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  • 1960s Dinner party celebrates 50th anniversary of Skagit County Historical Museum

    Ken Stern|Nov 7, 2018

    IN THE GROOVE, MAN, AND PEACE, TOO – Bell-bottoms, beads, bandanas, tie-dye, wigs, peace signs and vests were in abundance at a packed Maple Hall Saturday. People celebrated at the Skagit County Historical Museum’s 50th Anniversary Party. Donna and George Tenborg were among the 160 people donating over $38,000 through dinner tickets, silent and live auction items, wine purchases and sponsors. Any more successful and the roof would have been raised, said Jo Wolfe, museum director. &...

  • Swinomish Channel dredging moves sand and silt deeper

    Bill Reynolds|Nov 7, 2018

    A red sky at night is a sailor’s delight. So, too, is dredging of Swinomish Channel. A California marine contractor has begun removing just over 150,000 cubic yards of material from the channel, a project scheduled to run through November, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Removing sediment from the channel, which runs 11 nautical miles between Padilla Bay to the north and Skagit Bay to the south, is considered essential in helping prevent shoaling and to maintain the popular s...

  • Rainfall heavy in late October

    Ken Stern|Nov 7, 2018

    Rain nine of the last 10 days of October pushed the month’s total to 2.32 inches. The 1.9 inches was over 81 percent of the month’s precipitation. Most of that, 1.52 inches, came Oct. 26-28. The 0.64 inch on the 27th was over one-fourth that weekend’s rainfall. The real rain story: three inches fell Oct. 28-Nov. 4, exceeding October’s total. It rained seven of the eight days. The late October rain dropped last month to the eighth driest since 2000. Five of the driest years have been since 2010. Less than two inches of rain has fallen seven t...

  • School district listens at neighborhood meetings

    Ken Stern|Nov 7, 2018

    The La Conner School District, board and staff, is almost the government. And, they do want to help. Superintendent Whitney Meissner and various board members championed listening and participation at neighborhood meetings Oct. 24 and 25 at the Shelter Bay clubhouse and Christianson’s Nursery schoolhouse, respectively. Meissner, in her second year, modeled inclusiveness at the gathering, attended by three and seven parents, respectively. She drew each group in by asking them “What’s on your mind? Ask me anything. Share anything.” Especia...

  • Paul Watson talks Salish Sea: salmon and orcas

    Ken Stern|Nov 7, 2018

    Captain Paul Watson, co-founder of first Greenpeace and then the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the 1970’s, was honored with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the sixth annual Friday Harbor Film Festival’s opening night gala Oct. 26. The Award honors a person who has “made outstanding contributions to raising the general public’s awareness of important issues, either through his/her activism or as a filmmaker. It is presented in memory of Andrew V. McLaglen, a proficient, award-winning Hollywood film director and long-time residen...

  • Art is now Alive in La Conner

    MaryRose Denton|Nov 7, 2018

    Art comes alive in the La Conner community this weekend, as 14 invitational artists display their work and share their craft through various demonstrations held throughout town: It is La Conner’s 34th annual Art’s Alive. Kirk Ruse, an oil painter in the show says, “art is not only a personal reflection of the artist’s spirit, but those who engage in the art somehow see a reflection of their self, embracing something outside of themselves and growing a sense of community.” His paintings can be seen at That’s Knot All, one of 12 merchants showing...

  • Living their faith got Kory Slaatthaug and Mickey Bambrick in the Seattle Times

    Nov 7, 2018

    Story by Mike Rosenberg Seattle Times real estate reporter Published October 25, 2018 in Seattle Times Husband and wife Kory Slaatthaug and Mickey Bambrick are landlords. For the past half-century, Slaatthaug’s family has owned a small apartment building in Greenwood named for the Norwegian town where Kory’s father grew up. They’re also devout Pentecostal Christians. When Slaatthaug, a 74-year-old retired carpenter, does repairs at the building, he drives there in a Jeep with a 4-foo...

  • Shell Yeah for Chowda: 20th Annual Chowder by the Channel

    Karen Summers|Nov 7, 2018

    Natalie McCuskey Each year my bestie Natalie and I mark our calendars for the first Saturday of November for Chowder by the Channel. I asked at the paper if we could write a little article on our favorite local event, so here we are! With so many friendly familiar faces and starlets, the La Conner Middle School and Kiwanis Club of La Conner made a welcoming place for guests on this blustery November day to taste samples of chowder. This fundraiser was a perfect way to support the Kiwanis, who give so much back to the community. In an...

  • CATHERINE RUTH PIPPEN Nov. 18, 1919 - Aug. 9, 2018

    Nov 7, 2018

    Kitty died August 9th at age 98 in La Conner, Washington Catherine, “Kitty” Ruth Oberholtzer Pippen was born in rural China where her parents were missionaries. Her brother Henry and identical twin sister Marie were homeschooled and then attended North China American School near Beijing. Kitty came to America for college at North Manchester, Indiana, where she met her husband Eldon. Kitty taught home Economics and art while Eldon was in Basic training. Their first child, Carl David was born while Eldon was overseas. Graduate school after WWI... Full story

  • Musings - on the editor's mind

    Ken Stern|Nov 7, 2018

    Last week the rains returned. Rain, blessed rain. When was the last time there was standing water in farm fields and the sloughs were full? April. It’s been five months of dry. More rain fell in the Skagit Valley last week, as October ended and November began, than the rest of October: Three inches in eight days. There has never before been three inches in three consecutive months between April’s start and September’s end. And to hear the rain, as much wind as water, passing through the trees, nature making herself known, no subtlety, roari...

  • Take care of our local future

    Ken Stern|Nov 7, 2018

    Last Saturday folks gathered in Maple Hall in 1960s attire to celebrate the Skagit County Historical Museum’s 50th anniversary. Equally important, they were making donations to ensure that children not yet born appreciate its centennial. Likewise, the Kiwanis’ Chowder on the Channel was raising funds in support of La Conner children’s school needs, gathering people of all ages in the middle school earlier on Saturday. Still below the radar screen is the school district levy campaign. The district will soon be explaining why it is impor...

  • La Conner is boo-tiful place to be on Halloween

    Bill Reynolds|Nov 7, 2018

    For one day a year La Conner is a literal ghost town. Or, almost literally That day being Halloween. There’s no way, of course, that historic First Street – one of the state’s more popular destination points – would ever be completely vacant. Even at the end of October when the summer tourist season has long since passed. It turns out Halloween is actually among those times downtown La Conner is at its busiest, filled with ghosts, goblins, ghouls, pirates, space travelers, din...

  • Amy Carson's "Perimeter" at Perry and Carlson in Mount Vernon

    Nov 7, 2018

    FIRST SHOW OF THE CENTURY PACKS THEM IN – Amy Carson’s solo exhibit, “Perimeter,” at Perry and Carlson is her first show in the Skagit Valley since she moved here in 2004. Perhaps 150 people came, and 12 pieces sold at Saturday’s opening. The exhibit runs through Nov. 26. Gallery hours and location: – Photo courtesy of Christian Carlson...