Articles from the April 17, 2019 edition

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Keep Kirsch property

I also think the Town should keep the Kirsch property. Once the publicly-owned waterfront is gone it is gone for good. I would think between Town, county, state and feds, working together to save the jewel of the county and state, enough money...


Thanks for ongoing library support

Dear La Conner Community, Our small but mighty community came through with gusto on the first Library Giving Day, April 10! You raised $47,475.69 for the new library project, and that includes a $25,000 matching gift! Could we reach $50,000 by the...

 By Terry Nelson    Opinion    April 17, 2019

Grant nature rights

I am concerned with the future of our community, especially in regard to sea level rise. Given the science regarding climate change it seems likely that in as few as 100 years sea levels will have risen around 3 ft at a minimum and it is my...

 By Ken Stern    News    April 17, 2019

Town Hall closed through Thursday to remove mold

Town Hall will be closed through April 18. That was the surprise agenda item at La Conner’s April 9 Town Council meeting. The closure dates were announced on the Town’s website April 10. Mold in t...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 17, 2019

Swinomish celebrate opening of newly expanded dental clinic

There was a time, not all that long ago, when dentistry on Swinomish Reservation was conducted in a single-wide trailer by young practitioners using outdated instruments. Tribal officials today like...

 By Ken Stern    News    April 17, 2019

Coupeville crowd adamant against jet noise

COUPEVILLE — The U.S. Navy is moving full steam ahead to bring 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft to its Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, having rejected every request for studies, mitigation and...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 17, 2019

Rain doesn't dampen enthusiasm for Impromptu Parade

It wouldn’t have been a Tulip Parade without some wind and rain. Fortunately, there was much more in the forecast here on Saturday – at least in terms of colorful entries that lightened even t...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 17, 2019

Wheelchair-bound speaker has uplifting message for La Conner students

Todd Duitsman remembers the exact minute he went from being an active sports-oriented realtor and businessman to a paraplegic bound to a wheelchair. He was, both literally and figuratively, riding a...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 17, 2019

Braves grid team enjoyed banner 1968 season

While searching for photo albums and scrapbooks prior to a recent family reunion, former Pleasant Ridge residents Jim and Kay Frey came across an unexpected gem. It was a plain, parcel-sized envelope...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 17, 2019

Your contribution to La Conner's affordable housing

A primary theme at last week’s joint Town Council-Planning Commission meeting was housing – densifying, increasing the housing stock and getting more units on lots. The subtext in the discussion was affordable housing: how to get folks on gro...



Donald Richard Henkle passed away peacefully at age 90 in La Conner, WA on April 6, 2019 after an eight year battle with multiple myeloma. Don was born in Auburn, WA and grew up in Seattle with his parents, Tolly Henkle and Marion (Hostetter)... Full story


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