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 By Eric Stone    News    July 19, 2022

Ketchikan’s new city and utility manager is from Las Cruces

KRBD Public Radio Ketchikan could soon have a new city manager. Its City Council voted Saturday to start negotiations with Delilah Walsh of Las Cruces, New Mexico, ending a three-month search. Walsh is the utilities director for the city of Las Cruce...

 
 By Meg Holgate    Community    July 19, 2022

Happy birthday to you: Tom Robbins is now 90 years old!

Surrounded by a carefully curated assortment of tiny toys and random delights, Tom Robbins, one of the most engaging writers of serio-comic culture, leans over his keyboard. He is replying to one of...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 19, 2022

Adding to the housing solution

Articles last week in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the New York Times highlighted the causes of homelessness and the needed solution. The west coast headline was “Cause of homelessness? It’s not drugs or mental illness, researchers say,...

 

Encouraging Shelter Bay engagement

Nancy Shimeall We thank the Weekly News for its coverage over the past few months of Shelter Bay events, including several topics of interest and concern to the residents. Your editorial of July 13 regarding elections and the importance of voting...

 
 By Will James    Opinion    July 19, 2022

Swinomish is a place of great healing

Here the Magic Skagit mingles into the Bay, sheltered yet centrally located; Swinomish is a place of great healing. People here enjoy a diverse, continuous and bountiful ecosystem. The soil is rich. Water is always accessible. Food is found easily...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 19, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Hatfield elbowed McCoy only half playfully as the two men jostled to enter the Tav. Inside, they headed to their bar stools to watch the prime time Jan. 6 congressional hearing. They expected it to be a doozy. They found their stools at the bar, and...

 

Dial 988!

May was, and each year is, Mental Health Awareness month. It’s likely that you weren’t aware of that. I wasn’t. But now I am, because of two events. First, was the PBS release of a documentary, “Hiding in Plain Sight.” The second was the...

 

Chamber of Commerce new director search started

For nearly a decade Heather Carter was a regular presence at La Conner Town Council meetings, presenting a monthly Chamber of Commerce report. Carter has moved on to head CASA, the Camano Island animal shelter. In her place, longtime La Conner busine...

 

Arlene Anne (Gannon) Kimbell

Arlene Anne (Gannon) Kimbell (Arly) of La Conner (formerly from Everett), 87, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 8, 2022. Mom was born on April 30, 1935 to Ansel and Mary (Kappel)... Full story

 

Park fish slide needs review from an expert

It likely will take a larger scale operation to fix the popular fish slide at Conner Waterfront Park beneath the Rainbow Bridge. At the July 19 Town Council meeting, Mayor Ramon Hayes and council...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 19, 2022

School board takes long view at retreat

La Conner School board members went on retreat Monday to plan a path forward for the 2022-23 academic year, addressing a wide range of discussion topics – from finances and goal setting to maintenance priorities and student enrollment–...

 

Skagit blueberry growers seek tariff relief

Washington’s congressional legislators are stepping in to help Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties blueberry growers challenged by steep Japanese tariffs on frozen berries, a key export market. Recently, Reps. Rick Larsen (D-Everett) and Suzan...

 

Fire District 13 July meeting hears service calls, hospital transports

Summer has been anything but vacation time for Fire District 13 personnel. Service calls, including hospital transports, have continued to follow a six-month upward trend, chief Wood Weiss told fire commissioners during their regular hybrid meeting...

 

Nelson family speaking at Pioneer Picnic

The many achievements and accomplishments of the pioneer Nelson family and descendants have long been heralded. Now members of that family will punctuate their legacy in Skagit County by speaking at the 118th annual Pioneer Picnic on Aug. 4 at...

 

Summer Cake

Serve with fresh berries and whipped cream. When the fresh berry season arrives in Skagit County, we enjoy this cake often. The vanilla flavor and crunchy edges offers so much more than what we might...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Tuesday, July 12 1:08 a.m.: Furniture fraud – Caller reporting a theft of furniture. Deputies determined this was a civil issue and the furniture was going to be returned. Maple Ave., La Conner. 2:37 a.m.: Driver deceased – Deputies...

 

Nathan Bailey plays in first Native American All-Star baseball game

La Conner High School baseball prospect Nathan Bailey made history last weekend. Bailey was in Atlanta representing the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community at the first-ever Native American All-Star...

 

Five shot at Mount Vernon Walmart

Gunshots were exchanged inside the Walmart in Mount Vernon Sunday, July 17 at 9:50 p.m. The initial investigation from the Mount Vernon Police Department found that a group of 19-year-old males entered Walmart together and had an altercation with a...

 

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