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Braves soccer team loses one, salvages tie

The La Conner High boys’ soccer team battled a stiff headwind at Whittaker Field last Tuesday. The Braves also dueled with a physical and veteran Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes club that broke a...

 

Museum displays COVID-19 commemorative quilt

Back in March of 2020, just as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses, isolated families and caused a run on toilet paper, something else a little quieter was taking shape. A group of 16...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 21, 2021

John Doyle new FD 13 commissioner

What is old is new again. John Doyle has retired as La Conner town administrator and planner, but before that, starting in 1992, he was a volunteer firefighter with the then Hope Island Fire Department on the west side of the Swinomish Reservation....

 

Iconic John Wayne yacht runs aground in San Juans

A weekend excursion to the San Juan Islands might be a wrap for the first yacht owned by legendary film actor John Wayne. The 76-foot Norwester, which for several years has been an iconic presence on the La Conner waterfront, ran aground and nearly...

 

A changing climate is deadlier than COVID-19

Once again the Earth has made a full circle around the sun. Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, the 51st anniversary of people celebrating, first, the amazing wonder of what is truly Spaceship Earth, a frail vehicle carrying over seven billion people...

 

A deeper clean

It is a familiar ritual at this time of year, inspired by nature’s obvious cues: The need for Spring Cleaning. The budding flowers and greening trees of the outdoors evoke a desire to revitalize what is inside. We clean out garages and closets,...

 

Business burglaries summary

The Kirmse’s Antiques & Curios store in La Conner was forcefully entered and burglarized over the night of April 3. The suspect broke in during the hours of darkness and took the cash box and a...

 

School buses safe to ride

Dear Parents of La Conner Elementary School: A letter was sent from the elementary school principal stating that La Conner School buses are at greater risk and your child could become infected with COVID-19 on the bus. Your bus drivers would like to...

 

Funeral assistance for COVID-19 deaths

EVERETT, WA – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced April 16 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun accepting applications for funeral assistance for Washingtonians who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Larsen helped pass...

 

Residents cool on lighting school sports fields

The rezone of historic Hedlin’s Ballfield and conversion of the nearly two-acre site along Maple Avenue into a subdivision and park space has been headline news here for more than a year. The land has been bought and sold, but relocating local...

 

The capital budget and local 10th District investments

The 2021 legislative session is quickly coming to a close. The intensity has ramped up as lawmakers in both the Senate and House debate and vote on the state’s three main spending plans: the 2021-23 operating, capital and transportation budgets....

 

Tulip Town Locals Night: onsite visitors once again

This time last year was a different story for our Skagit County tulip farms and gardens. The pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus prevented in person visits to these beautiful flowers, so often a very popular tourist destination. The impact was...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 21, 2021

Braves shut out Coupeville in football rematch

The La Conner High football team was looking forward to avenging its 6-0 season opening overtime loss at Coupeville. Fortunately for the Braves, that opportunity came earlier than expected. And they made the most of it. The Braves blanked Coupeville...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 21, 2021

La Conner netters sweep league foes

The COVID-19 pandemic has scuttled post-season action, but the La Conner High volleyball team is playing like another state title is on the line. Lady Braves head coach Suzanne Marble, who has guided the program to five state crowns, would not have...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 21, 2021

Mark Whitmore is on a journey to save east coast hemlocks

Driving or walking on Flagstaff Lane, off Snee Oosh Road near Kukutali Preserve, or walking the preserve, you may notice white fuzz on the underside of western hemlock tree branches, or you may not....

 

Artists taking on new mediums in natural study

Some Northwest artists have recently learned fairly new techniques to express the changing forms in nature. That means sculptors were painting, painters were sculpting and other new techniques were...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, April 12 1:36 p.m.: Witnessed getaway – Caller witnessed a hit and run non-injury motor vehicle accident. S. 1st St., La Conner. 1:43 p.m.: Speed stoppers wanted – Caller requested extra patrol on Park Street for speeding...

 

Herring Egg Salad

Our good friend to the north, Willie Lane, offered us fresh herring eggs from Sitka, Alaska. Willie is a tribal member of the Lummi Nation and lives in his tribal community. Willie has a generous and...

 

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