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A smaller Blessing of the Fleet last week

One of the biggest local events of the year was scaled back last week due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But despite smaller numbers, it was still a big deal. The annual Swinomish Indian Tribal...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    May 19, 2021

Community aims for full reopening

Yes, there will be a La Conner parade and fireworks show July 4th. With Gov. Jay Inslee reopening Washington statewide June 30, Town Administrator Scott Thomas notified his staff Monday of those plans. La Conner Hook & Ladder is ready to “support...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 19, 2021

We’ve made it, or have we?

We are six weeks away from the ok for the state – and thus Skagit County – reopening to social and economic activity, just like in the old days. Fifteen months after the coronavirus pandemic shut the country down, Gov. Jay Inslee will,...

 

Interrupting the rage machine

Fifty percent of us are chronically lonely in the United States. When we are lonely we might look at Facebook. When we respond to a post on Facebook with a like, love or angry symbol, Facebook logs our response. From enough of these responses the...

 

Just asking: questions

Dear Editor, I have so many questions in my mind, please help me get some answers, I still feel quite blind. 1. How is it that the waterline three miles out of town, became the responsibility of the town to maintain? 2. How is it that the town’s...

 

Democrats start wars

A writer to the Skagit Valley Herald on May 6 claimed to know that Republicans start wars. I wrote the following rebuttal to update him and the Herald readers, which that paper would not print. 1. War of 1812 – Madison, Democrat 2. Mexican War...

 

Town considers curbing traffic offenses, property crimes

Mayor Ramon Hayes acknowledges the Town will have to think outside the box to quell upticks in property crimes and traffic offenses that have coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic. “Crime is on the rise,” Hayes told Councilmembers during their...

 

Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Memorial Day service

The Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Commissioners invite the public to the outdoor Memorial Day service this year, following all COVID-19 safety protocols. The program is held at the Cemetery, 17666 Valentine Road, Mount Vernon. It will begin at 9 a.m....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 19, 2021

School board embraces survey data

La Conner students are daily taught the power of critical thinking. School officials are also embracing that lesson as they begin analyzing data collected from surveys whose input will help shape a draft district strategic plan addressing key...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 19, 2021

La Conner a top U.S. Knowledge Bowl team

The La Conner High School Knowledge program is virtually – and truly – among the best in the country. La Conner’s “Chronically Iliad” team competed earlier this month against...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    May 19, 2021

Christianson’s new farmers market opening

The Skagit Valley Farmers Market at Christianson’s Nursery makes its debut May 30 on a site once central to the pea harvest on the Skagit Flats. The market will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. most Sundays through the summer. The new kid-and-dog-friendly ma...

 

Pioneer Picnic planned for August

The annual Pioneer Picnic in La Conner, a summer tradition here for more than a century, was among the casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. There is optimism that will not be the case this August. Buoyed by the prospect of increased...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, May 10 10:42 a.m.: Cut and run – Caller reported a chain saw stolen from in front of his business. Reservation Rd., Greater La Conner. Tuesday, May 11 1:56 a.m.: Bad owner – Deputies checked on a dog that was reported to be...

 

Looking forward to accountability

Competition is, overall, a good thing. It is what makes our sports interesting, drives our natural environment to constantly adapt and it is also what keeps private enterprise going. It pushes a business to innovate, keep prices competitive and keep...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    May 19, 2021

Mavrik’s big new building allows big new projects

Mavrik Marine’s new building on Pearle Jensen Way is complete. Already the aluminum boat manufacturer is making big progress on new, large-scale projects. The building itself is large scale. About...

 

Bills, budgets and policies: 2021 session

The final gavel on Sunday, April 25 concluded a unique and challenging legislative session in state history. Although sometimes difficult to navigate, by-and-large working remotely during the 2021 virtual session went relatively well. Committee...

 

Bold progress made toward sustainability

The 2021 Legislative Session adjourned on April 25 and the Legislature made progress on many issues that are important to our community. First and foremost, in this historic virtual session, I worked with the Legislature to provide swift pandemic rel...

 

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