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State invests over $5.3 million in Skagit County

The $640,000 the state invested in the La Conner Swinomish Library, is only the project closest to home for greater La Conner residents. Before the state legislature adjourned its 60 day session March 10, it passed three budgets: capital, operating...

 

Town of La Conner passes resolution in support of Ukraine

Late U.S. House speaker Tip O’Neill famously said that all politics is local. La Conner town officials have taken that adage a step farther with the council unanimously adopting an impassioned...

 

Council adjusts budget, appoints Bucy to parks commission

The March 8 La Conner Town Council meeting covered a lot of ground. Member MaryLee Chamberlain reported the newly formed communications committee is making progress. “We’re currently planning a public workshop or forum to increase the general und...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 16, 2022

The headache of the new normal

Humans are so resilient. After early shocks to us, individually or collectively, humans find a new equilibrium, developing a new normal. If the disruption is not too great, say a coronavirus pandemic, kids, teachers, businesses, fire fighters and...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 16, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

We got a gift Sunday morning, at the start of daylight savings time – bright sun and a springlike breeze. Ah, that sun. It is clearly moving north, heading for next week’s equinox. Its journey will take it both higher and farther into the...

 
 By Jaqui    Opinion    March 16, 2022

That truth prevails in Ukraine

Introduction: As John Leaver wrote last week of his family members (still) in Kyiv, we all live in an internationally connected world. We here feel Ukrainians’ pain as TV and the internet bring their lives home to us. “Why?” being my favorite...

 

Tribe taxes wrong, shameful

Kudos to La Conner resident Dan O’Donnell for his persistent and astute analysis of local and county financial matters, especially regarding taxation (letter, March 9 Weekly News). The Swinomish taxation of Shelter Bay “improvements” –...

 

Center Street project: Listen to the people

We, the citizens of La Conner, elect a mayor and a town council. The mayor appoints a town administrator and a planning director. Regarding the oversized and imposing 20 unit development proposal in the 300 block of Center Street, Town Planner...

 

Mount Vernon Division Street Bridge repairs underway

MOUNT VERNON – Drivers traveling across the Skagit River using the Division Street bridge on State Route 536 will see an unusual site for another week – barges in the water. Contractor...

 

Residents criticize commissioners: County’s Shoreline Management Program is lacking climate change plans

On March 1, at a public hearing before the Skagit County Board of Commissioners, representatives of several organizations expressed concerns about the absence of references to climate change and sea level rise in the February 2022 draft Shoreline...

 

Town council hears plea for downtown security camera

Law enforcement and crime prevention has been a major town government topic since onset of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. A new outdoor security camera in La Conner’s downtown historic preservation district might focus the town’s answer....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 16, 2022

MVP Sarah Cook, La Conner teammates dominate All-League hoops team

Sarah Cook has consistently recorded big numbers for the La Conner High School girls’ basketball team, filling the stat sheet with points, rebounds, assists and steals. It was a no-brainer when it came time to vote for top post-season honors. Cook...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 16, 2022

La Conner wrestler pins down top Herald honor

Top youth wrestler Delaney Cobbs did not let potential success slip through her grasp despite La Conner High School not having a mat program of its own. Cobbs was able to compete at the high school...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 16, 2022

Principals report to the board

The La Conner School Board accepted a donation of 900 COVID-19 rapid tests from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community valued at $7,000 at its Feb. 28 meeting. “This is a huge deal,” Board President Susie Deyo said. “We really want to thank the...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    March 16, 2022

Ring Lane acreage now protected from development

When Jens Peder Nielsen came to La Conner from Iowa with the Hulburt family early in the 20th century, land was on his mind. Soon J. P. Nelson, as he began calling himself, was using earnings from...

 

Fire District 13, Swinomish Tribe recruiting CERT members

Local emergency response volunteers will sport less gray hair if a recruitment drive by Skagit County Fire District 13 and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is successful. An effort by the tribe...

 

Inslee visits innovative programs in Skagit County

The expansion of homeless shelter services in Skagit County is on the horizon. Gov. Jay Inslee toured Skagit First Step Center March 7 to hear Mayors Steve Sexton and Jill Boudreau’s pitch for...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    March 16, 2022

Library gets $640,000 from state to finish job

It was one bullet point in Rep. Dave Paul’s, D-Oak Harbor, list of projects the state Legislature funded in the 10th legislative district: “Over $640,000 to complete construction of the La Conner Swinomish Library,” noting “La Conner will...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, March 7 11:24 a.m.: Tied up cows– Concern for some cows tied to a fence. Moore Rd., Greater La Conner. 1:15 p.m.: Vehicle prowled again – A vehicle was broken into for a second time. Multiple items were taken and the caller...

 

Irish Soda Bread

About 40 years ago, I baked this bread on a regular basis. I am bringing it to Aqiimuk’s Kitchen in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. My first loaf in 40 years looks a bit rustic but it rose...

 

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