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Electric atmosphere: Shavers talks clean energy during La Conner visit

First term state lawmaker Clyde Shavers (D, Oak Harbor) brought plenty of energy to a downtown La Conner appearance last Thursday. And for the 10th District Democrat it was a case of substance...


Letter to the editor: Championing Clyde Shavers

In mid-August Bob Raymond and I met with Rep. Clyde Shavers over coffee. Wow, what an impressive guy! He thinks five years ahead. Green hydrogen. Agritourism. Affordable housing. Financial education in our high schools. Investing in our rural... Full story

 By Katryna Barber    News    August 23, 2023

Library Happenings

Our summer reading program, All Together Now, has officially ended, but please don’t stop reading. Make sure to turn in your reading log so you can get your reward for all your reading during summer vacation. We hope you read some terrific books...


Legal Notices

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of Hazel Cherry Monahan, Deceased. Cause No. 23-4-00420-29 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The Personal Representative named below has been appointed...


Letter to the editor: Beware door-to-door sales

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, a young, seemingly likable, fast-talking fellow knocked on our door to pitch his pest control services. My wife and I listened for a short while and I went back indoors since I was busy. He kept talking to my wife and wanted to...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 16, 2023

Skagit Bay Rescue, Fire District 13 may align

Gary Ladd was bare headed on Thursday, though figuratively he was wearing two hats that morning. A Skagit County Fire District 13 officer, he also serves as an officer of Skagit Bay Search & Rescue – and he spoke for the latter during the fire...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 16, 2023

La Conner Schools superintendent finishes doctoral degree

A former marathoner, La Conner Schools Superintendent Dr. Will Nelson knows the value of committing to a plan for the long run. He Is also familiar with having to negotiate different routes leading...

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Puyallup Tribe's partnership with Kenmore Air takes off with scenic South Sound seaplane flights

Members of the Puyallup Tribe described it as an historic day, when a newly-painted seaplane from Kenmore Air touched down on Commencement Bay, with a distinctive red, black and white livery...


Obituary: Douglas Keith Otis

Douglas K. Otis, age 85, of La Conner, Washington, died on Aug. 7, 2023.  Doug is preceded in death by his parents, E. Donovan Otis and Gayle (Hancock) Otis; wife of over 50 years, Dixie (Maloy)...


Legal Notices

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY No. 23-4-00399-29 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) In the Matter of the Estate of Linda E. Pickett, Deceased The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal...


Legal Notices

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY No. 23-4-00387-29 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) In the Matter of the Estate of Gunnar Pedersen, Deceased The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal...


Legal Notices

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF KING Estate of: NANCY ELLEN FOX, Deceased. No. 23-4-04699-1 SEA. PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 The Personal Representative named below Personal Representative has been appointed and has qualified as...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Tight budget with tough choices for La Conner Schools

Beset with declining student enrollment and the loss of federal emergency pandemic funding, La Conner Schools officials are bracing to adopt what finance chief David Cram has termed a “bare bones” budget July 31. A 9 a.m. public hearing in the...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Swinomish gain federal internet service grant

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is one of two tribes in the state that will receive $500,000 grants to secure high-speed, affordable internet service. The Swinomish and Makah Tribes each received grants through the U.S. Department of...


From the editor: Futures near and far

Next Monday, July 31, the La Conner school board will approve the school district's 2023-2024 budget. The vote will almost certainly be unanimous but it will not be an easy decision. Board members and staff have known about and been grappling with...


Legal Notices

La Conner School District No. 311 NOTICE OF MEETING TO ADOPT 2023-24 BUDGET AND CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given, pursuant to RCW 28A.505.050 and RCW 28A.505.060, that the Board of Directors of La Conner School District No. 311, Skagit C...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 12, 2023
Sheriff's Sergeant Brad Holmes patrols downtown La Conner

Veteran sheriff's sergeant takes the lead on La Conner policing

With the last name Holmes, it was only natural that he entered law enforcement. And with interests in boating and basketball and a knack for building relationships, the La Conner detachment office...

 By Ken Stern    News    July 12, 2023
New homes are shown at Channel Cove

Five Channel Cove homes newly done

Finally, five new homes are complete and ready for move in at Channel Cove, at the south end of Park Street in south La Conner. Construction started last December on the one duplex and four single...

 By Jerry George    Opinion    July 12, 2023

A citizen's view: La Conner residents will benefit from a time bank

In 2010 Christchurch, New Zealand was devastated by two magnitude 7 earthquakes only days apart. Buildings were shaken to the ground; roadbeds overturned; water pipes snapped, etc. Nearby, the hamlet of Littleton, a town somewhat larger but like La... Full story


Letter to the editor: Oppose cluster-bomb use on moral grounds

News that President Biden intends to permit the release of cluster bombs to the war in Ukraine needs to be challenged on moral and legal grounds and I would ask that we reach out to Rep. Rick Larsen as a member of the House Armed Services Committee... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 5, 2023

School board reviews bare bones budget

La Conner School Board President Susie Deyo called the panel’s annual six-hour retreat last Wednesday an opportunity for reflection. It was also a time to look ahead. And while the view going forward can be murky at best, board members and school o...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 5, 2023

Could 44 tiny condos find home behind grocery?

Greg Ellis sees big things ahead for La Conner by going small. The Shelter Bay resident and Braves Club after-school program volunteer, who submitted plans for seven full-sized homes behind Pioneer Market in 2021, now proposes constructing tiny...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 5, 2023

Eagle habitat may affect plans for Pioneer Park tree removal

America’s national bird may stump part of a tree-thinning project at Pioneer Park. The Town of La Conner has been advised by an urban forestry services consultant that more than 40 trees in the park, a popular trail hiking and public events venue...


Cascadian Farm now owned by Rodale Institute Pacific Northwest Organic Center

SKAGIT VALLEY — The Rodale Institute Pacific Northwest Organic Center at Cascadian Farm, the historic property formerly known as Cascadian Home Farm, has opened its fields to the public for u-pick strawberries. A beloved destination for tourists...


Musings – on the editor's mind

Memorial Day was May 29th this year. That is John F. Kennedy's birthday. I know that because it is also my mother's birthday, Mary Madeline Nemunis Stern. My mother was born in 1920. She would have been 103. I believe my mother hated war. She never t... Full story


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