Articles from the November 8, 2023 edition

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 By Anne Basye    A & E    November 8, 2023
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Art's Alive! 2023 opens Friday at Maple Hall

Expect to see an exciting array of art when Art's Alive opens at Maple Hall this Friday at 1 pm. "Northwest Focus," this year's theme, was inspired by poster artist, greater La Conner resident and...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023
Hand putting ballot in dropbox.

Agen leads in La Conner school board contest

The one contested election for greater La Conner voters in 2023, between John Agen and Janie Beasley for La Conner School District Director Position 2 has Agen with 453 votes, 53.7% after the first...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    November 8, 2023
107 year old Trudy Newton blows out candles on her cake.

La Conner centenarian celebrates birthday at Retirement Inn

Trudy Newton enjoyed a five-star horoscope on Thursday. That's nothing new for the woman believed to be La Conner's oldest resident. Hers has been a particularly blessed life and Newton's many...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023

2024 Town budget tops $8 M

At the public hearing Nov. 14 on the Town of La Conner’s proposed 2024 budget be prepared to discuss the record $6.98 million in revenues and the $8 million in expendituresa, a deficit budget of just over $1 million. It is balanced by tapping the r...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 8, 2023

Whose kids? Our kids

It is a week after the school children of La Conner and many of their parents, families and friends swarmed up First Street in the town’s annual Halloween parade. Last weekend kids of all ages were on stage at the Lincoln Theatre, performing as M... Full story


Part 3 on creating EV charging infrastructure in La Conner

The need for electric vehicle charging infrastructure will inevitably increase. People who don’t want EVs now because their initial cost is too high or their range is too low will re-evaluate that d... Full story

 By John Agen    Opinion    November 8, 2023

LCCSF Fund Drive

The La Conner Community Scholarship Foundation (LCCSF) began a fund drive in June that will end on Nov. 30. A service minded La Conner High School alumnus has committed to matching all contributions up to $50,000. To date, nearly 40 donors have... Full story


Paid downtown parking

In the article “Paid downtown parking an option” last week (Nov. 1), I want to make a slight correction and offer my two cents on the subject. Correction: The company making a presentation to a joint council-planning commission meeting on Nov. 28... Full story

 By Jim Reeves    Opinion    November 8, 2023

First Street parking

The Problem: Vehicles parking on First Street for extended periods of time during high tourist traffic periods. Who are the primary offenders? Business owners and employees. First Street residents. Hotel guests. (All of whom should be parking off... Full story


Thank you for support, La Conner merchants

On Oct. 28, P.E.O. Chapter JG, La Conner, held a brunch and auction at Maple Hall to support women’s educational opportunities. We rely on donations from members, friends, families and merchants to help us provide the financial needs to help women e... Full story


Get free COVID-19 tests

Place an order to receive four free COVID-⁠19 rapid test: or 800-232-0233. COVID-⁠19 tests are available to uninsured individuals and underserved communities. No-cost COVID-19 testing sites: Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023

MoNA group told collaboration key in climate change actions

Collaboration was the buzz word of the day when scientists, Skagit County politicians and a Puget Sound Energy staff person shared a panel titled “government and resiliency” at the Museum of Northwest Art Saturday, as part of the exhibition “Surge: M...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023

Rain again returned in October

As in 2022, precipitation returned in October. The 2.4 inches was the most monthly rainfall since February. Over two inches fell in the Oct. 9-25 period. Another 1.2 inches came down Nov. 1-4. Still, the year’s rain deficit is nine inches. October r...


County financial assistance for septic systems

Skagit County Public Health is offering up to $200 in rebates for septic system inspection, pumping or riser installation to qualifying residents (one per household). A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funds this rebate program for... Full story


Town public budget hearings Nov. 14

It is time to speak up on Town of La Conner budget and tax issues. The town council will hold four public hearings at its Nov. 14 meeting to consider: 1. Formation of a Transportation Benefit District. 2. 20-year Transportation Improvement Plan... Full story

La Conner volleyball team holding trophy and flanked by fans.

La Conner net team in state tourney after dramatic comeback win

Coupeville was on the verge of winning the bi-district volleyball title here last Wednesday. Until it wasn't. The Lady Wolves fell prey to a scintillating La Conner comeback that saw the hosts erase...

Faith Kowalcyk

Kiwanis names October students of the month

The Kiwanis Club of La Conner High School Student of the Month for October is Katie Cayou-Lockrem. Katie's parents are Josh and Val Lockrem. She is in the tenth grade. Katie is in Associated Student...

 By y Judy Booth    A & E    November 8, 2023

Go off to see 'The Wizard of Oz'

BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! The opening night performance of “The Wizard of Oz” filled the Lincoln Theatre to capacity and the evening ended with a standing ovation. Since 1939 audiences have loved L. Frank Baum’s story of young Dorothy, a Kansas farm...


'The Father' Alzheimer's benefit at Lincoln Nov. 15

Skagit Adult Day Program, a local nonprofit which cares for dementia clients, is showing the Academy Award winning movie “The Father” 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 15 at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon. This is a community awareness opportunity, in hon... Full story


Jingle Belles shopping is Friday, Nov. 17

Ladies, Nov. 17 is your night of shopping at the La Conner Chamber of Commerce’s organized Jingle Belles, a Ladies Night of Shopping, with downtown stores staying open to 8 p.m. Start at the Chamber office, 210 Morris Street, picking up your SWAG b...


Calling craft vendors

Calling all artists and crafters. La Conner Kiwanis will be hosting their annual Holiday Craft Show in conjunction with the Rotary Santa Breakfast Saturday, Dec. 2 in Maple Hall. The craft show will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It is a fundraiser to... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    November 8, 2023
Wylie Thulen and Peter Voorhees standing by dessert table.

Young Life fundraiser draws community support

Unity is a key part of the word community. That theme was stressed throughout the annual La Conner Young Life Dessert Fundraiser held Sunday night in the elementary school commons area. A wide...


School assemblies honor veterans, state-bound volleyball team

On a morning during which local veterans were honored, La Conner Schools staff employed military precision to blend two indoor student assemblies within 45-minutes. A Veteran’s Day program keynoted by retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Poulton, a S...


Rexville Grange Art Show starts

Make your way to the 2023 Rexville Grange Holiday Show starting with its opening party Thursday, Nov. 9, 5-8 p.m. It is time to find fine arts and crafts for gifts. The show is open this weekend and next, Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 18-19 at the Rexville... Full story


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