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 By Ken Stern    News    November 30, 2022 

Car fire put out by local fire departments

Why an SUV was in a farm field just north of La Conner and who set it on fire last Tuesday night, Nov. 22 remains a mystery, but it is certain that it was totally engulfed in flames by the time Fire...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 30, 2022 

Shavers wins for LD 10 state rep but recount mandated

Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers, a political newcomer and recent returnee to Oak Harbor, has beaten State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1. His 182 vote victory, 0.24%, with...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 30, 2022 

306 Center Street permit appeal heard Thursday

The final chapter on the fate of Brandon Atkinson’s 306 Center Street condominium project opens Thursday with the appeal to stop the project before Town of La Conner Hearing Examiner David Lowell at 2 p.m., a Zoom-only hearing. Residents Debbie...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    November 30, 2022 

Swinomish lands major grant for port projects

The future is now for the fledgling Port of Swinomish. The tribal port authority, created just two years ago, was awarded an $11 million federal grant in October that will fast track its long-range goals by a decade, according to Swinomish Port...

 

State ends Hope Island fish pen operations

A local controversy that has lingered for more than three decades will soon be an historical footnote. The net pen salmon farm off Hope Island and Lone Tree Point is going away. Washington State Commi...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 23, 2022

UPDATE: Gilday-Shavers tight LD 10 election means recount needed

Gilday-Shavers tight election means recount needed Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers holds a 162 vote and 0.22% margin in the state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1 contest against State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island)....

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 23, 2022

Gilday-Shavers election headed for recount

Democratic challenger Clyde Shavers held a 137 vote lead districtwide against State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1 after Monday’s ballot tallies in Skagit and Snohomish...

 

Space shortage slows county elections vote count

Skagit County Auditor Sandy Perkins has given election workers a ringing endorsement for their yeoman work processing tens of thousands of mail-in ballots. But there's still room for improvement, she...

 

Fisheries advocate Lorraine Loomis will be honored by state Nov. 30

More than a year after her passing, the legacy of the late Lorraine Loomis continues to grow. Loomis, a longtime Swinomish Tribal Community fisheries manager who served seven years as chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, will be...

 

Voter outreach key to victory in Hagen's assessor's race

The new Skagit County Assessor is assessing his recent successful election campaign. Danny Hagen, running as an independent, parlayed a series of public forums into a comfortable 57-43 per cent electo...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 20, 2022

UPDATE – Shavers' lead over Gilday shrinks

State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) gained 63 votes out of 1,063 counted by Skagit County elections office staff after Friday’s vote count for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1. There may not be enough uncounted...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 17, 2022

UPDATE – Shavers leading Gilday for state rep

Clyde Shavers took the lead for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1 against State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) after Tuesday’s votes were counted. His narrow lead is 221 votes districtwide after the Nov. 16-17 vote...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 16, 2022

Gilday vs Shavers is toss-up for state rep

Votes from greater La Conner and southwestern Skagit County may determine the Position 1 State Representative winner in state legislative district 10. State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) led by 15 votes after Monday’s count with 34,940 to...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 16, 2022

Council considering changes to code

The La Conner Town Council’s three hour meeting Nov. 8 included four public hearings. A 530 p.m. 2023 budget meeting started the evening. Three hearings, including one on the budget, were dispatched quickly. Council did not adjourn till 9 p.m.,...

 

Hope Island fish pen lease canceled

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources has ended the two remaining net pen aquaculture leases on state-owned aquatic lands. DNR officials informed Cooke Aquaculture Monday that the two expired leases will not be renewed for their...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 12, 2022

UPDATE – Gilday catching Shavers for LD 10 state representative

A huge change in the vote count for Legislative District 10 Position 2: State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) has made up almost all of a 2,500 vote deficit, pulling into a near tie, 79 votes behind challenger Clyde Shavers, an Oak Harbor Navy...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 10, 2022

REPORT – Election results totaling no surprises

After two days of counting ballots in Skagit County and districtwide for state legislative district 10, November election results are similar to August, with the same candidates headed toward the offices they seek. Danny Hagen is handily winning his...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    November 9, 2022

U.S. Senate candidate Smiley stopped in La Conner Saturday

In a U.S. Senate race being touted as surprisingly close as election day approached, surging GOP candidate Tiffany Smiley made La Conner one of her final weekend campaign stops Saturday morning. The...

 
 By Ken Sterm    News    November 9, 2022

Summer Town tax receipts were hot

The $66,648 in Town of La Conner sales tax revenue reported for October continued the year’s record setting trend. This was the fourth month above $66,000, driving the year-to-date total to $573,848, 16.6% and $81,545 above annual projections with...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 9, 2022

Dramatic drop in new Skagit COVID-19 cases

New cases of coronavirus infections in Skagit County have dropped dramatically, 71% since July, when 1,078 people tested positive. The 315 positive tests in October are a 35.3% drop from the 487 new cases in September. In August 578 people had...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 9, 2022

Did town council err in nixing special planning meeting?

At its own special meeting Oct. 28, the La Conner Town Council voted to cancel a special planning commission meeting called for Nov. 1, directing “the Planning Commission to only conduct special meetings called by the chair, the chair pro-tern or r...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 9, 2022

Rain again returned in October

The headline a year ago was "Lots of October rain" after 4.3 inches fell in 2021. Rains have returned, though they waited till Oct. 21 to start. That was 36 days since September's 0.02 total rainfall....

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 6, 2022

BREAKING: Tuesday 5:30 p.m. special town council meeting on 2023 budget

UPDATE: 4 Public hearings on regular meeting agenda There are four public hearings on the La Conner Town Council’s agenda for their regular meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. Beside the 2023 preliminary budget, hearings are on 2023 property tax...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    November 2, 2022

Planning commission special meeting nixed amid process concerns

One special meeting has canceled another. The La Conner Town Council Friday afternoon at a special Zoom session adopted procedures for calling planning commission special meetings that in effect nixed a special meeting the advisory panel had schedule...

 

Watch candidate forums before voting

Candidate forums for statewide and regional candidates are online through Nov. 8’s election. The Patty Murray-Tiffany Smiley U.S. Senate debate is on area public TV stations and TVW: tvw.org as are Washington Secretary of State candidates Steve...

 

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