Articles from the October 25, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 25, 2023

La Conner has 'School Board of Distinction'

Having committed to a new K-12 math curricula that has already paid dividends in terms of improved student achievement, La Conner school board members Monday also reaped the benefits of that investment. The five-member panel was saluted as a School B...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 25, 2023

Against military aid to Israel

No. No more military aid to Israel, not $14 billion, not 14 cents. Write President Joe Biden, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Rick Larsen and tell them more weapons will neither stop the killing nor end the conflict between Israel and... Full story


Tourist towns need EV charging stations to keep visitors coming

About a year ago, Jenelle and I drove from Victoria, on the south end of Vancouver Island, to Port Hardy, near the north end. We took a gasoline-powered car. We weren’t sure whether public charging s... Full story


Bat with rabies found in Skagit County

A Skagit County resident was exposed to rabies recently by picking up a bat, which later tested positive for rabies, with bare hands. The person sustained a scratch when handling the bat and called Skagit County Public Health, who directed them to me... Full story


The origins of our Halloween traditions

Every year, we have a public Halloween festival – where kids parade through town in their outfits and go from shopfront to shopfront to get their candy loot. Sure, some families keep sweets at home in case anyone shows up in the evening, but t... Full story

 By Mel Damski    Opinion    October 25, 2023

If I ran the zoo

It’s been heartbreaking for me to follow what’s happening in Israel right now. My cousin Yossi Drory lives in Tel Aviv and the last time I saw him in person I was four years old and he was five and... Full story

Cheer sponsor Theresa James surrounded by the cheer squad.

Retiring La Conner cheer sponsor will be receiving applause Friday

There will be cheers and tears at La Conner High School's home football game Friday. That's guaranteed regardless of the outcome. The former will be led, as always, by the cheer squad. The tears, on...

 By Adam Sowards    News    October 25, 2023
The farm stand at Hedlin's Family Farm has sprouted a field of colorful signs.

Farm stand neighbors seasons closing

Autumn has arrived and settled in. The leaves are falling, the snow geese are returning and farm stand stock is thinning. The fresh produce season is transitioning. The farm stand at Hedlin's Family...


Best of Festival at Quilt Museum

Admire the Judge’s Choice Best of the Festival art from the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum’s 2023 International Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival held in Everett Oct. 6-8. The Best of Show winning piece and Awards of Excellence, Peo...


Poets read Oct. 28

Ten Washington poets will read from “I Sing the Salmon Home” Saturday, 7 p.m. at Pelican Bay Books, 520 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes. Poets include Luther Allen, Jane Alynn, Ronda Broatch, Randy Dills, Georgia Johnson, Mary Lynn Lyke, Jory Mic...


First and last, Dave and Lynette Cram take roles supporting La Conner Schools

David and Lynette Cram are united in both marriage and their shared love of La Conner Schools, where they first forged career plans and were taught the value of public service. The Crams, both La Conner alumni, have since college taken on various...


Oct. 25, 2023 Police Blotter

Sunday, October 15 6:06 p.m. Gave up license – Subject leaving the area of the marina hit another car and left the area. A Deputy tracked down the driver who was an older male who did not know he had hit anything. It was determined that the driver w...


Friday Harbor Film Festival starts Oct. 27

The 2023 Friday Harbor Film Festival shows 25 feature films this Friday through Sunday in Friday Harbor. The Friday Nigh Gala honoring filmmakers. Deborah Giles will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as research director for Wild...

The La Conner boardwalk on the Swinomish Channel.

Ramon Hayes ending remarkable four terms as mayor

This completes the two-part look at Ramon Hayes time as La Conner's mayor For 16 years while mayor of the Town of La Conner, Ramon Hayes has championed the successes teamwork has created, deflecting...


MoNA panel dives into sea level rise in Skagit County

Sea level rise and its impacts to the Skagit will be discussed by scientists at the Museum of Northwest Art Saturday, Oct. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Audience participation is encouraged as part of the “Surge” exhibit. Topics discussed include sea level ris...


October's news starts with thanking community as library dedicated

It has officially been one year since the library opened our doors to the community and so much has happened in that year. We have welcomed many returning and new patrons to the library. We have been able to host great programs, including author talk...

Close up of 3 snow geese landing in a farm field with more in background.

Birds' return requires people to 'Be Bird Wise'

Snow geese have returned to Skagit Valley, the flocks growing daily. Many welcome this seasonal pattern, but the spectacle of the thousands of wintering birds generate conflict, too. Several local...


Boo-tiful downtown parade highlights kids' Halloween

It’s okay to feel scared and spooky in La Conner next Tuesday. In fact, it’s encouraged. That’s because Oct. 31 is Halloween, one of area residents’ favorite celebrations and the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season. The fun starts with the La...


Volleyball team two wins last week include 3A foe

The new-look La Conner High School volleyball team rekindled memories of the recent past during two impressive matches last week. The net program, which has suffered heavy graduation losses in the wake of four straight state titles dating to 2018,...

La Conner High School senior Zaira Najera-Davalos

October Soroptimist student is Zaira Najera-Davalos

Zaira Najera-Davalos, a La Conner High School senior, is the Soroptimist International of La Conner Honored Student for the month of October. Zaira is a busy young woman both at school and home. She...

La Conner high school's homecoming court at midfield.

Coupeville football, soccer teams sweep La Conner

A solid ground game supported by a potent passing attack led by quarterback Ivory Damien wasn't enough for La Conner to defeat archrival Coupeville in the Braves' Homecoming football game at Jack...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 25, 2023
Planning Director Michael Davolio talks with small group.

Town's short-term rentals forum draws large turnout

Town officials and La Conner residents have spent a long time discussing short-term rentals. Which has been part of the plan all along – and going forward. The needle inched further toward defining s...

 By Ken Stern    News    October 25, 2023
La Conner planning group tours Langley small home community

Can plans for housing in La Conner be found in Langley?

Like La Conner, Langley is a tourist town on the Salish Sea, on the southeast coast of Whidbey Island. La Conner's planning commissioners, staff and Councilmember Marylee Chamberlain, along with a...


Laura May Bird June 11, 1973 – Oct. 4, 2023

Our beloved Laura Bird departed this world at Skagit Regional Health, Mount Vernon, on October 4, 2023 surrounded by her son, Shane and many family and friends. Laura fought a righteous battle... Full story


Matthew (Matt) Lawrence Nov. 16, 1954 - Oct. 2, 2023

Matthew Lawrence (Matt) Pratt was taken from a wonderful life much too early on Monday, October 2, 2023, at his home in La Conner, Washington. He suffered a heart attack while going out to feed his... Full story


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