Articles from the October 18, 2023 edition

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 By Ken Stern    News    October 18, 2023

Ballots and local elections coming

Voters living in the La Conner School District have one choice on their ballot in the school board race for the District 2 director. John Agen, elected to the District 1 position in 2019, has moved into the district. Janie Beasley, defeated in her...

 By Judy Booth    News    October 18, 2023
Brian Wilbur speaking at podium in library.

Blessing the La Conner Swinomish Library

Like loons calling across the water, like Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," the Swinomish Canoe Family hushed the crowd of 150 people as they sang and drummed a blessing prayer, the chorus meandering its...

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School board candidates answer our questions for you

Candidates responded to these issues: 1. School District's greatest strengths. 2. Curriculum and policies valuing student voices. 3. Schools' unique features to maintain. 4. How to best support Superi... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 18, 2023
Left to right: John Agen, moderator Kris Lytton, Janie Beasley

School board candidates speak at League forum

The candidates in La Conner's only contested 2023 election shared their views and personal backgrounds at a Skagit County League of Women Voters forum in Mount Vernon Monday night. John Agen, elected...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 18, 2023

Elections demand high expectations

Ballots will be arriving in the mail soon. We have very few choices in this year of municipal elections. There is only one contested seat: the La Conner school district Director 2 position. The rest of the positions in greater La Conner, for school... Full story

 By Gale Fiege    Opinion    October 18, 2023

Why weren't school board candidates in voter pamphlet ?

I was disappointed when I opened the Skagit County voters’ pamphlet only to find that none of the candidates for La Conner School Board had submitted statements. To Alana Quintasket, John Agen, Janie Beasley and Kim Pedroza: What is your excuse? V... Full story


Thank you La Conner

On Aug. 15 our motor home was parked in La Conner while my husband and I took a walk. A few minutes later we heard fire engines and walked back to see, as it was near our motor home. It was our motor home and we were so fortunate the firefighters... Full story


Joint meeting on paid parking coming

The Oct. 10 La Conner Town Council meeting was full of comings and goings. Council will meet jointly with the planning commission Nov. 28 to hear a presentation from representatives specializing in paid parking systems. “This will give you i... Full story


Grant applications for trees, fish slide repairs denied

Since money doesn’t grow on trees, Town officials and the La Conner Chamber of Commerce hoped reversing the process might pay off in support of a civic beautification campaign. Alas, grants written to plant trees on Morris Street and remove trees a... Full story


This is flood awareness week

Flood Awareness Week runs through Friday, Oct. 20. Serious flooding generally occurs between October and March. The Skagit County government offers a variety of alert tools for residents. Sgn up for CodeRed Alerts, follow @SkagitGov on Twitter, or... Full story


Don't let vampire and phantom electric loads suck your power out of your house

Pumpkin spice lattes, football, leaves starting to change color, the approach of Halloween … it’s time to talk about vampires and phantoms. Vampire and phantom electric loads, that is. Many con... Full story


David Francis Ehman Oct. 21, 1950 - Oct. 16, 2023

Dave is gone. For someone who was consistently late to every appointment, he left this world way too early. David Francis Ehman was born to Shirley Ehman and Marvel Brodt Ehman on October 21, 1950,... Full story

Bob Abrams

Robert "Bob" Abrams Jan. 22, 1931- Oct. 11, 2023

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Robert "Bob" Abrams. He was a bright spark in our world and will be deeply missed by many. Bob passed away Oct. 11, 2023, in his home in La C... Full story


School sports highlights: Teams on road last week

The La Conner High School Lady Braves brought their ‘A’ game to the soccer pitch Saturday. Actually, they brought their better than ‘A’ game. Lydia Grossglass took a well-placed pass from Kendall Lee to break a scoreless tie and forge a thrilli...


Friday Harbor Film Festival

The 2023 Friday Harbor Film Festival offers 25 feature films including notable award winners and nominees next week, Oct. 27-29 in Friday Harbor. Showings start Friday morning and the evening ends with the Friday Night Gala honoring filmmakers at...


Some recreational shellfish areas now open

Washington State Dept. of Health has lifted the following closures for recreational shellfish harvesting :West Fidalgo Island,South Skagit and Similk Bay Harvesting remains closed to butter and varnish clams at Samish Island. Call 1-800-562-5632 to...


Seed saving and sharing

Seed saving and sharing can save you money and open the door to learning about plants. First, always save seeds from open-pollinated plants: plants pollinated openly by wind, rain or flying critters. Heirloom seeds are included in this category...

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BBQ Baked Beans

This recipe bakes slowly all day. Perfect fall dish and great to take to family dinners. For the canned beans, I used what I had on hand. The larger can is Van Camps pork n beans in tomato sauce. The...


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

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Booming American Tugs offers worker training

When Port of Skagit officials unveiled preliminary plans last year for long-range re-development at La Conner Marina, workforce housing was a key variable for future investment. Port leadership...


Police Blotter

Sunday, October 8 8:30 p.m. Dog lost; owner found – Lost dog found in La Conner. Owner was found on the reservation and the dog was returned. Morris St., La Conner. Tuesday, October 10 9:14 a.m. Busted memory– Employee of the Conway Pub called in...




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