Articles from the October 4, 2023 edition

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 By Adam Sowards    News    October 4, 2023

Gov. Inslee comes to Anacortes for housing discussion

Gov. Jay Inslee visited Anacortes last week to listen to locals discuss housing supply challenges. He left saying, “I got some good ideas here today,” while also noting, “We have more work to do.” The Tenant’s Housing Roundtable, in Anacortes...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 4, 2023
People eating with their hands at long tables under tent.

Tidewater Boil draws sold-out crowd to La Conner Marina

Southern hospitality La Conner-style was on the menu at the La Conner Marina Friday night. A sold-out crowd enjoyed favorite dishes from farm and sea during the inaugural Skagit Tidewater Boil fundrai...

 By Adam Sowards    News    October 4, 2023
Aerial view of lots purchased by Habitat for Humanity.

Skagit Habitat for Humanity buys La Conner property

Skagit Habitat for Humanity recently purchased the property on the corner of Caledonia and Third streets in La Conner. The Town of La Conner plans to change its comprehensive plan to allow...

 By Ken Stern    News    October 4, 2023

Rain once again fell from sky in September

Finally, a significant rainfall at autumn’s start, 0.9 inches Sept. 23. That led six days in a row of precipitation totaling 1.4 inches for 82.8% of the month’s 1.8 inch total. The other 0.3 inches fell Sept 3-4, with a quarter inch of rain the 4th...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 4, 2023

Governing is not posturing

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy acted rightly as the mature adult in the room last weekend, taking responsibility for passing a spending bill to fund the United States government. When you read this, McCarthy has already been voted out of the... Full story

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 4, 2023

Musings-On the editor's mind

If my parents were alive, they would be stepping through their second century in America. My mom, born in 1920, would be 103. My dad would be 109. They were children of the Depression. I have long called myself a child of children of the Depression,... Full story


Reflecting on this dry summer dust

I have been a part of our local farming community for sixty plus years now. I’ve seen more than half of the farm history in the region. I was able to observe the demise of peas, sweet corn and carrots. Now I’ve seen the arrival of dry beans, peppers,... Full story


Prepare: One day the Big One will come

On Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. 800,000 or so folks in Washington will take part in the Great Shakeout drill to practice the steps necessary to effectively respond to a major earthquake. Unlike floods and maybe wild fires, there is no way science has... Full story


Wayfinder Market fabulous

A friend and I had the good fortune to attend The Wayfinder Market’s “First supper club of the fall season” on Friday night Sept. 29. I say fortunate because if you missed out you are truly unlucky. We had a fabulous time. Twenty guests sat at a big... Full story


Solution: Rename column

When I first started reading Mel Damski’s column today, I thought he was going to say that the Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) estate had sued the La Conner Weekly News for plagiarizing the beloved author’s book title. Yikes! That didn’t happen, but w... Full story


FD 13 thanked

Thank you for covering the Sept. 24 Fire District 13 Open House event and for consistently providing your readers with information from and about this outstanding group of firefighter/EMTs who serve the community. Your article centers on the... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 4, 2023
Filled sandbags lined up behind Public Works building.

Channel flood barriers ready for placement

Town Emergency Management Commission chair Bill Stokes spoke glowingly last week of how fast La Conner's public works department has acquired and made ready for use a variety of flood barriers ahead...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 4, 2023

Town Council begins 2024 budget with public works

Money talks. But last week it was Town officials who did the talking – about money, it turns out. Town Council members kicked off the 2024 budget season with a special 5 p.m. Sept. 26 hybrid meeting at Maple Hall. Public works director Brian Lease a...


County burn ban over

The Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office ended the burn ban in unincorporated Skagit County Sept. 27. Residential yard and land-clearing fires are again permitted. In unincorporated Skagit County, burn permits are required for piles exceeding four f... Full story

Portrait of Darrell Bruce McCormick playing guitar.


Darrell McCormick died peacefully with his wife by his side on Sept. 20, 2023. Darrell was born and raised in La Conner. He spent much of his youth hunting with his dad, Bruce, and brothers Larry and... Full story

Kialah Seymour in orange shirt in ceremony.

La Conner Schools has outdoor celebration of Orange Shirt Day

Orange is a color that has long linked the La Conner and Swinomish communities, perhaps never more so than now, 66 years after the Rainbow Bridge was built. That was much in evidence Friday afternoon...

Abi Udlock in mid-set.

La Conner defeats two league rivals, 2A Sedro-Woolley in key net tests

It's often said in sports that the best defense is a good offense. For the youthful La Conner High School volleyball team, which carries three eighth graders – Nora McCormick, Abi Poulton and Reese B...


High school sports roundup: soccer, football scores

The La Conner High School boys’ soccer team defeated Grace Academy 3-1 Friday at home for the Braves’ second straight triumph, improving to 2-3 on the campaign going into a big match with NW2B/1B power Mount Vernon Christian Friday, Oct. 6. Coa...


Technology advances methods for tracking bird migrations

In the 1950s bird migration information was sketchy without a good format. Most banding research was done with metal tags as leg bands on waterfowl. Not much information was useful. The leg bands counted birds killed in the field by hunters. Passerin...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    October 4, 2023

Go get caught by 'The Mousetrap'

Over ominous music playing in a darkened theatre a scream shrieks out. When the curtains open onto an early 1950s English inn’s sitting room, the news on the radio is of a murder of a woman in London. But that is hardly background noise even after t... Full story


Energy planning grants awarded to schools and fire department

The La Conner School District and the La Conner Fire Department have each been awarded a grant from the Washington state Department of Commerce. These grants will fund work required for each to...


Motor vehicle collision caused brief local power outage last week

Over 3,000 greater La Conner residents were without power for several hours Sept. 26 following a vehicle collision north of town. The areas affected by the outage was southern Fidalgo Island east across the La Conner Flats to Pleasant Ridge and the...


Festival of Family Farms this weekend

The 25th annual Festival of Family Farms free tour is throughout Skagit County this weekend, Oct. 7-8.The popular annual event offers visitors hands on experience at a wide variety of farms across the Skagit Valley. You don’t have to be a city s... Full story


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