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April 8, 2020

Farmers facing COVID-19 impacts
OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUT NOT ON TUESDAY – Alan and Ben Mesman are a diversified dairy farm, selling milk and a variety of beef products. Like every farmer in the Skagit Valley, they are responding to economic conditions turned upside down by the COVID-19 virus pandemic.– Photo by Ken Stern
OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUT NOT ON TUESDAY – Alan and Ben Mesman are a diversified dairy farm, selling milk and a variety of beef products. Like every farmer in the Skagit Valley, they are responding to economic conditions turned upside down by the COVID-19 virus pandemic.– Photo by Ken Stern
“Expected Returns on Most Northwest Ag Commodities Leveling Up” was the optimistic headline of Northwest Farm Credit’s quarterly Market Snapshot in January.

The April 2 Snapshot says that in sector after sector, forecasts now range from “variable profitability” to “unprofitable returns”.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Businesses: Apply NOW for Disaster Loans
Business owners, get online now and apply for federal funds now. All area businesses, self-employed persons and nonprofits are eligible.

The Weekly News has already applied for the Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan. Run by the Small Business Administration, it provides up to $10,000 and becomes a grant: It does not have to be repaid when program requirments are met. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Census count on now
No fooling, the national census, the Constitutionally mandated every 10 years count of every person n the United States, kicked off April 1st. Because we all count, it is critical that we all get counted. Federal funds for our communities and our state, and districting boundaries for state and national legislative seats are shaped by census results. If folks are missed, don’t get counted, everyone loses.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Volunteers put out of work by virus crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic that led to a statewide Stay Home order has been brutal on local business owners and employees alike.

It has also been tough on those who gladly work for free.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Quilter making masks to slow spread of coronavirus
Laura Hill fashions colorful quilts that have kept family and friends warm on many a winter’s night.

Now her latest project is one that is warming hearts in the La Conner area and beyond.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Big wage hike for Food Co-op staff
On April 1 the Skagit Valley Food Co-op increased pay for its hourly staff $4 per hour and $5 per hour for cashiers. That is the second wage boost for staff: They were given a “Hero Bonus” of $2 per hour for all staff and $4 per hour for cashiers for all hours worked in March. 
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

COVID-19 outbreak rains on popular La Conner tulip parade
The coronavirus threat has done more than put a damper on the local economy.

It has also washed out one of La Conner’s favorite Tulip Festival highlights, the Not-So-Impromptu Tulip Parade downtown, that has been a crowd pleaser here for more than three decades.

Wednesday, April 8, 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


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