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 By Ken Stern    Community    April 7, 2021

Tulip tourism in full bloom

No fooling: the Tulip Festival season is here. A week into April, it is for sure: The month long Skagit Tulip Festival has blossomed. Flower fields unfold in every direction this year, south, north...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 7, 2021

First Saturday mingled music on boardwalk

Town Councilmember and First on First advocate John Leaver summarized the group’s April 3 first Saturday effort as “mixed results, partially due to somewhat chilly weather as well as a reduced...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 7, 2021

$71,000 is Town profit on Hedlin property

Good news. The profit will be about $71,142 to the Town of La Conner in its sale of the Hedlin Maple Avenue ballfield property. Incomplete reporting resulted in an inaccurate story in the March 31 Weekly News, when the headline cited $20,000. Add to...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 7, 2021

A Town housing alternative

There is no alternative. — Margaret Thatcher Dan Armland’s family had been around so long it was sometimes difficult for newcomers to Ma Donner to know where his farm property ended and the town’s boundary began. The ballfield on which...

 

Skagit County funds rent and utility assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

Skagit County announced another round of assistance funds with the availability of $8.9 million in rent and utility assistance for Skagitonians impacted by COVID-19 April 2. This grant was provided by the Washington State Department of Commerce and f...

 

Many thanks for FD 13

I really want to say that the public relations and outreach Fire District 13 continues to provide to our Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has not only been creative but it has nurtured our Spirits too, throughout 2020 and continues in 2021. For...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 7, 2021

Will Nelson is La Conner’s new school superintendent

Will Nelson is a new face in town. But it will not be long before his will be a familiar face. Nelson, chosen last Wednesday as the new superintendent of La Conner Schools, plans to be a visible...

 

JAMES OWEN LOCKREM SR.

James Owen Lockrem Sr, 61, passed away from cancer at his home in La Conner, WA surrounded by his family on April 1, 2021. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 28, 1959 to Richard and... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 7, 2021

New youth sports site an adult team project

The first pitch of the last season of youth baseball at historic Hedlin’s Ballfield has yet to be thrown, but game plans are already being developed for next year. At least in terms of securing a new sports venue in 2022. Spring practices have...

 

House debating state budgets

My greatest priorities for the 2021 legislative session are to support economic development and recovery in rural communities, promote sustainable environmental and economic health and support families and those hit hardest by the pandemic and recess...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 7, 2021

La Conner track, softball teams finish strong

The La Conner High track and field and softball teams made up for lost time in big ways last week. After having their entire 2020 schedules shelved by COVID-19 and losing two weeks this season due to positive virus test cases, the two local school...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 7, 2021

Braves baseball season ends with twin setbacks

They say 90 per cent of success is just showing up. The La Conner High baseball team, sidelined for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, reached the 90 per cent mark this spring with a rebuilt young roster loaded with eighth graders and freshmen. The next...

 

Local churches rise above pandemic to worship Easter

For the second straight year La Conner churches found a way amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to celebrate the miracle of Easter. Historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church, one of the oldest parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle; La Conner United Methodist...

 

Butter Clam Chowder

Clams and other foods from our area waters are eaten at every opportunity in my home. These Butter Clams were dug by Ben James, who is also known as “Ben Jammin” or “Ben be Jammin” as in...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, March 29 3:26 p.m.: Geese were here – Report of people parking on the roadway taking pictures of the geese. Best / Calhoun Rds., Greater La Conner. 7:42 p.m.: Rainbow rumor – Report of people walking “on top” of the rainbow...

 

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