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July fourth parade, oh my!

The crowd lining First Street for La Conner’s Fourth of July parade on Monday either stood for the 30-minute event or were seated on benches, in camp chairs, and along curbs. But the best seats...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 5, 2022

Skagit one of 12 state counties with ‘high’ COVID-19 transmission

At least 12 Washington counties have COVID-19 community levels rated “high,” meaning they have had 200 or more new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days based on Washington state Department of Health data. The statewide rate,...

 

Your community newspaper

Five years. Two-hundred-sixty issues. Today’s Weekly News is the 261st printed since I bought this newspaper in 2017. Thank you for reading your community newspaper. This issue starts my sixth year as publisher and editor. Still, as I have written...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 5, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Hatfield was pacing, hopping on and off his bar stool, waiting for McCoy. As soon as his friend sat down, Hatfield flagged the barkeep for double bourbons with their beers and dove into the topic at hand. “Oh, boy, instead of one hornet nest...

 

Stern not civil in editiorial

With your June 26 editorial, you crossed a line Mr. Stern. Referring to former President Trump's supporters, you wrote: "They want a white nation. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans, they want them at least out of the country if not...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    July 5, 2022

New Shelter Bay board members sworn in July 1

New members of the Shelter Bay Board of Directors were issued their oaths of office during a special hybrid meeting July 1. Nancy Shimeall, Dan McCaughan and Judy Kontos, the top three vote-getters in the residential community’s balloting this...

 

Lynn Wallace Weidenbach

Lynn W. Weidenbach, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 8, 2021, at the age of 81. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2022, 4:00 PM at The Vinery, 15806 Best Road, Mount... Full story

 

Town explores funding strategies for new fireboat

There’s a strong current of support for the Town to order a new fireboat to better protect La Conner’s historic waterfront and local marinas. During the June 28 town council meeting, La Conner Hook & Ladder chief Aaron Reinstra and assistant...

 

Artist of waterfront mural in Maple Hall will be honored

You can’t help but notice the striking mural of the La Conner waterfront that’s a permanent fixture at Maple Hall. Christi King, who until recently co-owned Tillinghast Postal & Business Center, and Town of La Conner officials agreed to work...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 5, 2022

Schools forecast smaller enrollment, budget for fall

Fifteen years ago, 650 students attended grades K-12 at La Conner Schools. But this fall only 530 are projected, an enrollment drop that will have a direct impact on the school district’s 2022-23...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 5, 2022

Basketball Coach C.J. Woods takes on school district athletics director role

C.J. Woods has been named the La Conner School District’s new director of athletics after his first year as a teacher and boys’ head basketball coach. The district has been splitting the assistant principal/athletics director position. Woods...

 

Brian Young goes old school with museum typewriter exhibit

Brian Young is helping keep history at our fingertips. He does so with his collection of vintage typewriters – some more than a century old – which he has loaned to the Skagit County...

 
 By Bellamy Pailthorp    News    July 5, 2022

Lummi Nation wins damages for net pen collapse

KNKX Public Radio A legal ruling in Washington state June 21 and an announcement by the Canadian government the same day has raised questions about the future of open water fish net pens in Washington’s waters. In King County Superior Court, a...

 

Town leaders not giving up on securing affordable housing

Affordable housing has long been discussed in La Conner and while it has proved agonizingly elusive, officials have not given up on developing a framework that would allow those who work here to also live here. From embracing the concept of tiny...

 

Fresh Berry Cake

This is a layered cake with berries on the bottom and cake batter on top. Fresh picked raspberries, everbearing strawberries and wild strawberries. The wild strawberries we were gifted from a friend...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Sunday, June 26 9:44 p.m.: Wedding songs – Report of loud music. Music was for a wedding celebration and was turned down shortly after. McLean Rd., Greater La Conner. Monday, June 27 9:00 a.m.: Chicken dinner – Eight chickens were killed...

 

Shelter Bay manager wades into his new position

While travel – especially on water – has long been a passion for new Shelter Bay manager Rick Tanner, the Idaho native is thankful to now lay his anchor in La Conner. “La Conner is...

 

Housing shortage discussed at town growth forum

Housing topped the list for local growing pains needing creative ideas and solutions in La Conner at the June 30 public forum at the Town’s Civic Garden Club. Skagit County Community Action Executive Director Bill Henkel confirmed that demand for...

 

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