Articles from the January 31, 2024 edition

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 By Ken Stern    News    January 31, 2024
Poetry festival poster.

Poster reveal at Rotary meeting means 2024 Skagit River Poetry Festival is October bound

Monday's weekly La Conner Rotary Club meeting at the Farmhouse Restaurant was brightened from its bleak midwinter darkness by its guests and the occasion: The poster reveal for the 2024 Skagit River P...


Woman missing since Jan. 1 confirmed dead

MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit County Coroner’s Office confirmed Tuesday that the remains recovered from the La Conner Channel Jan. 23 were those of a 27 year old Kirkland woman missing since New Years Day, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office repor...


$47 million investment in affordable housing

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $47 million in funding for infrastructure improvements Jan. 30 to support 43 construction projects that will provide more than 3,000 units of affordable housing statewide. Washington s...

 By Ken Stern    News    January 31, 2024
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The last day of the La Conner Drug Store

The La Conner Drug Store opened for the last time Monday, Jan. 22, but there were few customers shopping and not much on the shelves to purchase – though that was a years long reality. Late m...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 31, 2024
Photo of Wild West at dock.

Matt Johnston's boat Wild West featured in National Fisherman

A Swinomish fisherman has netted national attention for his 47-foot crabber built from an in-house design at Full Time Fabrication in Sedro-Woolley. Matt Johnston's new boat, Wild West, is featured...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 31, 2024

Agreeing on time, for a change

This editorial is as timely and critical as when a version was published in 2022, during the last short session of our state legislature. It is updated. Your actions are still needed and needed today. Here is a nonpartisan issue that this community... Full story


Forum on presidential primary Feb. 12

The Local Journalism Committee of the League of Women Voters of Skagit County is planning four presentations to further public knowledge about elections. Each of the events will be open to the public. There will not be any speeches by any... Full story


Olympic pipeline oil spill community meetings

The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Washington Department of Ecology, the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management, bp, and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, is hosting two community meetings... Full story


Change fishing regs in the North Fork Skagit

There is only one area of the North Fork of the Skagit River used by the tribes for gill netting. It is from Blake’s Resort downstream of the mouth. The tribes have found the river above Blake’s Resort to the forks is not conducive to netting bec...


Give blood, save lives

Looking to give your community a Valentine gift? Giving blood takes under ten minutes and truly saves lives. There is no substitute. Please donate on Feb. 23 at the La Conner High School gym. Please call me, 360-421-9233, or Lori Buher,...


Know your pharmacist

Thank you for your coverage of the closing of La Conner Drugs. Your writer exposed the real reason medications cost so much in the U.S. I would like to add one additional perspective. Having served on a hospital board and chaired a local clinical...


Free solar talk at the library

There will be a community presentation about a feasibility study for a grant to allow solar and the storage of energy at the Town’s Fire Hall and at the La Conner School District campus Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at the La Conner Swinomish L...


No to slant angle parking

Last week I visited Coupeville for lunch. While there, I decided to ask a bunch of business owners and workers what they thought of the angled parking on their First Street because there is talk about doing that here. I started on the parking side...

 By Joan Cross    Opinion    January 31, 2024

Community businesses endangered

Bravo for last week’s articles and letters regarding the pharmacy benefit managers and the unfortunate closure of La Conner Drug Store, which is such a tangible example of rural America being at the mercy of big money and corporate capitalism. I too...



The complete weather, Swinomish senate election and school board meeting stories from the Jan. 24 issue can be read on the Weekly News website. Subscribers can call the Weekly News office and sign up for free online access, free with their... Full story


John Martin Strother July 2, 1940 – Jan. 8, 2024

John Martin Strother July 2, 1940 – Jan. 8, 2024 John Martin Strother was born July 2, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to David and Margaret Strother. He peacefully passed away in Lawrence, Kansas on J...

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Concern: Moore-Clark site a fire hazard

Emergency management has been a priority here since channel flooding in 2022 swamped waterfront and low-lying areas. Attention turned last week to fears of catastrophes and disaster at the...

 By Dave Paul    News    January 31, 2024
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Our roads are deadly: we must act

Our state has long worked to reduce – and ultimately – eliminate fatal car accidents. That should be getting easier, given improvements of safety features on cars over the last few decades. Ins...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 31, 2024

Forum: solar energy grant progress

More people are seeing the light solar energy offers. Members of the La Conner-based Skagit Valley Clean Energy Cooperative are hoping to see that number grow Saturday after a 10 a.m. forum at the La Conner Swinomish Library. The program explores...

Attendees under the banner in the gym.

Banner night at gym: 1968 grid team honored, Lady Braves win

The La Conner High School girls' basketball team enjoyed a banner night on Friday, routing The Northwest School of Seattle 64-11 in non-league hoops action. So did a group of special guests at Landy...

 By Rosi Jansen    A & E    January 31, 2024
Anna's hummingbird on a willow branch.

A look at Anna's Hummingbirds

The Anna's Hummingbirds are year round residents in this region: They expanded from California and don't have the instinct to migrate south. Their habitat is influenced by humans; they enjoy parks and...

 By Judy Booth    A & E    January 31, 2024
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6th Annual Birds of Fiber exhibit

A quick stroll – if climbing three flights of stairs is a stroll – to take in the newly opened "Birds of a Fiber" and then a treat by spending time viewing the other two exhibits at the Pacific Nor...

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La Conner Birding Festival landing in Maple Hall

There are two full days of all things Skagit Valley birding and beyond at the La Conner Birding Festival this weekend, Feb. 3-4 in Maple Hall. Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday winds up with...

 By Adam Sowards    A & E    January 31, 2024

Skagit Ag Summit gathers experts and farmers

Just as regular as the harvest, the time has arrived for the annual Skagit Ag Summit. It will convene Friday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington State University’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. The meeting is an e...


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