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 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 28, 2021

School board, tribal senate agree to keep Braves mascot

La Conner High will remain the home of the Braves. The school district’s board of trustees on Monday formally approved a unanimous Swinomish Tribal Senate resolution supporting retention of the Braves name for La Conner athletic and academic...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    July 28, 2021

Council takes first look at $265,000 in federal funds

At a special budget workshop Tuesday La Conner’s Town Council spent 30 minutes deliberating how to spend $264,911 in federal funds from the America Rescue Plan Act. Spending is prescribed by Congress, Administrator Scott Thomas informed council in...

 

‘Get vaccinated’ Skagit health officer says

“Get vaccinated today” was the rallying cry of Dr. Howard Leibrand, Skagit Health Officer, in a Monday, July 26 statement released after eight westside county health officers, from San Juan to...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 28, 2021

Spendng federal dollars in town

All of a sudden the windfall hits home. Last night the La Conner town council and staff started a discussion over spending almost $265,000, half of which has already been deposited into the 2021 general fund. What to do with the money? First,...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    July 28, 2021

If I ran the zoo

I recently said goodbye to my Uncle Harry Rosenfeld. Three weeks ago, when our part of the world was experiencing record high temperatures, I flew across the country to Albany, New York to visit my...

 
 By Jared Fair    Community    July 28, 2021

La Conner library expands open hours

Fully open library adds Saturday hours The library is fully open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. During the time businesses were restricted to curbside service, we worked on numerous projects and priorities in...

 

VIOLA JO CALDWELL

Viola Jo Caldwell, resident of the Skagit Valley died in Burlington, WA on Tuesday, July 13, 2022, after reaching the age of 100 years. She was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas where she later... Full story

 

Twin softball sisters swing in Dominican Republic

An American youth softball team playing in the Dominican Republic last week had an Edge against its competition. Make that two Edges. Twin sisters Alissa and Kelsey Edge were selected to play seven games in the Caribbean for a national team...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 28, 2021

School board retreats to look at new academic year

Reflection and projection. Those two apparent opposites intersected seamlessly during a five-hour La Conner School Board retreat session on the district campus July 19. Board members and new Superintendent Will Nelson reflected upon the past school...

 

Old time fiddler Mary Acocello a Good one

Pat Good earned his reputation as an outstanding cook, most notably when he prepared barbecued salmon for large crowds attending the annual Pioneer Picnic in La Conner. He came by his culinary skills naturally. Good’s mom, Mary Acocello...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 28, 2021

New Braves coach Woods has deep basketball roots

C.J. Woods represents the latest branch off a decades old Friday Harbor basketball coaching tree dating to the late Dean Turnbull, for whom the gymnasium at the island school is named. Woods is now lo...

 

Calico Cupboard general manager was on a roll at national skating trials

Work and play are sometimes separated by a mere fine line. Or even a blur. Calico Cupboard general manager and competitive roller skater Brenda Schmidt knows that as few do. “I almost need my...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, July 19 11:07 a.m.: Daughter verified – Caller reported her daughter as a missing person. Deputies had contact with the daughter and determined that the daughter was not a missing person. Pearle Jensen Wy., La Conner. 9:44 p.m.: Seat...

 

Blueberry Butter

This recipe prepares in the slow cooker. It will make 2 to 3 pints. You can refrigerate and it keeps a month. Or you can water bath can it so it stores longer. I was describing this recipe to two...

 

Marilyn Frey

On Friday, November 13, 2020, Marilyn Alice Frey, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully of natural causes at age 87. She was a resident of Serenity Assisted... Full story

 

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