Articles from the January 9, 2019 edition

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Edwin A. Wells died on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018. He was born in Mount Vernon on May 17th, 1932 to Paul and Ann Wells. “Ned” attended the University of Washington and was then drafted into the post-war Army where he spent his rare free time tra... Full story



John Franz Feichtinger of La Conner, Washington (1965 – 2018), beloved father, son, brother, and friend, left us too soon. John was born in Seattle, grew up in Ballard and Kent before he moved to his chosen home of the beautiful Skagit Valley.... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    January 9, 2019

Future charter ballot measure almost a certainty

If democracy must never sleep, the 28 people who met at the Burlington library Monday to discuss the defeat of the November “Yes on Charter” election measure are fully woke. They were asked by Hom...


Snow fell near La Conner Monday

THERE’S SNOW IN THEM THAR FIELDS – It’s not even a micro-climate, says geologist Brad Smith. Bob Hamblin came into the office Monday and said he had gone through snow, out by the Farmhouse res...


Novel dog saves Skagit vet practice

Nicola Pearson’s latest book, “The Gift,” is a romp through the hills and valleys of Skagit County and a no-holds-barred peek into owning and working in a small animal veterinary practice. Human and animal interactions are enmeshed with compa...


Check out whisky at this library

The new year has begun. Auld Lang Syne has been sung. Let’s take a glass of kindness yet: a glass of whisky. There are many varieties of whisky. Maybe some of them are familiar, while others are not....

 By Martha Jordan    News    January 9, 2019

Tuning in on Skagit Valley swans

The fall migration has brought swans, trumpeter and tundra, to grace our skies and landscape in the Skagit Valley. As their breeding grounds freeze over in Alaska, the swans follow traditional migration routes returning to Skagit County’s abundant f...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 9, 2019

Local floral designer judged Rose Parade floats

Kimberly Oldis rooted hard for the University of Washington football team from one of the best seats available at the storied Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. The underdog Huskies came up just short in a...


Art and science 'Surge' merger closes at MoNA

Research merged with imagination as scientists and artists gathered for a final time to consider the effects of their expressions about climate change as shown in their MoNA exhibits displayed during...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 9, 2019

Visionary La Conner business owner Linda Freed remembered

During the height of America’s running boom, Linda Freed eyed the La Conner waterfront as an ideal venue from which to launch what has proved for nearly four decades to be a pace-setting business model. Her recipe blending a lifelong devotion to w...


Cheap dike option exists

“If it ain’t broke.” Back when it was my responsibility to plan for events like flood response, I tackled the eventuality of protecting LaConner from riverine flooding. I approached the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at the time with this...


BARBARA ELIZABETH CORRIGAN 5/20/1937 - 12/11/2018

Barbara, resident of La Conner for more than twenty years, passed away peacefully in her daughter’s home in Seattle, Washington on December 11th, 2018. Predeceased by her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Dr. Thomas Corrigan, in May of 2007, she l... Full story

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 9, 2019

Musings - on the editor's mind

In our little town, bucolic and tucked away, almost as isolated as an island, there are those who don’t want the far away world of national politics to intrude. Some will say the paper is partisan and divisive when it criticizes the president. But e...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 9, 2019

The state of the Weekly News

Last week the centerfold reprised last year’s news. This week, in this space, is a reflection on the Weekly News. This newspaper is pleased to report it is up as the year starts. Subscriptions and renewals are up, as are revenues. So are hopes. A...


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