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 By Ken Stern    News    December 6, 2023 

UPDATE - Skagit River flooding forecast

From Skagit County government: Flood Update: Skagit River has crested and is receding At 1:43 p.m. the County sent this news update: "The Skagit River in Concrete and Mount Vernon have both crested...

 By Ken Stern    News    December 6, 2023 
Finley Hancock filling out bid sheet next to her mother.

Tiny Trees Festival lit up library last Friday

None of the 21 trees at the 2023 La Conner Swinomish Library's Festival of Tiny Trees stood over two feet high, but together they brought in some $10,000 at the library's seventh holiday silent...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 6, 2023 

Covering the holidays

Another holiday season has come to greater La Conner. Santa jump started December, showing up at the La Conner Swinomish Library to read stories to children last Wednesday. He returned twice Saturday, first fortifying himself with pancakes at the... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    December 6, 2023 

Town council votes on 2024 budget Dec. 12

The 2024 annual budget the La Conner Town Council will pass at its Dec. 12 meeting will be the largest in its history. It projects revenues of $7.4 million, expenditures of $8.6 million and the fund...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 29, 2023

Final 2023 election results

Skagit County election office staff certified all local elections Tuesday, Nov. 28. John Agen is the new La Conner Schools director for District 2. He defeated Janie Beasleyt with 53%, 791 votes to 686 votes, 46.5% Marna Hanneman is La Conner’s...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 29, 2023

Your community newspaper and you

Dear Greater La Conner Community, Welcome to the La Conner Weekly News. If you are getting the paper for the first time, I hope you will find your community newspaper an enjoyable and worthwhile read. Valued subscribers, I hope this issue meets your... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 29, 2023
Photo of new house.

Skagit home prices high, with supply limited

At the end of October, the only four homes for sale within La Conner town limits were two Landed Gentry residences on Maple Avenue and the two BYK Construction properties on High Street, near Whatcom...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    November 29, 2023
Christmas lights in front of Slider Cafe.

Time to celebrate holidays with lights, music, boats and Santa

Santa is coming to town early this long holiday shopping season. He makes his first appearance today, Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the La Conner Swinomish Library to read stories to children from 4:30-5:30...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 22, 2023

Agen wins school board seat

John Agen has won the District 2 La Conner school board director race with 52.9% and at least 779 votes against Janie Beasley, a past school board member. The Nov. 17 count added one vote to each candidate. The last 70 or so countywide ballots will...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 22, 2023

Thanksgiving thanks and blessings

This is the week we sit down with family and friends and give thanks, typically for the abundant bounty that so many Americans are privileged to have. At this time of American thanksgiving, lifting our eyes past the laden table is as necessary for ou... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 22, 2023

2024 Town budget before council

The $7.4 million in revenues in the Town of La Conner’s 2024 preliminary budget will be the largest ever and is matched against projected expenditures of $8.6 million. The $1.2 million deficit will be covered by the $5.9 million fund balance. The...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 15, 2023

UPDATE – John Agen maintains lead for District 2 La Conner school board director

After two more ballot tallies, totals indicate La Conner School District Director John Agen is likely to continue on the board, moving over from his District 1 seat to taking the District 2 position. Voters are giving Agen 53% of the vote against...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 15, 2023

Tainted mail, poisoned elections

What is more American than the post office? The post office is older than the United States, established the year before the Declaration of Independence, in 1775 by perhaps the wisest and most practical of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin. He... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 15, 2023

Town tax receipts up, budget for year golden

Up again. Not a record, but the $65,603 in October sales tax revenue reported to the La Conner Town Council by the state Department of Revenue is the highest monthly collection in 2023 and topped only by four record setting months last year. This is...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023
Hand putting ballot in dropbox.

Agen leads in La Conner school board contest

The one contested election for greater La Conner voters in 2023, between John Agen and Janie Beasley for La Conner School District Director Position 2 has Agen with 453 votes, 53.7% after the first...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023

2024 Town budget tops $8 M

At the public hearing Nov. 14 on the Town of La Conner’s proposed 2024 budget be prepared to discuss the record $6.98 million in revenues and the $8 million in expendituresa, a deficit budget of just over $1 million. It is balanced by tapping the...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 8, 2023

Whose kids? Our kids

It is a week after the school children of La Conner and many of their parents, families and friends swarmed up First Street in the town’s annual Halloween parade. Last weekend kids of all ages were on stage at the Lincoln Theatre, performing as... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023

MoNA group told collaboration key in climate change actions

Collaboration was the buzz word of the day when scientists, Skagit County politicians and a Puget Sound Energy staff person shared a panel titled “government and resiliency” at the Museum of Northwest Art Saturday, as part of the exhibition “Su...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023

Rain again returned in October

As in 2022, precipitation returned in October. The 2.4 inches was the most monthly rainfall since February. Over two inches fell in the Oct. 9-25 period. Another 1.2 inches came down Nov. 1-4. Still, the year’s rain deficit is nine inches. October...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023

Agen expands leads for school board director

La Conner school board member John Agen increased his lead over former District 2 Director Jeanie Beasley to 120 votes. He now has 54.4% to Beasley's 45.1% after this second vote report Thursday from the Skagit County Elections Office staff. Agen led...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 1, 2023

306 Center Street permit problems

The application for the three-story condominiums and first floor rentals at 306 Center Street needs to be revised to meet the town’s code height requirement, Town of La Conner Planning Director Michael Davolio wrote property owner Bandon Atkinson...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 1, 2023

Cooperating all the time, everywhere

October was National Co-op Month, the annual celebration of this alternative way to engage with each other in our business dealings and thus as people in relationship with each other. National Co-op Month offers the time to reflect on and promote a... Full story

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 1, 2023

Musings-On the editor's mind

Listening to and watching the devastated residents of Mariupol after the Russians began bombardment of the city in February 2022 in the film “20 Days in Mariupol,” the pain and incomprehension – the entire scene – could have been labeled... Full story

 By Ken Stern    A & E    November 1, 2023

Film festival included '20 Days in Mariupol'

The eleventh annual Friday Harbor Film Festival showed 25 feature and 14 short documentary films last week, Oct. 27-29. The volunteer staff and festival volunteers once again offered a well organized and smooth running experience, with screenings at...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 25, 2023

Against military aid to Israel

No. No more military aid to Israel, not $14 billion, not 14 cents. Write President Joe Biden, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Rick Larsen and tell them more weapons will neither stop the killing nor end the conflict between Israel and... Full story


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