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Scott Thomas interviewing for Ketchikan city job

Town Administrator Scott Thomas is one of five finalists for the top managerial post in Ketchikan, Alaska, the Weekly News learned on Monday. Thomas, an attorney who for more than two decades has served as city attorney for four cities in Washington...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 13, 2022

New library story pole speaks volumes to community spirit

Swinomish master carver Kevin Paul's latest work, a carved and painted thematic totem story pole was installed near the new La Conner Swinomish Library entrance July 7. “It’s really a...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Getting ready to vote

Another election season – year – is underway. Ballots are in the mail for the Aug. 2 primary. Your best ballot casting options are the county drop boxes at the La Conner Regional Library on Morris Street and on the Swinomish Reservation...

 

Recalling old typewriter days

I enjoyed the typewriter articles by Ken Stern and Bill Reynolds in the June 29 issue of the paper. They made me a bit nostalgic about my old Adler portable, which, having poor handwriting, I used during college but for years afterward too for...

 

Special Skagit County

I had a conversation this week that lingers in my thoughts. It was with one of our popular local young farmers. She and her husband rent their farmland and live in a rented house that is only affordable due to family connections and the generosity...

 

Still trying to figure out: Where is America going?

I’ve experienced some of the upsets that America faced over sixty years ago. It was 1960, a presidential election year. Richard Nixon was the Republican candidate and John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, was the Democrat. The foundation for the election...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 13, 2022

Primary election voting starts

Ballots were mailed today to Skagit County voters for the Aug. 2 primary elections, starting the 18-day voting period. The only offices contested by multiple candidates in Skagit County are for U.S. Senate, 2nd Congressional District and secretary of...

 

State finds Southern Resident killer whales are ‘vulnerable’

OLYMPIA – With numerous whales in poor body condition and several pregnancies reported, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued an emergency order June 30 requiring commercial whale-watching vessels to keep at least one-half...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    July 13, 2022

County sold home prices up again

The prices of the 36 homes and condos sold in Anacortes in June make it again the county’s highest residential market, with the $810,000 median price close to April’s after a dip last month. The 190 homes and condos sold in June in Skagit County...

 

Nelson family named Pioneer Family of the Year

For more than a century, members of the pioneer Nelson family have been outstanding in their fields. The Nelson family has been selected as the 2022 Skagit County Pioneer Family of the Year. The...

 

Billiken Club will be honored at Pioneer Picnic

The historic Billiken Club of La Conner, founded more than a century ago, will be recognized as one of four Spirit Award recipients at the 118th annual Pioneer Picnic on August 4. As far as the Billiken Club is concerned, Janna Gage of Seaport...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 13, 2022

Dustin Swanson is new Stanwood basketball coach

Dustin Swanson is the new head coach of the Stanwood High School girls’ basketball team. Swanson was the La Conner High School assistant basketball coach. Swanson, from a pioneer La Conner family,...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    July 13, 2022

‘My Otherland’ film and panel shared people’s real lives

Is there any greater achievement for any of us than to become – that is, know and embrace – one’s core self? The tagline of the film “My Otherland” is “a story about being yourself.” The perhaps 400 people filling the Lincoln Th...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    July 13, 2022

County residents want agritourism on ag land

In the ongoing discussion around whether and how to permit agritourism activities, Skagit County residents believe preserving the county’s rural character should be a top priority. In a spring 2022...

 

Grilled Steak with Basic Rub

Select your steak. I chose a one pound two ounce grass-fed strip loin steak. To grill, I used an electric grill, two sided, from Pampered Chef. To oil the grill, I used a pastry brush and Safflower...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Tuesday, July 5 5:02 a.m.: Toilet fireworks – Report of juveniles lighting off fireworks in a port-a-potty. Swinomish Tribal Police checked the area and they were gone. Similk Beach, Greater La Conner. Wednesday, July 6 8:04 a.m.: Sunk at...

 

Highland Games back last week

Danny Hagen’s race for Skagit County Assessor is not his only pursuit these days. The Shelter Bay resident competed in this year’s Skagit Valley Highland Games at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon...

 

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