Articles from the January 20, 2021 edition

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Vaccinations began at Retirement Inn

That motorhome parked in the Retirement Inn parking lot Sunday was not from an out of town family but a more important visitor: a crew from Consonus Pharmacy bringing a supply of the first of the...

 

Sandy Delaney retires from Channel Lodge

Sandy Delaney has built two homes in La Conner during more than four decades here. One is her actual residence, the other a rock-solid career with the La Conner Country Inn and Channel Lodge. Delaney...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    January 20, 2021

No County fines for not wearing masks

At a special meeting last Thursday, the Skagit County Board of Health decided against an ordinance imposing civil penalties for not wearing masks, a violation of county health orders for stopping the spread of COVID-19. A Jan. 20 public hearing for...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    January 20, 2021

Commissioner Wesen’s statements on Capitol insurrection

Last Wednesday afternoon County Commissioner Ron Wesen posted a statement on the County’s website that “I condemn in the strongest terms the violence that took place in Washington, D.C. last week. The insurrection was shocking to witness.” Wesen...

 

Tier 1 vaccinations at County Fairgrounds start Jan. 26

Skagit County Public Health will provide COVID-19 vaccinations at the Skagit County Fairgrounds for individuals eligible under Phase 1b1 (also known as Tier 1) starting next Tuesday, Jan. 26. Vaccines are available by appointment only. Eligible are...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 20, 2021

The truth will set us free

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John reports Jesus telling his disciples that. Knowing and following the truth is good advice in all times from whomever is advising it. This is a time of people embracing truths shared amo...

 

Fire District 13 also had a year like no other

For all of us, 2020 was an unusual year, to say the very least. The word that became cliché back in March but really explains it best is unprecedented. For myself, 2020 was already a challenge: It was my first year as the Chief of Fire...

 

If I ran the schools

Yeah, I’d be a tough taskmaster, sorta like a winning coach, I’d push us to exceed our goals. Improvement every day, by all of us, from the top on down. That would be my goal, to lead us all to share, and soothe each other’s souls. I’d be open to...

 

Home coffee delivery surprise

During last week’s power outage, 36 hours at my house, with no land line and minimum cell battery, my sister in Florida was worried about me. I talked to her once, assuring her I was OK but really missing my morning coffee. She posted on Facebook t...

 

Vote Yes for La Conner Schools

Before Feb. 9 we have a chance to improve La Conner Schools. The La Conner School District replacement levy vote will provide for educational programs and operations that are either not funded or seriously underfunded by the state. The renewal of...

 

Elders need vaccine first

In response to Max Monteborne’s opinion about age related vaccine immunizations: Max, after reading your opinion about age related vaccine immunizations I was incensed. But then I read it again and realized this was probably an attempt at dark humor....

 

Citizen’s group wants Hedlin’s Ballfield for open space

The Town Council last week amended La Conner’s Comprehensive Plan to rezone historic Hedlin’s Ballfield for residential use. But the unanimous action does not prevent the nearly two-acre site from remaining an open public use area. Town Planner Maria...

 

What are you going to do? Time to find your ‘why’

Six years ago, I saw hate on the rise toward American Muslims. This hate was carefully cultivated by well-funded, flag-pinned profiteers. If you demonize a faith of 1.8 billion people you can sell a lot of weapons. Ibram X. Kendi, in his book...

 

Rick Dole now on Town Planning Commission

The La Conner Planning Commission has been around for more than a half-century yet has no qualms about sporting new wrinkles. It enters 2021 with replacements in its lineup. These were unveiled at the Town Council’s Jan. 12 meeting, once again t...

 

School levy promoted via Zoom

Interim superintendent Rich Stewart has been a virtual presence around greater La Conner in recent days. Stewart, who assumed the district helm last July, has given a series of Zoom presentations to the Town Council, Swinomish Tribal Senate and...

 

Younger challengers win in primary for Swinomish Senate

Challengers bested incumbents in Swinomish Tribal Senate primary balloting last Saturday, continuing a trend that has emerged over recent election cycles on the reservation. Candidates Greg Edwards and Bruce James advanced to the tribal...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    January 20, 2021

County, region stays in Phase 1 for COVID-19

Skagit County has recorded 498 new cases of the novel coronavirus in January, through the 16th, an average of 35.6 daily cases, based on Skagit Public Health data. Ten to 96 new cases have been reported daily since Jan. 3, for a total of 3,584 cases...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Sunday, Jan. 11 7:18 p.m.: Unwanted entry – Caller reported she rents a room and an unknown male had entered her room while she was away. The incident was captured on a security camera. Bradshaw Rd., Greater La Conner. Tuesday, Jan. 13 12:33...

 

Pork Chop Casserole

Each holiday season I stock up on seasonal favorites. They are often on sale. Stouffers Turkey stuffing was two for $4 this past fall. I bought two. This recipe needs a few simple ingredients that...

 

Windstorm fells trees, cuts power, disrupts lives

It is often said that an ill wind blows no good. That being the case, the storm that blew through here last week was plenty sick. Fierce winds downed trees and power lines, caused major property...

 

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