Articles from the January 10, 2024 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 10, 2024
Two search and rescue boats in the Swinomish Channel.

Swinomish Channel searched for missing woman

The popular La Conner waterfront, usually a place for leisurely board-walk strolls, outdoor dining and festive selfie photography, became a grim scene last week as a search was undertaken in...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 10, 2024
Poster of 1952 players

Large turnout at Concrete anniversary hoops night

La Conner High School's annual basketball road trip to Concrete on Friday covered more than the usual hour-long drive time. This one spanned seven decades. La Conner fans filled the visitors'...

 By Nathan Wilk    News    January 10, 2024

Eugene Weekly attracts support following probable embezzlement by staff

By Nathan Wilk KLCC 89.7 FM After the Eugene Weekly stopped printing last month, staff say they’ve seen an outpouring of local and national support. On Dec. 28, the Weekly announced that it had been the victim of an alleged embezzlement, leaving t...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 10, 2024
Bud Reynolds wearing letter sweater from UW.

Bud Moore rowed for champion Husky crew

During his many years of local public service, both as La Conner's mayor and president of the Chamber of Commerce, Bud Moore often showed a knack for getting people to pull together in support of...


Holiday Closures - January 15

Holiday Closures Martin Luther King Day January 15 Bank: Closed Buses: Regular service Library: Closed Schools: Closed Town Hall: Closed County government: Closed Post Office: Closed Trash Pick Up: Yes Seeking justice is part of h...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 10, 2024

Opportunities for building in the new year

New Town of La Conner Mayor Marna Hanneman chaired her first town council meeting yesterday, Jan. 9. The council packet she received the week before included a memo from Town Administrator Scott Thomas. Its first point summarized for council the... Full story

 By Dave Paul    Opinion    January 10, 2024

I am working on what you told me

How can we listen to each other and find common ground – and solutions that work for our community? I think it starts with listening to each other. The legislative session began on Jan. 8 and runs f... Full story


Recognizing our school board directors

We would like to express our gratitude and recognition for the invaluable service of our dedicated school board directors during School Board Recognition Month. By the proclamation of the governor, January is the time to acknowledge the selfless... Full story


Artificial intelligence and peace

In his message for the 57th World Day of Peace this Jan. 1, Pope Francis reflected on the impact of artificial intelligence on world peace and urges the international community to adopt a binding international treaty that regulates its development... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 10, 2024

Town progressing with disaster planning

In the event of a disaster, the single most important factor for an effective response will be availability of information, La Conner Emergency Management Commission member Jerry George said last week. “And that information,” he stressed, “has to be...

Majel G. Shuler

Majel G. Shuler, July 25, 1928-Dec. 22, 2023

Majel G. Shuler, 95, of La Conner, WA passed away peacefully on Dec. 22, 2023, in Burlington, WA. Majel was born on July 25, 1928, in Aberdeen, WA. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1946....

Kobe Lynn Zavalar

Kobe Lynn Zavalar, Sept. 5, 2023-Dec. 20, 2023

Our precious baby boy, called back to God too soon Kobe Lynn Zavala passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 2023. In his short time on this earth,...

 By Ken Stern    News    January 10, 2024

Snow and cold forecast for Thursday

You might have woken to rain today, Wednesday. Cold temperatures and snow will follow, the National Weather Service predicts. Snow is likely Thursday, with up to half an inch accumulating at the Burlington airport after a possible low of 31 degrees...


Sen. Cantwell has COVID-19

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wa) tested positive for COVID-19 Jan. 8. She posted “Today I tested positive for COVID. I am up to date with vaccinations and have mild symptoms. I will be following CDC isolation guidelines and working from home in the P...

 By Ken Stern    News    January 10, 2024

SR 534 open 2-way near leak

CONWAY — SR 534 opened to two-way traffic Monday morning, making it easier for parents to take their children to Conway Elementary School. Traffic had been restricted since the Olympic Pipeline vault gasoline leak Dec. 10. Cleanup crews have been a...



Addition The La Conner Firefighters Association also thanks Caravan Gallery for being a sponsor of its 2023 Annual Golf Tournament....

Tyler Cicotte receives a fist bump from honorary Braves’ coach David Alvord

Braves win two in weekend hoops action

The La Conner Braves slayed Lions twice in hoops action last weekend. La Conner defeated the NW2B/1B rival Concrete Lions 59-31 on the road Friday, then returned home to Landy James Gym Saturday for a...


Lady Braves grind out win at Concrete; fall to 1B power Neah Bay

They were in a foul mood throughout, but the La Conner High School Lady Braves were able to smile after grinding out a 57-29 NW2B/1B for a smashing hoops win at Concrete Friday night. La Conner (7-4 overall, 2-0 in league) won by double digits...

 By Anne Basye    A & E    January 10, 2024

Bounty of poems, art, recipes in book

Poets are people. They get hungry, make shopping lists, cook. You can find their hankerings and appetites in "The Empty Bowl Cookbook," a new anthology published by the Madrona Project. The...

 By Adam Sowards    News    January 10, 2024

Helping Hands reach out to help meet neighbors' needs

Food security remains a concern locally, so organizations and volunteers are expanding their efforts to meet the need. Helping Hands at Swinomish is one such enterprise. It received 850 visits in 2023 after starting in late 2022. On Thursday...

Sausage, kale and bean soup

Sausage, Kale and Bean Soup

Sausage, Kale and Bean Soup An Instant Pot recipe that you could adapt to the stove top. Choose the sausage of your choice. I combined homegrown kale with pantry stocked canned beans. You will have a...


Community Events Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Tuesday, Jan.16, 2024, at 6 p.m. Town of La Conner Planning Commission Meeting For a current Agenda go to Sign up for “Notify Me” to get current Town Information Jan. 20, 7 p.m. Pelican Bay Books, 520 Com...

 By Anne Basye    News    January 10, 2024
Doug Jones

Channel Drive resident honored for 64 years in Rotary

For more than two-thirds of his life, Doug Jones has been a Rotarian. The 95-year-old Channel Drive resident joined Rotary when he was 31. He has been a Rotarian longer than the 52 years he was...


Police Blotter

Sunday, December 31 5:20 p.m. Out of gas — Car driving slow and weaving in the lane of travel. A deputy arrived and found the vehicle and driver parked on the shoulder. The driver had run out of fuel and was just coasting to a stop. The driver walked...


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