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Skagit Valley grains making worldwide impact

The world’s wheat and barley enthusiasts, professionals and hobbyists alike, flocked to the 2017 Grain Gathering at Washington State University’s Bread Lab food campus last week. Over 300 people from 23 states and seven countries spent three...


Skagit Co. Sheriff's Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday July 24 2:47 p.m.: Suspicious sights – Drug paraphernalia and suspicious activity were seen near Skagit Valley’s Farmhouse Restaurant, leading to extra patrols in the area. 3:10 p.m.: Fraud fear – A resident of Bow on Fox Hollow...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 2, 2017

Present day pioneers

This year’s Pioneer Picnic honors, for the one-hundred-and-twelfth time, Skagit Valley predecessors who, by definition, plunged forward into an unknown future. Their hard work, perseverance, faith, and yes, vision, told them that a better world...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 2, 2017

Rising up to feed our future

Last week over 300 people from seven countries and 23 states came to the seventh annual Great Grains Gathering. Bakers, brewers, millers, researchers, scientists, home and backyard varieties of the above, and at least one La Conner organic farmer...


School District approves 2017-2018 budget

The La Conner School District’s board of directors approved a completed 2017-2018 budget of $10,876,536 for the coming school year at its July 24 meeting. This is some 6 percent more than last year’s budget. Staff and programs added include dean...


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