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Opening Day boat parade a windy sail

It did not rain on the Swinomish Yacht Club’s boat parade Saturday afternoon. But it sure was windy. Fortunately, the dozen or so vessels comprising the opening day flotilla on Swinomish Channel wer...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    May 10, 2022

Farmland Legacy Program fends off residential development threats

Fully Contained Communities (FCCs) may have Skagit County residents on edge, but they are not the most significant threat to local farmland. The real villain? Low-density residential land use. According to the American Farmland Trust, 11 million...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 10, 2022

Apartment expansion in the Valley

Good news is building around the Skagit Valley for commitments to construct apartments. In Anacortes, the Arts Festival organization will build apartments above the O Avenue Anacortes Cinemas it has purchased and will develop into a performing arts...

 

The 'New Normal' requires our empathy

The expression “new normal” has increasingly felt like a meaningless phrase. With each new shift in the experience of the novel coronavirus pandemic, what we thought we knew had to be relearned and what served as guidance or best practices often...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 10, 2022

Declining student enrollment forcing La Conner Schools budget cuts

The La Conner School District’s population has increased over the past decade but projected declines in student enrollment this fall is forcing tough budget personnel cuts ahead of the 2022-2023 academic year. La Conner School Board members dealt w...

 

Marketing icon protests repeats La Conner history

La Conner is all about history – all the time, it often seems – perhaps because the trend here is for it to constantly repeat itself. A case in point is the controversial promotional sign, or “marketing icon” in modern parlance,...

 

MARIAN ROPER

La Conner resident Marian Roper passed away peacefully after a very full life, at age 96. Born at home in Camas, Washington, she grew up on a farm next to Lacamas Lake, was an avid swimmer and became... Full story

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    May 10, 2022

Skagit sold home prices still climbing

Median sold home prices continue to climb in Skagit County, to $592,500 in April and up 12% for 2022, NWMLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service) data show. Anacortes prices, at $800,000 for 33 homes, again vastly outpace all other areas. Mount...

 

14,000 acres in county Farmland Legacy Program

Since 1996, the Skagit County Farmland Legacy Program has sourced $23 million in compensation to farmer-landowners for the permanent protection of 13,870 acres of agricultural land. The $34 million spent over the past 25 years includes $13.5 million...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 10, 2022

Skagit County COVID-19 cases update

Coronavirus disease transmission level in Skagit County is rated high on the May 9 update on the federal Centers for Disease Control website. Skagit County Public Health’s May 4 update, with April data, stated the county “has moved to a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 10, 2022

La Conner youth teams now on school campus

La Conner youth league teams made an adjustment this spring. The teams had to shift venues after last year’s sale of Hedlin’s ballfield on Maple Avenue. Youth practices and games are now on the La Conner schools campus. The transition has...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 10, 2022

Best in track go to Coupeville district meet

La Conner High School track teams are picking up the pace as the season’s finish line looms ahead. Some dozen La Conner athletes compete in district trials at Coupeville this Saturday. Winners quali...

 

Firefighters fundraiser dance coming to Maple Hall May 21

Dancing shoes and a fire boot will help folks put their best foot forward for the La Conner Firefighters Association dance fundraiser May 21 (6-10 p.m.) at Maple Hall. Proceeds from “Stop! Dance! &...

 

Spot Prawns

This recipe is much simpler than the recipe I wrote for this column in July 2016. I believe it’s quicker. You use live spot prawns. Keep them on ice until ready to cook. I cooked up two pounds of fr...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Sunday, May 1 6:02 p.m.: Padilla Bay Prowl – Caller had their vehicle window broken at the South Padilla Bay Trailhead parking lot. Clothing items and snack food were taken. Bay View Edison Rd., Bay View. Monday, May 2 8:21 p.m.:...

 

Shelter Bay candidates for board hold election forum

Shelter Bay board of director candidates offered a daunting mix of current issues and future goals requiring creative problem-solving and long-range planning during a two-hour April 27 virtual forum. About 100 homeowners from the residential...

 

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