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Should the Shelter Bay board resign over the Rainbow Park clearcut?

A January letter to Jack Galbraith, president of the Shelter Bay Community Inc. board of directors calls for his – and the board’s – resignation. The letter, paid for by a couple of residents, asserts the board violated the...

 

Swinomish senate election has two contested seats

This fall’s mid-term elections are already on the minds of voters here and around the nation. For Swinomish Tribal Community members, the 2022 election cycle begins Saturday with two senate races, one involving the 11-member panel’s chairman,...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    February 9, 2022

Aiming for clear, cold water

More people responded to last week’s editorial, "Farmers, fish, trees, cold water," than any other on this page in four-and-a-half years. Their questions showed that none understood that the bulk of the editorial was intentionally left blank. It is...

 

Riparian habitats save salmon

The Jan. 23 article in the Skagit Valley Herald, “Piece of state legislation has its detractors in Skagit County,” reveals deep concerns about how to save our salmon. What is clear is that we must act quickly and move beyond the voluntary...

 

Traditions going forward

Monday I was watching CBS morning news and they did a short piece on a group of quilters in Mississippi carrying on the traditions of creating stories through quilting. It got me to thinking about the traditions we have learned being lost. Many of...

 
 By Tim Hyatt    Opinion    February 9, 2022

Riparian zones benefit salmon

Based on recent opinion pages in the La Conner Weekly News there appears to be a lack of clear or accurate information regarding protections for riparian zones adjacent to salmon streams in general and the Lorraine Loomis Act in particular. Intact...

 

January town sales tax revenues a good beginning

The $41,561 in sales tax revenue reported for January to the La Conner Town Council was the second highest for that month ever, only exceeded by 2021’s $52,155. Receipts for January topped $40,000, also only for the second time, as tourists...

 

Meaningful tax relief / 2022 Supplemental budgets

Washington state has an unusual problem right now: too much money. Soaring tax revenue and billions in federal coronavirus pandemic relief funds have left lawmakers with a robust bottom line as they work to develop and agree upon the state’s three...

 

La Conner volleyball team honored with Waterfront Café dinner celebration

The Waterfront Café has long been hosting a wide range of benefit events for La Conner area residents, from the annual free Thanksgiving Day community feast to a dinner and auction fundraiser...

 

Local youth league receives major donation honoring JoAnne Self

The late JoAnne Self often made a strong pitch for support of La Conner sports teams and their players. Now they will be able to make pitches of their own thanks to a major donation inspired by the memory of the longtime local coach and mentor. The...

 

La Conner girls’ hoop team tanks 2A Tigers

La Conner High School alum Dean Swanson has been around long enough to know about the school’s basketball history. He also keeps tabs on current holidays. The two intersected last Tuesday when the Lady Braves basketball team posted a 63-42...

 

Santo Coyote hosts Daniel Rapada fundraiser

Daniel “Dano” Rapada has earned many admirers over the years for his courage dealing with a slew of major health issues. Now those admirers will have the opportunity to show their support for the Swinomish teen and 2021 La Conner High School...

 

Deception Pass Christmas bird count 2021

I saved a seat next to me in my car so you could go with me to the Audubon Christmas bird count in the Skagit and Island County area., figuratively speaking. This is our contribution to the national...

 

Wilt Chamberlain slept here

Completing the opening of the Country Inn saga. Built on the former site of the misspelled “Town Getto,” the stylish La Conner Country Inn has hosted and provided lodging for some of the country’s biggest names. None bigger, of course, than...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, January 31 10:44 a.m.: Broken windshield – Caller reported their windshield broke while driving. It is unknown if something was thrown at the vehicle or not. Bay View Edison Rd, Edison. Tuesday, February 1 10:12 a.m.: Wine thief...

 
 By Anne Basye    Opinion    February 9, 2022

Farmers faced with farmland tree planting as way to save salmon

For farmers evaluating Governor Inslee’s Salmon Recovery bill, the devil is in the details. Details like what exactly constitutes a Riparian Management Zone and whether the riparian buffers proposed in the now withdrawn HB 1838 will not just target...

 

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetables

Ingredients Chicken drumsticks, 1 to 2 per serving Garlic powder or granules, 2 teaspoons Black pepper, 1 teaspoon Paprika, ½ teaspoon Dried parsley, ½ teaspoon Butter, 1 tablespoon...

 

Farmhouse restaurant now Shawn O’Donnell’s Irish Pub

Folks in and around La Conner are talking turkey these days. As in the signature turkey dinners that have long highlighted the menu at the popular Farmhouse Restaurant 4.5 miles north of town. Its...

 

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