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Pioneer Picnic tomorrow: Everyone is invited

Young and old alike are invited to Pioneer Park on Aug. 4 to attend the 118th annual Pioneer Picnic and honor the Nelson family for their leadership in Skagit County agriculture, industry and public s...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 2, 2022

Resolving 306 Center Street

In his July 20 decision on the Atkinson’s conditional use permit for their 306 Center Street project, hearing examiner David Lowell starts with a premise, that “the validity and potential applicability of the Contract Rezone [is] in question....

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    August 2, 2022

1986 contract rezone used: town council approval perfectly clear

In Nov. 1982 Gerald Blades name is listed on the deed for parcel P74143, 306 Center Street, the 15,246 square feet, 0.35 acres on the north side of The Slider Café.. Blades sold it in 2003, with 313-315 Morris Street, parcel P74144, to Ntinos...

 

Men and making babies

A few points in response to Randy Hageman’s pious screed in last week’s Weeky News: Men are responsible for 100% of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Every. Single. One. And, if they have sex 200 times in a year, they can cause 200...

 

Men’s baby-making role

After reading Randy Hageman’s letter to the editor regarding Choice and Procreation. I’ve come up with a few good ideas that might reduce abortions. First, the MUTTTTTTs (Men Unable To Tame Their Testosterone Triggered Tendencies) could choose...

 

Country Inn trends dark

Like many friends and neighbors I have visited with, I was initially delighted to see the restoration of the Country Inn back to its natural cedar shakes and green and white trim, only to be disappointed watching it painted a charcoal gray. Color...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    August 2, 2022

Dam relicensing drives Skagit County habitat restoration moratorium

On July 18, the Skagit County commissioners approved a six-month moratorium on offsite compensatory mitigation of salmon habitat. “Offsite compensatory mitigation” means habitat restoration projects that mitigate for environmental impacts that...

 

Center Street and Tribal sewer rate increases heard

La Conner Town council members and meeting attendees felt the heat during the July 26 in-person session. This time, though, the heat was related more to weather than the various hot topics the council has dealt with this year. “Let’s get out of...

 

Rainbow Park restoration plan approved by Shelter Bay board

Rainbow Park in Shelter Bay, site of unauthorized tree-cutting in 2020 that led to over $90,000 in fines imposed upon the residential community by Swinomish Indian Tribal Community officials, appears poised for a facelift. The Shelter Bay board of di...

 

Porch sale bonus to Quilt Museum’s silver anniversary

For a quarter-century it has been a primary thread binding together the social and cultural fabric of La Conner. Located at historic Gaches Mansion on Second Street, the Pacific Northwest Quilt &...

 

Old timers keep track of Burlington’s railroad heritage

Getting railroaded usually isn’t a good thing. Unless, of course, you’re in Burlington – the “Hub City” of Skagit County – where getting railroaded means reflecting back on the passenger and freight trains that were instrumental...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    August 2, 2022

Art show feature of this week’s Anacortes Arts Festival

Two handfuls of greater La Conner artists are featured at the Juried Fine Art Show at the Port of Anacortes transit shed during the Anacortes Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Aug.3-4 and during Festival...

 

Food Co-op staffer organizes community to give big for Ukraine

You may or may not know Amy Sible. Either way, there is a very good chance you have seen her around; she is the Skagit Valley Food Co-op’s mercantile manager and she celebrated her 13th Co-op work...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 2, 2022

Rehabbed bald eagle released near McGlinn Island

She’s a free bird again. And healthy, too. A five-year-old female bald eagle held in captivity for six weeks while being successfully treated for lead toxicity was released back into the wild near...

 

Police Blotter: July 24-July 28, 2022

Sunday, July 24 11:42 a.m.: Padilla Bay prowl – A vehicle parked in the Padilla Bay North Trail entrance was broken into and a cell phone was taken. The vehicle owner was walking on the trail...

 

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