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 By Ken Stern    News    July 22, 2020

All LD 10 legislative seats are completely competitive

The Washington State Legislative District 10 is one of the few competitive districts in the state this election. The Position 1 seat has four Democrats and one Republican hoping to replace retiring...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 22, 2020

Swinomish have fond farewell for Whitney Meissner

Former La Conner Schools Superintendent Dr. Whitney Meissner received a warm send-off, symbolized by receipt of a Pendleton blanket, during a farewell ceremony at the Swinomish Pavilions Thursday...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 22, 2020

School board will pass budget July 27

Rich Stewart hasn’t had the luxury of easing into his new job as interim Superintendent of La Conner Schools. Just two weeks into his role as the school district’s lead administrator, Stewart on Monday night led a video-conferenced budget study...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 22, 2020

Bill Bruch aims for Republican win

Bill Bruch knows all about changing tides, having resided nearly half his 16 years in La Conner aboard a converted U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cargo ship and fireboat on Swinomish Channel. Now he...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 22, 2020

Dave Paul for Democratic return

It didn’t take Dave Paul long to make his mark in La Conner once he arrived in Olympia at 2019’s legislative session as a new state lawmaker. Within weeks, Paul, an Oak Harbor Democrat, teamed...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    July 22, 2020

La Conner’s museums still here but only visits are online

Local fiber artists used to work on their projects over coffee every Friday at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum. Now they check in from as far away as Hawaii and New Mexico. When the Museum closed on March 18, the group shifted to...

 

New: Taste Farmstand Fresh program

Genuine Skagit Valley has launched “Taste Farmstand Fresh” to support Skagit Valley farm stands and farm stores. Shop participating farm stands and sign up for virtual “kitchen inspiration” – free 15-minute Zoom presentations offered by...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 22, 2020

Our stressed community

At the start of month five of responding to the coronavirus pandemic in Washington state neither the news nor the prognosis is good. Skagit County has recorded 117 cases since July 4 and 223 cases since it moved into Phase 2 June 5. A two week total...

 

Proactively managing change in Skagit County

By: Bev Faxon When Home Rule Skagit promoted a charter form of county government in 2018 to replace the commissioner system, opponents countered, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” The two incumbent commissioners running for office opposed a...

 

Burn Ban begins July 24

A modified burn ban for all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County goes into effect 12 p.m. Friday, July 24, and continues until further notice. Skagit County will no longer issue permits for these activities and existing...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    July 22, 2020

Frank Handy makes good: Head of Position Music

A major West Coast music industry leader had his first jam session in La Conner. Only it was one that gave little hint Frank Handy would later rise to a top executive position with Los Angeles-based...

 

Unhinged attack

This is a rebuttal to Councilman John Leaver’s July 15 letter, which contained egregious falsehoods about Bill Bruch, a Republican candidate for a Legislative District 10 House seat. Bruch never managed the Pier 7 building in his role as a...

 

Dave Paul for 10th Legislative District

I am responding to the July 15 letter titled “Bruch for House” which is a grenade tossed over the transom. Facts do matter. The writer claims that Senate Bill 5395, an act relating to requiring comprehensive sexual health education, was...

 

Ron Wesen for county commissioner

Why Ron Wesen for County Commissioner? Again! First and foremost, why the heck not. He has done a great job serving Skagit Valley in every aspect of his Commissioner role. More, Ron is a genuinely good man who believes strongly in advocating for...

 

Vote Lundsten for change

Once upon a time, the citizens of Skagit County could rely on a government that operated by inertia. We could be comfortable thinking that our problems were long term and would work themselves out sometime in the future. Well the “long term” has...

 

Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Aqiimuk’s Kitchen Food Editor, [email protected] The varieties of salads that can be created from our garden are amazing! You might be tempted to immediately eat these peas as you pick them....

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, July 13 11:37 a.m.: Who hit whom? – Deputies made contact with two vehicles at the Pioneer Market involved in an accident. No damage was observed and all parties went on their way. Morris St., La Conner.Monday, July 13 11:37 a.m.: Who...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Tuesday, July 14 10:50 p.m.: Up in the sky – A family was inside their van legally parked watching a comet in the sky. Bay View Edison Rd. and SR 20., Greater La Conner.Tuesday, July 14 10:50 p.m.: Up in the sky – A family was inside...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Wednesday, July 15 8:13 a.m.: Farm sounds – Caller reported quads being ridden in the blueberry fields too early in the morning. It was farm worker working in the fields. No action taken. Summers Dr. / Bradshaw Rd., Greater La...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Wednesday, July 15 8:06 p.m.: Logs happen – Logs were reported in channel and blocking. Swinomish PD advised the logs came from their side and would handle. A marina, N. 2nd St., La Conner....

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Wednesday, July 15 8:33 p.m.: Deja logs – Same as above. A marina, N. 2nd St., La Conner....

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 22, 2020

Skagit County’s COVID-19 numbers keep climbing

None of the COVID-19 numbers Skagit County Public Health is reporting daily are good and neither are the trends. Skagit County reported 31 cases in the Friday-Monday period, with 21 Monday....

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Thursday, July 16 4:08 a.m.: A boulder? – An unknown person threw a boulder at the caller’s boat causing damage. Unknown amount of damage at this point. No known suspects. S. 1st St., La Conner.Thursday, July 16 4:08 a.m.: A boulder? –...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Thursday, July 16 9:05 a.m.: Owner unleashed – Caller reported the neighbor’s dog killed their chickens three times, recently. A potentially dangerous dog hearing will most likely take place as the dog owner does not have a...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Thursday, July 16 9:53 a.m.: Tail wagging ending – Lost dog was found. Beaver Marsh Rd., Greater La Conner.Thursday, July 16 9:53 a.m.: Tail wagging ending – Lost dog was found. Beaver Marsh Rd., Greater La Conner....

 

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