Articles written by Kurt Batdorf

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 By Kurt Batdorf    News    February 28, 2024

Tribe plans to sue feds over salmon habitat

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has notified the federal government it intends to sue for its failure to protect threatened and endangered salmon runs. In a 15-page document submitted Feb. 22 to the Environmental Protection Agency, National...

 By Kurt Batdorf    News    August 23, 2023

Police raid of Kansas newspaper condemned

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into how and why Marion County sheriff’s deputies and local police raided the Marion County Record newspaper office and the homes of its owners and the town’s vice mayor Aug. 11. Police seized com...


Drought could persist here until October

The 0.06 inches of rain last week, 0.03 inches Aug. 7 and again Aug. 9, measured at Washington State University’s Memorial Highway Mount Vernon station, was not drought-breaking ­precipitation. Far from it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture na...

 By Kurt Batdorf    News    August 16, 2023

Valve fault cuts Channel Cove water

Five households in Channel Cove lost water overnight when a valve failed after routine maintenance by La Conner Public Works staff on Aug. 8. Supervisor Todd Park said his crew had been “exercising a valve” when it apparently failed and started to...

 By Kurt Batdorf    News    July 26, 2023
Bollards block vehicle access to a fire lane

Channel Cove residents voice concerns over management

Emotions ran high during a July 18 meeting of the Home Trust of Skagit board, its director and residents of its Channel Cove community. Home Trust of Skagit Executive Director Jodi Dean invited...

 By Kurt Batdorf    A & E    July 26, 2023

Enjoy movies from the seat of your car

Should you want to watch a first-run movie or two (or possibly three) from the comfort of your own car as Americans did decades ago, you'll need to hit the road for the Blue Fox Drive-In, just south...


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