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Skagit County Police Blotter

2 p.m.: Problem or not? – Report of suspicious individuals in dark clothing hanging around Pioneer Park. S. 4th St., La Conner. Tuesday, December 7 8:04 a.m.: Evidence lacking – Initial report of a subject who had shot a deer on the prope...

 

Eggnog Pie

Unbeatable if you love eggnog. A few simple ingredients and you have a quick dessert. I used whole nutmeg with a spice grater to add the finishing touch. For the families who love pies, it Is fun to...

 

Locals question Center Street apartments

In a two-page memorandum to La Conner’s town council Dec. 6, planner Michael Davolio provided a status update on the proposed 20-unit apartment development at 306 Center Street. This followed 12 correspondences from residents by the Dec. 1...

 

Boat parade lit up La Conner Saturday evening

What must have been a record crowd came to La Conner’s boardwalk Saturday evening to watch over two dozen boats invited and organized by the Swinomish Yacht Club cruise slowly up the Swinomish...

 

David Franklin leaving helm of Shelter Bay

Longtime Shelter Bay manager David Franklin dropped a metaphorical bomb of his own on Pearl Harbor Day with the surprise announcement of his resignation as manager of the local residential community. In his Dec. 7 missive Franklin announced he is...

 

Tracking Rainbow Park clearcut event history

Many Shelter Bay residents’ responses are critical of the Shelter Bay board of directors paying $92,513 in fines and penalties against the Shelter Bay Community, Inc. and Steve Swigert, a resident and board member, for Swigert’s clearcutting...

 

The news in and around greater La Conner

There was a grand convergence in last week’s edition: Reporting on the Swinomish Planning Commission upholding the Tribal planning department's $92,513 fine against the Shelter Bay board of directors and resident Steve Swigert meshed with the...

 

Floods past and future

Dear Folks of La Conner, So, the rains came … and then they came some more, it even came through the door! Floodwaters submerged the not-too-distant town of Sumas, and it could have easily happened here, and it might yet! Just because the...

 

Open space is lost forever

Every time I drive down Maple Street these days past what used to be the little league ball field, see all that heavy equipment tearing up the soil and try to envision a bunch of tacky little houses jammed in there, it turns my stomach. Yes, I know...

 

This is the time of Great Joy

In the face of challenges like the pandemic, climate change and racism, large numbers of Americans are reporting symptoms of anxiety, depression and exhaustion. Things certainly feel bad, but focusing on doom-and-gloom stories often crowds out the...

 

Rainbow Park clearcutting reprised

Just a couple more details to add to the well written article (Dec. 8, Weekly News) regarding the Swinomish Planning Commission’s Decision ordering that Shelter Bay be fined over the 2020 clearcutting at the community’s Rainbow Park below 95...

 

Fixing Rainbow Park debacle

As a recent Shelter Bay lessee I was not present for the physical portion of the Rainbow Park debacle including Labor Day 2020 and into the following week. Watching and participating in dialogue along with review of the available documents over these...

 

Quinault leader succeeds Lorraine Loomis as fishs panel chairperson

For over two decades, Ed Johnstone has taken on tough tasks in his leadership role with the Quinault Nation. His next assignment could rank among the most challenging. Johnstone has been elected chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission,...

 

La Conner volleyball team selected as state 2B team of the month

It’s been quite a year for La Conner High School volleyball. And no month reflects that better than November, when the team captured its third straight state 2B tournament championship. They did it...

 

Braves blast Concrete on road, drop two home contests

The La Conner Braves were truly road warriors last week. The Braves played some of their best basketball of the young season at Concrete last Tuesday, posting an impressive 67-16 NW2B road triumph behind double-figure scoring from Isaiah Price,...

 

La Conner wrestlers go to mat at Everett meet

Two La Conner High School wrestlers are again more than holding their own wrestling on a co-op basis with the 2A Burlington-Edison girls’ mat program. Delaney Cobbs and Kaliana Bill, who have wrestled regularly for Burlington Edison High School...

 

Great fiction ideas for holiday gifts

The Bookworm You knew this was coming. You knew that you were going to have to finish your holiday shopping soon but it snuck up on you, didn’t it? And even if you’re close to being done, there are always those three or five people who are...

 

Bobbie Scopa new fire district commissioner

J.J. Wilbur’s plate has become a little less full and a place at the Fire District 13 meeting table is set for his successor. Veteran firefighter Bobbie Scopa, whose background includes roles with the U.S. Forest Service Fire Program and recently...

 

Volleyball shaped La Conner alum’s success in college and career

A member of a local pioneer farm family played a key role in growing the La Conner volleyball program into a perennial state title contender. Julie Hulbert Marble is now a dental hygienist at Skagit...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    December 15, 2021

Harry Smith: He was a stranger in a strange land

Harry Everett Smith was neither born nor died in Anacortes, but he did live there for about 10 years as a youth before and during the Great Depression. Salmon canneries brought his family, and his father, R.J. Smith, to Anacortes and cannery work...

 

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