Articles from the January 24, 2024 edition

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 By Ken Stern    News    January 24, 2024

Searchers recover body Tuesday in Swinomish Channel

It will be cold comfort to the family whose relative was found in the Swinomish Channel mid-day Tuesday, Jan. 23 but perhaps allow the start of a grieving and healing process. Employing a remote operated underwater vehicle supplied by the Seattle Har...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 24, 2024

Winter cold snap closes La Conner

So much for El Nino. The climate pattern linked to warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and which led to forecasts of above average temperatures this winter went AWOL for m... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 24, 2024

One vote determines a tribal senate primary

Every vote counts is no mere cliché. Just ask Bruce James, Jr. James advanced to the Swinomish Tribal Senate general election next month by a single vote, edging incumbent Brian Wilbur 84-83 and placing second in primary balloting last Saturday.... Full story

 By Judy Booth    News    January 24, 2024

Small drugstores, high drug prices

La Conner Drug Store is not the first small-town, family-owned drug store to go out of business in recent years. Rite Aid, hopefully the new home of former employees from La Conner Drug and Island...


And then there were none

The La Conner drugstore closed Monday, as reported in the Weekly News, a victim of the ongoing corporatization of the American economy, where small companies are forced out because – in ways too many people don’t see or care to understand – the b... Full story

 By Alan Darcy    Opinion    January 24, 2024

Drug store closing is corporations vs. us

Last Thursday I reached out to Rep. Dave Paul (and our two other state reps as well) and shared my frustrations and asked for help over the La Conner Drug Store closing. Here is the core of my message to Rep. Paul: Don’t know if you can do a...


Keeping local businesses alive

As a long-time (14 years) La Conner resident I have appreciated having certain local services such as a local bank branch, a grocery store, a pharmacy and a local newspaper. It has meant that I don’t need to travel far for services, supplies and i... Full story


AIPAC influences Washington politicians

On Jan. 16, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a resolution in the. Senate calling on the State Department to investigate requesting accountability on Israel’s misuse of American weaponry in their current genocide of the people of Gaza and the W...


Blood donors needed

The American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. In recent weeks, the Red Cross blood supply has fallen to critically low levels across the country. Blood products... Full story


Read it or lose it

Thanks to Ashley Sweeney for her letter in the Jan. 17 Weekly News encouraging people to read. I would add a short sentence: a person who doesn’t read is no better off than a person who can’t read. Beverly Haywood La Conner...


Stopping gun violence

Safe and Sane Skagit members drove to Olympia last week to be present as five new legislative bills on gun responsibility were presented before the Legislature’s House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee. Those bill are: HB 1902/SB6004: Permit-to P... Full story


Strengthening our democracy

Our democracy is strongest with full and equal participation in free, fair and secure elections. This means protecting your right to vote and having your vote counted. That’s why I introduced House Bill 2023, which increases language assistance in o...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 24, 2024

Forum on parking set for Feb. 20

Hours before snow hit outside, the La Conner Planning Commissioners plowed through a busy agenda during their 80-minute Jan. 16 hybrid meeting at Maple Hall. The pile of issues addressed were housing and parking issues, the status of the Talmon...


Ferguson files lawsuit to stop Kroger-Albertson merger

Kroger and Albertsons claim a proposed merger worth 24.6 billion will result in better prices for grocery shoppers, but many fear food prices will go up and jobs could be lost as the stores eliminate competition. Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a... Full story


Democracy in Crisis: Taking Action

Extracurricular learning open to all takes place at Skagit Valley College this Saturday, Jan 27. The 10th Legislative District of Washington Democrats hosts Democracy in Crisis: Taking Action, a free day of inspiration and workshops, working in... Full story


Town solar proposal presentation Feb. 3

Residents can learn about a feasibility study for a grant to allow solar and storage of energy at the La Conner’s fire department and school district campus at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at the La Conner Swinomish Library. The presentation explores solar and s... Full story


HF Sinclair grants Skagit Bay Search & Rescue $25,000

ANACORTES — Skagit Bay Search and Rescue has been granted $25,000 by HF Sinclair to support the basing of a new marine emergency response boat in Anacortes. A ceremony with a representational presenting of the donation will be held at Seafarer’s Mem...


High school seniors seek funds for June class trip

La Conner High School seniors started their freshman year wearing masks and learning from home in front of their computers. Three years later they’re still playing catch-up from the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus the La C... Full story


Braves hoop team blister nets, win 2

Braves hoop team blister nets, win 2 With a frigid winter cold snap outside, the La Conner Braves turned up the heat inside gyms at Coupeville and Darrington for a pair of key NW2B/1B high school hoops triumphs last week. Fittingly, given the...


Lady Braves ace 2 league road hoops tests

The La Conner High School girls’ basketball team saved its best for last at Coupeville. Entering the fourth quarter deadlocked, the Lady Braves finished with an 18-4 spurt that secured a 46-32 NW2B/1B triumph Jan. 16, extending their winning s...


Library Happenings: January-February 2024

We hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start, It is hard to believe that January is almost over already. Our little taste of winter made for an interesting start to 2024, but now that things are finally thawing out, come to the library for a...

 By Judy Booth    A & E    January 24, 2024

66 birds/3 degrees lecture

Saturday's lecture at the Museum of Northwest Art capped off the three-month visual and sound exhibition, "Surge: Mapping Transition, Displacement and Agency in Times of Climate Change," with a...


Birding Festival at Maple Hall Feb. 3

The La Conner Birding Festival returns to Maple Hall Feb. 3-4 with art, education and family activities for the whole family. Wildlife artist Tony Angell speaks 6 p.m. Saturday on “For Ravens, Crows, and Other Birds, Timing Is Crucial.” The La Con...


'Let's dance' at Feb. 2 concert

Join the Skagit Community Band when it performs music inspired by dance 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in Maple Hall. Selections include: "Four Scottish Dances" by Arnold, "Russian Sailors' Dance" by Gliere, "The...

 By Ken Stern    News    January 24, 2024

Conway gas spill site cleanup continues

CONWAY — Last week’s weather paused cleanup operations of the December Olympic Pipeline gasoline spill east of Conway. By Jan. 20 excavation of impacted soil at the spill site north of SR 534 resumed. This update is from United Command press releases...


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