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Helen Price Johnson for state senate

We have an exceptional candidate running this year for state senator for the 10th LD: Helen Price Johnson. If I were to list the qualifications I would want in a senator representing our district, she would fulfill each and every one. Helen is experi...

 

On ending the lockdown

If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, if the light is coming from an oncoming train, you can’t enter the tunnel until the train goes by. Brad Bradford La Conner...

 

JOAN CAROLINE WILBUR "selestel-lot"

Joan Caroline Wilbur selestel-lot was born on June 16th, 1937 in Harrison Mills, BC, Canada. She lived a life filled with prayer, giving, and tradition. Joan’s teachings from her elders have been... Full story

 
 By Renae Paisley    Opinion    May 27, 2020

COVID virus a severe 'bug' strain

I want to say THANK YOU to all of my fellow reasonable and brave free-thinkers. Since the beginning of the COVID scare I’ve felt alone. I choose to live my life in love and rationality, not fear, and so it has been difficult for me to watch as the...

 

Honor the dead, fight for the living

As you read this this during Memorial Day week the number of Washingtonians killed by the coronavirus is surpassing 1,100. Deaths reached 1,000 May 15. The number of confirmed cases in the state is over 20,000. The daily increases, in cases and...

 

Swinomish community holds 75th Memorial Day services

The Swinomish Tribal Community has held Memorial Day services for three-quarters of a century, one of its longest-standing traditions. But Monday’s program at Swinomish Cemetery was like no other....

 

'Dano' Rapada's great birthday party parade

Sally Wilbur kept secret until the last minute a birthday party parade for her 17-year-old son Danny “Dano” Rapada Sunday afternoon. But in that last minute the surprise was revealed to the guest...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 27, 2020

Plans afoot for virtual La Conner High commencement exercises

La Conner High seniors and their parents have fretted for weeks that there may be no graduation ceremonies this year due to the coronavirus. Now there may be two. La Conner Superintendent Dr. Whitney...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    May 27, 2020

If I ran the zoo

Ah, life during a pandemic. This is usually my favorite time of year. Mostly sunny but not too hot. Flowers blooming. Great golf weather. Start of the major league baseball season. My solution to...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 27, 2020

Competitive primary elections coming in August

Multiple candidates filed for several county and state offices by the May 15 deadline, bringing excitement to both Skagit County’s Aug. 4 primary and its Nov. 3 general elections. The Legislative District 10 senate seat and its two state house seat...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    May 27, 2020

Skagit farmers plant, plan in face of uncertain COVID climate

Will restaurants and breweries open again? What about schools? The export market? While farmers are still grappling with big questions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, “we have to...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 27, 2020

Hayes, County's mayors seek early Phase 2 opening

La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes joined a major letter writing campaign last week. And no one had to twist his arm. Hayes, who owns a downtown business closed since the statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy order was issued in March in response to the...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 27, 2020

Skagit County petitions for early Phase 2 reopening

Friday afternoon the Skagit County Board of Health asked Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman for a variance from the state’s Start Safe Plan criteria to allow Skagit County to move forward to Phase 2...

 

Crab and Prawn Salad

Due to COVID-19, the Blessing of the Fleet, was a quieter affair in the Swinomish Tribal Community. Part of the celebration was held last week. Tribal members, lined up in their cars, drove by the...

 

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