Articles from the December 30, 2020 edition

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Buzzfeed rates La Conner top Cool Small Town in USA

La Conner didn’t just make Santa’s list this year. It also tops the list of 18 “Surprisingly Cool Small Towns in the USA” released this week by BuzzFeed, the New York City-based internet media company. BuzzFeed contributor Jemima Skelley...

 

Robert Salazar retiring, delivers mail for La Conner one last time

After two decades behind the counter, there is no denying Robert Salazar has put his stamp on the La Conner Post Office. His quick wit, gregarious spirit and positive outlook – traits that have...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 30, 2020

January public hearing on fines for not wearing masks

A public hearing on adoption of a proposed new county ordinance for “enforcement of Health Officer Orders in Skagit County” and providing for civil penalties for violation was approved by the Skagit County Board of Health at its meeting Dec. 22....

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 30, 2020

Skagit County near 3,000 COVID-19 cases

Skagit County will likely record more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections in December, by far the highest one month total this year. Through Dec. 28, 957 positive tests have been reported, with 35 new cases the month’s daily average. Trends are...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 30, 2020

Skagit Public Health’s COVID-19 response

If the novel coronavirus pandemic is an attack against every person, potentially, Skagit Public Health is the defending force in Skagit County. The health department, led by Director Jennifer Johnson, and advised by Dr. Howard Leibrand, County...

 

Picture this: Shelter Bay man links 1970s art with artist

For more than a decade, wherever he moved, Danny Hagen could not bear to part with the beautiful eight square foot framed painting of Mount Shuksan and Picture Lake that he picked up by chance while...

 

Charity Dakota Jordan Soroptimist volunteer

Charity Dakota Jordan, a junior at La Conner High School, is someone who has her priorities clearly in order -- first school and then work, she says. Charity, the Soroptimist International of La...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 30, 2020

Skagit Public Health staff are 2020’s unsung heros

A year that started normally enough, with kids in school and tourists on the street, suddenly came to a grinding halt in mid-March. The aptly named novel coronavirus blossomed into a pandemic almost overnight, shutting schools, stores, canceling the...

 

If I ran the zoo

Covid-19 has us flying by the seat of our pants without an indication of where to land. That is a great headline about a vaccine but when you get down to the real nitty gritty of how and when and...

 

Gun laws, past and future

To those who were taken aback by my letter on Joe Biden: His campaign promise to outlaw all semi auto firearms brought forth a surge of 10 million purchases of such weapons in the U.S. in the year 2020 alone. The National Rifle Association has long a...

 

Swinomish starts COVID-19 vaccinations

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community administered its first 72 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Monday at its medical clinic, with the first doses going to Tribal elders, starting with the eldest elders of the Tribe. Some front-line staff of...

 

State COVID-19 transmission flattening, but situation still ‘highly precarious’

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health Dec. 24 situation report shows substantial decreases in transmission but still not enough to return the state to the lower levels of disease activity seen earlier in the fall. Based on the...

 

Linda Talman leaving Town Planning Commission

As everyone flips the calendar to 2021, Linda Talman is turning the page from her lengthy tenure on the La Conner Planning Commission. A retired teacher known for her thorough grasp of land use policies and as a tireless advocate for public parks,...

 

Darlene Peters memorialized on national TV newscast

Her remarkable devotion to others as she worked and traveled was well known to all in the Swinomish and La Conner communities where Darlene Peters grew up. Now the entire country knows, too. Peters was among recent COVID-19 victims whose memories...

 

RV camping: The new twilight zone

I received positive feedback from readers from recounting a Texas trip, including jail time, while doing bird photography. The state of Texas has proved to be interesting RV-wise, too. On US Hwy 10 in west Texas going east you could almost go to...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, Dec. 21 10:18 a.m.: Out of here – Vehicle was tagged and towed as an abandoned vehicle. Whatcom St., La Conner. Tuesday, Dec. 22 12:48 a.m.: Asleep at wheel – Deputies investigated a non-injury motor vehicle accident. The driver...

 

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

If you are like me, you assemble all the ingredients, the measuring cups, spoons, bowls and baking pans, prior to measuring and mixing. The oven preheats as I begin pulling every ingredient together....

 

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