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Arin Magill rejoins food bank as director

The late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who gave away half his concert proceeds to fight hunger, once penned a song entitled “Circle.” Arin Magill can relate. Magill, who helped launch the La...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    June 28, 2022

May Town tax revenues new record high, again

Higher than ever. The Town of La Conner's May sales tax revenues were $69,866, setting oodles of records: the first May report over $60,000; the earliest month topping $60,000 and 20% above the 2021 record of $ 58,287, $11,579 more. Last year the...

 

Beau Montgomery is new town sheriff

Make way for the new sheriff in town. Sgt. Beau Montgomery has succeeded Sgt. Jenny Sheahan-Lee, who retired in May. His position as sergeant at the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office La Conner began...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 28, 2022

Declarations and revolutions

Monday is July 4, our country's 246th birthday. When the Declaration of Independence was read aloud in 1776, it was the first time the public – and people worldwide – heard, "We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of Amer...

 

Reviewing Republican Party history

Poor John Cline; he seems to be unhappy that La Conner Weekly News isn’t in lockstep with the right-wing element of his preferred political party. I don’t know John, but if I did here are a few questions that I would pose to him. Each of these...

 

The Republican Party today

After reading John Cline’s letter of June 22, I reread the June 15 editorial, “Rule of Law or Mob Rule.” I found it interesting that while the Republican Party is never called out, his letter is a full-throated defense of that party and what...

 

Running true to form

I see you're still at it Mr. Stern! Oh, how the liberals love the blame game. Obama blamed Bush. Biden blames Trump. And you sir, as recently as your diatribe June 15, continue to blame Trump for the January 6 incident: "... attempted coup unleashed...

 

Assessing the Republican Party

I read John Cline’s letter in last week’s Weekly News, in which he accused editor Ken Stern of indiscriminately bashing Republicans. I then reread Stern’s editorial. It warned of the danger of mob rule and disrespect for the law. Not once did...

 

Dogs can’t run free

On Sunday, June 26, two unknown dogs came onto our family farm and attacked our flock of chickens on our property. Eight chickens were killed and the dogs disappeared before they could be identified. Please leash your dogs and keep an eye on them....

 

Planning commission hears Center Street complaints

The start of the June 21 La Conner Town Planning Commission meeting, with several residents hound-dogging the coming 306 Center Street condominium proposal conditional use permit decision, was more interesting than the bulk of the 90 minute hybrid...

 

If I Ran the Zoo

I have had the extraordinary privilege of developing a very close relationship with the amazing Father William Treacy, who celebrated his 103rd birthday in May. We met through a non-profit and...

 

Touring music man pulls strings for kids during La Conner performance

Traveling minstrel Topher Holt is no mere one-man band. “I’m my own roadie and sound man,” Holt, 44, told the Weekly News prior to his outdoor concert at the Thousand Trails La Conner RV Resort...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    June 28, 2022

‘Farmstand Fresh’ produce from Genuine Skagit Valley Farms

Genuine Skagit Valley’s Farmstand Fresh campaign is winning applause from La Conner-area participants. The summer promotion seeks to bring visitors to Skagit farmstands between the tulip and fall harvest seasons. When visitors purchase from 16...

 

Typewriters: Once essential tools of the trade

The nightmare scenario for reporters today is watching a nearly completed article vanish from the computer screen, lost in the grasp of cyberspace. Nearly as dire is not receiving time sensitive...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    June 28, 2022

The good old days of writing with typewriters

Learning that the Skagit County Historical Museum has a new exhibit featuring old typewriters, “Hunt and Peck,” I assigned news staffers Bill Reynolds and Marissa Conklin to meet me Friday afterno...

 

Salsa

This is a water bath canning recipe for half-pint jars. I use the Instant Pot to prepare the tomatoes. I also use a hand-cranked food mill to finish processing the tomatoes. 20 medium tomatoes...

 

Pioneer family member gets Community Champion award

Having spent decades devoted to feeding the hungry, Virginia Good-Vlahovich found herself on the receiving end of praise at the annual “Leaders Inspiring Leaders” forum at Skagit Regional Airport...

 

Skagit Count Police Blotter

Sunday, June 19 12:04 p.m.: Attempted prowl – Report of someone attempting to break into a vehicle in the apartment complex parking lot. The prowler did not get into the vehicle. Maple Ave., La Conner. Monday, June 20 3:14 a.m.: Abandoned RV &n...

 

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