Articles from the November 20, 2019 edition

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Priscilla Ellen Torseth, 87, passed away on November 13, 2019, at her home of more than fifty years on Pleasant Ridge, lovingly cared for by her numerous family and friends. Priscilla was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on July 19, 1932, to Rev.... Full story


The Navy's permit to pollute

The EPA shut down the public comment period on November 14 and granted a permit to Whidbey Naval Air Station that ignores the base’s polluting of public waters. The Navy would not support the request for the extension. Citizens requested an...


Reflecting on anti-Semitism

After spending years in Jewish-Christian dialogue I am heartbroken at the article in the Seattle Times of Sept. 28, 2019. It told that in Seattle there has been “almost 400 percent increase in hate crimes since 2012 – impacting Jews and other...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 20, 2019

Sunrise Food Bank supplies growing need

Almost 4,000 people live in the 98257 zip code. In October 1,500 people brought food home from the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank. Michelle Havist, the Food Bank’s director, told 30 Soroptimists that...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 20, 2019

Agen, Baker school board winners

It is all but official: John Agen and Marlys Baker have won their contests for La Conner School Board Directors in Districts 1 and 2 respectively. At press time Tuesday 300 votes in Skagit County...

 By Anne Basye    News    November 20, 2019

Rexville Grocery has new name, new owners, new vision

An overflow crowd was on hand last Friday to celebrate the relaunch of the Rexville Grocery as “The Rex.” The Pleasant Ridge institution at the intersection of Best Road and Summers Drive is now o...


Community action: La Conner celebrates another state net title

Everyone loves a winner. That was the case here this week as La Conner High volleyball fans turned out in droves to support the Lady Braves in Yakima and then welcomed them back home after they captur...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 20, 2019

Joy Neal leaving La Conner Library

Joy Neal has been asked to retire. The director of the La Conner Regional Library was told at that board’s monthly meeting Nov. 12 that her retirement would be accepted. Last Wednesday, the board provided this statement: “The Board of Trustees...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 20, 2019

Film festival's documentaries explore varied worlds

Film festivals are for exploring, learning and taking chances that the next 90 minutes will provide an adventure and peak experience. There were many at October’s 7th annual Friday Harbor Film Festival. Fresh off the boat, I squeezed into a full...



It is with immense and inconceivable sadness that we announce the passing of Kelly Hayton on November 5, 2019 at just 55 years of age. Kelly lit up every room she walked into with a smile that wouldn’t quit. She brought joy and laughter to all that... Full story


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