Articles from the February 7, 2024 edition

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 By Judy Booth    News    February 7, 2024

La Conner opens Rowing and Paddling Club races

Pink, yellow and white life vests bobbed through the gray waters of the Swinomish Channel as more than 100 people paddled kayaks, outrigger canoes, paddle boards and Hawaiian pontoon boats of equally...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 7, 2024

Swinomish officer has heroic week

Delivering a baby at roadside and rescuing kayakers in distress was all in a week’s work for Swinomish Indian Tribal Community police officer Brian Geer. Geer, who doubles as the Swinomish Emergency Management coordinator, was hailed last week for he...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 7, 2024

Town ends 2023 with record surplus

Largest ever, that is the Town of La Conner $971,884 2023 budget surplus. Councilmembers opened their January packets to find that the $43,947 in sales tax revenue pushed the year’s total to $630,453, 3.5% and $21,272 above budgeted projections. I...

 
 By Adam Sowards    News    February 7, 2024
Snow geese above and in a field

Birding Festival features Skagit's abundance

La Conner became a landing spot for bird lovers last weekend. Drivers and pedestrians passing Maple Hall Saturday morning saw a roving raven drawing attention to the La Conner Birding Festival...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 7, 2024

That hot mess of January: Very wet, very cold, very warm

January’s weather was full of extremes and records. There were four record lows for the day of the month: 10.4 degrees Jan. 12, 9.8 degrees Jan. 13, 14 degrees Jan. 15 and 16.4 degrees Jan. 16. The average daily temperature was below 20 degrees J...

 

The problem with Progressivism

The United States was born out of conflict. Profound disagreement led to a war with tragic losses of life and property for the revolutionaries who put at stake their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. The promise of progress was worth the risk even...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    February 7, 2024

If I Ran the Zoo

It’s heartbreaking to be updated on how many homeless people there are in Skagit County. Fortunately, they are no longer camping out on sidewalks in our towns. I can no longer visit my friend in S... Full story

 

Will La Conner embrace e-buses?

The La Conner School District is among hundreds of districts nationwide examining the feasibility and long-term cost advantages of switching from diesel to electric school buses. Key advantages...

 

Feds pledge $1 billion to deliver 2,700 electric, low-emission school buses

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced $1 billion in funding for more than 2,700 electric and low-emission school buses across 37 states in January. This is a second part of funding of a $5 billion, five-year initiative from the b...

 

Haley best choice for presidency

It occurred to me: If the Democratic Party is warning their membership not to vote for a specific candidate and the MAGA Republicans are pressuring other Republicans not to support that same individual, you likely have one of the most viable presiden... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 7, 2024

Forum tackles solar energy, emergency preparedness

The future is looking brighter for solar energy in La Conner. “You have a big advantage,” Markus Virta, managing partner and co-founder of Cascadia Renewables, told two dozen people attending a community solar storage feasibility study meeting at...

 

Skagit County preserved 425 acres of farmland in 2023

Skagit County’s Farmland Legacy Program permanently protected another 425 acres of prime agricultural soil, with five farmland preservation projects in 2023. Protected farmland in Skagit County now totals 14,750 acres. The largest commitment is A...

 

High school blood drive set for Feb. 23

Want to spread love around Valentine’s Day? Save some lives and donate some blood. A community blood drive will be held at the La Conner High School gymnasium, 404 N. Sixth Street in collaboration between local volunteers and Bloodworks Northwest 9... Full story

 

Presidential primary forum Feb. 12

A forum on how the process of Washington state’s presidential preference primary works, sponsored by the Local Journalism Committee of the League of Women Voters of Skagit County, is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 in Mount Vernon’s PUD conference roo... Full story

 

La Conner slams Hurricanes in key road win

C.J. Edwards scored a season-high 17 points to go along with his usual deft passing in leading La Conner to a convincing 56-39 NW2B/1B boys’ basketball win over Mount Vernon Christian at a packed DeKok Court on Jan. 30. Edwards, the reigning S...

 

Braves point guard C.J. Edwards is Herald Boys' Athlete of Week

C.J. Edwards is used to making his teammates look good, repeatedly feeding them for baskets as the La Conner High School boys’ basketball team’s assists leader. Edwards is looking pretty good himself these days as the Skagit Valley Herald’s Boys’ Ath...

 

Hurricanes blow away La Conner girls

Youth will be served. Sometimes, but not last week. The La Conner High School girls’ basketball team, with several eighth graders in key roles, fell 56-30 to a solid and veteran Mount Vernon Christian lineup before a large Jan. 30 Senior Night crowd...

 
 By Adam Sowards    A & E    February 7, 2024
A bronze sculpture depicts a photo of ravens

Tony Angell blends art and science to explore birds' 'niches of time'

In the Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park, where Tony Angell lives, crows gather in great numbers before flying off to Bothell to roost by the thousands. One reason they do this is for the social...

 
 By Cora Thomas    A & E    February 7, 2024

Anne Schreivogl creates 2024 Poetry Festival poster

Last week the Skagit River Poetry Foundation revealed its 2024 Poetry Festival poster art by Fidalgo Island artist Anne Schreivogl in a ceremony at the La Conner Rotary Club's weekly meeting (Weekly...

 

MoNA unveils 3 new exhibits by women, for kids and at the 'seam'

The Museum of Northwest Art on first Street is brimming with newly opened exhibits and they are free. “Silva Cascadia: Under the Spell of the Forest” features noteworthy Northwest women artists whose works center around the fecund dialogue with trees...

 

WSU Skagit Ag Summit is set for Friday

The annual WSU Extension Skagit Ag Summit is, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington State University’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. No registration needed. Lunch included. This year’s themes are leadership, economic via...

 

Brass Quintent to play at library

Take extra time at the La Conner Swinomish Library this Saturday and find a seat to see and listen to a concert from the Skagit Brass Quintet, an ensemble culled from the Skagit Community Band. The...

 

Hear early music Friday in Anacortes

Classical music on classical instruments dating to the 17th century, including works of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, will be performed by Elizabeth Blumenstock on violin and Tamara Friedman on fortepiano at 7 p.m. Friday. The musicians are Duo...

 

Legal Notices

TOWN OF LA CONNER NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of La Conner will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 on the question of whether or not the La Conner Town Council will assume the powers, functions and...

 

Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Feb. 7: 5-6 p.m. Free Virtual trip to Nepal La Conner Swinomish Library. Teri Goldstein shares images and stories from Nepal. Feb. 8: 3-4 p.m. Chinese New Year’s Craft Help create a dragon to hang in the library window. La Conner S...

 

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