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April 1, 2020

Gov. Inslee moves capital to La Conner
Following Mayor Ramon Hayes call Friday, March 20 to Gov. Jay Inslee and Inslee’s own declaration to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” the governor announced he was transferring the capital to La Conner until state health officials could guarantee Olympia and the rest of Washington was coronavirus free on Monday.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Bigfoot emerges with timely public service message

A La Conner area recluse has come out in the open to reinforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate.

The Skagit Sasquatch, who last appeared publicly in the 1980s when he joined forces with the Lesser La Conner movement to discourage growth and tourism here, re-emerged from his local wooded hideout last weekend to promote state social distancing policies.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Town closes playgrounds; boardwalk social distancing stressed

La Conner isn’t playing around when it comes to curbing the spread of COVID-19.

The Town Council moved to temporarily close the John Hammer Memorial Playground below Town Hall and the Salmon Slide at Conner Waterfront Park following its lengthy discussion via a teleconference meeting March 24.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Local medical clinics on the front lines of COVID-19 outbreak

With social distancing the new normal due to a global pandemic, local health care professionals are turning more to technology in their patient care.

La Conner area medical clinics have employed secure video platforms to connect with patients anywhere at any time, while also regularly communicating with the public on how best to avoid COVID-19.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Mary Stroebel staying home from grocery job
Most everyone is abiding by Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order.

None more so than Mary Stroebel.

The beloved longtime Pioneer Market cashier, a fixture at the local store since hiring on with then-owners Lois Coonc and Pam Johnson more than three decades ago, is taking a hiatus from work due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Open for business? Health plan needed
The La Conner Weekly News is an essential business under Gov. Jay Inslee’s March 23 Executive Order directing residents to stay home and closing businesses except those “needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors.”
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ryan Booth back from India early due to COVID-19 crisis
It took a historic pandemic to cut short a La Conner High alum’s in-depth study of history in India.

Ryan Booth, now a doctoral student at Washington State University, saw his assignment as a Fulbright Scholar on the subcontinent cut short due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Cunningham April's Soroptimist Student
Chloe Cunningham has been chosen the Soroptimist International of La Conner chapter’s April’s Soroptimist Honored Student of the Month. 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Noise monitoring planned for Navy Growlers
The U.S. Navy will conduct real-time noise monitoring of aircraft-in-flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, WA and at NAS Lemoore, CA in 2020, as required by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020. Reports will be submitted to the congressional defense committees by December 1. Monitoring will continue through the summer of 2021.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Town government open though doors closed
La Conner is operating under a Declaration of Emergency proclaimed by Mayor Ramon Hayes March 17 and approved by the Town Council March 24. Tuesday’s Council meeting was conducted by teleconference without the public present. Residents could call in.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

No markets, no tourists: Perfect storm slams tulip growers
Just two weeks ago, Brent Roozen was anticipating a great season for daffodils and tulips. Growing conditions were perfect and orders for field-cut flowers were strong.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Jared Fair new La Conner Library director
The La Conner Regional Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Jared Fair as the new Library Director. Fair, the managing librarian for Yakima Valley Libraries, will join the La Conner Library on April 13.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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