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January 24, 2020

Snow day Wednesday!
JUST LIKE A SIERRA CLUB CARD – Whether you rely on liquid nourishment or not, winter is especially hard when you are one of the smallest among us. This Anna’s Hummingbird, probably in Shelter Bay, lives here year round, but last week the cold froze bird feeders and they were struggling, reported our photographer:  – Photo by Sarah Walls
JUST LIKE A SIERRA CLUB CARD – Whether you rely on liquid nourishment or not, winter is especially hard when you are one of the smallest among us. This Anna’s Hummingbird, probably in Shelter Bay, lives here year round, but last week the cold froze bird feeders and they were struggling, reported our photographer:  – Photo by Sarah Walls
It wasn’t just La Conner’s students who had the day off last Wednesday. It is not known how many owners or employees joined kids on the Washington Avenue sledding hill, but except for Pioneer Market and Stompin Grounds, where Kim Broadhead was engaged with her regular customers midmorning, Morris Street was eerily quiet early. The open sign was out at Vintage Lighting but it wasn’t certain that employees were inside. A much sadder sign was taped to the door of Sliders Cafe: They were closed Wednesday and Thursday in honor of co-owner Tim Fisher’s Monday death.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020


First Sunrise Food Bank fundraiser rocks
Start your planning now for the second annual Sunrise Food Bank fundraiser in 2021. It will be a night of music & silent auction. And folks have a year to prepare, much more than the nine weeks the Food Bank board gave themselves last November. Michelle Havist, the still new director, feels confident they will net more than the $15,000 they raised Saturday at Maple Hall.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tim Fisher remembered, praised, missed in memorial service
Like the successful café owner he was, Tim Fisher filled the place to overflowing his final shift: a memorial service for him at Maple Hall Monday afternoon. His 75 friends, family, customers, employees and his husband, Patrick Ball, had to take their chairs and move to the main hall from the Town Council meeting room. Fittingly, it was set for feeding the crowd, catered by Sliders Café, the restaurant he opened with Ball in April 2017. Fisher, 53, died Jan. 20 from cancer.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

BECAUSE WE ARE ALL SACRED, THEY GATHERED AND MARCHED
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Storylines of the 2020 legislative session
The 60-day legislative session began on January 13. While this is considered a short session, several important issues will be considered. Here are a few of the storylines: 
Data privacy.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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


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