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La Conner High School football eyes next step in program rebuilding project

Less than two years ago Charlie Edwards was the architect of a stout defense that helped La Conner High School clinch a league football title. That was during a shortened, conference-only season...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 24, 2022

Planning Commission wants code change requests

La Conner residents aren’t just being encouraged to make their voices heard. They are also being asked to put their thoughts on paper, according to the Aug. 16 Planning Commission meeting at Maple Hall. The commission is urging those wanting to...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 24, 2022

La Conner Marina adjusts commercial float rates

Businesses leasing space – the “upland tenants of the Port” – will join commercial fishing boats at the La Conner Marina in having priority use of the P and R docks in the north basin over other charter or rental boats and recreational users...

 

Birthday Club keeps harmony among neighbors

Books clubs and bridge groups come and go, but the Harmony Birthday Club has been around for about 130 years. Honored with a Pioneer Spirit award at the Aug. 4 Pioneer Picnic, the club has been...

 

Respecting all the Earth's creatures

In the second paragraph of his 2015 encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis reflects on the ways in which the human species has mistreated and abused the Earth, which he calls our “Sister, Mother Earth...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 24, 2022

Local election totals by the numbers

Will there be any close races in November’s Skagit County elections? The closest primary result, County Commissioner’s Lisa Janicki’s 225 vote, 2.3 percentage margin in her district 3 position, was the biggest August surprise. Republican...

 

Scientists release plan to 'rewild the American west'

William Ripple is a professor of ecology at Oregon State University. In a paper published in BioScience this month, Ripple and 19 other authors suggest using portions of federal lands in 11 western states to establish new habitat for the beaver and...

 

Code changes

Dear residents, farmers and businesses, Mark your calendars. Sept. 20 for Planning Commission and Sept. 27 for Town Council. Both involve potential code changes. The town didn’t tell you. You would have had to wait until three days before and then...

 

Street fair was a success

The La Conner United Street Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20 was a great day for selling planter boxes. It was a success largely because of the great people that helped. Rich Cushing and Rick Linton raised their hands when I asked for help. Susan Macek...

 

New commercial airport

A new commercial airport? Not in our backyard! The state Commercial Aviation Coordination Commission (CACC) is looking at ten sites for a commercial airport to accommodate 27 million passengers by 2050. Two of these sites are in Skagit County, one be...

 

Happy birthday Ollie Iversen

One of our esteemed senior citizens, Ollie Iversen, became a bit more senior Monday, adding another year to his long list of accomplishments Aug. 22. Congratulations, Ollie!...

 

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum celebrates 25 years

Among its many gems, La Conner is home to a rare find, celebrating its silver anniversary this summer. It is the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, one of perhaps just a couple dozen of its kind in the entire country, and a major draw to...

 

2023 Tulip Festival poster artist announced

Kerry Clavadetscher, a Seattle area artist specializing in photorealistic painting, is the featured artist for the 2023 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Clavadetscher's original watercolor captures one...

 

Skagit County transfer site OPEN

The Skagit County transfer and recycling station on Ovenell Road fully reopened Aug. 17, a County press release announced Aug. 16. “We would like to thank the public for their patience during this extended closure,” said Margo Gillaspy, Skagit...

 

School district coffee hour

The La Conner School District Cabinet will hold monthly coffee hours at various locations and times to engage with the community, starting noon Thursday, Aug. 25 at Thousand Trails and 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 at Beaver Tales Coffee. This will be...

 

Braves soccer team revamps attack to offset graduation losses

The roster has changed and so has the game plan for the La Conner High School boys' soccer team. The Braves opened preseason workouts Monday minus key players who graduated from last year's club that...

 

Swinomish partner on dental therapy education program

Folks at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Skagit Valley College (SVC) have plenty to smile about these days. After a decade of advocacy and planning, the tribe and SVC have formally partnered to launch the first Dental Therapy Education Prog... Full story

 

An art studio floating on the Samish River

It is low tide on the Samish River. A man pauses at his cabin door to watch a bald eagle soaring overhead. Across the way, a venerable red barn, once used to store pea crops, leans into the tall summe...

 

Jalapeño Jelly

Of the jams and jellies I make and can at home, jalapeño jelly is the most requested. Even the years I do not make it, someone will ask for it. This year I bought jalapeños from La Conner Gardens...

 

Faith shines through Sacred Heart Church windows

He is a tireless champion of hope with a keen eye for history. And at age 80, Father Paul Magnano (pronounced Mun-yawn-o) is focused on both as he reflects on the beautiful stained-glass windows at...

 

Police Blotter: Aug. 14-20, 2022

Sunday, August 14 1:20 p.m.: Stranded on sand bar – A pleasure boat got stuck on a sand bar near Goat Island. The boat owner was able to contact a vessel tow service who assisted in getting the boat...

 

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