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John Leaver and Bill Stokes finish town council terms

The people have spoken, but the last word in La Conner’s 2021 election goes to Councilmembers Bill Stokes and John Leaver, whose terms expire as the year ends. Voters did not return them to the council table, instead choosing challengers Rick Dole...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 29, 2021

Heralding 2021’s unsung heroes

We are now ending our second year of the coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, it now includes the adjective, just: This is just the second year of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a global catastrophe that we, the people, could have ended by following the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 29, 2021

Musings – on the editor's mind

First printed Feb. 13, 2019. Here is a true fact: the Washington Street hill down to Whatcom Street has had more sleds than cars on it in the 10 days since the first snow of Feb. 4. Did everybody but me know about the street closing for sledding? I...

 

If I ran the zoo

I’m addicted to my hot tub, especially on wintry days. I’m thrilled that I live on the left edge of the continent with a great view of the islands and even a glimpse of the Olympic Peninsula. Bein...

 

Council December meeting actions

The La Conner Town Council had a productive Dec. 14 meeting beyond agreeing to a five year agreement with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and passing the town’s 2022 budget. Their decisions started with passing a budget amendment, adding...

 

CURTIS ANTHONY BUHER

Curtis (Curt) Anthony Buher passed away peacefully on December 20, 2021 at his home on Pleasant Ridge near La Conner, Washington. He was 66 years old. After being diagnosed with brain cancer in the... Full story

 

LOUIS DUANE BRETVICK “RED”

Louis Duane Bretvick, age 94, a longtime La Conner resident, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Visitation will be held at Kern Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, followed by visitation on Thursday, January... Full story

 

Skagit County coronavirus testing, vaccination updates

Weather conditions have closed the Skagit Public Health county fairgrounds COVID-19 testing site through Dec. 29,. Opening Dec. 30 is weather dependent. Staff plan to run the 3-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3 shift for free coronavirus testing antigen to...

 

La Conner hands Stanwood girls their first hoop loss

Bigger isn’t necessarily better. The unbeaten state champion La Conner High School volleyball team proved that repeatedly in the fall, beating several bigger schools. Now the school’s girls’ basketball program is further emphasizing the point....

 

FD 13 fire commissioner was career firefighter

Sometimes the only choice is the best choice. Such was the case when Skagit County Fire District 13 voters went to the polls in November to choose a successor to J.J. Wilbur, whose candidacy for the...

 

New partners gain Value in law firm purchase

When Felicia Value sits down at her desk on Monday, Jan. 3, she’ll no longer be a solo practitioner. She’ll be an employee of Barron Smith Daugert PLLC of Bellingham, which recently purchased her law practice. “I feel like I’ve been invited...

 

Santa paraded through Swinomish

In 2020, during the Christmas holiday season, Fire District 13 and the Swinomish Police Department drove through the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community with Santa Claus for the first time. This year,...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, December 20 1:13 p.m.: Treasure, not trash – Report of a dumped 5th wheel RV. Deputies found out that the tenants scrap out old trailers. Bradshaw Rd., Greater La Conner. Wednesday, December 22 12:33 a.m.: Good deed done –...

 

Beef Brisket

This beef brisket cooked on top of the wood stoverecipe takes the slow food movement to a level of understanding both the meat source and the meat preparation. We buy the majority of our meat from...

 

Big storm brings cold, snow, ice, strong winds

A white Christmas gave way to a blue Boxing Day. And even more blue conditions – in terms of plummeting temperatures – greeted the La Conner area this week with additional area-wide...

 

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