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Rep. Larsen visits joint SVC and Swinomish dental therapy program

When the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Skagit Valley College partnered this year to launch the first Dental Therapy Education program in Washington state the joint program garnered national attention. Second Congressional District U.S. Rep...

 

Coal costs more to generate electricity

Can you replace coal-fired electric generation with solar power even though the sun isn't up 24 hours a day? Are coal mines closing because of economics, or is it just politics? As mentioned in my...

 

Agritourism meeting at 6 p.m.

Skagit County is looking for your feedback on policy options for agritourism in the community. The in-person public meeting is today, Nov. 16, at Maple Hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The second meeting is Dec. 6 at the Skagit County Commissioner’s...

 

Shelter Bay manager sued for libel by board member

When Rick Tanner ends his Shelter Bay general manager job, he is taking with him a libel lawsuit Shelter Bay Community board member Judy Kontos filed in Skagit County's small claims court Friday....

 

Heat pumps practical for cooling, heating and reducing energy use and costs

Is it possible to reduce your energy bill and carbon dioxide emissions and get air conditioning for a home that didn't have it, all at the same time? Sometimes it is. Changing your home's climate...

 

Lights out in La Conner Friday night

Electricity went out in greater La Conner Friday, perhaps after 10 p.m., and was restored within hours within at least parts of the town. Around greater La Conner 584 customers lost power: 540 around Peth’s Corner, and 44 on Josh Wilson Road near...

 

Agritourism meeting next week

Skagit County is looking for your feedback on policy options for agritourism in the community. You are invited to attend the in-person public meetings held on Nov. 16 at Maple Hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at the Skagit County Commissioner’s... Full story

 

State parks free Saturday

Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife offer free entrance to state recreation lands Friday, Nov. 11. Visitors to state lands will not need a Discover Pass to park. Park... Full story

 

State of the Lincoln meeting Nov. 14

All Lincoln Theatre members in good standing are invited to the Theatre’s annual membership meeting: The State of the Lincoln, Monday, Nov 14, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Get a brief view of the last fiscal year at the Lincoln, where the Theatre stands... Full story

 

Citizen input on transportation program wanted

Skagit County Public Works is compiling proposed projects for the 2023-2028 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program. These include new construction or improvements to the transportation system such as road, bridge, ferry and trail projects. The... Full story

 

End of the line: Plug Ugly fishing gear store will close Nov. 30

Their business is a throwback many wish could go on forever. But, alas, all good things must come to an end. Jon and Linda Peterson's much celebrated Plug Ugly store of vintage fishing gear and...

 

National Hospice and Palliative Care month

Throughout the month of November, Hospice of the Northwest is joining organizations nationally to celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This year’s theme is “Meeting You Where You Are.” The Hospice of the Northwest team... Full story

 

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...

 

Rick Tanner resigns as Shelter Bay general manager

Shelter Bay residents now have a lot more to talk about on social media or in person. Rick Tanner, hired as the community’s general manager in March, submitted a sharply critical resignation letter...

 

Does Shelter Bay have water supplier options?

The Shelter Bay board of directors would not discuss with its community its exploration of ending its water supply contract with the Town of La Conner to switch to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Communit...

 

Nov. 9 coffee at La Conner Marina

Port of Skagit staff are planning a “Coffee and Conversation” gathering on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 2-3 p.m. at the La Conner Marina office. Its purpose is to invite community members to sit down with Port staff and ask any questions they may have...

 

Clayton Beach closed

Larrabee State Park is being renovated this winter to improve safety and access to Clayton Beach. Washington State Parks is building a new bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad track to provide safe passage between it and the Lost...

 

La Conner Park Commission Meeting Agenda

La Conner Park Commission Agenda For November 9th 2022 9:30 a.m. Fire Hall 12142 Chilberg Road La Conner and by Zoom. Information below and on the Town website. Public Comments Old Business A. Update Capital Facilities Plan B. Pavilion Update C....

 

Town Council Meeting Agenda

Town Council Agenda November 8, 2022, 6PM 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....

 

DON'T FORGET: Medicare open enrollment help Nov. 1, Tuesday, at Maple Hall

This is the time each year when Medicare beneficiaries are allowed to make changes in their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan or Part C Medicare Advantage plan. It is strongly advised than anyone on Medicare who takes prescription medications...

 

'Contested' Shelter Bay board members served with claim for damages

Four members of a Shelter Bay Community board of directors that has been intensely criticized for more than two years may be headed to court. During a board committee meeting Oct. 13, resident Roberta Fontenot, an attorney, had a process server...

 

Sound approach: La Conner alum's unique therapeutic technology

She was the definition of a quick study while a senior at La Conner High School, simultaneously earning an associate-in-arts degree from nearby Skagit Valley College before enrolling in fall 2000 at W...

 

Our Halloween tradition origins

By Jessica Brady Every year, we have a public Halloween festival – where kids parade through town in their outfits and go from shopfront to shopfront to get their candy loot. Sure, some families...

 

Get paid to use less electricity

Your electric and gas utilities will pay you to reduce your energy use. They will pay you to pay them less. Electric and gas utilities will often pay part of the cost of buying and installing new...

 

Sammy Davidson October student Soroptimist

Congratulations to Soroptimist Honored Student for October, Samantha (Sammy) Davidson. Sammy is a senior at La Conner High School. She plans to study biology in college and go on to medical school,...

 

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