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JoAnn Self, La Conner softball coach, leaves legacy

Some people are aptly named. JoAnne Self was not. Her friends – and there were many – insist the late La Conner school district staff member and coach was one of the most unselfish people they knew. Self died Jan. 8 in Sedro-Woolley. Her...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 2, 2022

Salmon bill adding habitat put on hold

On one issue, all in western Washington are agreed. Saving wild salmon runs is a priority. What is not clear cut, as testimony during a virtual State House of Representatives committee hearing indicates, is what sacrifices must be made, and by whom,...

 

President Biden worse than Carter

Kevin McCarthy, the congressional house minority leader, was asked what he thought Joe Biden’s greatest accomplishment in his first year in office was? His answer was that he managed to change Americans long held opinion of Jimmy Carter. Denny...

 

Costs of saving salmon

Gov. Jay Inslee recently patronized the Swinomish and other local Indian tribes drumming up support for the proposed Loomis Act, HB 1838. (Weekly News, Dec. 22) The act is intended to “save salmon” and would impose enormous costs on local farmers...

 

Town council members fill committee assignments

The newly formed La Conner Town Council began laying the foundation for 2022 by finalizing committee assignments and tightening up ordinance language related to hazardous buildings during its one-hour Zoom session last week. New Councilmember Ivan...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    February 2, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Remember the sun? It was out for a bit in mid-January. Then, a weekend turning into a week, and then more, of morning fogs, bringing cold, damp and gloom, the days of fog extending into weeks, bringing more morning cold, damp and gloom. It becomes...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    February 2, 2022

Farmers, fish, trees, cold water

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. – John Muir Here is an editorial aimed to gain agreement from all sides for restoring riparian tree habitat to achieve robust, comprehensive,...

 

Roger Allan Robinson

Roger Robinson passed away peacefully of kidney cancer on Jan. 7, 2022, at his home perched above Rosario Beach near Anacortes, Washington, with his wife at his side. Their children spent Christmas... Full story

 

Helping military families, disabled veterans

It is clear that individuals and families need better options for long-term care. This is especially true in rural communities like ours, where people want the resources to age or take care of a loved one at home. Private insurance used to be an...

 

Delaney Cobbs wins wrestling title at big Othello tourney

A standout La Conner high school wrestler went a long distance to spend a short time on the mat last weekend. But that was a good thing in terms of Delaney Cobbs preparing for big matches ahead....

 

Braves edge Friday Harbor in key basketball road game

Good things are well worth the wait. Just ask La Conner High School boys’ head basketball coach C.J. Woods. Woods, eyeing his team’s Jan. 25 NW2B matchup at Friday Harbor since the start of the season, saw his patience rewarded with a tense...

 

Lady Braves basketball team rolls over Orcas and Mount Vernon Christian

There was no letdown for La Conner after its big mid-week girls’ hoops win at Skyline. The Lady Braves posted a pair of 50-plus point triumphs when they returned to conference action with road dates Friday at Orcas Island and Saturday at Mount...

 

La Conner soars over 4A Skyline, wallops Friday Harbor

The La Conner High School girls’ basketball team is willing to play anyone, anytime, anywhere. For the 2B Lady Braves, that meant a rare Wednesday night tipoff opposite 4A Skyline in Sammamish last week. Despite the unusual game night, a...

 

Channel Lodge offers rooms with views

Following last week’s story on the building of the Country Inn Repeated studies have shown that success breeds success. It’s an equation that added up quite nicely for Rick Thompson and his Countr...

 

Braves lose two league road games

The La Conner Braves had momentum going into weekend conference hoops action at Orcas Island and Mount Vernon Christian, having won a 54-51 thriller against the Wolverines at Friday Harbor Jan. 25. But momentum, in sports, can be a fleeting thing...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, January 24 1:41 p.m.: Hot off rack – Report of a jacket theft worth $185. The caller described the suspect as thin wearing a puffy jacket. S. 1st St., La Conner. Thursday, January 27 12:47 p.m.: Broken window – Report of a cold...

 

School Board adopts new mascot

La Conner schools are big on tradition. And the district’s newest tradition promises to be among the most significant in school history. The bright blue image of an eagle bearing an interlocking L...

 

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

This recipe was a taste test of Purple Brussel Sprouts. We received one stalk through the CSA of Boldly Grown Farms. This recipe was also a new venture of cooking recipes in a basket-type Air Fryer....

 

Town asks $625,000 for library COVID-19 costs

La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes led his dream team of advocates for $625,000 in state funds for the new La Conner Swinomish Library figuratively through the halls of the state government last Thursday....

 

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