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January 17, 2020

Celebrate Horn, Carr at Fire District 13 open house Friday

Roy Horn literally wrote the book on the Hope Island Volunteer Fire Department.

Now he is about to embark on a new chapter in life.

Horn announced his decision to retire as chief of Skagit County Fire District 13 near La Conner in May, a post he has held for the past 17 years. Friday he will be honored with other long-serving district officials at a special open house, 1-5 p.m. at the Snee-Oosh Road station.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019


Genuine Skagit Valley gets grant to make its mark
Expect to see more of the orange and green Genuine Skagit Valley logo on produce and food products next year and in the coming years. The one year old certification mark program got a big boost in December, a $348,000 three year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

December's weather average on average
The year ended with an inch of rain, 0.84” on the 31st and 0.16” the day before. The 3.5” total rain is typical for Decembers this century. The 20 year average is 3.4”, only four percent less. Rain fell 16 days. Rain fell daily the 10-15, totaling 0.73”. But more rain fell on the 20th, 0.76” and on the 31st.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Library start of the year update
La Conner Regional Library Board Chair Jean Markert and Susan Macek, La Conner Library Foundation director and now interim library director, provided a start of the year update on all matters library last week.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Voting and elections forum focus
MOUNT VERNON – Sixteen hardy souls braved the coldest evening of the year to date to get a civics lesson most avoid in the balmiest of weather. Skagit County Election Supervisor David Cunningham, supported by his boss, Auditor Sandy Perkins, spoke Monday at a Skagit County League of Women Voters forum. “Education on 2020 Elections” in Mount Vernon.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

La Conner 8th graders share job insights, pizzas with professionals
The library at La Conner High School was buzzing with questions and conversations between 45 8th graders and 18 adults. They gathered together for two hours Jan. 8 to take part in “Pizza with Professionals.”
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Roche Harbor resort offers comfort year round
First, Roche Harbor is the most exclusive of company towns. Second, Roche Harbor has always been a company town. Third, it is a great getaway any week of the year. And fourth, if you are a boater, you probably know all about the incredible, protected and peaceful harbor. I went as a tourist, on foot, boarding the ferry in Anacortes and taking a taxi (Roundabout, a Lions Club fundraising project) ten miles to the northwest corner of the island.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Skagit Transit fares raised
It is now more expensive to take Skagit Transit, the local green and white bus. The fare increases the Skagit Transit board of directors passed last summer took effect Jan. 1. This is the first fare increase since 2008.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Coast Guard plucks duck hunters from Skagit River
The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued three duck hunters after their vessel capsized Dec. 29 near where the north fork of the Skagit River enters Skagit Bay.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Rep. Norma Smith's legislative priorities
An optimistic and energetic District 10 State Rep. Norma Smith (R- Clinton) came to the Weekly News office Monday seeking support for her, and her Republican caucus’ agenda for the legislative session opening in Olympia Jan. 13. The six term legislator is hoping that district constituents – you – will embrace the Republican legislators positions and convince majority Democrat legislators to pass their legislation.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Patsy Love jammed with friends
Patsy Love sailed boats, taught special needs students, mended library books, repaired clocks and wrote books – but she was best known for making jam. 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Building five Channel Cove homes funded
Five homes will be built in Channel Cove this year, said Home Trust of Skagit Director Jodi Dean during a phone call Monday. “Five families, five homes, Christmas 2020 is our target” is her mantra. That 2019 goal was not met. Completing the development near Caledonia Street and Maple Avenue stalled last summer over funding and getting an extensive environmental assessment done.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020


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