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Mavrik Marine’s MV Dorado has left the building

The 320-passenger jet ferry MV Dorado rolled out of Mavrik Marine last week for a brief excursion to Anacortes. The La Conner boat builder is contracted by California’s Water Emergency...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 23, 2022

Indoor mask mandate ends statewide March 21

Wearing masks indoors will no longer be mandated by Gov. Jay Inslee come March 21, he announced last week. That decision is based on the data, showing dropping hospitalization rates, improving vaccination rates, and broad access to masks and tests,...

 

Smart, with a heart

Wow, what a time to be alive, so much to see and experience, a worldwide pandemic, international tensions, inflationary pressures again causing our hands to be out to the legislature, thank you, please. Please dear benevolent overlord, can’t you ap...

 

Promoting our special town

I am sure a marketing “icon” in Gilkey Square was proposed for the best of reasons, but it strikes me as wrong-headed in a number of ways: Goal. It’s been suggested to me that the icon will provide a great place for visitor photo ops. If...

 

Love La Conner

The quaint town of La Conner has drawn people from the world over. The Skagit Valley, on the whole, is a very special place. The location, climate and the beautiful vistas that come with the changing seasons bring people here every year. What vision...

 

Sculpture possibilities

What a good idea to have a marketing icon for La Conner! And kudos to First on First committee for putting in the thought, time and energy. But we must be careful that the design is reviewed well so we don’t end up like Mount Vernon with an icon...

 

Bravo arts and parks commissions

Thank you to the voice of reason presented by the arts and parks commissions regarding the placement of a giant “Love La Conner” sign in Gilkey Square! I am baffled that anyone would want to change the character of our charming square by...

 

If I Ran the Zoo

Okay, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes as a journalist, you gotta tell it like it is, especially when people’s lives are at stake. The coronavirus ain’t going away. The...

 

Stop election lying

Senate legislative proposal SB5843 does not have sufficient support to pass the Washington Senate and be sent to our representatives for consideration. SB5843 would have made it a crime for elected officials and candidates to willfully lie about elec...

 

Trump’s classified documents

I am no fan of the Clintons. Hillary Clinton’s nomination by the Democratic Party in 2016 was, I believe, an act of cosmic stupidity. She was and is one of the most unpopular politicians in the nation. Let us not forget that Clinton was secretary...

 

Residents rising up in Shelter Bay

This is in regards to the Feb.9 Weekly News article, “Should the Shelter Bay board resign over the Rainbow Park clearcut?” While we appreciate and applaud your efforts to enlighten our community by your article, we also need to correct your...

 

Supporting Washington businesses and families

Like you, I’m concerned about the rising cost of food, consumer goods and household essentials. While the economy as a whole has improved and unemployment is low, many local families are still struggling to pay the bills. While some of the price...

 

Regionals next after La Conner wins district

The La Conner High School girls’ basketball team took care of business in Coupeville last Thursday. As expected, the team (20-1) breezed to the Northwest 2B District title with a dominant 70-19...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    February 23, 2022

‘A Precarious Edge’ opening at MoNA

La Conner artists Meg Holgate and Steve Klein have joined together to present “A Precarious Edge,” their exhibit opening at the Museum of Northwest Art Saturday. As successful artists do, they hav...

 

Cobbs places second at state wrestling tournament

To be the best, you need to face the best. That’s something La Conner High School senior wrestler Delaney Cobbs understands after having gone to the mat four times this winter with one of the elite grapplers in state history. Cobbs and...

 

Braves lose to Ilwaco and end their season

It was a long and winding road that the La Conner Braves took to extend a basketball playoff drive that began in Coupeville last week with post-season wins over Friday Harbor and Auburn Adventist. That road ended at Long Beach, more than 200 miles...

 

Snapdragon Flats: Apartments planned for north Park Street

New apartments are planned for La Conner in a perhaps unlikely place. C.J. Ebert of Harbor Mountain Development plans to build two three-unit apartment buildings at the base of Snapdragon Hill on...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    February 23, 2022

Water, agritourism, solar farms, growth probed at annual Ag summit

Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen got the first word and Congressman Rick Larsen the last at the 6th annual Ag Summit hosted by Washington State University Skagit County Extension Feb. 11. The hybrid event, with lunch for those attending...

 

Lorraine Loomis salmon habitat bill will now be a 2023 priority

The late Lorraine Loomis is gone, but not forgotten. Nor is the salmon habitat restoration legislation bearing the name of the longtime Swinomish leader, though it stalled in Olympia after public hearings in January, joining the vast majority of bill...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Sunday, February 13 2:17 p.m.: Took walking out option – Deputies responded to a reported trespassing. Deputies contacted a female who had already been trespassed from the hotel. Deputies told the female that she would need to leave, or she...

 

Vehicle fire Sunday at Swinomish Village

It was a hot time in Swinomish village Sunday. And not in a good way. Before 2:30 p.m. firefighters and law enforcement rushed to a van engulfed in flames in front of garages on the waterfront at the...

 

Red Cabbage

Love eating the colors of the rainbow. Love combining fruit with vegetables for a tasty dish. I leave a bit of crunch in many of the vegetables I cook. This is a simple recipe that includes any...

 

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