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Carlson and Dole headed for town council positions

La Conner residents have likely chosen Ivan Carlson and Rick Dole to represent them on town council in this election. With 4,900 ballots counted Monday by Skagit County elections office staff, the pattern of challengers Carlson and Dole’s...

 

Maple Field housing site work begun

A surveying crew put stakes and flags up on Landed Gentry’s Maple Field development on Maple Avenue south of Talbott Street early last week to mark utilities placement. An excavator was brought on site, crushed stone placed for a driveway at the...

 
 By Tom Banse    News    November 10, 2021

‘Welcome Back Loonies:’ U.S. reopens border to Canadian leisure travelers

There was cheering, celebration and emotional reunions along the northern border on Monday as the U.S. reopened its land and sea crossings to Canadian leisure travelers for the first time in 19 months. The international ferry between Port Angeles and...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 10, 2021

Truly a new Council

The votes are mostly counted from La Conner residents deciding on three town council member positions in November’s election. In the first contested elections since 2015, voters elected challengers Ivan Carlson and Rick Dole and returned MaryLee...

 

Presidential dereliction of duty

The avowed primary duty of the president of the United States is to protect and defend the Constitution and the country at large from all threats. The President swears an oath with his hand on the Bible that he will carry this out. It should be...

 

Do I need a helicopter?

Looking at all the pending homes that are about to be built on Maple Avenue and nearby – my question is – how am I going to be able to drive out of town with the traffic jams I foresee? Parking is already impossible on First Street....

 

Skagit County and COVID-19

The “Our grim COVID-19 milestones” editorial in the Oct. 20 edition comments hit the nail on the head. Periodically I have been tracking and comparing COVID-19 data from various parts of the state. Comparing Skagit and King counties confirms...

 

Critical questions asked

Kudos to Jim Airy for his Oct. 27 letter, “Critical Candidate Questions.” It was spot on! I have and will continue to use his questions and reasoning in my communication with family and friends, especially those currently estranged. If nothing...

 

Create real recycling

I’ve been disappointed with the recycling services provided to residential customers by local waste haulers. Waste Management has done little to improve residential recycling. And even though they say the major obstacle to effective recycling is...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 10, 2021

Town sales tax revenue again tops $60,000

Sales tax revenues collected for the Town of La Conner were $62,269 in October, the third straight month above $60,000. Sales tax revenues in 2021 have set records monthly, except for February. Over $521,587 has been collected to date. The town’s...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 10, 2021

Skagit County has highest new COVID-19 infection rate in state

Skagit County has passed a rate of 600 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the 14 day period ending Nov. 5, the highest in the state. The seven day death rate is 0.8 for the period ending...

 

Hard-working La Conner clinches return trip to state volleyball tournament

It might have looked easy, but no effort was spared by the two-time defending state champion La Conner High School volleyball team in its quest to make a return trip to the 2B title tournament in Yakima this week. La Conner, a perfect 18-0 in...

 

Braves soccer team will have big shoes to fill next year

Seniority has its advantages. But once lost, starting over becomes the new normal. Such is the fate of the La Conner High School boys’ soccer team, which rode a strong senior class to a respectable 7-8 record and fifth place finish in a NW2B title...

 

Balance Point youth soccer team wins Skagit Valley title

Nothing in life is perfect. But the Balance Point girls’ U-12 soccer team is about as close as it gets. They went 6-0-2 in league action – outscoring foes by a cumulative 32-13 margin. The La Conner club then won two playoff games at the...

 

Visit Holiday Art Show as it celebrates 20 years in Rexville Grange: weekends Nov. 12–21

Stop by the Rexville Grange Friday evening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show – and do a little shopping while you are there. The semi-annual show began...

 

Festival of Tiny Trees Trail on Morris and First Nov. 19-21

The Festival of Tiny Trees Trail is coming to downtown La Conner Friday, Nov. 19-Sunday, Nov. 21! A new twist on what has become a much anticipated local kick-off to the holidays is back, presented by the Library Foundation and the Friends of La...

 

Mayor explains decision to not sign FCC resolution

Procedure trumped philosophy. That’s how La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes explains his decision to not sign a town council resolution passed Oct. 26 recommending Skagit County commissioners not place Fully Contained Communities in the county’s...

 

Pat Paul discusses indigenous people in international lecture

Pat Paul knows her history. She also knows the history of indigenous people throughout the Americas, enough of it that Paul took part last week in a major online global biennial conference addressing their plight. A La Conner attorney and Alaska...

 

This John Hancock makes name for himself in larger world

A La Conner alum who shares a famous name with a hero of the American Revolution is himself well known for tireless work over the past quarter-century on behalf of youths. John Hancock, a 1983...

 

Local birder seeks museum home for 600 bird species film collection

Some people spend many years of their life searching for their passion. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines passion as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, November 1 12:38 p.m.: No harm no call – Caller reported a vehicle parked in their parking lot with the window broken. Deputies were advised nothing was taken and the owner never called in. Bay View Edison Rd., Bay View. 4:04 p.m.: Call...

 

Chicken Enchiladas

It’s that time of year when people get busy or just want to watch football, or both. When we get a rotisserie chicken, this is the second meal I prepare. This uses one chicken breast of a...

 

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