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 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 24, 2024

From the editor: The day after Earth Day 2024

Monday was the 54th anniversary of Earth Day, organized in 1970 as a teach-in on college campuses to emphasize the harm out-of-control pollution has on human health as well as the environment. In typical homo sapiens fashion, giant inflatable earth... Full story

 By Bill Lucia    News    April 24, 2024

Ban on foam takeout containers in Washington starts June 1

Those foam clamshell containers long used by restaurants for takeout food will soon be illegal statewide in Washington. Coffee cups, plates, trays and other food and drink carriers made from the same material – known as expanded polystyrene – will al...

 By Ken Stern    News    April 17, 2024

First-quarter town tax revenue lags

La Conner Town Council members and residents attending the April 9 meeting heard the down news: March's sales tax revenues are 15% below 2023. Year to date, sales tax revenue is down 15%, $124,353,...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 17, 2024

Swinomish plan Earth Day activities

Earth Day is a global event that encourages people to act locally. And those activities don’t have to be limited to April 22, the 54th anniversary of the day universally recognized as the start of the modern environmental movement. The Swinomish Indi...

 By Judy Booth    News    April 17, 2024

Langley's team approach tackles tourism

“The Langley Chamber of Commerce is supported through grants that are specific to tourism,” notes Nicole Whittington-Johnson, the Chamber’s executive director. Additionally, there is Langley Creates, a state-designated creative district, part of a Wa...


Tell Rick Larsen no to Israeli aid

Earth Day is Monday, April 22. This is not an Earth Day editorial and not because the almost holiday atmosphere and platitudes reverently uttered by politicians and corporate heads have hijacked the original intent. It is the same with Mother’s D... Full story

An aerial view of the Olympic Pipeline cleanup site in Conway

Olympic Pipeline spill response is considered complete

Spill responders have completed the emergency response to the Dec. 10, 2023, gasoline spill from the Olympic Pipeline in Conway. The Unified Command leading the operation has ensured that no...


2024 Legislature wrap-up: Republican lawmakers push financial restraint

The final gavel has fallen in Olympia and the Legislature is adjourned. I thought I might wax philosophical about this year's events as I've done in previous columns, but let's start with a...

 By Rep. Dave Paul    News    March 27, 2024

2024 Legislature wrap-up: Update on a successful legislative session

We have wrapped up the 2024 legislative session, and I'm pleased to report that state lawmakers worked together to pass legislation and fund projects to benefit Washingtonians. I'm especially proud...


Legal Notices

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In Re The Estate of: MICHAEL EUGENE LONG, Deceased. No. 24-4-00076-29 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) (NTCRD) PATRICK LONG has been appointed as Personal Representative of this...


La Conner needs its Little Braves preschool

Dear Editor: I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the recently announced closure of Little Braves preschool due to lack of funding. As a member of our community and a parent who understands the importance of early childhood education, I...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 6, 2024
Author Timothy Egan signs books for readers

Author Timothy Egan advocates for new MV Library

During his celebrated career as an award-winning newspaper columnist and author, Timothy Egan has traveled the globe in search of the stories that connect him to his readers. For a much longer time...


Fighting for our environment and tax credit for our farmers

As our communities face harsher climate effects including droughts, heatwaves, and floods, it is important for all of us to work together towards ensuring a healthier environment. That’s why we are dedicated to pursuing two approaches to e...


Meet Nizhoni Slowman, January Soroptimist student of the month

Nizhoni Slowman, a senior at La Conner High School, is the Soroptimist International of La Conner January Honored Student. She has a varied range of interests. She loves to experience the outdoors for...


Energetic entrepreneur Greg Whiting

Greg Whiting has rarely – if ever – lacked for energy. Consider that in a robust and wide-ranging professional life Whiting has variously researched, analyzed, helped develop and written about ene...

 By Ken Stern    News    February 14, 2024

Conway gas spill update

Some 50 area residents attended the Conway School community meeting Feb. 6 to gain more information about the Dec. 10 Olympic Pipeline gasoline spill near Conway and the ongoing cleanup, local media reported. Billed as an open house, residents could...


Will La Conner embrace e-buses?

The La Conner School District is among hundreds of districts nationwide examining the feasibility and long-term cost advantages of switching from diesel to electric school buses. Key advantages...


Feds pledge $1 billion to deliver 2,700 electric, low-emission school buses

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced $1 billion in funding for more than 2,700 electric and low-emission school buses across 37 states in January. This is a second part of funding of a $5 billion, five-year initiative from the b...


Public safety must be a priority, state legislators say

Public safety should be a top priority for this year’s legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan state legislators said on the eve of the 2024 legislative session. “We need additional officers on the street,” Inslee told reporters befor...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 17, 2024

Building housing in the comp plan

Town of La Conner residents have two weeks to offer their two cents – or perhaps exceedingly more valuable recommendations – as possible amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan – and the development code, too. Submittals made through Jan. 31... Full story


La Conner School District report card

As we start off the 2024 year, I want to personally thank all of the parents and families of our students who every day navigate all of the obstacles in life while supporting their school-aged children. We strive to create a welcoming environment...

 By Dave Paul    Opinion    January 10, 2024

I am working on what you told me

How can we listen to each other and find common ground – and solutions that work for our community? I think it starts with listening to each other. The legislative session began on Jan. 8 and runs f... Full story


Northwest salmon hatcheries harm wild salmon populations, study finds

For much of the last century, fish hatcheries have been built in the Northwest, across the U.S. and around the world to boost fish populations where wild numbers have gone down. But an analysis of more than 200 studies on hatcheries programs meant...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    December 27, 2023

Weekly News staff are unsung heroes

From an editor who takes each week’s editorial very seriously, I report that this is one of my most important editorials of the year. Each December ends with shining light on unsung heroes in the community, the critical souls who day after day and e... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    December 13, 2023

UPDATE on: Gas pipeline leak closed Conway school Monday

Additional information from Dec. 13: The approximately 25,326 gallons of gasoline that spilled from the Olympic Pipeline in Conway early on Dec. 10 was “due to the failure of 3/8 inch tubing leading from the main pipeline to a pressure gauge within t...


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