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 By Ken Stern    Community    August 25, 2021

Masks back on but frustrations mount

“So here we go again,” commented Cristal Perkins, co-owner of Santo Coyote Mexican Kitchen, to a survey asking La Conner businesses and institutions about their preparations and frustrations over the wearing masks indoors statewide mandate....

 

Local fire department staffs must follow state vaccine mandates

Decisions, decisions. Perhaps none of late have been so scrutinized as whether to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In some cases, as for the state’s health care workers and emergency responders, it is less a choice than a mandate in the attempt to...

 

Gem Tartaglia retiring after 20 years of helping library patrons

Katryna Barber Long time staff member Gem Tartaglia is retiring after 20 years of dedicated service to the La Conner Regional Library. Gem has worked in the library throughout the years and has seen...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 25, 2021

Loose lips still sink ships

During World War II the U.S. government promoted the campaign “Loose Lips Sink Ships,” engaging the public to protect the country – ourselves- challenging us to review our thoughts before speaking: without self-reflection people might let...

 

Pushback against editorial

Ken Stern, editor and publisher of the La Conner Weekly News, seems determined to demonize the town administration, mayor and town council members in at least two areas: the Maple Avenue ballfield transaction and now parking fees for the new library....

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    August 25, 2021

If I Ran the Zoo

I lost my wallet. I had no idea where, it just wasn’t in my pocket or on the top of the dresser where I leave it at night. Big hassle. Canceling and replacing credit cards and ID cards and my...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 25, 2021

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Is the editor of the La Conner Weekly News a crank and a scold? Does he – me – criticize the town council unfairly, randomly or casually, without cause? Do I have an agenda or a vendetta? I do, actually. Let me propose that I am just doin...

 

County rent assistance website launched

Skagit County residents have a convenient option to get pre-approved for help with rent and utility bills. Monday the County launched a new online portal where renters can complete a simple eligibility survey and get matched with a rental assistance...

 

William Malcomson

William “Bill” Malcomson was born in Cuba, NY to Rev. Clair E. Malcomson and Irene T. Lacy. Bill lived in many areas of the country in his lifetime; graduating from Denison University with a BA,... Full story

 

Nona Margaretha Gross

Avery passed away at her home on August 19, 2021 in Burlington, Washington at the age of 94.Nona was born in Edmonds, Washington on August 5, 1927 to William & Marjorie Gross. She spent her childhood... Full story

 

Public meeting on county elections redistricting Thursday

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners hosts the first of four public meetings on the 2021 redistricting efforts 3 p.m. Aug. 26. Every 10 years, following the U.S. Census, Skagit County is required to redraw the boundaries of its commissioner...

 

Rachel Cram signs letter to play hoops at Carroll College

Rachel Cram has focused on local history this year, developing an in-depth anecdotal history and virtual tour of landmark La Conner downtown buildings. The La Conner High senior is also eyeing the...

 

Grid team kicks off preseason with coach and team new and looking to future

It seems like yesterday that the surprising La Conner High football team was securing an NW2B title with a season-ending four-game winning streak after three straight single victory years. And, in a way, it was yesterday as the upstart Braves and the...

 

Volleyball team set for return to a normal season

On a fundamental level this preseason is no different for the La Conner High School volleyball team than any other during the 29-year tenure of hall of fame head coach Suzanne Marble. In other ways, however, it is a far different vibe now than last...

 

New businesses brighten your day

A new dog is greeting visitors entering La Conner. Rowdy Dog Antique Lighting, in the Tillinghast building at Morris and Maple, is one of a dozen businesses to open in town since last fall. It’s also one of two businesses that trace their roots to...

 

Pioneer Association president had historic two-year term

It only seems fitting that John Kamb, Jr. would serve two years rather than the customary 12 months as president of the Skagit County Pioneer Association. Kamb, after all, was a history major in...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, August 16 4:23 p.m.: Rolled over – 1 car roll over MVA. No injuries reported, but the driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI and booked into the Skagit County Criminal Justice Center. Chilberg Ln., Greater La Conner. Tuesday, August 1...

 

Gluten Free Peach Cobbler

I began the self-education process about gluten-free foods by talking to friends and family. My desire to learn to bake gluten-free treats was so I could bake and share something as a gift. Plus, shou...

 

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