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 By John Ryan    News    August 17, 2022

Endangered orcas dodge diesel spill off San Juan Island

A fishing boat carrying 2,600 gallons of fuel sank off the western shore of San Juan Island on Saturday, releasing an oily sheen that spread for 2 miles in critical habitat for the Northwest's endange...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 17, 2022

Shavers tops Gilday in District 10 state rep race

First time candidate Clyde Shavers has won once, topping State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) for his legislative district 10 position 1 seat in the Aug. 2 primary election. Shavers won convincingly in Skagit County, with 58.5% of the vote....

 

Swinomish Days return after three years

In one of his hit songs, the late entertainer Prince urged fans to party like it was 1999. At Swinomish last weekend everybody was fine with partying like it was 2019. For the first time in three year...

 

More heat this week

Temperatures in the 80s will return starting today, Aug. 17, with a high near 84 degrees for Burlington, the National Weather Service forecast Monday. Thursday may be hotter, to 87 degrees. The lows both evenings are estimated to be near 60 degrees....

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 17, 2022

The Navy, citizens and institutions

August opened with the news that a federal judge ruled for Whidbey Island resident Paula Spina and the group Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment in their lawsuit against the U.S. Navy. The Navy's 2019 plans...

 

Put people, values, at center of housing policy

We are all better off when everyone who lives and works in Skagit County has a safe, affordable place to call home. Healthy neighborhoods need healthy schools. Healthy schools need kids and families. Kids and families need housing they can afford....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 17, 2022

Town will hire permit tech

La Conner Town Council approved a job description for a Town Permit Technician during their August 9 hybrid meeting. This position will restructure the clerical and administrative assistant position formerly held by Danielle Freiberger, who took a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 17, 2022

Anacortes wants March Point fire station

Skagit County Fire District 13 Commissioners have expanded their summer reading list. The three-member panel will focus in the weeks ahead on details of a proposed cooperative services study with the Anacortes Fire Department regarding future station...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 17, 2022

$627,500 median July home sales around La Conner

Homeowners selling, and their realtors, had a great July in the La Conner housing market: the $627,5000 median price for the 12 closed sales was almost $200,000 above June’s median sales price, as larger homes sold, according to Northwest Multiple...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 17, 2022

Council honors fallen firefighter, salutes first responders

The La Conner Town Council joined Mayor Ramon Hayes and fire chief and code enforcement officer Aaron Reinstra in accepting a plaque honoring fallen La Conner firefighter and Town Marshal John...

 

Check trees for invasive insects and diseases

Officials from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Washington Invasive Species Council are asking the public to check their trees, water features and other outdoor fixtures this...

 

Skagit County transfer station temporarily closed

The Skagit County Transfer Station, 14104 Ovenell Road, is closed to self-haulers garbage drop-off until further notice. The station is managing temporary capacity issues for waste storage. “A piece of essential equipment used by our contractor,...

 

Large turnout for Swinomish March Against Addiction

If it takes one step at a time to end the misery of drug and alcohol addiction, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is clearly on the right path in gaining support for that mission. The tribe's...

 

La Conner's westside channel bird family

Our local seahawks (aka ospreys) return annually to nest on this pole on the westside of the Swinomish Channel near the Swinomish offices and raise their young. Once endangered due to the impact of...

 

Live in 'Moment' during the years of memory loss

Dad used to pride himself on being handy. He could make anything, imagine anything, fix anything. He was handy, from tools to toys and kitchens to kids. But last week, Dad got lost on his way home from the grocery store, a trip he’s made once a...

 

Tom and Judy Zimmerman celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary

A lot has changed in 50 years. But some of the best things in life have not. Tom and Judy Zimmerman celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 13 during an open house hosted by their daughter and son-in-law Kelsey and Lance Stevens. The Zimmermans...

 

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is one of those summer perpetual vegetables. It grows in abundance and if you do not garden, friends will often give away their excess. Or you can still buy them at a good price from the...

 

La Conner residents win ribbons at county fair

After a vigorous week at the Skagit County fair, two leaders with La Conner roots are taking it easy. As 4H dairy supervisor for the whole fair, Chelsy Mesman of Mesman Farms helped 18 young people...

 

Police Blotter: Aug. 7-13, 2022

Sunday, August 7 11:31 a.m.: Shirtless wanderer – Report of an approximately 20-year-old shirtless male walking through a backyard and then a neighbor’s backyard. The male then walked eastbound...

 

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