Articles from the December 6, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    December 6, 2023

Mobile paid parking option gets town council hearing

There was a time when La Conner’s parking problem was inverted to its present situation. When downtown Mount Vernon was lined with clunky parking meters, La Conner had little need for either a paid or timed parking system on First Street. Many s...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    December 6, 2023
Two children by Santa on stage.

Santa stops in for Rotary Breakfast , Gilkey Square tree lighting

La Conner's favorite tourist had a unique solution for the town's vexing parking problem during his visit here last Saturday. World renowned toymaker Santa Claus parked his large sleigh and reindeer...

 By Ken Stern    News    December 6, 2023

UPDATE - Skagit River flooding forecast

From Skagit County government: Flood Update: Skagit River has crested and is receding At 1:43 p.m. the County sent this news update: "The Skagit River in Concrete and Mount Vernon have both crested...

 By Ken Stern    News    December 6, 2023
Finley Hancock filling out bid sheet next to her mother.

Tiny Trees Festival lit up library last Friday

None of the 21 trees at the 2023 La Conner Swinomish Library's Festival of Tiny Trees stood over two feet high, but together they brought in some $10,000 at the library's seventh holiday silent...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 6, 2023

Covering the holidays

Another holiday season has come to greater La Conner. Santa jump started December, showing up at the La Conner Swinomish Library to read stories to children last Wednesday. He returned twice Saturday, first fortifying himself with pancakes at the... Full story


What's the matter with Kent? No local newspaper means low voter turnout

Perry Sobolik calls himself “an old newspaper junkie.” So he scours the press like a hawk for any scraps about his town, which happens to be the Seattle suburb of Kent. “We still get some attention down here, every once in a while,” he said. “Like w... Full story


Holiday lights evolution from candles offer an even brighter future

Holiday lights abound. As Ray Stevens said about Santa Claus, they’re everywhere! They’re everywhere! They’re all over La Conner’s homes, streetlight posts and various public spaces. The big Christmas tree in Gilkey Square dominates the north e... Full story


RSV tracking in Skagit County

The most current statistics available through Skagit County Public Health (for the week of Nov. 19-25) showed moderate Covid 19 and Influenza activity, but high RSV activity. The county did not define “activity.” The county recommends staff, pat... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    December 6, 2023

One-way First Street traffic championed at council

First Street parking issues were discussed in detail at the Nov. 28 Town Council meeting. But perhaps lost amid a one-hour presentation on potential future paid parking options for the downtown business district was a brief plea by Councilmember...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    December 6, 2023

With flood threats managed, Town panel focuses on emergency shelter sites

Location, location, location. It’s not just the familiar real estate mantra. It’s also a key element as La Conner’s Emergency Management Commission crafts long-term disaster preparation strategies. The six-member advisory panel discussed best metho...


No post office customer recycling

The paper collection can for recycling at the La Conner post office was removed from the lobby area late last week. Post office management made this change because of customer disregard; there were too many people contaminating the collection by... Full story


Get free COVID-19 tests

Every U.S. household may place an order to receive four free COVID-⁠19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. For free tests: or 800-232-0233. The federal government began supplying tests in September. The U.S. g... Full story

Picture of new commercial oven.

Grants aid district operations

It's been a busy fall quarter in the La Conner School District. Owing to hard work and some long hours, La Conner School District staff, faculty and administration have successfully applied for and... Full story


Play ball!

La Conner High School principal and athletic director Christine Tripp encourages the community to turn out for games at the Landy James Activity Court this winter. About 50 students are playing... Full story


Advisory Committee seeks fresh perspectives

The school district's Advisory Committee for Education (ACE) continues to look for more members. The committee meets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The committee concerns... Full story


Boys Braves basketball team comeback brings overtime win over Lummi

New La Conner High School boys’ basketball coach Lance Lopez said before the season tipped off that two goals for his team were to be competitive and draw large crowds to Landy James Gym. He achieved both in just the Braves’ second home date. La Con...

Kim Williams shooting a basket.

Williams leads Lady Braves to big win over Lummi at home

She was the driving force behind the La Conner High School girls' basketball team's convincing 63-36 non-league home win over Lummi last Saturday. But outside Landy James Gym, Kim Williams can't...


Home child care business start-up support

The Center for Retention & Expansion of Child Care is celebrating a boost in Skagit County child care capacity after a year of working to reverse the pandemic’s impacts, which closed down 20 child care programs and cost an estimated 22% of the C...

 By Judy Booth    A & E    December 6, 2023

'Seussical the Musical' an extravaganza

“Adults are obsolete children and the hell with them.” – Dr. Seuss “Seussical the Musical,” a whimsical, fantastical stage production based on the works of Dr. Seuss, is the most performed show in America. The local production at the Lincoln T...


Beet Borscht (with elk meat)

The base of this recipe is vegetarian. I cook the beets separately and then add in the other ingredients. This is a hearty winter soup. A couple of protein options are Polish sausage, roast beef or a...


Community Events Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Shelter Bay Chorus holiday concert Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. At the Shelter Bay community clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Drive. Admission is by donation. WSU Pop-Up Bakery Saturday, Dec. 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or until...


Police Blotter

Monday, November 27 9:12 a.m. ASPIRING BANKSY – Over the holiday weekend, graffiti was painted on buildings at Pioneer Park and one of the cooktop firepits was damaged. Unknown suspects; believed to be kids in the area. 4th St., La Conner. 12:02 p.m....

 By Ken Stern    News    December 6, 2023

Town council votes on 2024 budget Dec. 12

The 2024 annual budget the La Conner Town Council will pass at its Dec. 12 meeting will be the largest in its history. It projects revenues of $7.4 million, expenditures of $8.6 million and the fund...


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