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Fundraising campaign launched to help McLeod family after fire

A La Conner man's lifelong dream and five years of his hard work quickly went up in smoke last week. Tyrone McLeod lost to fire on Tuesday, Jan. 17 the house he had been building on family property of...

 
 By Lynne Beebe    Community    January 25, 2023 

Wild swimming: My year-round experience in the Salish Sea

I have always had mixed feelings about swimming in cold water and my idea of paradise is floating in the warm waters of the Caribbean. But I grew up on the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound and...

 

First winter storm buries La Conner, western Skagit County

Today is the official start of winter. The seasons changed Monday, though, when La Conner and the Puget Sound region awakened to sub-freezing temperatures and light snow on the ground. Much of the...

 

Shelter Bay lease forum held at Swinomish

Since 2015 talks had stalled regarding negotiation of a new master lease between Shelter Bay and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Now folks are talking again. Shelter Bay and Swinomish residents and leaders last week attended the first of plann...

 

Shelter Bay history first class in series

By Aven Wright-McIntosh Shelter Bay residents had the opportunity to learn about their community's "complicated and unique history" last Tuesday night in the first in a series of new "Know Your...

 

Consultant videos explain Shelter Bay lease process

Some attending the late November Shelter Bay town hall forum were surprised to learn the community has retained $10,000 per month consultants for more than two years to negotiate a new master lease...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    November 30, 2022

Greetings from your community newspaper

Happy holiday season! Along with lights, trees and lawn displays comes this more recent tradition: the annual La Conner Weekly News subscription drive. These next three weeks your community newspaper will be delivered to every address in our local...

 

Young Life faith-based outreach program praised

The iconic Rainbow Bridge has connected La Conner and Swinomish Reservation since 1957. The Young Life ministry is extending that connection on spiritual and social levels. Members of the La Conner and Swinomish communities celebrated that connection...

 

La Conner's Halloween Parade all smiles and sweets

It was a dark and stormy Sunday night, but Monday at noon the breeze abated and the clouds lifted just before La Conner's school children took to First Street for the annual Halloween Parade. They...

 

Father William Treacy

Father William Treacy died Sunday, Oct. 16 at the age of 103. He spent his final days at his home on the grounds of Camp Korey in Mount Vernon. A leader of ecumenical and interfaith relations in the... Full story

 

Get ready to vote

Ballots are mailed Friday. Help get all ballots counted quickly: Vote and return your ballot now Sign your ballot envelope Use a county dropbox Mail your ballot by Nov. 4 Election drop boxes nearby: La Conner Regional Library, 614 E. Morris Street...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 12, 2022

Larsen toured Swinomish Reservation marsh restoration

Fishing and farming don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The Smokehouse Ditch Estuarine Marsh project on Swinomish Reservation, where restoration of critical salmon habitat is planned next to agricultural land the Tribe leases to local farmers,...

 

Enjoy La Conner Poetry Festival 'a la carte' this week

Tickets are still available for the Skagit Poetry Festival, which starts Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. While a full Festival pass costs $300, you can purchase daily passes. Pick and choose and chase favorite poets and sessions on your schedule. For...

 

Pat Paul reappointed tribal court judge

The honorable Patricia Paul was reappointed as a tribal court appeals judge with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, in Grand Ronde, Oregon in July, her fourth two-year appointment. She is a member of the Inupiaq Tribe. Paul received her law...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    August 2, 2022

Dam relicensing drives Skagit County habitat restoration moratorium

On July 18, the Skagit County commissioners approved a six-month moratorium on offsite compensatory mitigation of salmon habitat. “Offsite compensatory mitigation” means habitat restoration projects that mitigate for environmental impacts that...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    July 27, 2022

Clyde Shavers and Dave Paul seek votes and funds in La Conner

Some 50 mostly masked and generally partisan western Skagit valley residents came to the La Conner Civic Garden Club last Thursday to hear State Rep. Debra Lekanoff (D-Bow) extol her colleague, State...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Getting ready to vote

Another election season – year – is underway. Ballots are in the mail for the Aug. 2 primary. Your best ballot casting options are the county drop boxes at the La Conner Regional Library on Morris Street and on the Swinomish Reservation...

 

Swinomish honor annual sobriety award recipients

Kurt Bassford quietly goes about his business each day – whether at work, tending to family obligations or lending a hand to friends and relatives – but his example doesn’t go unnoticed...

 
 By Ken Stern    School    June 21, 2022

La Conner Schools enrollment by director districts

School’s out for summer. The next La Conner School District board director elections are in 2023, but this spring the district’s school board made slight adjustments to the five director district...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    June 15, 2022

Wet weather and high costs bogging down area farmers

A good farming year is easy to recognize, says John Thulen of Pioneer Potatoes. “My ancestors bought a pickup, built a barn or added on to the house,” he said. It’s all in the county register. With record rainfall, late freezes, a cool spring...

 

Fire District 13 exploring paramedicine program

Swinomish and Fire District 13 officials have begun taking steps for a joint community paramedicine program. “It’s still in its infancy stages,” said FD 13 Commissioner J.J. Wilbur at their monthly meeting June 9. He is also a Swinomish Indian...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2022

High school graduation at Whittaker Field on Friday

La Conner High School has held annual commencements for more than a century but the 5 p.m. June 10 graduation at Whittaker Field will offer something new. Those attending will be officially welcomed i...

 

Wilbur reappointed as Fire District 13 commissioner

For J.J. Wilbur and Skagit County Fire District 13, what is old is new again. Wilbur was appointed to the fire district panel May 12 after a four-month hiatus. He had served as a commission appointee through 2021 but was ineligible to stand for the s...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    April 19, 2022

Ryan Booth featured in film documentary

Ryan Booth can check several boxes on his resume: National Park Service ranger, Washington State University assistant professor of history, and Fulbright Scholar, to name a few. Now add film star to...

 

Aaron Reinstra hired as fire chief, for code enforcement

It is not every day that an action by town officials is greeted with applause. Last Tuesday was one of those days. That’s when in-person audience members attending the April 12 town council hybrid meeting at Maple Hall put their hands together to...

 

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