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  • Shelter Bay water line break required boil water advisory

    Bill Reynolds|May 5, 2021

    A large water main break at the Shelter Bay Rainbow Park greenbelt area April 27 forced a temporary boil water advisory in the residential community and emergency repairs to a line apparently threatened by gradual channel bank erosion. Shelter Bay residents were kept informed by multiple phone calls or texts updating them on drinking water conditions. Crews summoned by Shelter Bay officials worked to fill in a cavity created by the heavy loss of water and to stabilize the terrain following repairs. The boil water advisory, issued due to loss...

  • Nicole Barclay-Mosaner new food bank director

    Bill Reynolds|May 5, 2021

    If ever there was a seamless transition, it is the one just finished at La Conner Sunrise Food Bank. New food bank director Nicole Barclay-Mosaner, who assumed the reins on Monday, will provide a common thread while also weaving her own passion for food distribution into the tapestry of what is widely lauded as a uniquely vital community resource. Barclay-Mosaner was tapped from within the ranks of La Conner Sunrise Food Bank to succeed Michelle Havist, who stepped down after 18 months to focus...

  • County and state get COVID-19 Phase 3 pause

    Ken Stern|May 5, 2021

    A reprise came from Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday as he announced a two-week pause on counties movement in the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan, despite almost half the state’s counties exceeding metrics for new coronavirus cases. Inslee again deviated from the state’s guidelines of his reopening plan for Washington’s public and economic health. While Inslee’s news release says, “the decision was made in consultation with the Department of Health, and reflects current data suggesting Washington’s fourth wave has hit a plateau,...

  • COVID status quo, still

    Ken Stern|May 5, 2021

    Americans are indomitable. From sea to shining sea our spirits are resolute and our hopes are high. We want heroes. We want to win every battle and defeat every foe. How can it be that we are entering month 15 of the coronavirus pandemic? We have long looked to Gov. Jay Inslee to lead us out of the restrictions of 25% capacity of seemingly everything and to loosen the yoke stifling businesses, especially on restaurants, which lengthens tourists stays in La Conner. Tuesday Inslee gave the state’s residents and businesses a gift, providing a t...

  • No unrepresentative taxation

    May 5, 2021

    No Taxation without representation. Remember that slogan? It played a big role in the birth of the United States. Even the most reticent history student must know that a representative government, one “… deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” is a central feature of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. However, what has taken place on both the state and federal level since early last year is that the president and many, if not all, governors were handed, by the respective leg...

  • Get vaccinated now

    May 5, 2021

    July 4th is a proposed vaccine deadline for public service personnel. It is time to get vaccinated. Plan ahead and just get COVID-19 contained. Taxes pay for police, military, healthcare, fire, education, ambulance, clerks, judges, all city state and federal workers. No reasons to avoid your work unless you are recovering from an upper respiratory problem on shot day (Best Life). Enjoy working? This is job security. If you have a weak immune system or are in a medical procedure, ask an MD. This free vaccine saves lives above a 90% rate...

  • Musings – on the editor’s mind

    Ken Stern|May 5, 2021

    By the numbers. The cliche is life is a numbers game. Start with 19. COVID-19 stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The year the virus appeared is part of its name. The favorite number for restaurants is 200. The hope has been that new infections would stay below 200 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Skagit County in a two week period. That is one-half the magic combination to allow restaurants to continue to seat inside diners at 50% capacity. The twin metric to beat is five hospitalizations per week. Skagit County has not struck out...

  • A path to healing our divisions

    Father William Treacy|May 5, 2021

    I read with great interest the article of March 22,2021 in The Seattle Times. The headline said, “A Christian Vision of Social Justice.” From previous columns I had learned that the writer, David Brooks, is of the Jewish faith but is very ecumenical, as the article indicates. His approach for division “is based on the idea that we are all made in the image of God. It abhors any attempt to dehumanize anybody on any front.” He then tells us, “Christian social justice emphasizes the importance of memory. Today, many Americans are trying to tell t...

  • Town Council reviews local infrastructure priorities

    Bill Reynolds|May 5, 2021

    Town of La Conner officials made fast work last Tuesday of major capital project priorities that are sure to be years in the making. Technology glitches, which made audio reception iffy at best for much of a 35-minute April 27 Town Council Zoom meeting, shortened discussion of plans related to an array of topics from replacing the aging Channel Drive water main to the long-sought ring dike north of the La Conner schools campus to anticipated state mandated upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant. Channel Drive, an immediate need, garnered...

  • Christine Tripp new assistant principal

    Bill Reynolds|May 5, 2021

    Homecoming at La Conner schools will be earlier than usual this year. That is true, at least, for the district’s new assistant principal and athletics director. School Board members last week hired La Conner alum Christine Bruffy Tripp, currently the principal at Concrete High School, to return to her alma mater starting July 1. The board decision was unanimous, with member Lynette Bruffy Cram – Tripp’s sister – recusing herself from the vote. Tripp previously served an administrative internship at La Conner schools, middle and hig...


