Articles from the November 22, 2023 edition

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Town's transport district includes tax

The La Conner Town Council has paved the way for smoother rides around town. The panel during one of several public hearings at its Nov. 14 hybrid meeting at Maple Hall unanimously approved formation of a transportation benefit district to generate...

 By Adam Sowards    News    November 22, 2023
Gary Brown stands next to large tulip festival 2024 poster.

2024 Tulip Festival poster unveiled, plans underway

New Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Executive Director Nicole Roozen attended her first festival event last Tuesday, Nov. 16, the unveiling of the official poster and branded merchandise. The ceremony ju...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 22, 2023

Agen wins school board seat

John Agen has won the District 2 La Conner school board director race with 52.9% and at least 779 votes against Janie Beasley, a past school board member. The Nov. 17 count added one vote to each candidate. The last 70 or so countywide ballots will...

Jean Collins and Grace Hubbard

Amazing Grace: La Conner centenarian celebrates 100th birthday

As a youth, Grace Hubbard experienced history. As an adult, she helped make history. And now, having completed her first century of life, the local icon is keenly focused on the here and now, checking...


Thanksgiving Closings

Thanksgiving Closings Thursday, November 23 Bank: Closed Buses: No service Post Office: Closed Schools: Closed, Nov 23-24 Library: Closed, Nov 23-24 Town Hall: Closed, Nov 23-24 County offices: Closed, Nov 23-24 Trash Pick Up: No service La Conner... Full story

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 22, 2023

Thanksgiving thanks and blessings

This is the week we sit down with family and friends and give thanks, typically for the abundant bounty that so many Americans are privileged to have. At this time of American thanksgiving, lifting our eyes past the laden table is as necessary for ou... Full story


Climate crisis: The world is in a catastrophe now

With a degree of urgency appropriate for the planetary catastrophe we face today, Pope Francis’ latest exhortation, Laudate Deum, “to all people of good will on the climate crisis,” builds on his 2015 encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, “On Care for... Full story


Solidarity statement for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine

As faith leaders, elected officials, community leaders, educators and individual residents of Washington state, we are heartbroken and horrified by the escalated violence and bloodshed in Israel/Palestine. As people of all faith backgrounds and... Full story


Portable public solar power's future

The ongoing emergence of low-cost energy technologies is leading to the development of a host of interesting systems that aren’t directly related to the large-scale electric grid. Read this asking you... Full story

Ecology blocks with sandbags on top in front of Moore-Clark building.

Emergency management means issues beyond flooding

La Conner's new flood barriers are staged and in place up and down the waterfront. But the work of the Town's six-member Emergency Management Commission has only just begun. The Nov. 11 power outage...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 22, 2023

2024 Town budget before council

The $7.4 million in revenues in the Town of La Conner’s 2024 preliminary budget will be the largest ever and is matched against projected expenditures of $8.6 million. The $1.2 million deficit will be covered by the $5.9 million fund balance. The y...


All state parks are free this Saturday

State parks are free Saturday for Autumn Day. Visitors will not need a Discover Pass to park. Discover Pass free days apply to all DNR and WDFW lands and in day-use areas at state parks. This is the last of 2023’s 12 free days. Information: p... Full story


Apply for Town planning commission vacancy

There is an open position on the Town of La Conner Planning Commission. Commissioners serve six years and must be town residents. Qualified persons can apply until Nov. 29 or until the position is filled. Information: call Town Hall 306-466-3125 or...

Joe Harper

Coach Harper says basketball team ready to play

The loss of more than 50 points per game to graduation will be a tough task for the La Conner High School girls' basketball team to surmount this season. But second-year head coach Joe Harper, who...


La Conner Schools campaign plans to add Conway students

Conway remains on the La Conner Schools radar. Faced with recent years of declining student enrollment, the driving force behind state funding of public schools, school district officials are resuming last year’s effort to recruit Conway students t...


Anacortes makes Creative District

The Washington Arts Commission has announced a Certified Creative District in Anacortes. The Anacortes Creative District is located in the heart of Fidalgo Island and nestled between the San Juan Islands, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. As a part of a W...

Tiny Christmas trees on top of library book shelves

Library Corner

In this Thanksgiving week we have so many things to be thankful for here at the library. First and foremost, we are thankful for our many supporters. You are the people who make our amazing library...


Poetry at Pelican Bay Books Saturday

The Madrona Poetry Series brings Robert Michael Pyle and Abigail Prout to read Saturday, 7 p.m. at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes. Steve and Kristi Nebel are providing music....

Baked salmon.

Baked Salmon

I tried a new product I found at the local grocery store. In the spice section, it was clearly labeled "Salmon Seasoning." It was a good decision. A plus in flavor and it had a familiar photo of Chef...


Community Events Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Poetry Reading Saturday, November 25, 2023, at 7p.m. Pelican Bay Books 520 Commercial Ave., Anacortes Town of La Conner Joint Council/Planning Commission Meeting Tuesday, November 28, 2024, at 6pm For current agenda go to... Full story


La Conner school board honored twice at statewide conference

Now it’s official. Last month it was announced that the La Conner Schools board of directors was a recipient of two performance-based statewide honors. Last week in Bellevue, during the Washington State School Directors Association fall c...


Waterfront Café serves Thanksgiving Day meal

Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition, and one of the best is right here in La Conner. It is the annual free Thanksgiving Day meal at the Waterfront Café. The downtown restaurant, located at 128 South First Street in the Pier 7 Building,...


Police Blotter

Sunday, November 12 4:38 p.m. Pile up— Multiple vehicle collision with several injuries. Two car head on with both cars totaled and subjects transported to the hospital. Best Rd., Greater La Conner. Monday, November 13 1:06 p.m. Bored—Caller com...


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