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COVID-19 makes final farewells difficult

The Feast of All Saints and other celebrations make November “the month for the dead,” says Father Paul Magnano, senior priest of Skagit Valley Catholic churches. Congregations pray for the deceased by name at the beginning of mass. Day of the...

 

Case assignment: Weekly News publisher’s back story

On a morning stroll along the marina, it would be near impossible not to admire the panoramic views around you. With snow-capped mountains to the east and a channel pouring out into a bay to the west, this picturesque town is a well-known treasure...

 

Shoreline management plan under review

The La Conner Planning Commission last week waded deeper into the details of Town Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) updates. Of particular interest at the outset of the panel’s 50-minute Zoom meeting last Tuesday were revisions to La Conner’s Critical...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 25, 2020

Your community newspaper and you

Dear Greater La Conner Community, Welcome to the La Conner Weekly News. If you are getting the paper for the first time, I hope you will find your community newspaper an enjoyable and worthwhile read....

 

Where are we in America?

Let our search begin with Abraham Lincoln. At his first inauguration he saw the danger of civil war on the horizon. He revealed his feelings as follows: “We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it...

 

If I ran the zoo

I know the suspense is killing you if you read my piece last week about whether to fly or not to fly to California to have Thanksgiving dinner with my sister and her extended family. Wisely, I listene...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 25, 2020

County COVID-19 cases growing exponentially

“It is very high risk right now in Skagit County and all around the country and not safe to gather outside your household,” Polly Dubbel, Skagit Public Health communicable disease and...

 

Local nurse helps with COVID-19 in Texas

La Conner artist Jay Bowen is an avid distance runner, often seen training in the local area. He ran a half-marathon in early November, five years after suffering a heart attack. But it is Bowen’s...

 

La Conner Schools February levy proposal covers four years

La Conner School Board members were in a thankful mood Monday and hope to be so again in February when voters consider a four-year replacement educational programs and operations levy totaling $4,036,344. Acting on recommendations from a levy...

 

Discussion started on 2023 Shelter Bay rent adjustment

It is never too soon to look ahead. To that end, Shelter Bay and Swinomish Tribal Community officials have begun laying the groundwork for the 2023 decennial rent adjustment mechanism built into the two parties’ master lease agreement. In a column...

 

Six easy ways you can support your local free press

For the past few months, I’ve shared stories about the perilous state of the local free press in these columns. I’ve written about what the decline of strong local reporting will mean for democracy. And I’ve suggested ways that newspapers...

 

Fire District 13 planning for short and long term

The future of Fire District 13 is coming into focus with development of a snapshot view of present operations and facilities, the first step in a three-phased approach to creating a comprehensive five-year plan for the district. “The next step,...

 

Manville-Ailles will plan for Mount Vernon

Marianne Manville-Ailles has played a key role for three years helping develop long range plans for the Town of La Conner. Now her own career plans are taking her elsewhere. Manville-Ailles announced last week she will leave after the holidays to...

 

Giving Thanks

Last week Mel Damski stopped by the La Conner Weekly News office. He talked about his “If I Ran the Zoo” column idea for this week’s paper: “Giving Thanks.” I wear many different hats in my life and don’t always slow down and take the...

 

Major donation brightens December’s First on First shopping

The local First on First committee is helping brighten the mood here despite last week’s pandemic restrictions imposed to stem the increase of COVID-19 cases across Washington state. Committee members will be setting up 400 luminaries along First...

 

Bring ‘Giving Tree’ gifts to Edward Jones

La Conner Kiwanis and the local Edward Jones office are collaborating to bring a bit of holiday cheer to the less fortunate children of La Conner and the Skagit Valley. Beginning Monday, November 30, a “Giving Tree” will be located in Scott...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Tuesday, November 17 7:47 a.m.: Drug pick up – Deputies collected a small baggie of suspected drugs that was found by Public Works staff in the public restrooms. S. 1st St., La Conner. 9:00 a.m.: Less than meets eye – Deputies responded...

 

Corn Casserole with Jalapeños

This recipe stretches the food budget. It was a side dish for three of our meals and a small casserole for a friend. It is also thrifty, depending on store prices, around $7 total. It is a bit spicy...

 

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