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Excavation begins for Center Street project

No building permit has yet been issued, but excavation began at the 306 Center Street condominium project site last week to find the water table on the property so that paperwork could be completed for removal of contaminated soil. Following that...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 10, 2024 
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We love a parade

It was an astounding Saturday afternoon in La Conner on several levels. That's thanks to the annual downtown Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Parade presented by Astound Broadband. A large crowd...

 By Jean Markert    News    March 27, 2024

Library Happenings

It seems that spring has finally arrived, and we have lots happening at the library to get you ready for warmer weather. Library Giving Day is here! You are invited to support the La Conner Swinomish Library as a vibrant, welcoming place for all!...

 By Kathy Wolfe    News    March 27, 2024

Consider the many health benefits of gardening

Most gardeners know from experience the benefits they feel from working in their gardens. These moments are what keep us going back season to season, year after year. As author Sue Stuart-Smith writes...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 20, 2024
An elderly woman sits with a young relative in a blooming tulip field


Daffodils have bloomed and tulips aren't far behind. Soon, thousands of people will descend upon the La Conner flats to enjoy vividly colored fields here. It's hard to imagine, any among the throngs...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 20, 2024

Civic leaders keynote La Conner Rotary Farmers and Merchants dinner

Harvest time on the La Conner flats is months away, but the time is ripe now to cultivate goodwill. That was the prevailing theme at the annual La Conner Rotary Club Farmers and Merchants Night...

 By Judy Booth    News    March 13, 2024
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It's a very breezy Pet Parade

A cold wind ripped up the Swinomish Channel, swirled around Gilkey Square on Saturday and undid plans for the La Conner Pet Parade's red-carpet walk. Still, around 50 registrants and a small crowd of...

Man holds salmon

La Conner mourns death of Rich Watkins, coach and fisherman

In his all-too-short life, La Conner's Rich Watkins created a legacy to last generations. Consider pre-season baseball practices now under way at La Conner High School, where two decades ago Watkins w...

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Often-photographed Brodie Coyote didn't have a bad side

Longtime La Conner news photographer Don Coyote is renowned for making magic with his camera. But no magic was needed to enhance the image of his favorite photographic subject, the late Brodie...

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Brodie Coyote, La Conner's 'greeter' and newshound

Brodie Coyote, the winsome and engaging golden retriever who served as the town's goodwill ambassador and whose image graced calendar pages and numerous editions of the Weekly News, died Thursday,...

 By Adam Sowards    News    February 14, 2024

Skagit Ag Summit explores issues, resources and stories for farmers

At the eighth annual Skagit Ag Summit, on Friday, Feb. 9, about 75 people working or interested in agriculture spent the day learning and sharing critical developments in local agriculture topics at...


James, John win seats in Swinomish Tribal Senate election

After having survived last month’s primary by a single vote, Bruce James, Jr. emerged from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community general election on Saturday with a comfortable victory for a five-year Senate term outpolling Myrtle Rivas 167-124. R...


District 13 firefighters in training for 69-floor cancer research fundraiser

Local firefighters are taking a step in the right direction when it comes to winning the fight against cancer. Make that many steps. Six members of Skagit County Fire District 13, including Chief Wood Weiss, will take part in the 33rd annual...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    February 7, 2024

Swinomish officer has heroic week

Delivering a baby at roadside and rescuing kayakers in distress was all in a week’s work for Swinomish Indian Tribal Community police officer Brian Geer. Geer, who doubles as the Swinomish Emergency Management coordinator, was hailed last week for he...

 By Adam Sowards    News    February 7, 2024
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Birding Festival features Skagit's abundance

La Conner became a landing spot for bird lovers last weekend. Drivers and pedestrians passing Maple Hall Saturday morning saw a roving raven drawing attention to the La Conner Birding Festival...


High school blood drive set for Feb. 23

Want to spread love around Valentine’s Day? Save some lives and donate some blood. A community blood drive will be held at the La Conner High School gymnasium, 404 N. Sixth Street in collaboration between local volunteers and Bloodworks Northwest 9... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    January 31, 2024
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The last day of the La Conner Drug Store

The La Conner Drug Store opened for the last time Monday, Jan. 22, but there were few customers shopping and not much on the shelves to purchase – though that was a years long reality. Late m...


Olympic pipeline oil spill community meetings

The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Washington Department of Ecology, the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management, bp, and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, is hosting two community meetings... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 24, 2024

Winter cold snap closes La Conner

So much for El Nino. The climate pattern linked to warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and which led to forecasts of above average temperatures this winter went AWOL for m... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 24, 2024

Forum on parking set for Feb. 20

Hours before snow hit outside, the La Conner Planning Commissioners plowed through a busy agenda during their 80-minute Jan. 16 hybrid meeting at Maple Hall. The pile of issues addressed were housing and parking issues, the status of the Talmon...

 By Ken Stern    News    January 24, 2024

Conway gas spill site cleanup continues

CONWAY — Last week’s weather paused cleanup operations of the December Olympic Pipeline gasoline spill east of Conway. By Jan. 20 excavation of impacted soil at the spill site north of SR 534 resumed. This update is from United Command press releases...

 By Judy Booth    News    January 17, 2024

La Conner Drug closes Jan. 23

La Conner Drug Store, established in 1877, was recognized as the oldest continuous-running drug store in Washington State by the Washington Board of Pharmacy in 2014 – sometimes under different o...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 17, 2024

GOP presidential caucus met in La Conner

Politics can get quite heated in this day and age. But on Saturday Mother Nature cooled more than campaign rhetoric. Extreme cold weather, with temperatures plunging into the low teens and below throu...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 10, 2024

Town progressing with disaster planning

In the event of a disaster, the single most important factor for an effective response will be availability of information, La Conner Emergency Management Commission member Jerry George said last week. “And that information,” he stressed, “has to be...


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