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 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 1, 2023 

Council hears plugs for fireboat, solar energy

On a cold, wet January night, the La Conner Town Council embraced a sunny outlook. The panel last Tuesday approved payment for a $100 membership fee and joined the Skagit Valley Clean Energy Co-Operative, organizer of the new Solarize Skagit...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 1, 2023 

Council creates emergency management commission

There won’t be a Town flood commission, after all. Instead the new five-member municipal panel will be tasked with an expanded portfolio to address multiple emergency management and natural disaster incidents. The change in scope came at the reques...

 

Katherine Paul album featured in Rolling Stone

As a popular song says, there are few ways better to gain fame than to have your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. A La Conner singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist may not be on the iconic magazine’s cover, but she is featured on...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 25, 2023

Town forum unleashes flood of ideas for communicating

Public safety in emergency situations was the talk of the town at the La Conner Retirement Inn Saturday morning. The latest in a series of quarterly public forums coordinated by La Conner Town...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 25, 2023

Resiliency every day, every year

Town of La Conner leaders continue to talk, plan and act in preparing flood control measures in the wake of Dec. 27’s flooding from the Swinomish Channel. Last night the town council created a flood commission by ordinance, cementing in place a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 18, 2023

Town of La Conner forming flood control commission

Rising tides have in turn given rise to a renewed focus on flood control and long-term effects of climate change here. The Town of La Conner is looking to form a five-member commission with regular mo...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 18, 2023

Community invitations

La Conner area residents are invited to engage this week and next with the two local institutions that define and make a difference in our lives. This is where citizens can have the most impact, making self-governing a reality. Your participation is...

 

La Conner's many sound resources

In my 16th and final year as mayor, I would like to thank the La Conner community for the opportunity to serve as your representative. Although our resources are limited, La Conner has been fortunate to attract and retain staff who are dedicated to...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 18, 2023

First 2023 Town Council meeting

La Conner Town Council and La Conner Schools officials addressed common goals and interests at their respective meetings last week. Councilmembers Mary Wohleb and MaryLee Chamberlain joined the Jan. 9 school board session via Zoom to share tips for...

 

Community 'town talk' Jan 21

Join a community conversation with your neighbors Jan. 21 at the La Conner Retirement Inn, 9-11 a.m. The Town Council’s communication committee, an ad hoc group, offers an opportunity for residents to gather and discuss how to best make a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 11, 2023

Assessing flood damage, Town asks for state relief

Spring has not come early to La Conner. But spring cleaning has – out of necessity. In the aftermath of severe flooding of the town's low-lying areas Dec. 27, residents have been clearing...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 11, 2023

Adding various numbers up

At the start of the new year, one way to assess the year just passed is by looking at the numbers contained in budgets and reports and reflecting back and projecting forward. From front to back in this issue of the Weekly News, there are all kinds...

 

One man's flood a real disaster

Fate intervened on Dec. 27. First is the fact that the day before, Monday was a municipal holiday. Secondly the Dunlap Towing stopped running their weekly ad providing the tide tables to the community in this newspaper three or four years ago. At...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    January 11, 2023

Town of La Conner $873,000 in black at close of 2022

Can you say $873,094 Town of La Conner 2022 budget surplus? Director of Finance Maria DeGoede can. Her monthly treasurer’s report for the 4th quarter 2022, year to date, in the town council’s Jan. 10 meeting packet, shows revenue of $5,988,197,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 11, 2023

1986 Center Street contract rezone vote recalled by former town council member

It is hard to predict the future and often just as difficult to remember the distant past. But Vince Sellen, a retired La Conner schools teacher and former town council member, has shown a command of both. That is fitting for the one-time finalist...

 

Come to community 'town talk' Jan 21

Please join in a community conversation with your neighbors Jan. 21 at the La Conner Retirement Inn, 9-11 a.m. The communication committee, an advisory and ad hoc town council committee, will provide an opportunity for community members to come...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 4, 2023

La Conner community combats wave of saltwater flooding

Normal lasted less than 24 hours last week after La Conner weathered heavy snowfall and thick ice before Christmas that brought the community to a virtual standstill. Winter king tides along with...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 28, 2022

Local heroes of democracy

When considering activists watching over the community's governance and vocally championing the better future we all want, the dedicated and sometimes seemingly too quiet La Conner Town Council and local school board may not come first to mind. But,...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 21, 2022

2023 Town budget tops $6.9 million

The 2023 budget the La Conner Town Council passed Dec. 13 is robust in its expenditures, at $6.97 million and modest in its increase in revenue, to $5.6 million. It is a deficit budget of $1.37 million, with reserves covering the difference....

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 21, 2022

Utility fees raised, developer fees approved

The La Conner Town Council was productive at its last meeting of the year Dec. 13. It approved the Town’s 2023 budget and passed ordinances raising fees after hearing from residents and getting staff reports. No residents spoke at the public...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    December 21, 2022

Town of La Conner 2022 tax revenues are golden

The slight dip, to $57,164, in the Town of La Conner’s November sales tax revenue was the first sizeable year-to-year drop in collections since the first summer of the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020. That is $3,7467, 6.2% below 2021. Still, the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    December 7, 2022

Port open house lays out Marina options

Those attending the Port of Skagit’s open house Thursday at La Conner Marina lost their marbles. That was the plan, it turns out. Port consultants handed people Zip-Lock bags containing seven marbles each as they entered the Swinomish Yacht Club...

 

November school board financial decisions

La Conner school board members approved a new district civility policy promoting mutual respect and a positive learning environment throughout the district at its Nov. 28 meeting. This builds on an earlier policy addressing student use of telecommuni...

 

Town Council Agenda

104 Commercial Street Upper Maple Center and by Zoom Information is below and on the Town Website I. Call to Order II. Pledge of Allegiance III. Public Comments (Limit: 3 minutes per person) IV. Presentations: V. Consent Agenda A. Consent Agenda...

 

Another heartwarming Waterfront Café community Thanksgiving meal

After more than a decade, the Waterfront Café has a tried-and-true recipe for its popular annual community Thanksgiving meals. But this year a new ingredient was added to the mix – outdoor dining....

 

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