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An unusual Skagit Valley sunrise

The La Conner High School football team lost its season home opener on Saturday – not to non-league opponent Forks but to poor air quality. The Braves' grid contest at Whittaker Field was nixed due...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 14, 2022

Maritime industry zoning Port of Skagit request

Adding a chapter creating a Port Industrial Zone in the Town of La Conner’s Uniform Development Code will “preserve” for the long term the Port of Skagit’s La Conner Marina property for maritime industries, Port Communications Director Linda...

 

Joyce Johnson helps protect more farmland in Skagit

At 104, greater La Conner resident Joyce Johnson has taken a stand for farmland. Last week she finalized, with Skagit County's Farmland Legacy Program, a conservation easement on her 57-acre property...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 14, 2022

Residents plan to be heard at public hearing

A group of residents intend to do their civic duty and be heard at the public hearing called by the Town of La Conner Planning Commission Tuesday. The Port of Skagit submitted its recommendation last January for a new chapter creating a port...

 

Planning the community's future

It is mid-September. The decision train – trains, actually – are boarding. It is time to get on if you do not want to be left behind as Town of La Conner governmental entities prepare trips into 2023 – and beyond. First on the schedule is a...

 

Musings – on the editor's mind

Something felt odd being outdoors Friday. The hazy heat was tempered mid-afternoon by a sky turned gray with smoke from distant wildfires. That tilted the day away from a typical end of summer northern Puget sound experience. And consider, we would h...

 

Town council decisions

The Sept. 13 town council meeting will be over before you read this. I hope that the council will determine “who’s on first” so you know what to expect at the Sept. 20 planning commission public hearing. (This situation is described in the...

 

Padilla Bay Foundation thanks

Padilla Bay Foundation recently held Brunch at the Bay 2022 at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on a beautiful PNW summer day in August. The over 100 attendees enjoyed fresh grilled oysters and other locally sourced foods, while...

 

Meet a trans person

An opinion piece in the New York Times last week was titled “America is Being Consumed by a Moral Panic over Trans People.” If the ramifications of this weren’t so cruel, I would be tempted to laugh. What is so scary about people who identify...

 

Shavers has character

I am glad to see law enforcement action taken in the recent case of 115 puppies being held on Cape Horn Road (“Puppies Seized outside Concrete,” Skagit Valley Herald, Sept 7, 2022). It is shameful that we treat vulnerable animals as commodities...

 

The Future of the La Conner Marina

By Sara Young It’s an exciting time at the La Conner Marina. The Port of Skagit, which built and owns the Marina, has been considering the needs of this important property and future opportunities for more than 15 years. We’ve had a lot of great...

 

Fire District 13 will not join Anacortes study

Fire District 13 and the Anacortes Fire Department enjoy a strong working relationship. But theirs is, in the truest sense, a limited partnership. On Thursday, Sept. 8, commissioners opted not to join Anacortes in a comprehensive operations and...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 14, 2022

Town sales tax revenue tops $70,000 first time

Off the charts: the $70,383 the Town of La Conner lists in its August sales tax revenue report is the highest total ever. The August data, from the state's Department of Revenue, captures June sales, always the highest revenue month. This year's coll...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 14, 2022

August La Conner area median home sold price: $633,750

La Conner was again the second highest priced Skagit County market for homes sold in August. The median price of $633,750 for the 10 La Conner area homes that closed was above the $627,500 July median selling price, the Northwest Multiple Listing...

 

A La Conner COVID-19 case

The coronavirus is still among us. A La Conner Weekly News staff member called late Wednesday afternoon to report a positive test and not feeling well. That was still the situation Monday. Staff started wearing masks in the office Thursday. Policy...

 

La Conner volleyball defeats Anacortes in season debut

The roster is different, but the result was the same. The defending state 2B champion La Conner High School volleyball team opened its 2022 season with an impressive triumph over 2A Anacortes at...

 

Janet Laurel's art at Skagit Cellars

By Russell Chandler Local artist and poet Janet Laurel showcases unreleased work at Skagit Cellars tasting room in Gilkey Square through September. "Red Goddesses" is a curated collection,...

 

Poets in schools part of Skagit poetry year round

By Anna Ferdinand When Rena Priest stood before a crowd at the Lincoln theater Sept. 3, she asked attendees to answer this question: “Where do poems come from?” A theater took pen to paper, writing to the prompt for five minutes, each person...

 

Pioneer Association checks in with $3,000 contribution to museum

August's annual Pioneer Picnic has provided a boost to the Skagit County Historical Museum for the year ahead. The Skagit County Pioneer Association, which for over a century has coordinated the...

 

Zucchini Lasagna

The highlight of my summer cooking has been preparing zucchini lasagna. This recipe will feed four. I selected a uniform shaped zucchini, medium size. Plus I ventured to try my hand at using a...

 

Vigil remembers Laynee Westbrook's disappearance at two year anniversary

Laynee Westbrook has not been seen in two years, but she remains a constant presence in the hearts and minds of family, friends and law enforcement officers who gather monthly for vigils to keep alive...

 

Police Blotter: September 5-9, 2022

Monday, September 5 2:45 a.m.: Theft at boat launch – A catalytic converter was stolen off a truck at the boat launch. The owner of the truck was out fishing on the water. A possible suspect...

 

Marina Moorings

A bustling summer makes me think of safety and best practices. I watched a 40’ sailboat come in this week. Wind and current were both out of the north and he was docking near the head of G. He came in, way over by the marina slips, then waited to t...

 

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