Articles from the November 29, 2023 edition

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Talmon project design still not in alignment

After just one meeting, Town staff and representatives of KSA Investments are agreed on 80 per cent of the design revisions La Conner’s planning department requires for a proposed three-story apartment/condo project at 306 Center Street. But r...

Snow geese fill a field next to a farm.

Snow geese population a problem for Skagit farmers

In late autumn on the cusp of cool winter days, snow comes early to Washington when thousands of aloft avians, snow geese, land here in a flurry of white feathers. "We call it a snow storm, they just...

 By Ken Stern    News    November 29, 2023

Final 2023 election results

Skagit County election office staff certified all local elections Tuesday, Nov. 28. John Agen is the new La Conner Schools director for District 2. He defeated Janie Beasleyt with 53%, 791 votes to 686 votes, 46.5% Marna Hanneman is La Conner’s m...

Chef Dagmar Chislandi and Grant Lucas standing in kitchen.

Waterfront Café Thanksgiving meal has record turnout, donations

A few hours after completing the La Conner Turkey Trot, Jaime Stroebel-Reinstra was keeping a brisk pace as a volunteer server at the Waterfront Café's community Thanksgiving Day meal. She and...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 29, 2023

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. Valued subscribers, I hope this issue meets your... Full story


When wine and housing don't mix

I recently went out for dinner with a neighbor, a part-time, mostly-here-in-the-summer kind of neighbor. He teaches at a university, leads research and publishes interesting work on human behavior. As we waited to order he mentioned his frustration a... Full story


Check your own housing smarts here

Did you know: Jefferson County ranks 38 out of 39 counties in the state for affordability for first-time, as well as all, home buyers. Jefferson County’s vacancy rate hovers between 0-1%. The national vacancy rate is 5%. At any one moment, almost 1... Full story


Always think solar

The Skagit Valley Clean Energy Co-op ( is ramping up our Solarize Skagit Campaign which will start in early March 2024. SVCEC’s Solarize Campaign connects Skagit homeowners and small businesses with solarizing their homes and b... Full story

 By Greg Whiting    News    November 29, 2023

Alternative energy growth will bring job growth as economy grows

In the 1880s, thousands of businesses in the U.S. depended on horse-drawn transportation. Carriage manufacturers, blacksmiths, horse breeders, stables and related enterprises were major employers. Of... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    November 29, 2023
Photo of new house.

Skagit home prices high, with supply limited

At the end of October, the only four homes for sale within La Conner town limits were two Landed Gentry residences on Maple Avenue and the two BYK Construction properties on High Street, near Whatcom...


If I ran the Zoo

If you are heading towards Whatcom County or Canada and you are not in a hurry, Chuckanut Drive is a wonderful alternative route. Chuckanut is a winding road that goes along the Pacific coast and feat...


Staff are also 'no' on in-house short-term rentals

Mingling pays off in La Conner. The proof is in the long-term results from an October forum on short-term rentals. Residential input on short-term rentals at the Civic Garden Club building – referred as “a mingle,” by Town officials – produce...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    November 29, 2023
Christmas lights in front of Slider Cafe.

Time to celebrate holidays with lights, music, boats and Santa

Santa is coming to town early this long holiday shopping season. He makes his first appearance today, Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the La Conner Swinomish Library to read stories to children from 4:30-5:30...


Skagit County Historical Museum's holiday fundraiser is this Saturday

Head up the hill in La Conner to the Skagit County Historical Museum on South Fourth Street Saturday, Dec. 2, to celebrate the holidays. The museum is The combined holiday party and annual appeal kickoff is 6-8 p.m. The museum is decorated for the ho... Full story


Shelter Bay Chorus holiday concert

The Shelter Bay Chorus’ annual holiday concerts are Dec. 8, 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Shelter Bay community clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Drive. Admission is by donation. The program offers “Joy to the World,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlem... Full story

Blueberry cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler

This was the perfect sweet treat for a busy day. We buy the local blueberries in season and freeze them. Butter is at room temperature. Use the blueberries frozen. Amazingly, this recipe has no eggs....


Community Events Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Breakfast with Santa Presented by La Conner Rotary and La Conner United, Saturday, Dec. 2, 8-11 a.m., Maple Hall, 103 Commercial Ave., La Conner. Adults $10, children $5, under 5 free. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa. Kiw... Full story

 By Joan Cross    News    November 29, 2023
Old black and white photo of people from La Conner posing by waterfront.

Grace Hubbard helped birth a sister city

Grace Hubbard's 100th birthday celebrated last week in the Weekly News reminded me of the sister cities project we worked on together in the early 1980s. Grace has an excellent memory, which helped...


Police Blotter

Sunday, November 19 2:23 p.m. What a drag—A sailboat had dragged anchor and was not on the rocks off Skagit Island. Nobody was in danger and a tow vessel was headed out to assist. No action by sheriff’s office.Greater La Conner. 5:58 p.m. Cold dog...


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