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 By Ken Stern    News    November 30, 2022 

Car fire put out by local fire departments

Why an SUV was in a farm field just north of La Conner and who set it on fire last Tuesday night, Nov. 22 remains a mystery, but it is certain that it was totally engulfed in flames by the time Fire...

 By Ken Stern    Community    November 30, 2022 

Shelter Bay officers in court Friday for injunction hearing

The officers of the Shelter Bay Community board of directors have a hearing in Skagit County Superior Court Friday to contest a preliminary injunction imposing a restraining order against them. The...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 30, 2022 

Shavers wins for LD 10 state rep but recount mandated

Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers, a political newcomer and recent returnee to Oak Harbor, has beaten State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1. His 182 vote victory, 0.24%, with...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 30, 2022 

306 Center Street permit appeal heard Thursday

The final chapter on the fate of Brandon Atkinson’s 306 Center Street condominium project opens Thursday with the appeal to stop the project before Town of La Conner Hearing Examiner David Lowell at 2 p.m., a Zoom-only hearing. Residents Debbie...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 30, 2022 

Greetings from your community newspaper

Happy holiday season! Along with lights, trees and lawn displays comes this more recent tradition: the annual La Conner Weekly News subscription drive. These next three weeks your community newspaper will be delivered to every address in our local...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 23, 2022

UPDATE: Gilday-Shavers tight LD 10 election means recount needed

Gilday-Shavers tight election means recount needed Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers holds a 162 vote and 0.22% margin in the state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1 contest against State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island).... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 23, 2022

Gilday-Shavers election headed for recount

Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers held a 137 vote lead districtwide against State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1 after Monday’s ballot tallies in Skagit and Snohomish...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 23, 2022

Being thankful together

Thanksgiving is Thursday. Feasts will take place at dining tables across the country as family and friends gather in celebration and care for each other. There will be few masks and little social distancing. Everyone wants the coronavirus pandemic...


The Journey to 2023 from 2017: What a long, amazing ride these five and one half years

Dear Valued Readers and Advertisers: Wow. Just like that, as 2022 ends it has been 5 ½ years that the Weekly News has come to you under my watch. That is 5 years of Art's Alive,...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 20, 2022

UPDATE – Shavers' lead over Gilday shrinks

State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) gained 63 votes out of 1,063 counted by Skagit County elections office staff after Friday’s vote count for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1. There may not be enough uncounted... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 17, 2022

UPDATE – Shavers leading Gilday for state rep

Clyde Shavers took the lead for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1 against State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) after Tuesday’s votes were counted. His narrow lead is 221 votes districtwide after the Nov. 16-17 vote... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 16, 2022

Gilday vs Shavers is toss-up for state rep

Votes from greater La Conner and southwestern Skagit County may determine the Position 1 State Representative winner in state legislative district 10. State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) led by 15 votes after Monday’s count with 34,940 to...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 16, 2022

Council considering changes to code

The La Conner Town Council’s three hour meeting Nov. 8 included four public hearings. A 530 p.m. 2023 budget meeting started the evening. Three hearings, including one on the budget, were dispatched quickly. Council did not adjourn till 9 p.m.,...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 16, 2022

La Conner's 2023 budget

Just like that, the La Conner Town Council is four weeks away from approving the 2023 municipal budget. Discussions started in September. Council has already approved $173,260 for tourism promotion, awarding $112,800 to nine groups and sending...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 16, 2022

Musings – on the editor's mind

I had the most surprising and joyful experience Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida. I flew down last Thursday for the 25th wedding anniversary celebration of my friends Dick and Lisa. It is because of Dick that I am in La Conner. His August...


Port talks Marina at coffee

Half a dozen La Conner residents accepted Port of Skagit Executive Director Sara Young’s invitation to coffee at the La Conner Marina last Wednesday. She hopes to reach more residents at an open house Dec. 1. Young brought Planning and Development...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 12, 2022

UPDATE – Gilday catching Shavers for LD 10 state representative

A huge change in the vote count for Legislative District 10 Position 2: State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) has made up almost all of a 2,500 vote deficit, pulling into a near tie, 79 votes behind challenger Clyde Shavers, an Oak Harbor Navy... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 10, 2022

REPORT – Election results totaling no surprises

After two days of counting ballots in Skagit County and districtwide for state legislative district 10, November election results are similar to August, with the same candidates headed toward the offices they seek. Danny Hagen is handily winning his... Full story


Shelter Bay manager sued for libel by board member

When Rick Tanner ends his Shelter Bay general manager job, he is taking with him a libel lawsuit Shelter Bay Community board member Judy Kontos filed in Skagit County's small claims court Friday....

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 9, 2022

On ending state's COVID-19 emergency

Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID 19 emergency declaration expired Oct. 31, fading away 31 months after he first declared a statewide emergency Feb. 29, 2020. Recall his TV appearances through March as the coronavirus spread worldwide and Inslee moved to exp...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 9, 2022

Dramatic drop in new Skagit COVID-19 cases

New cases of coronavirus infections in Skagit County have dropped dramatically, 71% since July, when 1,078 people tested positive. The 315 positive tests in October are a 35.3% drop from the 487 new cases in September. In August 578 people had...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 9, 2022

Did town council err in nixing special planning meeting?

At its own special meeting Oct. 28, the La Conner Town Council voted to cancel a special planning commission meeting called for Nov. 1, directing “the Planning Commission to only conduct special meetings called by the chair, the chair pro-tern or r...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 9, 2022

Rain again returned in October

The headline a year ago was "Lots of October rain" after 4.3 inches fell in 2021. Rains have returned, though they waited till Oct. 21 to start. That was 36 days since September's 0.02 total rainfall....


Lights out in La Conner Friday night

Electricity went out in greater La Conner Friday, perhaps after 10 p.m., and was restored within hours within at least parts of the town. Around greater La Conner 584 customers lost power: 540 around Peth’s Corner, and 44 on Josh Wilson Road near...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 6, 2022

BREAKING: Tuesday 5:30 p.m. special town council meeting on 2023 budget

UPDATE: 4 Public hearings on regular meeting agenda There are four public hearings on the La Conner Town Council’s agenda for their regular meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. Beside the 2023 preliminary budget, hearings are on 2023 property tax... Full story


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