Articles from the December 13, 2023 edition

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 By Ken Stern    News    December 13, 2023

UPDATE on: Gas pipeline leak closed Conway school Monday

Additional information from Dec. 13: The approximately 25,326 gallons of gasoline that spilled from the Olympic Pipeline in Conway early on Dec. 10 was “due to the failure of 3/8 inch tubing leading from the main pipeline to a pressure gauge within t...


Mother Nature rains on 2023 boat parade

It didn't just rain on the Swinomish Yacht Club's Lighted Christmas Boat Parade Saturday night. It rained hard after a gray day of steady rain. But that hardly dampened enthusiasm for what has become...

 By Ken Stern    News    December 13, 2023

Bellingham Herald will be two days print paper

The Bellingham Herald will reduce its print editions to two days weekly, Wednesdays and Sundays, starting Jan. 29. This is “the latest cutback stretching the definition of ‘daily newspaper,’ Brier Dudley wrote in his Seattle Times column “Save...


Wesens are 2024 Skagit Pioneer Family of the Year

It’s never too early to focus on the past. That was the credo embraced by new Skagit County Pioneer Association President Loren Dahl, who last week received confirmation that the Wesen family, which operates a centennial dairy farm in the B...


Skagit County turned 140 years old last week

It’s often said that crime doesn’t take a holiday. Nor did Washington state politics back in 1883. It was while Whatcom County lawmakers had gone home for the Thanksgiving holiday that Territorial Governor William A. Newell signed a bill lopping off...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 13, 2023

War reporting, now and then

For this last subscription drive mailing editorial, because I respect everyone reading this newspaper and take my work seriously, I went to “Deadline Artists,” an anthology of newspaper columns over the last 100 years. The point of reporting is to... Full story


Thoughtful management for a successful future

Look around: We live on the edge of the continent, less than 35 miles due east of Victoria Harbor in one of the most idyllic communities on the west coast. Positioned as a safe passage for marine travel and tied to the to the salt waters of the... Full story


Every heavy rain shows ring dike is needed now

Well, once again we dodged a bullet, the atmospheric river hit mostly just south of us this time. Two years ago the atmospheric river hit the Skagit watershed pretty hard, but Whatcom County got hammered and towns along the Canadian border were... Full story

 By MJ Craig    Opinion    December 13, 2023

"The Work of Christmas"

Each year when I look for my unused Christmas cards and find the poem titled “The Work of Christmas” by Howard Thurman, a 20th century theologian, educator and civil rights leader, I am reminded of what is important about the season. While we cel... Full story


No one way First Street

The idea of making First Street in La Conner one way has been attempted before, over 25 years ago now. It didn’t work. The Town’s public works department used to change the traffic flow to one way during tulip festival, for a month during that tim... Full story


Go solar not hydropower

The article from Nov. 15 about the Skagit County water outlook (“Skagit County water outlook complicated”) pointed out that the challenges related to low water flows on the Skagit River are becoming more complex. This is a big deal for both irrigatio... Full story


America has changed and Joe Biden is to blame

Growing up in Seattle from the early ‘50’s until 1989 when I finally had a bellyful of the insanity and moved here, it seemed like the world had gone just nuts! Compared to today’s world, America in particular, it was the best of times! Between the m... Full story


More downtown parking study called for

Seeing might be believing, but it’s collecting data that’s confirming. That’s the approach longtime resident and former planning commissioner Linda Talman is recommending officials take regarding remedies to La Conner’s downtown parking. A week af...


Swinomish receives climate resilience federal grant

During his appearance before the Leadership Skagit class recently, Swinomish Tribal Senate Chair Steve Edwards cited environmental protection and dealing with climate change as key priorities for his administration. Federal lawmakers, most notably...

 By Ken Stern    News    December 13, 2023

Skagit River crests Dec. 5-6

Cape Horn in central Skagit County seemed to fare worst of 10 communities from Marblemount to Day Creek that could be most affected from last week’s Skagit River flooding. The Skagit River’s crests Dec. 5 and 6 were lower than forecast. The Mou...


Higgins Jack McCulloch Mar. 3, 2023-Dec. 6, 2023

Higgins Jack McCulloch, 9 months, passed away on Dec. 6, 2023 at Seattle Children's Hospital. Higgins was born on Mar. 3, 2023 and leaves a huge impact from his amazing little life. Higgins was born... Full story


Gertrude (Trudy) Martha Newton Nov. 2, 1916-Nov. 25, 2023

Trudy Newton, born in Detroit, Michigan, was 107 years and a few days old when she passed away on Saturday, Nov..25th. Her passing was peaceful. She resided at the La Conner Retirement Inn at that... Full story


Cayou December Soroptimist Student

Taylor Rae Cayou, a senior at La Conner High School and a full-time Running Start student at the North West Indian College, is the Soroptimist International of La Conner Honored Student for December....


McCormick sisters pace La Conner win over Sultan

Sultan had trouble guarding one McCormick. Defending two proved impossible. Maeve McCormick scored a career-high 25 points, collected 11 steals and dished off a team-best three assists while Nora McCormick added 12 points, two steals and a pair of...


Brayden Pedroza Herald's boys' athlete of the week

Brayden Pedroza has impressed La Conner High School basketball fans in the season's first couple weeks with his ability to defend, pass and score. They aren't alone. Pedroza has made an impression...


Braves push 2A Kingston but fall 64-56

The La Conner Braves basketball team are true road warriors. The team followed its convincing 65-44 NW2B/1B triumph at Orcas Island Dec. 5 with another all-day trip on Saturday – this time to 2A Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula and likewise r...

 By Anne Basye    A & E    December 13, 2023

Shelter Bay Chorus holiday concert sings strong

"It's time for your audition," announced Director Lyle Forde midway through the Shelter Bay Chorus's holiday concert last Friday evening. The 200 people in the audience at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse em...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    December 13, 2023

'Elf' is a spritely show

The hardest piece is suspending your disbelief in watching TJ Fantini’s superb performance as Buddy the Elf, is not that a 30 year old believes he is an elf or that elves live and make toys in Christmas Town or that Santa (the real one) narrates a s...


Venison Chili

This is my favorite homemade chili. My husband’s friend, Art Kendall, brought by some venison. The venison burger was half a pound. I adjusted the recipe to this amount of meat. Slow cooking atop t...


Community Events Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Town of La Conner Council Meeting Tuesday, Dec.12, 6:00 p.m. For current Agenda go to Sign up for “Notify Me” to get current Town Information. Skagit Community Band Holiday Concert with the A’Town Big Band... Full story


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