Articles from the October 11, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 11, 2023

Earthquake rattles La Conner Sunday

Ted Taylor is fondly dubbed “Captain Catastrophe” because of his persistent calls for local emergency preparedness. But the Skagit County Fire District 13 captain and emergency management coordinator might more accurately be called a realist. Tha...

 By Ken Stern    News    October 11, 2023

29 newspaper contest awards for Weekly News

Staff at the La Conner Weekly News continue to be recognized for their excellent work. They received 29 WNPA best newspaper awards at the annual Better Newspaper Contest of Washington’s community newspapers in Kennewick Oct. 7. News editor Bill Reyno...

 By Ken Stern    News    October 11, 2023

Town sales tax monthly revenue a record again

Up. The Town of La Conner’s sales tax revenue is $63,276 for September, reported by the state Department of Revenue for July sales. It is the highest report for the month, the highest 2023 monthly total and the third highest monthly total ever, b...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 11, 2023
State Sen. Lisa Williams helping students in kitchen.

State lawmaker studies mastery-based learning in La Conner

The eyes of Olympia were on La Conner Schools last week focusing on the district's innovative approach to assessing student learning. And state leaders visiting the local campus liked what they saw....

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 11, 2023

Citizens: Time to participate

All of a sudden there are a slew of opportunities to be active civically – democratically – in the community. You do not have to live in La Conner to involve yourself. And the October activities end, appropriately, with our school children – indee... Full story

 By Nancy Crowell    News    October 11, 2023

Annular solar eclipse this Saturday

This Saturday, October 14, millions of viewers across the United States will be treated to an unusual sight. An annular solar “ring of fire” eclipse will occur across a narrow path from Oregon to Brazil. We may be able to see it in Western Was... Full story

 By Greg Whiting    News    October 11, 2023

E-bikes just the option for local commutes

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the possibility of buying a second electric car. I’m still giving that some consideration. However, before making a final decision, I’m going to wait till the rec... Full story


Slough Slosh Symphony

So the slough slowly flows, back and forth it goes, out to the Salish Sea and Pacific Ocean, before it returns as rain and tidal slosh. So effortless and timeless, it stimulates the phosphorous’ sparkly glow. It’s quite simple really, we just hav... Full story


Facts on Skagit Habitat Humanity purchase story

To the Editor, Your article this past week related to Habitat for Humanity’s purchase of property in La Conner (“Skagit Habitat for Humanity buys La Conner property,” Oct. 4) is factually incorrect. While representatives of Habitat for Human... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    October 11, 2023

2024 hotel-motel fund grants

The La Conner Town Council almost doubled its hotel-motel allocation in the 2024 budget, voting to spend $342,111 at its Sept. 26 meeting. Almost 64%, $217,461 are internal expenditures, mostly for...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 11, 2023

Great ShakeOut drill next week

Emergency management is more than a hot current topic. It will have great significance in the future as well. Which is why Skagit County Fire District 13 Capt. Ted Taylor is proposing that local schools consider teaching their students important... Full story


Public input wanted at short-term rentals forum Oct. 17

The status of short-term rentals in La Conner tops the agenda of a special 6 p.m. Oct. 17 public forum at the La Conner Civic Garden Club. “It will be a specific and targeted meeting,” Town Assistant Planner Ajah Eills said at the planning com... Full story



Player number 24 running with ball on field.

La Conner sports roundup: Oct. 6-7

The traffic volume in town last weekend teased that it was the height of tourist season. That wasn't the case, of course.. But it was a peak weekend in terms of La Conner High School's fall sports...

Image of oil painting of water bottle with bright blue ocean background.

'Surge' intersects art and science; opens at MoNA Saturday

We know about climate change through science; we feel it through art. The combination is a powerful one and is on display at the Museum of Northwest Art starting Saturday as "Surge: Mapping...


Shelter Bay's Paul Fadoul directs 'The Mousetrap' in Anacortes

“The Mousetrap” is running through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre and it has been selling out every show. It is a wonderful murder mystery by Agatha Christie, her first play. It ope...


Barbers as historians new museum exhibit

Ed Marlow brought some old photos into his barbershop many decades ago. People starting adding to his collection. Even when he changed locations, customers kept bringing them; he pinned them to the wall. “It just mushroomed,” said Marlow. He thi...


State creates Indian boarding schools Truth & Reconciliation Committee

OLYMPIA — Following the National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools Sept. 30, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the five members of his office’s Truth & Reconciliation Tribal Advisory Committee on Oct. 4. The committee will stu... Full story


Eggplant with Tomatoes

Made with locally grown produce. This is a hearty dish as a stand-alone vegetarian meal. Give yourself some time as this recipe takes over an hour of preparation. But worth it! Ingredients Eggplants,...


Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Skagit Symphony begins its 2023-24 season with “Second Chances” on Oct. 21. The concert features Sandra Shen on piano playing “Stars” by Mary Howe, Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto and concludes with Mussorgsky’s legendary ... Full story


Sweet 16: Ramon Hayes reflects on four terms as Town of La Conner's mayor

As a youth whose World War II veteran father was a booking agent in the entertainment industry, Ramon Hayes grew up familiar with the celebrities who gained fame amid the emerging new world of...


Police Blotter

Sunday, October 1 12:26 p.m. Dog watcher – Report of a dog left in a vehicle that the caller thought might be in distress. The dog was checked on and found to be in good health and was ok in the car. S. 1st St., La Conner. 12:59 p.m. No longer l...


Marina Moorings

The Port of Skagit hosted two massive events on the last weekend of September to benefit and promote the Genuine Skagit Valley program. The Tidewater Boil and Skagit Farm to Pint Fest were, as...



The Sept. 27 story “Skagit Habitat for Humanity buys La Conner lot” incorrectly stated “The Town of La Conner plans to change its comprehensive plan to allow multifamily housing … .” That is an aspiration of Skagit Habitat for Humanity. The sente... Full story


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