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May 27, 2020

Skagit County Public Health says to cancel summer events
Car Show. There will not be a La Conner Live Summer Concert Series at Gilkey Square, either. And for the first time in 116 years pioneer family descendents will not gather for the Pioneer Picnic come August.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020


'Dano' Rapada's great birthday party parade
Sally Wilbur kept secret until the last minute a birthday party parade for her 17-year-old son Danny “Dano” Rapada Sunday afternoon.
But in that last minute the surprise was revealed to the guest of honor in a big way.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Swinomish community holds 75th Memorial Day services
The Swinomish Tribal Community has held Memorial Day services for three-quarters of a century, one of its longest-standing traditions.
But Monday’s program at Swinomish Cemetery was like no other.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Whale seen Sunday in Swinomish Channel
No joke! A whale, probably a Gray, swam north through the Swinomish Channel Sunday. Bart Borusinski, of Hope Island, and his son, Jasio, age 5, reported seeing it about 3 p.m.from the Shelter Bay Marina guest dock. He said it was a big one and the first he had seen in his 20 years in La Conner. He said his son had the best look.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mask wearing requirements around the region

The statewide Stay Home, Stay Safe mandate in response to the coronavirus has spawned an array of strategies intended to strike a balance between public health and economic concerns. In La Conner, signage and designated customer waiting spaces have been employed – to mixed reviews – to encourage social distancing in the business district.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Signs again at center of Town Council's discussion

Since early April, the Town of La Conner has relied on increased signage to get the word out on social distancing requirements imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The message has now become less is more. The digital reader board that has projected a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” message near the roundabout has been returned to the rental company, Mayor Ramon Hayes told Town Council members during their video-conferenced May 12 session.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Volunteer-run thrift stores face essential questions
The COVID-19 crisis has taken its toll on La Conner businesses – including the nonprofits that rely on volunteer workers.
The Friends of the Library and Soroptimists International Vintage La Conner thrift stores were deemed non-essential and forced to close this spring as part of statewide measures to curb spread of the coronavirus.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tribe will observe Memorial Day service, social distancing
Swinomish Tribal Community members hold memories of Tribal veterans close to heart.
But this Memorial Day, those attending services at Swinomish Cemetery will observe social distancing in response to coronavirus concerns.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Blessing of Fleet shortened
The Swinomish Blessing of the Fleet/First Salmon Celebration proceeds on a much smaller scale this year due to the coronavirus. 
There will not be a major public feast followed by a walking processional from the Tribal gym to the shoreline below Moorage Way Thursday. 
The May 21 gathering will be scaled back significantly.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

1946 ballpark naming ceremony linked Swinomish and La Conner
Names are sacred, some more than others.
On both sides of Swinomish Channel, the name John K. Bob has been revered for more than seven decades.
Bob, who had been a popular La Conner High student from Swinomish, was a U.S. Army Medic Tech Sergeant when killed in battle in Germany near the end of World War II.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

La Conner Schools' staff 'adopts' its senior class members
It hasn’t been the best of springs for seniors at La Conner High and other campuses around the country.
The coronavirus has wreaked havoc with sports, prom and commencement exercises.
But La Conner Schools has come up with a clever way to honor its Class of 2020 graduates.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

COVID-19 testing site open daily at Skagit Valley College

The best things in life truly are free. And better yet when they’re also pain-free. That’s been the case at the COVID-19 testing drive-thru site at Skagit Valley College, where Sgt. Jeff Willard of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office La Conner detachment is part of the team assembled to quickly and efficiently guide the public through coronavirus self-exam stations.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020


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