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State ends Hope Island fish pen operations

A local controversy that has lingered for more than three decades will soon be an historical footnote. The net pen salmon farm off Hope Island and Lone Tree Point is going away. Washington State Commi...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 23, 2022

UPDATE: Gilday-Shavers tight LD 10 election means recount needed

Gilday-Shavers tight election means recount needed Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers holds a 162 vote and 0.22% margin in the state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1 contest against State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island).... Full story

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 23, 2022

Gilday-Shavers election headed for recount

Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers held a 137 vote lead districtwide against State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1 after Monday’s ballot tallies in Skagit and Snohomish...

 

Space shortage slows county elections vote count

Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins has given election workers a ringing endorsement for their yeoman work processing tens of thousands of mail-in ballots. But there's still room for improvement, she...

 

Shelter Bay's Sunday town hall

Topics related to litigation against Shelter Bay board members could not be discussed, but there was still plenty to talk about during the second in a series of Shelter Bay town hall forums at the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 23, 2022

Being thankful together

Thanksgiving is Thursday. Feasts will take place at dining tables across the country as family and friends gather in celebration and care for each other. There will be few masks and little social distancing. Everyone wants the coronavirus pandemic...

 

Art and tourism options

This letter is written by four women. Two of us are professional, working artists. One is a long-time collector of fine art, who recently donated a major sculpture to the town of La Conner. The fourth is a long time gallery owner and the director of...

 

Tragedy in art and life

My daughter treated me to the last performance of the opera, Otello, at McIntyre Hall two weeks ago. This moving and beautifully performed tragedy dealt the cards of viciously spread “misinformation,” lies, deceit and racism in order to overthrow...

 

More effective meetings

I attended the Nov. 8 town council meeting. There was a lot on the agenda, including proposed changes to the municipal code. I would like to suggest that in the future when there are detailed material to present and discuss, especially when language...

 

Thank you, friends

Dear La Connerites, I want to thank everyone who was concerned about me and trying to help me find a home. This is my community and I did not want to leave here. Thanks to my family, who are helping me buy a house in Shelter Bay. It is a safe place...

 

Gift drive for immigrant families

Local immigrant families will be able to stay safe and warm this holiday season, courtesy of Immigrant Resources and Immediate Support, a non-profit organization serving Skagit and Whatcom counties. Donations will be used to purchase food, blankets,...

 

Marina visioning open house Dec. 1

The public is invited to attend an open house hosted by the Port of Skagit Thursday, Dec. 1 to share ideas and learn more about the vision and goals for redeveloping the La Conner Marina. Staff welcome more feedback from the community as the Port...

 

Would removing all limits on oil production make the U.S. energy independent?

Removing all limits on U.S. oil production will reduce oil prices, if other countries do not reduce their supplies to match our increased supplies. Is that energy independence? Energy independence in...

 

Jon Skiffington

Jon Skiffington, long-time resident of La Conner, peacefully went to meet Jesus on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at home surrounded by family. He was born in Seattle, March 31, 1952, to Lennon and La... Full story

 

County hears from area farmers on agritourism

By Aven Wright-McIntosh “I should be able to do whatever I want on my land to generate revenue and enable me to continue farming,” a farmer commented. An engaged group of two dozen attendees gathered last Thursday evening at Maple Hall to...

 

FD 13 approves 2023 budget

The special Friday morning hybrid meeting at which Fire District 13 commissioners approved a 2023 budget lasted just 20 minutes. But the real hard work crafting the fiscal plan of slightly more than...

 

Fisheries advocate Lorraine Loomis will be honored by state Nov. 30

More than a year after her passing, the legacy of the late Lorraine Loomis continues to grow. Loomis, a longtime Swinomish Tribal Community fisheries manager who served seven years as chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, will be...

 

MoNA Giving Tuesday

Donate to the Museum of Northwest Art’s year-end campaign on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29. Help raise $135,000 by the end of the year to sustain the quality and impact of MoNA’s programs. Donations can be made at monamuseum.org/make-gift or by mail...

 

Not just playing: La Conner students take theater seriously

There's plenty of drama going on at La Conner Schools these days. Which is just fine, especially when blended in equal measure with comedy, stage craft and set construction. Theater arts, which...

 

Braves hoop team ready for season

It only seems fitting that the high school basketball team plans an up-tempo style this season. That's because the Braves have gotten the 2022-23 hoops campaign off to a running start thanks to...

 

Ellie Marble earns statewide honor for play at volleyball tourney

Ellie Marble delivered some big hits in Yakima for the state champion La Conner High School volleyball team this November. In turn, Marble was a big hit with Washington Interscholastic Activities Asso...

 

Same decade, different views

Looking at the photos and reading the stories in Jeanne Hansen's book, "Alternative Voices: 1980s Punk San Francisco," one thing is clear to me. We lived in different worlds during the 1980s. I was...

 

Identifying species with similar traits

Identifying a species of bird is usually based on color patterns, size and its movements, but occasionally it becomes more complex and can lead to dead ends. Sometimes actions overlap and size doesn’t help. I’ve spent some time hiking the dike...

 

'Always Patsy Cline' sold out

“Always Patsy Cline” was sold out Friday and probably on Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Version and deservedly so. Ria Peth as Cline and Kelly Visten as fan Louise Seger were great and...

 

Happy birthday Margaret!

When your sister turns 70 there better be a shout out in the newspaper. Here is it: Happy 70th birthday Margaret! Much love from your siblings....

 

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