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State volleyball champions honored with downtown parade Saturday

La Conner loves a winner. And the community is always up for a parade. Townspeople and tourists alike enjoyed both Saturday afternoon, turning out to honor the arrival of La Conner High School's 2B...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 16, 2022

Gilday vs Shavers is toss-up for state rep

Votes from greater La Conner and southwestern Skagit County may determine the Position 1 State Representative winner in state legislative district 10. State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) led by 15 votes after Monday’s count with 34,940 to...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 16, 2022

Council considering changes to code

The La Conner Town Council’s three hour meeting Nov. 8 included four public hearings. A 530 p.m. 2023 budget meeting started the evening. Three hearings, including one on the budget, were dispatched quickly. Council did not adjourn till 9 p.m.,...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    November 16, 2022

Community was all-in at Art's Alive opening gala

Art, appetizers and wine and lots of buzz about the quality of the show – in short, the Art's Alive opening gala Friday was "a wonderful night," observed La Conner Arts Foundation board member...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 16, 2022

La Conner's 2023 budget

Just like that, the La Conner Town Council is four weeks away from approving the 2023 municipal budget. Discussions started in September. Council has already approved $173,260 for tourism promotion, awarding $112,800 to nine groups and sending...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 16, 2022

Musings – on the editor's mind

I had the most surprising and joyful experience Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida. I flew down last Thursday for the 25th wedding anniversary celebration of my friends Dick and Lisa. It is because of Dick that I am in La Conner. His August...

 

Bertlesen expansion paves land

It was a surprise to discover that the Skagit County planning staff is recommending changing the zoning of approximately 70 acres of rural land at the intersection of I-5 and Starbird Road to allow a new gas station, general store, campground,...

 

Communications: just like tennis

I have a daughter who in her early teens was happy to sit hang out, or travel with me. She usually preferred to do so in near silence. I would say something, maybe an idle comment and she would smile silently and watch the scenery. This was a little...

 

Local runner goes the distance at NYC Marathon

Char Burks always seems to be on the run, whether at her Country Grounds Coffee stand at the roundabout, shifts with the Swinomish Tribal Police Department or keeping up with her kids. But in New...

 

Town Council Agenda

Town Council Agenda November 22, 2022 104 Commercial Street Upper Maple Center And by Zoom Information is below and on the Town Website I. Call to Order II. Pledge of Allegiance III. Public Comments (Limit: 3 minutes per person) IV. Presentations:...

 

Fire District 13 November meeting summary

Fire District 13 Commission Chair Bruce Shellhamer traveled over 300 miles to discover his department shares the same operational challenges with similar fire districts. “We’re not alone when it comes to staffing issues,” said Shellhamer, told...

 

Port talks Marina at coffee

Half a dozen La Conner residents accepted Port of Skagit Executive Director Sara Young’s invitation to coffee at the La Conner Marina last Wednesday. She hopes to reach more residents at an open house Dec. 1. Young brought Planning and Development...

 

Rep. Larsen visits joint SVC and Swinomish dental therapy program

When the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Skagit Valley College partnered this year to launch the first Dental Therapy Education program in Washington state the joint program garnered national attention. Second Congressional District U.S. Rep...

 

Coal costs more to generate electricity

Can you replace coal-fired electric generation with solar power even though the sun isn't up 24 hours a day? Are coal mines closing because of economics, or is it just politics? As mentioned in my...

 

Hope Island fish pen lease canceled

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources has ended the two remaining net pen aquaculture leases on state-owned aquatic lands. DNR officials informed Cooke Aquaculture Monday that the two expired leases will not be renewed for their...

 

The award is even larger

THE AWARD IS EVEN LARGER – La Conner Schools' Andy Wheeler, director of special programs, left, and ceramic arts teacher Steve DeLeon accept a $4,500 check, a gift from Epting Foundation Trustee...

 

Historical Museum Holiday Sale

The Skagit County Historical Museum is hosting a holiday sale Nov. 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Skagit City School at 17508 Moore Rd, Mount Vernon. Featuring hand crafted items by local artisans - jewelry, textiles, cards, cookies, pottery and...

 

Dance opportunities abound in Skagit

By Judy Booth “Get up offa that thing … dance and you’ll feel better!” – James Brown Whether you’re a six-year-old aspiring ballerina or a closeted John Travolta, Skagit Valley is chuck-full of dance performance and instruction. “May I...

 

Agritourism meeting at 6 p.m.

Skagit County is looking for your feedback on policy options for agritourism in the community. The in-person public meeting is today, Nov. 16, at Maple Hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The second meeting is Dec. 6 at the Skagit County Commissioner’s...

 

Apple and Onion Dressing

Dressing is my favorite side dish with a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. This recipe works perfectly as a casserole. Serve with turkey gravy over. This recipe can be adapted to be gluten free with your...

 

Police Blotter: November 6-11, 2022

Sunday, November 6 6:15 p.m.: Loud music – Shortly after a report of loud music, the music was turned off and remained off the rest of the night. Fir Island Rd., Greater La Conner. Monday, November...

 

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