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 By Anne Basye    News    January 19, 2022

FCCs will be road to Skagit County ‘suburbanization’

Changing county planning rules to permit fully contained communities (FCCs) “opens the door for making this county suburban,” said Margery Hite last Tuesday, Jan. 11, during an online Community Conversation sponsored by the Skagit Valley Food...

 

Suzie Racanello played L.A.’s Troubadour Club

The famed Troubadour Club in Hollywood has helped launch some of the biggest acts in the music business, from Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt to Elton John and the Eagles. Its iconic stage was also...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 19, 2022

Our second cold COVID-19 winter

The world is suffering through the end of the second year of the novel coronavirus pandemic. In the United States, scientists developed vaccines that were getting widespread distribution as 2021 began. That was needed good news after months of...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 19, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Last Wednesday I screwed up my courage and went against my own caution guidelines to see the new film “West Side Story” at the Lincoln Theatre. As everyone else attending did, I showed my vaccination card to get in and I kept my mask on once I...

 

Three story Center Street project

Sunday I had a conversation with Brandon Atkinson while watching the demolition of the building behind Sliders. He is the owner and developer. I mentioned to him that we would like his project a lot more if it were solely residential and only two...

 

Town’s “population goals”

I appreciate the inclusion of the “State of the Town” in the Jan. 5 Weekly News. It’s useful to hear the mayor’s thoughts in his own words. I hope you’ll ask him regularly for his views on other Town matters. I am, however, concerned with t... Full story

 

A missionary from Ireland

When we Christians think of missionaries we think of dedicated Christians traveling miles to far-off lands, usually to third world countries to convert people to Christianity and to better their lives. They leave family and friends and immerse...

 

Championing specific bills this legislative session

The Washington State Legislature convened at noon on Monday, Jan. 10, starting the clock on a 60-day legislative session. For the House of Representatives, at least for the first few weeks of session, that means another fully virtual format. For...

 

Council starts year with three new members

Rick Dole and Ivan Carlson, III, successful election challengers, joined victorious incumbent MaryLee Chamberlain in being sworn into their La Conner Town Council positions Jan. 11. Councilmember...

 

La Conner loses by 2 to girls’ hoop powerhouse Eastlake

The La Conner High School girls’ basketball team did not plan on losing Friday night. Then again, the Lady Braves had not planned on facing undefeated 4A Eastlake on the road, either. The team’s regularly scheduled Jan. 14 tipoff with nearby 1B r...

 

La Conner girls fly high, beat Lady Eagles

Some would say the La Conner High School girls’ basketball team has the sport down to a science. Count veteran head coach Scott Novak among them. “The chemistry on our team is unbelievable,” Novak insisted to the Weekly News following a...

 

La Conner schools, Swinomish Tribe renew vigilance against COVID-19

The current COVID-19 surge has local officials modifying game plans to stem spread of the virus. The La Conner School District has adopted a two-week (Jan. 14-26) pause of spectator attendance at indoor district events, allowing only two family...

 
 By Tom Banse    News    January 19, 2022

Lawmakers propose year-round standard time

NW News Network OLYMPIA — Washington state senators are trying a new gambit to stop the twice-yearly ritual of changing our clocks from standard time to daylight time and back again. A previous effort to move the whole West Coast onto...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, January 10 3:10 p.m.: Abandoned after steal – Deputies responded to an abandoned vehicle call. Deputies determined the license plate did not match the VIN number and located a second license plate in the bed of the truck. A...

 

Spaghetti Casserole

When I cook up a batch of homemade spaghetti, there’s always enough for another day. I make a casserole to freeze for that day. I enjoy doing this, by adding a bit of olive oil, butter, garlic granu...

 

Hunters poached rare Alaskan goose

Gary Bletsch was at March’s Point Dec. 5, 2021, doing what he does most days – looking at birds. When he spotted a pair of rare emperor geese among the brants and other waterfowl in the area,...

 

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