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Settlement for unauthorized irrigation in Skagit Valley benefits salmon

OLYMPIA – Skagit Valley Farm has agreed to pay $138,500 toward salmon restoration efforts in the Skagit area as part of a settlement agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology over unauthorized irrigation. In April, Ecology issued a...

 

Burn ban over

Skagit County ended the outdoor burn ban for all unincorporated areas Oct. 26. Residential yard and land-clearing fires are again permitted within unincorporated areas. Burn permits are required for piles exceeding 4 feet by 4 feet. Submit permit...

 

Record $24.6M penalty against Facebook

OLYMPIA —The maximum $24.6 million penalty was issued against Facebook’s parent company, Meta, by a King County Superior Court judge Oct. 26 in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance transparency lawsuit. Judge Douglass North ruled...

 

COVID-19 emergency order expired Monday

Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 emergency declaration expired Monday. A statement from his office notes that while the virus persists, vaccines and medical treatments are broadly available and offer strong protection. The state's decisive pandemic...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 26, 2022
Smoke over La Conner

Wildfire smoke turned air unhealthy last week

People in the Anacortes-La Conner area experienced unhealthy air quality during Oct. 18-20, when air quality worsened steadily over two days, with 24-hour average readings of 42.1 ug/m3, 101.7 ug/m3...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 26, 2022

Planning commission sets special meeting for citizens to propose changes to code

Town planning commissioners are getting plenty of chances to hone their listening skills. They have scheduled a Nov. 1 special session ahead of its regular monthly third week meeting to hear priorities from residents for potential changes to the La...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 26, 2022

Skagit County median sold home prices still going up

Sold home prices in Skagit County remained strong in September, with 180 homes and condominiums closing, the same as in August, and the median sold price rising to $552,250, Northwest Multiple Listing Service data show. Anacortes again led the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 26, 2022

Skagit Bay Search and Rescue seeks more volunteers

Skagit Bay Search and Rescue volunteers are trained to locate people in distress. These days they are also in search of others to join their ranks. "We're actively looking for new members in the La Co...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 26, 2022

BREAKING: Friday 3 p.m. special town council meeting

Mayor Ramon Hayes called for a special meeting of the La Conner Town Council for Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. to be held on Zoom. The meeting purpose is: 1) Approval of consent Agenda of 10/25/22 because of Tuesday’s meeting being canceled. 2)...

 

BREAKING: Nov. 1 special planning commission meeting canceled

Monday the Town of La Conner posted the cancellation of today’s special planning commission meeting, signed by the commission’s chair, Mama Hanneman. The next regularly scheduled planning commission meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Lower Maple...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 19, 2022

Residents voice Center Street parking problems

Once upon a time, the late Doug Caldart insisted the only parking problem in La Conner was when there were no cars here to fill spaces in front of closed and boarded up storefronts. Those days are long gone. For decades the issue has instead been...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 19, 2022

Election voting about to start

Friday the Skagit County elections office mails ballots to registered voters. The two statewide contested seats are U.S. Senate and Washington secretary of state. Supreme Court Justices Barbara Madsen, G. Helen Whitener and Mary Yu are running...

 

Get ready to vote

Ballots are mailed Friday. Help get all ballots counted quickly: Vote and return your ballot now Sign your ballot envelope Use a county dropbox Mail your ballot by Nov. 4 Election drop boxes nearby: La Conner Regional Library, 614 E. Morris Street...

 
 By Anne Basye    News    October 19, 2022

Farm report: Dry, with warm weather while water stays scarce

A long dry season has been a mixed blessing for local farmers. Back in June, when the Skagit Valley was so cold and drenched some fields could not even be planted, Dean Swanson thought we would never hit 80 degrees. “Farmers asked for a warm dry fa...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 19, 2022

Legal research cost Town $6,349

The Kenyon Disend law firm charged $5,861 to the Town of La Conner for 25.1 hours of work in September assessing the 1986 contract rezone agreement for the 306 Center Street property. Almost all the hours, 24.9, were Sept. 1-8. The firm sent their...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 19, 2022

Town funds nonprofits tourist promotion

The La Conner Town Council has granted $112,805 to nine area nonprofits to promote bringing tourists into the Skagit Valley. The La Conner Chamber of Commerce received the bulk of the funding, $83,000, 73.6%, to fund its operations. La Conner Live...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 19, 2022

FD 13 considering becoming career department

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. More than a familiar adage, it’s now the approach local Fire District 13 could well approach to solve manpower issues going forward. The district has in recent months faced the loss of personnel to what Chief...

 

Father William Treacy died Oct. 16, 2022

Father William Treacy died peacefully Sunday afternoon with Sister Emma at his side, and Fr. Jim and Terry nearby. Just before he took his last breath he looked heavenward as if seeing the angel sent to escort him to his next assignment. Deep peace...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 19, 2022

Your library now open for your browsing pleasure

The La Conner Swinomish library opened its door to the public for the first time Tuesday, Oct. 18. Blue and silver helium balloons were tied to the railings leading up the stairs to the doors of the...

 

Watch candidate forums before voting

Watch candidate forums for November elections for Congressional District 2 and state representative district 10 through election day. Dan Matthews versus Rick Larsen for Congressional District 2: lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org. Lived-stream on Oct. 20...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 19, 2022

Mark Hulst new La Conner Chamber of Commerce director

Just weeks after selling his auto repair business in Burlington, Mark Hulst is revved up for his next gig. Hulst, owner of the Skagit Cellars tasting room here, has been tapped as the new executive...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 12, 2022

Weekly News wins 34 awards in annual state newspaper contest

Your community newspaper has the best photographers among small Washington newspapers. Sarah Walls and Ken Stern were awarded first place in the pictorial and general news categories and with Nancy...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 12, 2022

September record dry month

The 0.02 inch of rain that fell Sept. 2 was the month's total precipitation and really a rain for the record. How dry was it? While five years this century have had less than one inch of rain, this...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 12, 2022

Planning commissioners tour La Conner Maritime Services

La Conner Planning Commissioners last week got a closer, on-the-ground look at long-range Port of Skagit plans for the northern industrial area of La Conner Marina. The five-members held a special...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 12, 2022

September Town tax collections

The Town of La Conner’s streak of seven months of record setting sales tax receipts is broken, but barely. The $60,900 reported to the Town in September is $72 below last year’s. That is the second smallest drop among the Town’s September tax...

 

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