Articles from the December 27, 2023 edition

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Two trumpeter swans taking flight.

Winter colors



Deadly heat waves to be more frequent, intense

By Courtney Flatt NWNews, NWPB It’s cold right now, but even fans of warm summers don’t want to endure the extreme temperatures of 2021. That’s when a deadly heat dome plagued the Northwest and overstayed its welcome. New climate research shows...

 By Ken Stern    News    December 27, 2023

November homes sales down in Skagit County

The 88 homes sold in Skagit County in November was a drop of 22.8% from 2022. The La Conner school district market had seven home sales close, the same as last year, bucking the statewide trend. The two homes sold in the town of La Conner, as...

Tami Mason

Local banker invests in community volunteerism

In La Conner, there's always one thing you can bank on. Tami Mason can be counted upon to pitch in and help when a community need arises. Mason, customer service supervisor at WaFd Bank's La Conner...

 By Ken Stern    News    December 27, 2023
Two people talking to Felician Minot.

Channel Cove residents meet new director

A smattering of Channel Cove residents took new Home Trust of Skagit Director Felicia Minot up on her offer to meet and greet them at the complex's community room Dec. 16. Each of the four residents...


Holiday Closures

New Year’s Day January 1, Monday Bank: Closed Buses: Regular service Library: Closed Post Office: Closed Schools: Till Jan 3 Town Hall: Closed County government: Closed Weekly News: Half day New year, new opportunities...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 27, 2023

Weekly News staff are unsung heroes

From an editor who takes each week’s editorial very seriously, I report that this is one of my most important editorials of the year. Each December ends with shining light on unsung heroes in the community, the critical souls who day after day and e... Full story


If I ran the Zoo

Rain rain, go away, come again some other day. No, rain please don’t go away, stay so I can breathe another day. We live in a place with a lot of rainfall, especially at this time of year. This m... Full story

 By Tom Banse    News    December 27, 2023

Regulating tires on state legislative list

By Tom Banse Washington State Standard The next time you go shopping for replacement tires, the state of Washington could have greater sway over what’s on the rack. That’s provided the Legislature agrees to a request from the state Department of Com... Full story


The future of readily available alternative energies is almost here

I wrote earlier that existing technologies aren’t that far from allowing us to produce sustainable energy for as little as a tenth of the cost of conventional electric generation. Solar p... Full story


Comp plan amendments accepted without fees in January

La Conner Planning Director Michael Davolio has come up with a way to follow both the letter and spirit of a new state policy that limits to a single public meeting topics reviewed by a hearing examiner. He wants the planning commission to receive...

Portrait of Cynthia Elliott

Cindy Elliot appointed to town planning commission

Cynthia Elliott isn't the retiring type. The proof is in her willingness – eagerness, actually – to become a La Conner Planning Commissioner, a role not for the faint of heart, just 13 months after wr...


Pleasant Ridge Cemetery seeks new commissioner

The new year is bringing a new opportunity for local public service. Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Skagit County Cemetery District No. 1, needs a commissioner. Candidates must reside within the cemetery district, according to cemetery district secretary...


Skagit Transit adds La Conner bus service

Skagit Transit is increasing bus service on both Route 513 and 615. Route 513 starting Jan. 2, 2024 Route 615 will run between Mount Vernon, La Conner and the March’s Point park and ride lot every two hours. Route 513 will run between Burlington a...

Portrait of Marlys Ann Rodgers

Marlys Ann Rodgers Aug. 5 1935 - Dec. 16, 2023

Marlys Ann Rodgers, 88, died peacefully on Dec. 16, 2023 at Dimensions Living in Appleton,Wis. To read the entire obituary, please go to

portrait of Maeve McCormick

La Conner basketball teams swamp South Whidbey

In recent months La Conner has leaned heavily on Langley as a model for community livability issues, from tiny homes and affordable housing to parking. Last Friday it was La Conner's turn to school...


La Conner plays again on anniversary of Concrete High School gym opening

Throughout their shared histories, La Conner and Concrete high schools have been fierce foes vying for league, district and state sports titles. But when they next meet it will be a friendly rivalry in the truest sense of the term. La Conner teams... Full story

Santa and girl on lap

Santa, Grinch join forces to celebrate children at Swinomish dinner

The Grinch was on his best behavior at the Swinomish community dinner last Wednesday. The reclusive green grump, best known as the Dr. Seuss character intent on ruining Christmas for the cheery...

Photo of tiny kitten

It was a dark and stormy night . . .

Dec. 9 was a wretched, cold day with sideways rain and bone-chilling wind. The annual La Conner lighted boat parade, put on by the Swinomish Yacht Club, was scheduled for 6 p.m. and all day long...


LIbrary Happenings

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Tiny Trees Auction on Dec. 1 and to those of you who came to the library during the week to preview the trees. This year we had trees, gift baskets and art. The library was very festive and this year the...


Take a 'First Day Hike' on Jan. 1

OLYMPIA —Begin the new year with Washington State Parks on a First Day Hike Jan. 1. Over 20 of the more than 40 state parks participating are in northwest Washington with both staff-led and self-guided hikes, snowshoe excursions, dog walks, bike a...

Picture of cooked chicken pot pie in casserole dish

Chicken pot pie

You can substitute cooked turkey. This recipe is prepared in stages. It takes a while. It uses ingredients you probably keep on hand. I had a gluten free powdered turkey gravy mix. You can use the...


Year's last day may add up to good fortune

There’s uncertainty about whether a happy, healthy 2024 is in the cards. But the numbers seem to indicate it is a strong possibility. Those who dish up black-eyed peas and cabbage or some other good luck fare on New Year’s Eve might do just as well t... Full story


Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED The Stanwood Area Historical Society presents: Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas Thursday, Dec. 28 7 p.m. Lloyd Norgaard Cultural Center, Stanwood, 27130 102nd Ave. NW more info: 360-629-6110 or S...


Police Blotter

Sunday, December 17 11:50 a.m. Deer lost — Car vs. deer in front of the Rexville Grocery. Deer was deceased and driver continued on. Best Rd., Greater La Conner. 11:51 a.m. Hunting season — Reporter called in a person with a gun walking near the road...


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