Articles from the September 27, 2023 edition

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A picture of the former COA restaurant.

Maple Ave. COA building sale listing discussed at planning meeting

There has been extended debate in town over pending new construction of a multi-unit residential building in a commercial zone. The focal point for that dialogue is the "Talmon Project" at 306 Center...

J.J. Wilbur, Alana Quintasket and retired FD 13 commission chair Larry Kibbee.

Larry Kibbee residential unit dedicated at FD 13 open house

No amount of rain was going to dampen spirits at the Skagit County Fire District 13 Open House Saturday. That is because the event’s guest of honor, retired fire district commissioner and former S...

 By Ken Stern    News    September 27, 2023
Fishermen waist deep in the Skagit River.

State grants $11.9 million to eight organizations for salmon recovery projects in Skagit County

When the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership awarded $81.5 million through 150 grants in 29 counties Sept. 18, they were sending $11,948,293 to eight...


Pay to park, one-way streets comp plan options

The wheels are turning – first gradually, than rapidly – as Town of La Conner officials continue work on updating the transportation element of its comprehensive plan. “I’ve been working on this element for several months,” Director of Planning...


Grant offers fertile plan to plant trees on Morris Street

Town leaders hope to spruce up La Conner’s appearance with the planting of new trees along Morris Street. The La Conner Chamber of Commerce and Town Parks Commission are teaming up on a grant application for placing street sensitive trees plus h...

 By Ken Stern    News    September 27, 2023

Prices high, quantity low in August for Skagit County sold homes

The 2023 pattern for homes sold in Skagit County holds steady: Fewer properties are available in most of the county’s nine markets than a year ago. Considerably fewer homes are selling, about 25% below 2022, month over month, and prices are about t...


Free COVID-19 tests for you

Every U.S. household may place an order to receive four free COVID-⁠19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. For free tests: or 800-232-0233. The U.S. government makes COVID-⁠19 tests available to uninsured ind... Full story


The freedom to read everything

Every September the Weekly News focuses an editorial on Banned Books Week. The Week starts Sunday, Oct. 1 this year. Visit the La Conner Swinomish library next week. Heck, go to a library every single day through Oct. 7. We are fortunate to have... Full story


Are you offended? Feedback requested

When I became a columnist many years ago for this newspaper, I borrowed the title “If I Ran The Zoo” from a delightful book by Dr. Seuss. For me, it was just the perfect title for a column in whi... Full story


Tom Robbins Day a blast: Insulting him was wrong

One of the joys in my year of health challenges was the fun and exciting opportunity to honor “our own” Tom Robbins on Sept. 2. It was a real blast! Tom enjoyed it, he and Alexa rocked it, the library’s programs benefited and everyone entered into... Full story


Robbins Musing not appreciated

I did not appreciate your musings on Tom Robbins Day. Tom has been our friend for 49 years and is the funniest man we know. He’s still in better shape than many of his friends 20 years younger then he is. To say he was propped up is ageist. He r... Full story


Don't extend South First Street

Dear town council, planning commission - and citizens: It has been mentioned on the council and planning commission recently that it would be a great idea (said they) to have all the traffic thru town exit on First Street along the water next to the... Full story


Energy Star is efficiency seal of approval

Last time, I suggested buying Energy Star electronics to cut your energy bills. What is Energy Star and why is their work relevant? Energy Star is a voluntary program started by the U.S. Environmental...


High School boys' soccer team gets its first win

The La Conner High School boys’ soccer team was on point against Crosspoint Saturday. The Braves (1-3) earned their first victory of 2023 with a convincing 5-0 home shutout of non-conference foe Crosspoint Academy, a traditional soccer power from B...


Volleyball team wins league opener

The new-look La Conner High School volleyball team, sporting a revamped lineup following heavy graduation losses from last year’s state 2B championship roster, has not lost sight of the immediate task at hand. Which is to collect as many NW2B/1B m...


Girls' soccer falls 3-0 at Auburn Adventist

The La Conner High School girls’ soccer team could not find the net at Auburn Adventist Thursday afternoon.On that score, the Lady Braves are in good company. Auburn Adventist has won four matches this fall by shutout. That is why they sit atop S...

Players Al Sampson (51), C.J. Edwards (24) and Ivory Damien (5).

Braves take it on the chin at Coupeville

La Conner quarterback Ivory Damien accounted for more than 200 yards in total offense, including a 79-yard first period scoring strike to wideout Logan Burks, but the visiting Braves still fell 48-6...


School board reviews service graduation requirement

The drive to reinstate student public service hours as a La Conner High School graduation requirement intersected Monday with a concrete example of the level of community support enjoyed by the school district. School Board members at their...

 By Meg Holgate    News    September 27, 2023
Artist Natalie Niblack with dog Lillybelle.

Natalie Niblack lives life as an artist, citizen scientist and worried human

A few miles away from a heavily trafficked exit off I-5, a 122 year-old bunkhouse once used by dike workers sits clinging to the edge of the north fork of the Skagit River. It seems to defy our...

A barber cutting a customer's hair.

Cutting hair and keeping history: Barbers as local story keepers

Sometimes, at the center of a community's history is a barber's chair, swiveling this way and that and gathering up stories. Barbers are "always a repository of the past, because so much day-to-day...


County tire collection Oct. 5-6

Skagit County will host a free tire-round up for county residents Thursday-Friday Oct. 5-6 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. Residents must register online. There is a limit of twelve road tires per household, including car, truck, motorcycle and... Full story


Measure to dissolve Dayton's library will not be on fall ballot

A measure to dissolve a small library in southeastern Washington will not be on the November ballot. The decision comes after a hearing Sept. 20 in Columbia County’s Superior Court. After more than a year fraught with book challenges and the specter...  Website


Find something offensive in your library

Normally I like to use my column to talk about all the exciting things happening in the library, but this month I want to write from my heart. The first week of October is Banned Books Week, and lately there has been a lot of talk about books and...


Town of La Conner Planning Commission Meeting

MEETING NOTICE TOWN OF LA CONNER PLANNING COMMISSION Tuesday, October 3, 2023 6:00 p.m. Location Lower Maple Center 104 Commercial Street, La Conner, WA And by Zoom Information below and on the Town website Agenda CONVENE PUBLIC COMMENT (Topics not... Full story



RCW 11.40.030 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY Estate of: MARIA PILAR CODINA aka PILAR CODINA, Deceased. (Date of death: January 6, 2022) No. 23-4-00413-29 The Estate Administrator named below has been appointed as Administrator... Full story


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