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 By Ken Stern    Community    January 5, 2022

Merchants frozen out of business at year’s end

It was a record breaking year for La Conner businesses. Just check with the town government, which took in unprecedented high sales tax revenue most months of 2021. But the last week of the year? Not good for merchants or the town’s coffers. Ask...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    January 5, 2022

A cold, snowy December

Of course. A polar express bringing single digit lows and plenty of snow Christmas day made December another record month in a year of wild weather. Minimum low temperature records were set daily,...

 

Curt Buher’s death leaves big shoes to fill

Curt Buher was a big guy. The hole he leaves behind is big, too. Buher, who died Dec. 20, came to town with his wife Lori in 1979 to housesit for Maxine Wyman and never left. “They knew that La Conner was where they wanted to be,” said Cathie...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 5, 2022

What will 2022’s records be?

Anyone paging through a stack of 2021’s Weekly News will find the obvious bright spots: the Fourth of July parade, concert and fireworks, an absolutely stupendous Halloween Parade and the lighted boat parade. The most wonderful record, set month af...

 

David Franklin reflects on eight-year tenure managing Shelter Bay

There is much David Franklin will miss about Shelter Bay when the longtime manager of the local residential community exits Jan. 28 to write a new chapter in a career that has seen him hold positions...

 

Louis Duane “Red” Bretvick

Louis Duane “Red” Bretvick, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Mount Vernon, WA. Duane was born September 26, 1927, in Mount Vernon, WA to Laverne (nee McNeil) and Louis (Lud)... Full story

 

Sarah Cook voted statewide website player of week

A La Conner High School senior is the first election winner of the new year. Not just locally, either, but on a statewide basis. Sarah Cook, a key member of the school’s undefeated girls’ basketball team, was the top online vote-getter in...

 

Annie Taylor marched in Macy’s Parade

I enjoyed reading Bill Reynolds’ Dec 22 article about Tristen Nelson’s participation in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. But when I got to Russell Jensen’s quote (“I...

 

Growth and Hedlin property sale reprised

As we continue to confront the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, I think it is safe to say that the La Conner community, as a snapshot of our greater country and world, has been left in a state of purgatory. Even so, the Town moved forward in...

 

Pears Baked with Blue Cheese

Our son-in-law hails from Oregon. His dad, Bob Logue and his wife Anne, generously send us a box of pears at Christmas from the McCarthy Family Farm. Clearly marked as fragile, the postmistress,...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Wednesday, December 29 7:57 a.m.: Kids vs adult – Caller reported an ongoing issue with sledders on the hill running into his vehicle and moving his potted plants. A deputy responded and sat in the area to monitor the sledders. The deputy...

 

Four jump into new year with Swinomish Channel plunge

New Year’s came in with a bang for most people here, with loud fireworks on the west side of the Swinomish Channel signaling the arrival of 2022. For a few hardy others, though, the calendar turned...

 

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