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 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023

Planning commission studies Kirkland for strategies on affordable housing

At first glance, comparing La Conner and Kirkland is akin to apples and oranges. But when it comes to affordable housing incentives, it is a comparison that might bear fruit. Planning department staff shared with the La Conner Planning Commission...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023

Town panel takes north end flood mitigation walking tour

Key steps were taken last week – both literally and figuratively – to mitigate saltwater flooding on La Conner’s north end. Public Works Director Brian Lease led members of La Conner’s emergency management commission on a one-hour July 25...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023
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Tribe and agencies join to remove abandoned sailboat

Less is more yet again. In this case, addition by subtraction involves the long-awaited removal of a 65-foot abandoned and partially submerged sailboat from nearby Similk Bay on Swinomish...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023
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Velomobile makes street parking a breeze

Over the years, many ideas have been floated to solve La Conner's parking problem. An Anacortes man may have the best solution yet. At least it works for him. Michael Rudd rarely if ever has trouble...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 2, 2023

A lean budget to 'rightsize' school finances

La Conner School Board Directors bit the bullet Monday in approving a barebones, $12.9 million annual budget whose target is to realize a positive fund balance by next summer. This budget is about $1 million leaner than that adopted a year ago and re...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 2, 2023
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Aug. 3 Pioneer Picnic salutes coach, Benson-Berentson clan

What's old is new again tomorrow: the 119th annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic, a longtime La Conner summer tradition. Starting at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pioneer Park, everyone is invited...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 2, 2023

Council retreats to Mount Vernon for focus on La Conner's future

Focused on the future, Town officials have taken the long view to address La Conner’s most pressing needs. Town leaders highlighted a handful of top-tier issues in a 5-year strategic plan crafted during an all-day retreat July 24 in Mount Vernon. P...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 2, 2023
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Swinomish Tribe hosts leg of Paddle to Muckleshoot Canoe Journey

It was a current event on a Swinomish Channel steeped in history. Tribal canoe families from throughout the region arrived here just before noon a week ago Tuesday as part of the Paddle to...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 2, 2023
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The lady is eighty

Marilynn Olson (at the head of the table) was feted for her 80th birthday last Wednesday by fellow crafters – they proudly call themselves the Stitch & Bitch Club – with lunch, a party and...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Tight budget with tough choices for La Conner Schools

Beset with declining student enrollment and the loss of federal emergency pandemic funding, La Conner Schools officials are bracing to adopt what finance chief David Cram has termed a “bare bones” budget July 31. A 9 a.m. public hearing in the...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Swinomish gain federal internet service grant

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is one of two tribes in the state that will receive $500,000 grants to secure high-speed, affordable internet service. The Swinomish and Makah Tribes each received grants through the U.S. Department of...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023
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Radio story on Weekly News heard nationally

The plight of independent community newspapers has become a national story. And last week that story's dateline was LA CONNER, WA. A five-minute segment crafted by Jeanie Lindsay, statehouse reporter... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023
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Council honors longtime area UPS driver

Hector Soltero has made countless deliveries in La Conner during his years as a United Parcel Service driver. Now it is his turn to be on the receiving end. And in a big way. The La Conner Town... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Planning Commission hears high-density housing options

Tiny houses were a big topic at the La Conner Town Planning Commission meeting July 18. Planning Director Michael Davolio shared a revised draft proposal that would amend Town regulations to allow high density residential development as a conditional...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 26, 2023

Student-built tiny home delivered to Burlington

When given a real-world assignment last school year, La Conner High School students nailed it. Both literally and figuratively. The school’s construction class, taught by Daniel Castillo, built a tiny house as part of career and technology...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Pioneer Picnic honors La Conner coach and Benson/Berentson family Aug. 3

La Conner High School championship volleyball coach Suzanne Marble, a member of two separate state-level halls of fame, is about to add another honor to a thick resume. Having retired after 30 years from the coaching ranks and on a leave of absence,...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023

Citizen surveys to inform council during retreat

Because it’s never too soon to prepare for the future, La Conner Town Council invested an hour in a special session last week studying factors and strategies that could define La Conner decades from now. The 60-minute hybrid meeting, which...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023

Second meeting approves Talmon Project infrastructure plan

It took a do-over, but the La Conner Town Council last week approved an infrastructure improvements plan for the construction site of a three-story, 19-unit condominium building on Center Street. The unanimous action – though some of the “aye...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023

Future fireworks seasons may be shorter

Patriotism, matching the hot weather, was at a feverish pitch this July 4. But not everyone had a bang on Independence Day – or in the days leading up to and following the holiday. For La Conner area firefighters, already grappling with extended...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023

Park pavilion will be done by 'end of the year'

A time-honored adage says no job is finished until the paperwork is done. For the Town of La Conner Parks Commission, the reverse is true when it comes to installing a much-anticipated pavilion at Conner Waterfront Park. The pavilion project, on the...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 19, 2023

Braves B-ball coach Woods leaves for Chinle, Arizona, job

The grass, they say, is always greener on the other side. In the case of C.J. Woods, that is even true of the Arizona desert. Woods, the youthful and personable La Conner High School boys’ head basketball coach and athletics director, has stepped...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 19, 2023

Summer Adventure Camp students take a bow at matinee performance

Summer school is all about enhancing student performance. And at La Conner Schools, student performance comes in multiple ways, shapes and forms and is not limited to pencil and paper drills....

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023
A pickup truck is parked in front of the former COA Restaurant in La Conner

214 Maple Avenue restaurant development prospects?

Folks are asking what's going on at the former COA Mexican Eatery at Maple and Washington. Town of La Conner officials are wondering as well. Unspecified renovations are under way at the building,...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 12, 2023
Sheriff's Sergeant Brad Holmes patrols downtown La Conner

Veteran sheriff's sergeant takes the lead on La Conner policing

With the last name Holmes, it was only natural that he entered law enforcement. And with interests in boating and basketball and a knack for building relationships, the La Conner detachment office...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 12, 2023
An illustration shows the front of the proposed Talmon Building

The Talmon: Center Street condo project plans bear familiar sounding name

onner resident Linda Talman has crafted an enduring legacy through long service on the Town's planning commission, tireless advocacy of open government and access to public records and support for...


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