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Lucy Kelly and Mary Davis leaving core Morris Street businesses

Davis will turn lights off for last time Mary Davis Vintage Lighting is the brick-and-mortar embodiment of a four decades-long passion. By day, in her younger years, Davis pursued a retail management...

 

See local dancing duo on KOMO-4 at 6 p.m. tonight

They love classic cars, but when Jerry and Jeri Kaufman of Burlington go for a spin it is just as likely to be on the dance floor. The couple’s love of dancing, apparent to all during La Conner Live...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    January 6, 2021

County has 3,105 COVID-19 cases

Over 3,000 Skagit County residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus in 2020, with over one third, 1,021 COVID-19 cases in December. With the 658 reported November infections, over half, 56% of Skagit County’s COVID-19 cases, have been...

 

Kirby Johnson remembered for civic spirit

In his final civic contribution, Kirby Johnson assured the holiday spirit was on display here amid the COVID-19 pandemic with his donation of a striking blue spruce Christmas tree for Gilkey Square. Town employees this week removed the tree, which...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 6, 2021

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Dear Weekly News Readers, If we were allowed to gather, and Weekly News subscribers came together in one room, there would be 135 more of you – and spouses and families – than a year ago. Bless you for taking the subscription drive to hea...

 

La Conner’s progress in a difficult year

I think it is safe to say that in January of 2020 none of us could have predicted a year that would fundamentally change our lives in such impactful ways. And although we are certainly not beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we are able, at the start of 20...

 

Linda: thanks for service!

I would like to thank Linda Talman for her many, many years of service on the Town’s Planning Commission. She has been a citizen’s watchdog and a voice for keeping La Conner true to our community vision. She is smart, does her homework and tries...

 

“Caste” an essential read

I applaud you for publishing Jerry Willins’ review of “Caste,” by Isabel Wilkerson, in your Dec. 23 edition. This book is riveting and a literary pleasure, both for the ease of its narrative and for its elegant thought and language. It is also...

 

Vaccine priorities

Although I often agree with Mel Damski’s columns, I think we need to rethink our approach to how we prioritize who gets the vaccine first. Yes to medical workers and yes to people clustered in retirement homes, but after that, should we really...

 

A message from a sparrow

One day as Jesus was preaching in Galilee to the apostles, as recorded in Matthew’s gospel, chapter 10, an unusual event must have taken place. A sparrow must have flown past or rested on the branch of a tree and drawn the attention of Jesus. He...

 

Teaching art remotely a creative endeavor

Going digital has been the norm in public education since the COVID-19 pandemic forced classes on-line last spring. But within the La Conner Schools art department the learning curve has been less...

 
 By Ken Stern    School    January 6, 2021

February levies for three local school districts

Residents from the La Conner, Concrete and Mount Vernon school districts have a Feb. 9 special election to renew school levies. The districts need to continue local funding for educational programs and operations (EPO). The La Conner School Board...

 

Future is in ‘a politics rooted in the people’

In his new book “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future,: Pope Francis advocates a Copernican revolution in our politics. Instead of viewing politics from the places of political and economic power, he summons us to see it from the vantage point...

 

Remembering Mike Kirkland

Very few readers probably knew that we had a celebrity musician living in our midst for the past decade. Except for my own curiosity and tendency to be nosy, I would not have known either. However, one day several years ago, my interest was piqued...

 

New ‘Healthy Washington’ regional COVID-19 recovery plan

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery,” a regional COVID-19 phased recovery plan starting Jan. 11. The north region is Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties. Regions start in Phase 1 of a two...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, Dec. 28 10:25 a.m.: Flocking together – Deputies responded to a report of bird watchers parking in the middle of the roadway. Dry Slough Rd., Conway. Tuesday, Dec. 29 12:24 p.m.: Cows cold – Animal Control responded to a report...

 

Kim’s Zucchini Bread

Kim’s family and my husband’s family go back generations, in terms of friendship. On a recent fall day, she quietly dropped off a loaf of her homemade zucchini bread with the recipe written in a...

 

Channel Polar Plunge is ‘First’ event of new year

After the sink or swim year that was 2020, members of the La Conner “First on First” committee could not wait to get back in the water on New Year’s. Literally, at that. Rick Dole, Annie Taylor...

 

December was really wet

Yes, December was wet. The year ended wet: six days of rain last week, 1.6”, though 0.7” was in the new year. The 4.3” of precipitation is now the fourth time over 4” fell this month this...

 

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