall of Fame coach is a tall order, but fortunately for the La Conner High School girls' basketball program new mentor Joe Harper stands 6'-5". He takes over from Scott Novak, who guided...

 

State ends Hope Island fish pen operations

A local controversy that has lingered for more than three decades will soon be an historical footnote. The net pen salmon farm off Hope Island and Lone Tree Point is going away. Washington State Commi...

 

Space shortage slows county elections vote count

Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins has given election workers a ringing endorsement for their yeoman work processing tens of thousands of mail-in ballots. But there's still room for improvement, she...

 

Shelter Bay's Sunday town hall

Topics related to litigation against Shelter Bay board members could not be discussed, but there was still plenty to talk about during the second in a series of Shelter Bay town hall forums at the...

 

FD 13 approves 2023 budget

The special Friday morning hybrid meeting at which Fire District 13 commissioners approved a 2023 budget lasted just 20 minutes. But the real hard work crafting the fiscal plan of slightly more than...

 

Fisheries advocate Lorraine Loomis will be honored by state Nov. 30

More than a year after her passing, the legacy of the late Lorraine Loomis continues to grow. Loomis, a longtime Swinomish Tribal Community fisheries manager who served seven years as chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, will be...

 

Not just playing: La Conner students take theater seriously

There's plenty of drama going on at La Conner Schools these days. Which is just fine, especially when blended in equal measure with comedy, stage craft and set construction. Theater arts, which...

 

Braves hoop team ready for season

It only seems fitting that the high school basketball team plans an up-tempo style this season. That's because the Braves have gotten the 2022-23 hoops campaign off to a running start thanks to...

 

Ellie Marble earns statewide honor for play at volleyball tourney

Ellie Marble delivered some big hits in Yakima for the state champion La Conner High School volleyball team this November. In turn, Marble was a big hit with Washington Interscholastic Activities Asso...

 

Swinomish awarded two climate change adaption grants

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is one of a dozen tribes in the state to receive grants addressing the impacts of climate change, awards funded by federal infrastructure legislation passed earlier this year, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and...

 

Young Life faith-based outreach program praised

The iconic Rainbow Bridge has connected La Conner and Swinomish Reservation since 1957. The Young Life ministry is extending that connection on spiritual and social levels. Members of the La Conner and Swinomish communities celebrated that connection...

 

Voter outreach key to victory in Hagen's assessor's race

The new Skagit County Assessor is assessing his recent successful election campaign. Danny Hagen, running as an independent, parlayed a series of public forums into a comfortable 57-43 per cent electo...

 

State volleyball champions honored with downtown parade Saturday

La Conner loves a winner. And the community is always up for a parade. Townspeople and tourists alike enjoyed both Saturday afternoon, turning out to honor the arrival of La Conner High School's 2B...

 

Local runner goes the distance at NYC Marathon

Char Burks always seems to be on the run, whether at her Country Grounds Coffee stand at the roundabout, shifts with the Swinomish Tribal Police Department or keeping up with her kids. But in New...

 

Fire District 13 November meeting summary

Fire District 13 Commission Chair Bruce Shellhamer traveled over 300 miles to discover his department shares the same operational challenges with similar fire districts. “We’re not alone when it comes to staffing issues,” said Shellhamer, told...

 

Rep. Larsen visits joint SVC and Swinomish dental therapy program

When the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Skagit Valley College partnered this year to launch the first Dental Therapy Education program in Washington state the joint program garnered national attention. Second Congressional District U.S. Rep...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    November 9, 2022

U.S. Senate candidate Smiley stopped in La Conner Saturday

In a U.S. Senate race being touted as surprisingly close as election day approached, surging GOP candidate Tiffany Smiley made La Conner one of her final weekend campaign stops Saturday morning. The...

 

Seaport Books tops magazine's list to visit on state road trip

La Conner is not just a prime destination for travelers. It is also one for those in search of a good book or three. That according to Seattle Met magazine. Seaport Books, in Gilkey Square near the...

 

La Conner wins bi-district net title against a tough Coupeville team

If practice makes perfect, the La Conner High School volleyball team should be perfectly ready to defend the state 2B net crown it has worn since 2019. Just moments after securing a berth to the...

 

Braves close out season with win

It was a case of less is more when the eight-man La Conner High School football team closed out its season at Lummi Nov. 1. The Braves (2-6) exceeded their prior season point total with an explosive...

 

Epting Foundation funds La Conner Schools' new kiln

La Conner Schools officials are fired up about the district’s arts program’s newest addition. It is, after all, a kiln for students to use to fire pottery. The acquisition is made possible by a $2,500 donation from the Anacortes-based Rick...

 

Music from early keyboard museum floats back to Europe's classical era

Neither time nor distance was an issue at a local museum during an October tour. About two dozen visitors to the Skagit Early Keyboard Museum near Snee-Oosh Beach were transported back centuries and...

 

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