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 By Anne Basye    News    September 20, 2023 
Kim Good-Rubenstein and John Roozen.

John Roozen gets award at SPF annual auction-dinner

You may not know John Roozen – but you probably know his truck. On any given day, a red F250 Power Stroke diesel truck from the late 1990s may pass you on Calhoun or McLean roads – or may be...

The winner and his sister look at winning pumpkin.

Sunny day for Christianson's Pumpkin Festival

Harvey Cardwell from Oregon City, Oregon grew the winning pumpkin at the 13th Annual Skagit Valley Pumpkin Festival at Christianson's Nursery Saturday. The pumpkin weighed 1,460 pounds. It was the...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    September 20, 2023 

Town Council approves purchases of key saltwater flood mitigation items

The sands of time have shifted from the hourglass to poly bags that will soon be strategically placed along the La Conner waterfront ahead of king tide season. Facing an Oct. 1 deadline to install sandbags and ecology blocks in areas prone to...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    September 20, 2023 

FD 13 Open House names units to honor Larry Kibbee

Contributions to local firefighting by retired Skagit County Fire District 13 Commissioner Larry Kibbee won’t soon – if ever – be forgotten. That is because Kibbee’s name will be associated with improvements at the district’s Snee-Oosh...

 By Mel Damski    News    September 13, 2023
Rabbi Shmuli Silver and wife Shevy.

Jewish congregation starting in Skagit Valley

Shopping at Trader Joe's in Bellingham recently, I ran into two young men who I could tell from their wardrobe were ultra-Orthodox Jews. We chatted briefly and they told me that a rabbi from Brooklyn...

 By Anne Basye    News    September 13, 2023

Singing the salmon home

It's hard to take a photo of a fast-moving salmon – even when you are surrounded by them. They splash. They skitter. They hit your kayak and soak your shirt. One second they are a tiny ripple in...


Picnic nets $4,000 for museum

Among its many devotees, the annual Pioneer Picnic in La Conner is always a winner. Especially by the staff and volunteers at the Skagit County Historical Museum. This year was no exception as proceeds from the annual picnic in August allowed the La...

Lona Wilbur and Quentin Cobbs holding emergency preparedness backpacks.

Swinomish fair prepares against natural disasters

Despite perfect late summer weather, thoughts of potential natural disasters – earthquakes, tsunamis, wildland fires and more – were on the minds of those visiting John K. Bob Ball Park on...

 By Ken Stern    News    September 13, 2023

King for a Day Spam carving and costume contest winners

Twelve carvers, 12 sponsors, 12 prizes and 12 carvings from 24 cans of Spam . Way too much information to get into this space. Briefly, the winners are, “not written in any kind of order.” Everyone got a Spam T shirt. Better than the Seattle...

Portrait of Tom Robbins wearing crown

King for a day, La Conner celebrates Tom Robbins

La Conner showed its colors Saturday with a joyous celebration of famed local author Tom Robbins, named King for a Day and hailed by fans as he and wife Alexa led a parade down First Street perched...

 By Sayer Theiss    News    September 6, 2023
Man carves spam

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, SPAM!

Can Spam, the ubiquitous low-cost processed meat, be more than just a pantry staple? This intriguing question took center stage at the Tom Robbins Day Spam-Carving Contest in Gilkey Square Saturday....

 By Ken Stern    News    September 6, 2023

Fans flock to La Conner to see Tom

Of course there is a Tom Robbins Fan Club on Facebook and of course King for a Day celebration organizer Gina McCarthy posted news of the Sept. 2 activities there and of course at least one Irishwoman came to La Conner Saturday. Gerri Roche of...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 30, 2023

Annual La Conner Rotary Club auction honors Mayor Hayes

When saluted by La Conner Rotarians Saturday night at Maple Hall, Mayor Ramon Hayes didn't speak at length about accomplishments that have marked his unprecedented four terms in office. He instead cho...

 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...

 By Mel Damski    News    July 12, 2023
Bob Grace, left, pushes Francis Sylvester in his wheelchair

We are ready to roll

If you often drive over the Rainbow Bridge between La Conner and Shelter Bay, you are likely to have seen a man pushing a disabled tribal member in a wheelchair and they both seem to be very comfortab...


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