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  • Firefighter Clemons Mitchel is doctor in training

    Max Drews|Apr 12, 2023

    As of Wednesday, March 29 at just before noon the man known as Clemons Mitchel does not go by "doctor." The fact that makes this detail notable is that if he wanted to, he could. Clemons Mitchel, raised in Woodinville, departed in 2015 to Krakow, Poland, where for six years he studied medicine, funded by American scholarships at Jagiellonian University. In the course of that time his parents moved to La Conner. When Clemons Mitchel graduated and returned from school in June, 2021 he found himsel...

  • Family moves into Channel Cove Habitat home

    Max Drews|Dec 21, 2022

    Sunday afternoon Skagit Habitat for Humanity’s 41st home was ready and dedicated for Katelyn and her two children. The Channel Cove duplex on Park Street was ready for move-in after three months of renovation by primarily volunteer workers, including Katelyn. Skagit Habitat Executive Director Tina Tate, Board President Rob Ashby and Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen spoke at a 2 p.m. ceremony in the Channel Cove community center. They welcomed Katelyn into her new home and expressed appreciation for all who made the project possible. Jodi D...

  • Boat parade lights up channel and town

    Max Drews|Dec 14, 2022

    "There are a lot of unique things in La Conner that you can't get anywhere else," noted Mark Hulst, director of the La Conner Chamber of Commerce last Thursday. The Swinomish Yacht Club's annual lighted boat parade may be at the top of Hulst's list. Once again, the town found every parking lot occupied, every restaurant full and, perhaps, every hotel room booked as evening descended and people from across the region crowded the boardwalk on the Swinomish Channel ahead of the 6 p.m. parade start....

  • Holiday treats and trees, tiny and tall

    Max Drews and Ken Stern|Dec 7, 2022

    What recession? Not in La Conner last weekend. A slew of activities started the holiday festivities – and the season's spending. The Christmas season began 6:30 p.m. Friday night, when all doors opened at the newly-built La Conner Swinomish Library, letting in a crowd of waiting bidders for the Tiny Tree auction. At 6:45, after remarks from Susan Macek, La Conner Library Foundation director, and library Director Jean Markert, one "Let the auction begin!" sent the audience to the bidding tables....