Articles from the February 24, 2021 edition

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A taste of eating out in La Conner

The Weekly News surveyed all La Conner eateries after their first week of serving sitdown meals, a result of the state now operating under Phase 2 restrictions of the Healthy Washington –...

 

High school sports jump into spring

La Conner High spring sports teams launched their 2021 campaign earlier than usual with practices starting Monday afternoon. Even so, they have some catching up to do. After all, the 2020 season was...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 24, 2021

Drop in county COVID-19 continues

The dramatic February decline in new coronavirus infections in Skagit County continues. After recording 768 cases in January, 211 people have tested positive Feb. 1-22, with over half, 107, the first seven days. Each succeeding week has had half the...

 

County COVID-19 test site closing

The Skagit County drive-through COVID-10 testing site will close permanently after March 12, Skagit Public Health announced Feb. 17. It is closed Saturdays effective immediately, due to low use that day, the County announced Monday. Public Health and...

 

State COVID-19 relief bill: $2.2 billion from federal funds for help

Washington State Journal OLYMPIA — Additional relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is on its way. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Feb. 19, that appropriates $2.2 billion federal dollars to be used for K-12 schools, public health,...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 24, 2021

January was wet, mild

The new year started wet, with 1.3” of rain five of the first six days and 2.1” in 10 of the first 13 days. The month ended the same way, with 1.5” rain six of last eight days. These two periods accounted for almost all of January’s precipi...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    February 24, 2021

Businesses ready to spring up

Gov. Jay Inslee’s made an unexpected gift to the state Feb. 10: the state’s Department of Health found all regions meeting metrics showing control of the coronavirus. Just like that, every county was in Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington – Roa...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    February 24, 2021

Musings - on the editor’s mind

Last week’s editorial offered excerpts from foundational American documents, the bedrock that we stand on as citizens, as Americans. The pledge of allegiance is not codified – it is not legislation. Yet more citizens probably say it more often...

 

If I ran the zoo

While so much of our economy is suffering from COVID-19 these days, there is the beginning of what I believe to be a sea change that is actually stimulating the real estate market in places like La...

 

Yes for working together

As a non-Republican, I applaud Sen. Ron Muzzall for his View From the State House, in the February 10th edition. I am discouraged that no one, it appears, has previously commented or complimented him for his message and mission. He is spot on: we...

 

Thanks and onward

Thank you dear Pope Francis, and Debra, and Rich, and Bill and Fr. Treacy, Ken and the Michael that has come to help us row the boat ashore. We have so much to be thankful for, even when the storm batters our shores. But being thankful is only just...

 

2021 Anacortes Waterfront Festival canceled

Last week the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce board of directors, consisting of community leaders, city officials and Anacortes Waterfront Festival stakeholders, met with Chamber staff to discuss the potential of hosting the festival in 2021. The...

 

Made in Washington: making family-wage jobs

Our state has a diverse economy, and manufacturing plays a key role. Aerospace is what usually comes to mind when we talk about manufacturing – but our state has a rich history across a number of important industries. When our state,...

 

STEPHEN J. CARTER, M.D.

Stephen J. Carter, LaConner resident, died January 29, 2021 at the Skagit Regional Hospital of cardiac arrest. He was born in Spokane in 1942 and graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle, University of Washington, and University of... Full story

 

GEOF BOWSER

Geof Bowser of La Conner, WA died unexpectedly on Monday, February 8, 2021 at the too-young age of 64. Beloved husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, Geof was a commercial fisherman, outdoorsman... Full story

 

MARY CLARE NELSON

Mary Clare Nelson passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021. She was born in Mount Vernon on January 16, 1926, the daughter of Alfred Mozart and Stella Vivian (Dunlap) Nelson. Mary Clare graduated... Full story

 

Council to decide housing density, setback changes

The Town Planning Commission has spent the better part of two years studying ways to alleviate La Conner’s longtime housing shortage. And still the work goes on. “This isn’t the end of the process. This is just part of the process,” outgoing Town Pl...

 

LIBRARY HAPPENINGS

Library Thrift Shop Building on Sale for $1 We are excited to be moving forward in preparing the site for the new La Conner Swinomish Library. The pandemic has dramatically slowed the permit process for new construction. However, we are in the final...

 

Trump’s future looks like to be all downhill but not in a good way: trouble ahead and behind

Today is the best day of Donald Trump’s life. From here on out things can only go downhill. Because of his actions after the November election culminating with the vicious attack on the Capital building, Trump is now so toxic that corporate A...

 

Neighbors, not enemies

For the past few years oligarchs on the right and anarchists on the left have turned father against mother, brother against sister, child against parent, neighbor against neighbor and Christian against Christ. Seems that now 57% of Republicans...

 

Group seeks ballfield property public forum

The game plan for historic Hedlin’s Ballfield on Maple Avenue continues to evolve. The latest pitch is a request by local citizens that the Town Council host a public Zoom meeting and question-and-answer session to present the various concepts for d...

 

First on First coming March 5

March 5 is La Conner’s next First on First Friday. For your family pleasure head to Gilkey Square and “Chalk It Up.” Bring your springtime inspiration and unleash your creativity on a six foot by si...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, Feb. 15 10:33 a.m.: Cold, hard facts – Caller reported a cold theft sometime after the incident. Maple Ave., La Conner. 11:24 a.m.: Larger, hard fact – Caller reported his 2006 Toyota Avalon stolen sometime after the 13th. Maple...

 

Root Vegetable Beef Stew

This recipe I made in a 3-quart Instant Pot. It is easily adaptable for a stove top recipe. Potatoes, onion, carrots and turnips made up my selection of root vegetables. It is also a hearty warm meal...

 

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