Articles from the December 14, 2022 edition

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Boat parade lights up channel and town

"There are a lot of unique things in La Conner that you can't get anywhere else," noted Mark Hulst, director of the La Conner Chamber of Commerce last Thursday. The Swinomish Yacht Club's annual light...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    December 14, 2022

Avian flu hits waterfowl around La Conner, Fir Island

Larry McCormick has been seeing a lot of dead birds. "You drive around Best, Calhoun, Bradshaw, you see them," said the La Conner resident, an avid hunter. "At one farmer's field with goose decoys...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 14, 2022

November very cold, pretty wet

A lot of rain last month, 5.6 inches, and plenty cold: the daily minimum of 31.5 F was 6.5 F below the 22 year century average. That is a huge difference. The daily average, 38.4 F, was 5.6 F below the century average; and the daily high, 46.6 F,...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 14, 2022

This newspaper's for you

This is the last week of sending the Weekly News to every address in the La Conner School District. This annual subscription drive is an economic venture: La Conner News Publishing, LLC is a single person corporation, owned by its publisher. The...

 
 By Tina Tate    Opinion    December 14, 2022

Habitat for Humanity builds homes to solve housing crisis

In February of 2022, I took the CEO position at Skagit Habitat for Humanity after working for eight years in homeless services. I had once been homeless and hopeless myself. I joined Habitat because I felt like I could make more of a difference by...

 

An all-electric future without oil is possible

Let’s update the energy independence question: Is it possible for the U.S. to develop and maintain stable supplies of energy, which are not subject to significant price volatility or the whims of f...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 14, 2022

Losing newspapers in state continues

When newspapers close, communities lose and democracy declines. It is happening in Washington state. A new study by the League of Women Voters of Washington is blunt: “Local newspapers are in crisis.” Since 2004 over 25 weeklies and three dai...

 

Habitat and Channel Cove ceremonies

Everyone is invited to attend Skagit Habitat for Humanity’s 41st home dedication ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at 938 Park Street in Channel Cove. Walk over or get parking instructions by RSVPing to 360-420-3649 or [email protected]. T...

 

Christmas choir concert this week

The Skagit Valley Chorale winter concert, “Heralding Christmas” is Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at McIntyre Hall. You can purchase tickets online at mcintyrehall.org....

 

FD 13 permitting for new housing almost done

If patience is indeed a virtue, Skagit County Fire District 13 Commissioners and staff at manufactured home retailer Coach Corral have certainly earned their way onto Santa’s nice list this year. Commissioner John Doyle reported tangible progress i...

 

Tim Eyman must pay $5.5 million for campaign violations

OLYMPIA — A Washington state appeals court Dec. 6 upheld virtually all of the ruling against initiative promoter Tim Eyman in the campaign finance case brought by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. After a 2021 trial, a Thurston County Superior Court o...

 

Port Townsend recognizes legal rights of southern resident orcas

A growing legal movement seeks to recognize the rights of nature. Activists in the Northwest are celebrating a first here: the city of Port Townsend, Washington, recognized the inherent rights of Southern Resident orcas Dec. 5. The City’s mayor signe...

 

Wearing masks indoors recommended again

Communities in Washington and nationwide are experiencing an unprecedented surge in viral respiratory illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and COVID-19. As a result, local emergency departments, urgent care clinics and...

 

High school girls' hoops team wins three

Just a handful of games into its schedule, the high school girls' basketball team is already in mid-season form. La Conner passed crisply, defended and rebounded tenaciously, repeatedly scored in...

 

Volleyball champions Team of the Month

The La Conner High School state championship volleyball team is truly in a class of its own. The netters were selected the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Team of the Month for...

 

Marble voted 2B volleyball player of year

Another week, another slew of post-season honors earned by the state 2B champion La Conner High School volleyball program. As expected, senior outside hitter Ellie Marble, who led the Lady Braves to t...

 

Girls' youth basketball places second in league tournament

They took silver, but La Conner Middle School players in the Skagit-Whatcom-Island-Snohomish-Hoops league girls' basketball tournament here Saturday were good as gold in the eyes of coaches Robert...

 

La Conner history book launched at museum

Few people knew La Conner history as well as the late Thomas Robinson. Thanks to his exhaustive research and the editing magic of Carl Molesworth, the town's early development is between a book's... Full story

 

Local choir concerts commence

'TIS THE SEASON FOR SINGING, AND SWINGING, TOO – Friday and Saturday the Shelter Bay Chorus (top) performed their annual holiday chorus at their community's clubhouse. The 31 member chorus sang 13 s...

 

Karla Bonoff holiday concert at Lincoln Theatre

Stroll down to the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon next Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. to attend a holiday live music concert from world renowned musicians Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor. Their...

 

Police Blotter: Dec. 4-20, 2022

Monday, December 5 11:26 a.m.: Lost dog – A gray and white pit bull got loose at a service station and the owner has not seen it since. Young Rd., Greater La Conner. Tuesday, December 6 3:37 p.m.: C...

 

Persimmon Pecan Bread

This is a rich dense bread and takes a good long while to bake. Persimmons are remarkably easy to work with. The skin remains firm as you scoop out the pulp. Tasty, too, when ripe. I prepared the...

 

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