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End of an era: last logs towed out of La Conner

The surreal became all too real last Wednesday as a few locals watched from both sides of the Swinomish Channel and the Rainbow Bridge, witnessing what for decades has been an everyday occurrence...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    March 23, 2022

Ice cream social is town reunion

“I’m seeing a lot of faces I haven’t seen in a long time,” said La Conner Chamber of Commerce board member Tami Mason of Washington Federal as she scooped ice cream last Thursday. From the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 23, 2022

Communicating is sharing and showing up

La Conner residents are invited to a public forum addressing “Growing Pains” in town March 31 at 6 p.m. in the school district’s Bruce Auditorium. The forum is the first effort of the town council’s communication committee to both provide...

 

Swinomish need our support

I found it concerning when I read the recent letters by Mr. O’Donnell on March 9 and by Mr. Elliott on March 16 about taxes paid by Shelter Bay. Anyone buying a home here on leased land is clearly informed that we live here because the Swinomish...

 

Ukraine relief fund recommendation

Dear friends, I want to recommend World Central Kitchens, founded by chef Jose Andres, as an organization worthy of your support for citizens of Ukraine and their abouts. You can find it easily online. It’s been in place for several years. I...

 

The right thing to do

Congratulations to the planning commission for recognizing when a staff report is inadequate and should be ignored. Your vote to reject the Center Street project as too large and too impactful on the neighbors was the right thing to do. Thank you. I...

 
 By Tom Banse    News    March 23, 2022

In timely but unexpected vote, U.S. Senate goes for permanent daylight saving time

NW News Network An abrupt awakening in Congress is raising hopes on the West Coast that last weekend’s switch from standard time to daylight time might be the next to last time we go through the annoying clock change ritual. After sitting on the...

 

Robert (Bob) Lee Olson

Robert (Bob) Lee Olson took his first breath on earth September 18, 1938 in Sayre, PA, and his last on March 11, 2022 in Anacortes, WA. Bob found great pleasure enjoying his love of sky, sea, and...

 

Earl Eugene Johnson

Earl Eugene Johnson was born in Port Bellingham, WA, November 23, 1928. His dad was an auto mechanic and mother was a school teacher, but Earl was destined for a career in sales. Earl is survived by his son, Ronald W. Johnson (Linda Weeks); daughter...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 23, 2022

Sarah Cook is Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Always a versatile player during her four years with the La Conner High School girls basketball program, Sarah Cook regularly filled the team’s stat sheet. Now Cook is filling her personal trophy case with a slew of honors following a stellar senio...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 23, 2022

Braves baseball lose to Darrington

La Conner High School had all bases covered early in its game Friday at Darrington. The Braves just couldn’t bring those baserunners home. La Conner opened the contest by loading the bases with none out. “Unfortunately,” head coach Jeremiah...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 23, 2022

Lady Braves get 2B All-State basketball recognition

La Conner fans know how good their high school girls basketball team is. The evidence is in the selection of La Conner players to the Scoreboard Live 2B All-Hardwood Classic Team and the annual 1B/2B Senior All-State Game in Seattle last Saturday....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 23, 2022

School board proposes new signage and math curriculum

Town officials plan to focus on signage this year, and La Conner School Board members intend to follow suit. Board president Susie Gardner Deyo and Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Director Mick Hoffman conferred on...

 

Tune into La Conner Swinomish Library events

The La Conner Swinomish Library, covered in silver insulation, looks like a jewelry box and adds sparkle to Morris Street. Tiger Construction is doing a great job. Have you noticed how tidy the...

 

Local youth gymnast vaults into state competition next month

A La Conner Elementary School second grader is already a first-class gymnast. Lailoni Edwards, 7, who practices four times weekly at Ground Zero Gymnastics in Mount Vernon, placed second all-round...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    March 23, 2022

New meat processing facility makes Mesman farm more productive

The new Island Grown Farmers Cooperative (IGFC) meat processing facility at the Port of Skagit in Burlington is a dream come true for its 80 regional members, including the Mesman Dairy. Still...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, March 14 4:05 p.m.: Prescription theft – Report of a doctor’s prescription pad being stolen. Fir Island Rd., Greater La Conner. 4:56 a.m.: Car accident – Deputies responded to a semi-truck vs pickup truck accident blocking one...

 

Eggplant Stuffed with Meatloaf

This is an incredible recipe. When cooking eggplant, it is best salted to remove some of the bitter flavor. The meatloaf is just vegetables, spices and ground beef – no fillers. I had only one...

 

Planning commission advises against Center Street apartments

Brandon and Kate Atkinson have a good thing planned for their commercial property behind The Slider Café. But nearby residents and lot owners believe the couple’s proposed multi-family apartment/condo building is too big, too tall, and has...

 

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