Articles from the October 30, 2019 edition

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 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 30, 2019

Festivals young and old and local

The Seventh Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival just finished. It gets better as it grows, and it was pretty good last year. That was last week. Next week the 35th annual Art’s Alive opens with a reception Friday at Maple Hall. You are invited. The...


Swinomish Tribe needs to pay on school bond

The Superintendent of the La Conner Schools is sending a letter to the Swinomish Tax Authority that does not call for the Swinomish to pay anything for the bond that built the middle school. The Swinomish people voted for that bond. They should pay...



Abigail “Abby” Fay Dunn Williams of La Conner, WA, our family matriarch, got her wish to “fly away” to her Lord on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Abigail was born in Culver City, CA on Feb. 16, 1922, the second of four daughters, to Will A. and... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    October 30, 2019

Council plants seed for 'Rock' to sprout homes

The potential of “The Rock,” the eight lots on the hill above Maple Avenue west of Hill Street, finally getting developed brought citizens, realtors, the property owners and Everest developer...

 By Ken Stern    News    October 30, 2019

2020 Town budget shrinks

While La Conner’s 2020 proposed budget is smaller than last year’s, with reduced expenditures, revenues are even smaller. Just over $1 million dollars, tapped from the general fund balance, plugs the operating budget shortfall. The estimated $4.7...

 By Anne Basye    News    October 30, 2019

WW II POW tale told at high school Nov. 5

If you’re moved by the story James H. Keefe III shares next Tuesday at the La Conner High School Auditorium, you can thank Patty McCormick. The retired LaConner Schools bus driver was browsing the Mount Vernon Goodwill store with her daughter Emily...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 30, 2019

La Conner High volleyball team digs support from fans

The defending State champion La Conner High volleyball team extended its unbeaten league winning streak to eight matches with a straight-sets triumph over Mount Vernon Christian at Landy James Gym...


Fall colors

THE VALLEY’S FALL COLORS IN FULL VIEW – Blue mountain majesties were missing from this otherwise patriotic field of blueberries and perfectly timed snow geese taking flight, or landing, or...

 By Ken Stern    News    October 30, 2019

Vote now! Six days left

Now is the time to cast your ballot. Help get all ballots counted quickly: • Vote and return your ballot now • Sign your ballot envelope • Mail your ballot by Nov. 2 Get voting information and register to vote at or contact...


'Pray the Gay Away' coming to Lincoln Theatre

Inside the community hall of Mount Vernon’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church gather a group of thespians, singers and dancers. It is a mid-week run through of “Pray the Gay Away,” with only five more rehearsals before opening night. The scene...

 By Ken Stern    News    October 30, 2019

'Addams Family' more a hoot than howl

Timing is everything. “The Addams Family” opened last week, a perfect fit for Halloween. It runs through Nov. 17 at the Whidbey Playhouse. Elders of a certain age will recognize the characters, their dress, mannerisms, voices, personalities and...

 By Joy Neal    Opinion    October 30, 2019

Your public libraries are being threatened by corporate interests

La Conner Regional Library and other public libraries provide open access to books, materials, programs, technology and first-rate customer service. Public libraries are unique institutions because they exist solely to further the common good and to...


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