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Three poets' performances at Poetry Festival

Listening to Javier Zamora sing one of his poems at Maple Hall to a Meringue beat during this month’s Skagit River Poetry Festival, you would be surprised to learn he had traveled more than 3,000 miles on foot, by bus and boat, across rivers,...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    October 12, 2022

Skagit River Poetry Festival's return offers delights

Early morning fog and mist lent a magical twist Thursday to streams of students hauling books from the old to the new La Conner Swinomish Library. The rumble of wheels along Morris Street from carts...

 

2014 dog death brought burglary felony conviction

Linda Clark presented an incomplete narrative of her advocating for and intervening “on behalf of two dogs in town” in 2014 in her guest column “Why I challenged the sale of Hedlin Field” in the Oct. 13 Weekly News. Skagit County Superior...

 

Fire burns more than pizza at Brewery

Fire broke out in the La Conner Brewery’s pizza oven around noon Saturday. Within minutes the La Conner Hook and Ladder Department were at the scene, entering the building from First Street and...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    June 27, 2018

Apology to WW II POW finally comes

“I took him to lunch and said, ‘call this lady,’” recalled Chamberlain’s daughter, Becky. “She said ‘we are going to Japan.’” The American Defenders of Bataan and Corrigedor, a memorial society, had contacted Becky with the...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    June 13, 2018

Japan visit part of POW reconciliation program for dad and daughter

“When I first heard about returning to Japan, I wanted to say two prayers. The first – to forgive the Japanese for the way the POWs were treated; the second – to pray for my friends who...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    May 23, 2018

10th Biennial Poetry Festival a hit

La Conner, flooded with poets and students from eight area school districts, hosted the 10th Biennial Skagit Valley Poetry Festival last weekend. The Poets Table Soiree kicked off the event Thursday...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    December 13, 2017

CERT training begins in January: Sign up now

Skagit County Community Emergency Response Team Training begins in January. How prepared are you for a major earthquake or a fire such as the one that ravaged Ventura, Sonoma and Napa Counties this year, with only minutes for many to escape their...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    October 11, 2017

March to refinery calls for oil free future

Two hundred people sang, prayed and rallied at March Point, marching for an “Oil Free Salish Sea” Saturday, Oct. 7, a cold, rainy day. “This is to open people’s hearts, eyes, and spirit...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    October 4, 2017

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms this weekend

This lush, alluvial plain we call home, the Skagit Valley, is the site of the 19th Festival of Family Farms this weekend. A dozen farms are participating. Cows, blueberries, shellfish, pumpkins,...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    September 20, 2017

Fish for dinner: wild or farmed?

Omega-3 essential fatty acids, antibiotics, obesity – are these boring subjects? Maybe not. Three hundred thousand fish, escaping confinement, jumped into the Salish Sea from human-built pens August 19 and sent me on an Internet surfing orgy...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    September 6, 2017

Farm fish disaster: casting a wide net

“You’ll never need another penicillin shot or an anti-biotic the rest of your life – just eat a farmed fish, ”Marcia Dale says. Dale has been “hanging gear” for locals as well as...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    August 30, 2017

Local color - Family love runs The Pub

Julie and Sherry Lennartz weren’t even teenagers when their father, Gene, bought the La Conner Pub & Eatery, called “The Tavern” by locals. Known as Gentlemen Gene, he was an engineer with Boein...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    June 7, 2017

Kids learn to grow tasty garden treats

The La Conner School Garden now provides more than 30 elementary age kids with an after school Gardening and Cooking Enrichment Class. They spend one afternoon a week of planting, pulling weeds,...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    December 21, 2016

Adventures on the road in a Cuban taxi colectivo

“Cuba is broken,” Gloria says. “Familias’ broken. How will our children take care of us in our old age when they live in America or Europe? We were so hopeful with Obama. Now we are...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    December 7, 2016

It was no party in Cuba when Fidel Castro died

ave Viñales land of mojotes — lush emerald-green limestone hills jutting up out of the earth shaped like giant cigars — for Cienfuegos, a seaside town, 337 kilometers to the southea...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    June 8, 2016

Taking northwest art Beyond Aztlán

If you appreciate art, if you are an artist, heck, if you like salsa dancing or tacos, you need to swing by the Museum of Northwest Art by Sunday The current exhibit on the main floor, “Beyond...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    May 25, 2016

Poets echo life across generations

Maureen Harlan, who was a counselor at La Conner High School, instituted the first organized student exchange between La Conner and Denmark 30 years ago. We scooted our students to Denmark while a...

 

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