Articles from the December 23, 2020 edition

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Gifts abound under holiday giving trees

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but generosity does. Especially in La Conner. Christmas joy for dozens of families here has been assured thanks to strong support for a pair of local holiday giving tree...

 

La Conner volleyball team serves Christmas spirit

Though sidelined all fall by the COVID-19 pandemic, La Conner High’s two-time defending state title volleyball team has still been able to show its championship mettle. Team members have served up...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 23, 2020

Homeless this holiday

The Christian Christmas story starts with a young traveling couple, Mary heavy with child, Joseph carrying the burden of knowing the baby is not his. Jesus was born on the road, in a barn, homeless. There are over 1,800 homeless in Skagit County...

 

Supporting your community primes the soul

Dear Community, For those of you following the alphabet of “Soul Primer,” which has appeared in this paper every week for the last six months, here is your last letter: Z is for Zen … . I hope you have enjoyed these bits of weekly...

 

Electing a president

Once again, our national election for the president of the United States is in shambles. This has happened a number of times in the history of elections in the U.S. What I do not understand is the complex election rules that currently exist. Since...

 

The future of guns

A number of letters to the editor concerning guns have been published recently. I thought I would add my view. There are currently about 400 million guns in private hands in the United States. Increasingly these are semi-automatic versions of militar...

 

COVID-19 affects mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people mentally, as well as physically, across the world, and in our local communities. As a 16-year-old high school student-athlete, I feel the isolation of not being with my peers and the anxiety that comes with...

 

KIRBY WALTER JOHNSON

Kirby Walter Johnson, 79, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and lifelong Skagit Valley resident, died at home in La Conner on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Kirby was born on March 13, 1941 to Curtis and Dorothy Johnson. He graduated from La... Full story

 

By 2-1 vote planning board rezones Hedlin’s Ballfield

Over the years, Hedlin’s Ballfield has been site of countless close games. Another tight contest played out Dec. 15 when Town officials weighed the future status of the nearly two-acre public-use property abutting Maple Avenue during a...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 23, 2020

Burlington mayor plans county’s first permanent homeless shelter

BURLINGTON —The City of Burlington’s heart has grown three sizes larger with Mayor Steve Sexton’s decision to commit to building permanent shelters and offer social services for perhaps 125 unhoused people on city-owned property on Pease...

 

Christmas reflections: past, present and future

Santa gave his La Conner elf contingent a special assignment: reach into their hearts to pull out Christmas memories, snapshots of the present moment and hopes for the future. They were to write these down and share them with each other to buoy...

 

Faye Whitney praised at FD 13 meeting

While closing the books on 2020 during a briskly paced hour-long teleconferenced meeting Thursday morning, Fire District 13 officials took time to salute a La Conner native whose career in emergency services spanned more than three decades. Skagit...

 

Superintendent’s letter to the community

Dear Parents and Guardians, When I began as La Conner’s superintendent in July and August, we faced a decision about how to safely serve our La Conner students during the COVID emergency. In late August, the school board approved a remote learning...

 

Students back-in-school plan heard by Board

Before COVID-19, Back to School was a late summer ad campaign. But now, with winter having arrived, the key issue remains the conditions for making schools safe enough for students to return on a limited basis. La Conner Schools, like districts...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, Dec. 14 3:45 p.m.: Ducks and cover – Report of duck hunters in the area possibly hitting a residence. The call was transferred to Wash. Department of Fish and Wildlife. Rawlins Rd., Conway. Tuesday, Dec. 15 1:39 p.m.: Slept tight...

 

Poached Eggs

Poaching eggs brings me back to my childhood. Among my toys was an aluminum egg poacher that poached 4 eggs at a time. You set it in a shallow pan with water that was brought to a simmer. My mother...

 

Hoopla in the Loop-La celebrates students

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the La Conner Schools campus has been a remote location this semester. That changed for a couple hours Wednesday afternoon. The La Conner Elementary School parking area...

 

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