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Business grant applications due Oct 7

La Conner businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak have until 5 p.m. Oct. 7 to apply for grants up to $5,000 through EDASC, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County. The total fund of $20,000 is from the Town of La Conner’s CARES Act...

 

Tributes pour in honoring Arnold Torseth, Curt McCauley

Good teachers have a lifelong impact. Great teachers, like Arnold Torseth and Curt McCauley, leave enduring legacies that span generations. Their many contributions here will not soon – if ever...

 

2021 hotel-motel budget reduced, approved

Putting heads in beds is a big part of the tourism industry. And putting lodging tax dollars to work promoting La Conner is a big part of the local economy. As such, disbursing hotel/motel tax funds...

 

Fire District 13 Commissioners approve five-year plan outline

The COVID-19 pandemic has everyone’s immediate attention. Fire District 13 Commissioners and personnel, who have been on the front lines of the ongoing virus crisis, are looking to the future as well. Commission chair Larry Kibbee and panel...

 

Census workers find counting no easy task

Mission Impossible. This year it has been more than the title of a popular movie or long-running TV series, say those tasked with collecting data for the U.S. Census Bureau. Census enumerators have...

 

Friday Harbor Film Festival

FRIDAY HARBOR — The Friday Harbor Film Festival is going virtual this year, featuring award-winning documentaries, short films and student-made films, as well as daily live-streamed Q&As with filmmakers. All films will be available on demand...

 

Stop of Department of Licensing fee increases called for by Dave Paul

OAK HARBOR – State Rep. Dave Paul (D-Oak Harbor) has called on the state Department of Licensing to immediately stop a proposed 25% fee increase. “Our small businesses are hurting during the pandemic. Raising fees at this time is not just...

 

Slowing Third Street traffic options weighed by Council

The initial option for slowing traffic on North Third Street has hit a speed bump of its own. Hindered by expected revenue shortfalls linked to COVID-19, Town officials are backing off plans to install elongated speed bumps on the main route to and...

 

New school superintendent search getting underway

Two consulting firms wanting to help lead the search for a new La Conner Schools superintendent made their pitches to school board members during near hour-long Zoom presentations Monday night. Neither missed the mark. As a result, the board...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 30, 2020

County COVID-19 cases falling

New COVID-19 cases in Skagit County continue to drop even as more county residents are again testing at the County’s Skagit Valley College public site, data from the Skagit Public Health show. The County reported 44 new cases in the Sept. 15-28...

 

Your 2020 vision needed now

Each one of us is concerned for our country’s future. We all want to get to a better, more prosperous and peaceful place. We want blue skies, bird song and bountiful harvests. The question always is, how do we get there? The devil is in the...

 

Musings – on the editor’s mind

What is the purpose of this small newspaper, perched on the periphery of the continent? How does the La Conner Weekly News best serve its readers? What is the publisher’s responsibility to both you and the times? At the dawn of our country –...

 

A plea for the future

Donald Trump is unfit to lead and he is unfit to govern anyone let alone what just four years ago was the most respected country in the world. You can pick any subject and he has failed. Every day is a ‘He did what?’ day. His despicable actions...

 

Vote Helen Price Johnson

As former school board directors in the South Whidbey School District, we are writing in support of Helen Price Johnson for Washington State Senator. Helen has participated extensively in positions of service to the South Whidbey community her...

 

For Helen Price Johnson

To the Editor I am voting for Helen Price Johnson for State Senator for one reason – her experience. It is an easy decision for anyone aware of her work on behalf of our community for the past 12 years as a county commissioner. Now she wants...

 

Vote for Dave Paul

On December 27, 2018, Dave Paul drove to La Conner to talk to residents about their request for help in funding a new library. It was the holidays, he was not yet sworn in, but he was already on the job. He listened, asked questions, concluded it...

 

Permit needed for motorcades

Dear Mayor and Members of Town Council: I would like to ask that you remind the Sheriff’s Office about the code here regarding motorcades. They are basically unlawful unless permitted 45 days ahead. The town is on a slippery slope toward becoming...

 

McConnell cheats for Trump

My big brother, God rest his soul, loved to play bridge, and he was really good at it. He had that kind of mind. So he won a lot. He also cheated. He thought the best players played exceptionally well – and also cheated really well. That is...

 

Learning from history 2

Those of us who lived through the 1960s and 70s remember the Nixon era, those who did not should read about it. I lived in Frankfurt, Germany at the time, and experienced the sad situation of young American soldiers being sent to Germany and then...

 

Endorses Helen Price-Johnson

In fairness, I do not know Helen Price-Johnson’s opponent in the upcoming election. I do know Helen. I am a Walla Walla county commissioner and it has been my privilege to work side by side with Helen, for a number of years, in our roles as county...

 

Cleaning up La Conner

Sunday the Rotary Club of La Conner did a community service project weeding and cleaning up weeds, blackberry vines and ivy along the Benton Street Stairs. I would like to give a huge shout out to “Touch Up Landscape” owner Thomas Kahn, who...

 

If I ran the zoo

Call me crazy (or call me meshugganah, as I am writing this on the most solemn Jewish day of the year, Yom Kippur), but the pandemic does have a good side. Believe me, I am devastated as the numbers o...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, September 21 6:00 p.m.: Too drunk to drive – Report of four intoxicated subjects who went into the La Conner Tavern. The caller was concerned they may attempt to drive after they left the tavern. S. 1st St., La Conner. Tuesday,...

 

Dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes in Olive Oil

Cherry tomatoes thrive in our area. I grow borage to attract bees to pollinate our garden. An abundance of cherry tomatoes allow us to share them. This recipe creates a small half pint full of...

 

ARNOLD TORSETH

Arnold Torseth went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, passing away peacefully in his sleep at Mountain Glen Retirement Center on September 19, 2020. Arnold was born at home in Conway,... Full story

 

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