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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    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 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 
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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,...

 

Council considers bond for fire boat

If February's first town council meeting was any indication, new La Conner Mayor Marna Hanneman is in it for the long haul. The marathon Feb. 13 session covered new and old business and multiple...

 

Sinclair Refinery gift helps Fire Dist. 13 heavy lifts

Fire District 13 emergency responders are used to pulling their weight – and then some. Now they’re getting much appreciated help. The added muscle is in the form of a new power loader gurney system purchased with funds from the HF Sinclair...

 

La Conner girls claim NW 2B bi-district crown

The La Conner High School girls’ basketball team took two different routes last week to reach the same destination – ­Victory Lane at Coupeville. The Lady Braves netted top honors on the girls’ side of the NW2B bi-district tournament with a...

 

Braves boys rebound from Coupeville loss to secure regional berth

Home sweet home. That time-honored phrase perfectly served the La Conner Braves well at last week’s Northwest 2B bi-district basketball tournament where they sandwiched triumphs on their home floor over Northwest Christian of Lacey and Auburn...

 

Who plays whom in regional round basketball

It’s Sweet Sixteen time for La Conner High School’s basketball teams. Both boys and girls teams have qualified for the round of 16 of the state 2B hoops playoffs. The girls’ team drew a No. 13 seed and have drawn No. 12 Toutle Lake in a first...

 

Presidential primary format gets a preview

The League of Women Voters of Skagit County dares to venture into the weeds of the democratic process while refusing to wallow in the mud that has stained American politics. Last week they hosted a public forum on the sometimes complex “ins and...

 
dog on the waterfront near Rainbow Bridge

Brodie Coyote, La Conner's 'greeter' and newshound

Brodie Coyote, the winsome and engaging golden retriever who served as the town's goodwill ambassador and whose image graced calendar pages and numerous editions of the Weekly News, died Thursday,...

 

La Conner High School football future in doubt

Community members and La Conner Schools officials met Thursday to kick around ideas on how to structure the high school football program given fallen enrollment. Unless 25 La Conner High students firmly commit by mid-March to playing football this...

 

James, John win seats in Swinomish Tribal Senate election

After having survived last month’s primary by a single vote, Bruce James, Jr. emerged from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community general election on Saturday with a comfortable victory for a five-year Senate term outpolling Myrtle Rivas 167-124....

 

Town sets forum Feb. 20 to discuss First St. parking

While it’s been a hot topic in La Conner for decades, the last word on parking likely won’t be spoken here anytime soon. And the always lively local conversation continues 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Civic Garden Club on South Second Street. The...

 

Braves rout Friday Harbor boys, 73-57

Call them the Comeback Kids. The La Conner Braves mounted two furious second half rallies in NW2B/1B boy’s hoops action last week, the second bringing a convincing 73-57 win at Friday Harbor Feb. 9 that secured top seeding at the Bi-District...

 

La Conner girls earn top bi-district seed

A pair of double-digit wins over league rivals last week clinched a No. 1 bi-district tournament seed for the La Conner High School girls’ basketball team. La Conner (14-7 overall; 7-1 in league) closed out the regular season, defeating Coupeville...

 

Energetic entrepreneur Greg Whiting

Greg Whiting has rarely – if ever – lacked for energy. Consider that in a robust and wide-ranging professional life Whiting has variously researched, analyzed, helped develop and written about...

 

District 13 firefighters in training for 69-floor cancer research fundraiser

Local firefighters are taking a step in the right direction when it comes to winning the fight against cancer. Make that many steps. Six members of Skagit County Fire District 13, including Chief Wood Weiss, will take part in the 33rd annual...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 7, 2024

Swinomish officer has heroic week

Delivering a baby at roadside and rescuing kayakers in distress was all in a week’s work for Swinomish Indian Tribal Community police officer Brian Geer. Geer, who doubles as the Swinomish Emergency Management coordinator, was hailed last week for...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 7, 2024

Forum tackles solar energy, emergency preparedness

The future is looking brighter for solar energy in La Conner. “You have a big advantage,” Markus Virta, managing partner and co-founder of Cascadia Renewables, told two dozen people attending a community solar storage feasibility study meeting...

 

La Conner slams Hurricanes in key road win

C.J. Edwards scored a season-high 17 points to go along with his usual deft passing in leading La Conner to a convincing 56-39 NW2B/1B boys’ basketball win over Mount Vernon Christian at a packed DeKok Court on Jan. 30. Edwards, the reigning...

 

Braves point guard C.J. Edwards is Herald Boys' Athlete of Week

C.J. Edwards is used to making his teammates look good, repeatedly feeding them for baskets as the La Conner High School boys’ basketball team’s assists leader. Edwards is looking pretty good himself these days as the Skagit Valley Herald’s Boy...

 

Hurricanes blow away La Conner girls

Youth will be served. Sometimes, but not last week. The La Conner High School girls’ basketball team, with several eighth graders in key roles, fell 56-30 to a solid and veteran Mount Vernon Christian lineup before a large Jan. 30 Senior Night crow...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 31, 2024
Photo of Wild West at dock.

Matt Johnston's boat Wild West featured in National Fisherman

A Swinomish fisherman has netted national attention for his 47-foot crabber built from an in-house design at Full Time Fabrication in Sedro-Woolley. Matt Johnston's new boat, Wild West, is featured...

 

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