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Buy bread baked in La Conner

Locally baked bread is again available in La Conner. You can buy 1.75 pound “Skagit Wheat” sourdough loaves and a variety of cookies from Rachael Sobczak in Gilkey Square 4-8 p.m. Friday during the Shop Local Shop Late. This pop up sales event...

 

Swinomish ‘March Against Addiction’

Last Wednesday the attendance record was broken at the sixth annual March Against Addiction at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Due to the pandemic, everyone had to be in a vehicle to...

 

Braving California’s fires on trip to parents

On Wednesday, August 19, I drove through hell. The day started well enough. I woke up in a lovely pine forest near Mount Shasta. The night before, I had watched the sun set on the mountain and the...

 

Town suspends water shut-offs during virus crisis

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough to swallow, tap water in La Conner will still flow uninterrupted. Town Council members last week amended a municipal ordinance to reflect Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamation suspending water...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 2, 2020

COVID-19 County cases above 1,000

Skagit County passed 1,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus Aug. 28 with 17 more positive test results over the weekend, for 1,020 cases reported Aug. 31. There were 86 new cases in the 14 day period ending Monday, as reported on Skagit...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 2, 2020

About those 588 uncounted Skagit Count primary ballots

While 588 primary ballots were left uncounted by staff at the Skagit County Office of Elections after the Aug. 4 election, only 36, 6%, came late from the post office, David Cunningham, deputy auditor and elections supervisor told the Weekly News Tue...

 

New La Conner school year virtually here

Back to School is always a time of new beginnings. No more so than this year as La Conner campuses prepare for distance learning models at least through the fall term. La Conner teachers and staff begin in-service training today (Wednesday) with...

 

Taking a novel approach to promoting local history

Ghosts may be invisible, but that is not the case in La Conner. After all, the Ghost of Tom Joad can be seen all over town and on social media. That thanks to Tillinghast Drive resident Rick Dole, a...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    September 2, 2020

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Meteorological fall arrived Tuesday, as it always does, on September first, but it journeyed here through the month of August. Its progress was daily measured, for weeks, by the ever lengthening tree, house and building shadows, cast by a sun no...

 

Trump’s presidency and life are cons

Letters praising the most corrupt and incompetent president in my seventy-five years compel me to speak out after a long silence. I no longer have clients to lose and the people I care about agree with me. I can now be brutally honest and I will be....

 

Review of ‘The Barn Shows’

“The Barn Shows: 1987–2003, In Their Own Words,” cuts deep and indelible swaths, like a glacier, forever marks on our shared cultural history. Lavone Newell-Reim and Cathy Pearson Stevens have beautifully documented this major Skagit...

 

RE: Mike Morrell’s “Truly Decent Man”

Dear Mike: A “truly decent man” would never lock children in cages. (In response to Aug. 26 letter – ed.) Kathy Rodenberg Seattle, Washington...

 

Sacred Cow has been fed

At last week’s town Council meeting, the Mayor, Administrator and four of the five Town council members rushed through (in my opinion) an extension of the current contract for police services with the Skagit County Sheriff. The extension covers...

 

Thanks for supporting Rotary Club auction

On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of La Conner, it is my pleasure to thank all those who participated in our virtual auction through advertising, buying and donating. Your generosity makes it possible for us to continue to support literacy...

 

The genesis of ‘Through This Valley’

“Through This Valley:” Clayton James, Ed Kamuda, Ruth Pumphrey and Christine Wardenburg Skinner. i.e.gallery, Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment: 360-488-3458. This exhibit focuses on four...

 

MoNA 28th art auction next week

The Museum of Northwest Art’s 28th Annual Art Auction – and for the first time online – kicks off next Wednesday, Sept. 9. Silent auction bidding starts Sept. 10 and the live auction and online program are Sept. 12. This year’s theme...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    September 2, 2020

Solidarity Now is today’s Solidarity Forever

Monday is Labor Day, the holiday marking the end of summer. In the old days we would pause, barbecue and rejoice in the gains working people have made for us in the workplace and society, advances brought by generations of struggle against...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, August 24 10:13 a.m.: Happens weekly – Political signs stolen. Dodge Valley Rd., Greater La Conner. 12:21 p.m.: Resident or tourist? – Yellow dog with no tags running loose by the public restrooms. N. 3rd / Morris Sts., La...

 

Town Council renews sheriff’s office contract

Defunding the police was never an issue in La Conner this summer. The question instead was whether the Town could afford a three per cent hike in its law enforcement services contract with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office amid fears of falling...

 

Honey Chicken

Use cooked cubed chicken breast. Add the vegetable of choice. This recipe cooks quick, so use a quick cooking vegetable. I used sugar snap peas we grew. Ingredients Chicken breast , 2 cups, cooked...

 

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