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Rainbow Bridge mural restored by volunteer artists

Creating one of La Conner's most popular works of public art back in the day was no walk in the park. But it began with one. The idea for sprucing up the walking trail beneath the Rainbow Bridge with...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 7, 2022

August had 5 days of record hot temperatures

August was a dry month in an increasingly dry, and warm, year. It rained once – like July – this time 0.2 inches on the 4th. The real news was the six record-setting daily temperatures. The five record highs were the month’s hottest day, Aug...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 7, 2022

Port requesting 'industrial zone' for La Conner Marina

The Port of Skagit’s plans for redeveloping its La Conner Marina will be discussed at the Town of La Conner Planning Commission public hearing Sept. 20. A new zoning district, Port Industrial, will be unveiled as part of 27 pages of “suggested...

 

La Conner resident causes fatal car collision Friday

On the foggy morning of Friday, Sept. 2, Washington State Patrol responded to a fatal car crash at the intersection of State Route 20 and Avon Allen Road. The Washington State Patrol press release states that at 7:55 a.m. 28-year-old La Conner...

 

Langley's mayor works for a sustainable and equitable future

What about Langley? Mayor Scott Chaplin is bullish on this seaside town of just over 1,100 residents. Like La Conner, it is a magnet for tourists seeking fine art, eating and shopping. Unlike La Conne...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    September 7, 2022

The view from Langley

All mayors love their towns and champion them. Surely that is the case in La Conner. The same with Langley, that “village by the sea,” a 90 minute drive from our town on the Swinomish Channel. Comparisons abound. There will be a side-by-side...

 

Change conditional use permits

An open letter to the town planner: Dear Planner: No more administrative permits. No more administrative conditional uses and no more administrative variances. These give too much power to the planner and too little oversight from the community. The...

 

Local schools need local families

By Frank Liddell La Conner is rich with generational wealth. I have neighbors that have spent their entire lives in this community and are descendants of families that practically built this town. I have been a La Conner resident for almost 20...

 

New airport alternative

Recent news publicity has announced that a state-legislature appointed ad hoc committee, the Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission that was tasked with identifying potential regional airport sites to accommodate anticipated future regional...

 

Locals advancing energy transition solution in the Skagit Valley

By Greg Whiting Do you want more control over your electric, heat and fuel bills? More stable energy bills? A more reliable and resilient power grid? Less dependence on foreign oil? Less acid rain?...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 7, 2022

New Skagit COVID-19 cases drop dramatically

New reported coronavirus cases in Skagit County dropped dramatically in August, to 578, 55.7% of July’s 1,078 reported cases. Fewer cases were reported weekly, from 148 infections Aug. 1-7 to 105 new cases Aug. 22-28. While not all people infected...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 7, 2022

Salvaging Aleutian Isle continues

By Ken Stern Since last Wednesday, divers contracted with the Washington Department of Ecology or the U.S. Coast Guard made dives to the sunken Aleutian Isle, probably daily, according to posts on Eco...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 7, 2022

No environmental impact from comp plan amendments

La Conner residents have till Sept. 28 to comment on the Notice of Application and Proposed Determination of Non-Significance that the Town of La Conner published on page 6 of today’s Weekly News. The Town is conducting its annual update of its...

 

Skagit Stream Team volunteers wanted for training

Volunteers for the 2022-23 Skagit Stream Team Program are needed. This is a citizen science opportunity for adults, age 18 and up, to participate in “hands on” water quality monitoring and to gain an understanding of the relationship between...

 

Art commission ceremony celebrates public art donated during pandemic

Lord knows, the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing to celebrate. But what can be celebrated is what has proved immune to the virus crisis: The sustaining nature of public art. Since early 2022, the...

 

Lady Braves soccer team big on enthusiasm

Christian Warman is rarely at a loss for words but the veteran La Conner High School girls’ soccer coach says he cannot say enough about the players on this year’s roster. “I could say something about all of them,” he told the Weekly News...

 

Braves open against Forks Saturday

The La Conner High School football team has its season debut against Forks at Whittaker Field Saturday, Sept. 10. Second-year mentor Charlie Edwards’ team will spread the field and rely on speed and athleticism. The home team will be looking to...

 

School district has monthly community meetings

La Conner Schools leaders want to meet you and hear your questions, concerns and suggestions starting Sept. 15 at 7 a.m. at Stompin’ Grounds Coffee, on Morris Street. Join Superintendent Will Nelson, Director of Special Programs Andy Wheeler,...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    September 7, 2022

'Grease' opens Friday in Oak Harbor

Life too serious? The 21st century too complex? Take a break from it, by traveling to Oak Harbor and back to the 1950s and Rydell High School and relax with Whidbey Playhouse’s production of “Grease,” opening the in-person 2022-2023 season...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    September 7, 2022

Poet Laureate Rena Priest read at Lincoln Saturday

“When you are poeting, you are making the world, creating the universe out of nothing,” Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest said last Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre. That’s because the word poet comes from the Greek word poesis or “ma...

 

Vegetable Beef Soup

Fresh vegetables are the main ingredients to this recipe. I chopped them fairly small and uniform in size. The beef selections are stew meat, steak tips, cut-up steak or roast. Browning the beef adds...

 

Police Blotter: August 25-28, 2022

Sunday, August 28 11:49 p.m.: Seahawks fan prowling – Report of a male wearing a Seahawks jersey jumping a fence and prowling the area. A deputy checked the area but could not find him. 3rd St., La...

 

Marina Moorings

Labor Day is traditionally a busy boating weekend, and this year is no exception. The inside of F dock is reserved for a yacht club and the outside was filling up by mid-afternoon Friday. G dock is almost entirely reserved, both inside and out. This...

 

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