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July 5, 2020

Forget Skagit County Phase 3 this summer
THE NEW NORMAL IS WHAT LA CONNER NEEDS –  Tourists with shopping bag in hand and mask over mouth is the new face of the town well into the future.  – Photo by Ken Stern
THE NEW NORMAL IS WHAT LA CONNER NEEDS –  Tourists with shopping bag in hand and mask over mouth is the new face of the town well into the future.  – Photo by Ken Stern
COVID-19 cases in Skagit County are steadily climbing, with 21 cases found from Friday through Monday. Nine positive test cases were confirmed Friday and again Monday. The Skagit County Board of Health’s decision Friday to stay in Phase 2 was a necessity. The Board followed the recommendations they heard from County Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson and Public Health Officer Howard Leibrand.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020


Coronavirus cases in La Conner
Five local residents who came down with covid-19 agree: Keep wearing those masks! 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

First Street traffic closure possible for October celebration

Closing First Street to traffic on busy shopping weekends has been discussed here for decades. Only now, it is an idea whose time is drawing near. 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Kathy Herrera promoted to principal
Kathy Herrera has already worn several hats during her time at La Conner Schools, and will don another one – along with a mask – for the 2020-21 academic year. 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Businesses expect brisk sales for weekend
Merchants on Morris and First Streets are hopeful the July 4h weekend will be a shot in the arm for sales even without fireworks lighting the night sky. Asking about business possibilities this weekend brought these replies:
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Vintage Store, Library Thrift Shop open again
Ready, set, shop. Start Thursday at the Soroptimist Vintage Store on Morris Street, open for the first time since mid-March. Their high-quality goods have been dusted off, the volunteer staff has a safety plan, which includes customers: wear your mask, keep your distance and be patient with rationed entry and a set path to exit. Doors open at 11 a.m. daily through the 4th.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Library curbside service expanded
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Sloniker and Hiller on La Conner school board
Comings and goings continue with the La Conner School Board. 
The school district’s governing panel lost its most senior member, Brad Smith. He submitted his resignation June 19. Smith represented District 3, the Shelter Bay area, for 14 years and was the board’s liaison with the state legislature. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

School board director needed
The La Conner School District seeks candidates to fill the District 3 board seat held by Brad Smith until his June resignation. Residents must live in District 3, which includes Shelter Bay. The term runs through 2021.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Friends of Library closing book on its thrift store era
Absent fireworks, the final chapter of the Friends of the La Conner Library Thrift Store still promises a bang-up ending with a big Independence Day weekend closing sale.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Whitney Meissner resigns from La Conner schools
Dr. Whitney Meissner has resigned after three years at the La Conner Schools helm to accept an administrative post in another district, a move she announced prior to a video-conferenced local school board meeting Monday night.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Skagit County's Phase 2 Status
Requiring masks in downtown La Conner is a good public health idea for merchants and the public, Skagit County Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand told the Weekly News Tuesday. “That is a reasonable concept. Distancing is important. The more room you give people the better; outdoor air flow seems to be better for the prevention of transmission; not being enclosed is a help; as long as you are doing everything in the realm of Phase 2”
Wednesday, June 24, 2020


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