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Small town, big village

I am pleased to add my appreciation to the many other thankful letters you received, hopefully, after reading the editorial of our “Local heroes of democracy. This is some of the “village” that it “takes” to keep a town honest to itself...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 4, 2023

Local golf cart stolen, recovered

Thieves tried turning the hiding of the golf cart they stole into an art form. The reviews to date have not been pretty. The cart, which belongs to North First Street resident Mit Harlan, was...

 

BREAKING: Report flood damage for possible disaster-relief aid

Residents and merchants are asked to report flood-damages from Tuesday’s flood for possible disaster-relief aid from the state of Washington. Today, Dec. 29, the Town of La Conner posted this urgent emergency alert on its website: Online... Full story

 

Christmas week weather full of surprises

Each October La Conner Public Works Director Brian Lease and his crew begin bracing for all kinds of wintry conditions anticipated in the weeks ahead – heavy snowfall, icy streets and sidewalks,...

 
 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,...

 

Ana María de Jesús Herrera Guillén

Ana María de Jesús Herrera Guillén Aug. 20, 1929-Nov. 27, 2022 Ana Maria “Anita” Guillén, a long-time resident of the Skagit Valley and widow of Northwest artist Jesus Guillén, died peacefully at the home of one of her sons in Renton, WA,... Full story

 

La Conner Kiwanis 1982 toy drive at bank triggered excitement

Sponsors of La Conner's giving tree projects are always thrilled with the level of participation in the popular holiday season campaigns. But nothing can – or likely will – compare to the exciteme...

 

Get Town updates sent to your phone

Sign up for notifications to be alerted to a variety of Town of La Conner announcements, ranging from the arts commission to the wastewater advisory board. Click on the “Notify Me” icon on the homepage of the Town’s revamped website. Provide...

 

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...

 
 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....

 

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...

 
 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...

 

Boat parade lights up channel and town

"There are a lot of unique things in La Conner that you can't get anywhere else," noted Mark Hulst, director of the La Conner Chamber of Commerce last Thursday. The Swinomish Yacht Club's annual light...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 14, 2022

This newspaper's for you

This is the last week of sending the Weekly News to every address in the La Conner School District. This annual subscription drive is an economic venture: La Conner News Publishing, LLC is a single person corporation, owned by its publisher. The...

 

La Conner history book launched at museum

Few people knew La Conner history as well as the late Thomas Robinson. Thanks to his exhaustive research and the editing magic of Carl Molesworth, the town's early development is between a book's...

 

Holiday treats and trees, tiny and tall

What recession? Not in La Conner last weekend. A slew of activities started the holiday festivities – and the season's spending. The Christmas season began 6:30 p.m. Friday night, when all doors ope...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    December 7, 2022

Historic design review for 306 Center Street?

An olive branch appeared here Thursday on a cold and wintry afternoon and in the most unlikely of settings – he appeals hearing addressing Kate and Dr. Brandon Atkinson’s bid to develop a 20-unit three-story residential complex behind The Slider...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 7, 2022

Your newspaper in your weekly mail all year long

Last week was quite the start of holiday activities throughout the Skagit Valley. From Friday evening’s Tiny Tree silent auction at the La Conner Swinomish Library through a myriad of events Saturday in La Conner and holiday markets Sunday at the...

 

Robert W. Rosso

Bob was born February 29, 1944, in Detroit, MI to his parents, Marion Brenniman Rosso and William Rosso. The family moved west to Lake Oswego, OR in 1950, and Bob began the life he was proud of. He... Full story

 

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 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...

 

La Conner childhood adds up for tax accountant

Neil Bretvick was in his early 20s when he left La Conner to embark on a career as a tax accountant. Along the way he has traveled the world and attended concerts played by the biggest acts in the music industry. Even so, he insists that his hometown...

 

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...

 

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