    May 5, 2021

    On April 26 our beloved Morrey Cort went on to a new adventure. Morrey loved adventures and was the most fun and enthusiastic nonagenarian you could ever meet. Morrey moved to La Conner in 2007. She lived in Harbor Villa for a number of years until she had to move to Josephine Caring Community in Stanwood in 2018. Morrey became a celebrity there as she was always the life of the party. They even made a promotional video with her as the star, driving around in her scooter. At one time Morrey volu... Full story

  • La Conner High girls’ soccer team shows no quit in loss

    Bill Reynolds|May 5, 2021

    The La Conner-Mount Vernon Christian girls’ soccer match at Whittaker Field Friday afternoon was essentially over within 90 seconds when Lady Hurricane standout Caitlyn Vander Kooy scored the first of MVC’s 13 goals. But a shorthanded La Conner team, minus two injured starters and without any subs, played through the full 80 minutes to the final whistle. “This team has some heart,” said La Conner head coach Christian Warman, who had five eighth graders and a freshman on the field opposit...

  • La Conner High volleyball team wins big on Senior Night

    Bill Reynolds|May 5, 2021

    In a season like no other, the two-time defending state champion La Conner High volleyball team continues to post familiar results. La Conner defeated NW2B rival Coupeville in straight sets on Senior Night at Landy James Gym Thursday, the team’s sixth win in as many outings. The hosts withstood a good start by Coupeville, which broke to a quick 2-1 lead in the opening set, to record a 25-12, 25-14, 25-15 triumph before a supportive home crowd. While Coupeville played well in stretches, the Lady Wolves had no answer for La Conner’s dominant play...

  • Braves defeat Lummi for third straight grid win

    Bill Reynolds|May 5, 2021

    The La Conner High football team saved its best for last at Lummi Thursday night. The Braves (3-1) overcame a slow start to claim their third straight triumph, a 27-6 road victory under new head coach Jeff Scoma and using the Wing-T attack he brought to La Conner this year from the vaunted Bellevue High program. The convincing win at Lummi means La Conner can capture the spring NW2B grid crown by prevailing at Darrington Friday, the season finale for both clubs. Kickoff is 6 p.m. For those into comparative scores, Lummi defeated the Loggers...

  • Library Happenings April 2021

    Jared Fair|May 5, 2021

    Construction Update This past week was exciting for us at the library. After many delays due to the pandemic, we were able to finally secure our final permits and put our project out for the bidding process. This move forward comes after years of behind the scenes work from library staff, architects and project management team. We have been working hard to make this new library a reality as soon as possible. Bid responses are being collected through May 27. For interested contractors, there will be a mandatory pre-bid zoom meeting next...

  • John Wayne’s yacht getting scrapped, not saved

    Bill Reynolds|May 5, 2021

    The Norwester is no more. At least not in the form in which its many admirers throughout Puget Sound are familiar. That is the word this week from a Friday Harbor social media page that has been following the plight of the historic 76-foot vessel since it ran aground near Stuart Island last month. Built in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression, the Norwester once belonged to film legend John Wayne, who was fond of cruising the La Conner area and San Juan Islands. An update posted over the weekend on What’s Up Friday Harbor? and a...

  • April dry with glorious sunshine

    Ken Stern|May 5, 2021

    This April was the driest of three dry years in a row. Only 1.2” fell, 28% less than 2020’s 1.6”. There were eight rain events, grouped April 7-9, when 0.5” fell, and April 24-26, when 0.65” fell. The 0.4” of wet April 24 was the month’s single largest amount. This was the third driest April this century. Rainfall was 61% below the 2.8” 21 year average. Four of the six driest have been since 2015. Six of the 10 driest Aprils have been since 2010. The two weeks in between the rain brought 12...

  • Spanish Rice

    Patricia Aqiimuk Paul|May 5, 2021

    This is a recipe for the Instant Pot. For a stovetop version, refer to my recipe published in 2013 in the La Conner Weekly News. Back then, I was asked to write up a recipe for Spanish Rice, to be included as a recipe handout for the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank. It was one of two recipes I provided to them. You can substitute your salsa preference. Ingredients White or brown rice, 2 cups, rinsed Pace Picante Salsa, ¾ cups Chicken broth, 2 cups Butter, 2 tablespoons Salt, ¼ cup...

  • Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

    May 5, 2021

    Monday, April 26 6:17 p.m.: OKed by dad – Caller reported an ongoing problem with people trespassing from the dike onto her property. The caller said there were two people trespassing today, but they had permission from her father. Best Rd., Greater La Conner. Tuesday, April 27 11:21 a.m.: On her mind – Caller reported a cold theft of jewelry box from her prior residence. Maple Ave., La Conner. Wednesday, April 28 10:08 p.m.: Bad report – Deputies checked on a report of an abandoned vehicle. It was located and was legally...