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September 18, 2019

2020 Russian election attacks will be intense
PREACHING TO THE FAITHFUL – Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) was in good company Monday night, speaking at a Skagit League of Women Voters forum in Mount Vernon on new voting laws and the security of the voting system in Washington.     – Photo by Ken Stern
PREACHING TO THE FAITHFUL – Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) was in good company Monday night, speaking at a Skagit League of Women Voters forum in Mount Vernon on new voting laws and the security of the voting system in Washington.     – Photo by Ken Stern
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) was emphatic Monday night in Mount Vernon: “Make no mistake. In 2016 Russia had the best coordinated attack on our elections. They were not the only state, but they were the best,” she told the 50 people gathered at the Skagit Public Utilities District building. The most frightening part of Russia’s efforts to influence U.S. elections, the Thurston County Republican said, was the “hundreds of thousands of fake email address that get into social media circles and look legit.” Russian success is having the mainstream media publish the false social media stories as breaking news.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Democrats picnic, proselytize at Pioneer Park
Legislative District 10 Democrats from Island, Snohomish and Skagit counties came to La Conner’s Pioneer Park Saturday, holding a salmon lunch fundraiser to buy metaphorical political bricks to elect Democrats, strengthening a blue wall they have been building since 2017.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Orchids grown on a grand scale
David and Jane Edgley live in greater La Conner. They moved here five years ago from Whidbey Island. David is an enterprise architect with a large computer company. His hobby and passion is growing orchids. He has over 200 orchids in a climate-controlled greenhouse he built on the flat roof of his garage. 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Welcome back: Totem pole raised during elementary school ceremony

At La Conner Elementary, it isn’t just back to school time for students and staff.
The iconic campus totem pole has also returned.
A large crowd gathered around the school’s parking circle last Wednesday to witness re-installation of its near quarter-century old signature landmark, which was refurbished over the summer by master carver and Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Senator Kevin Paul.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Boy Scout brothers explore, survey secluded Fort Whitman

Most Boy Scouts are pathfinders, but brothers Spencer and Joseph Arrington have taken trailblazing a step further.

The Anacortes teens recently explored and surveyed long vacated and virtually hidden Fort Whitman on Goat Island three miles southwest of La Conner in Skagit Bay.
Their extensive research has been displayed both digitally and on a traditional tri-fold project board at La Conner Regional Library this summer, a project that has proved a popular attraction with local patrons and visitors alike.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

La Conner Schools' Herrera truly a life-saver

There’s little doubt Kathy Herrera puts her heart into her career.
But that’s just a figure of speech compared to the sacrifice she made away from work this summer.
The La Conner Middle and High School athletic director and assistant principal donated a kidney to her brother-in-law, 41-year-old Fred Schori, of Seminole, Florida, in a five-hour surgery on July 31 – just five weeks before the start of school.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fake bills in town

There have been several instances of counterfeit bills circulating in La Conner! Please be aware as they have been in several denominations (not just large bills).
The above is an email sent Monday afternoon by Heather Carter, director of the La Conner Chamber of Commerce.
Submitted by: La Conner Chamber of Commerce


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Skagit Valley hops harvesting is news
Amy Moe and Byron Betts are bringing an old crop back to new life in the Skagit Valley. They are the first hop growers to surface in the valley in years. While most people think of eastern Washington as the hops capital of the state, Moe says hops were actually grown quite widely in Skagit Valley – before Prohibition. Fir Island was once filled with hops. No longer. But now, thanks to Moe and Betts, there’s Hop Skagit.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Go see the stars of 'Broadway Bound'
Gramps (Ben Honeycutt) is that stereotypical 1940s family patriarch in Brighton Beach, an immigrant Brooklyn neighborhood. If Scandinavian, Croatian, Finnish or German, Gramps would be right at home on an Anacortes-based fishing boat or a Cascades-foothills logging camp. And so Neil Simon, that master of American innocuous domestic comedy (“The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” and 30 other plays and 30-plus more movies), finishes telling his origin story in “Broadway Bound,” opening Friday at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

La Conner youth football league geared up for games
The future is now for La Conner football.
Youth league players who someday hope to fill the ranks of La Conner High’s grid program have kicked off yet another season of their own.
And done so in divine fashion.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Goal-oriented Braves soccer team aiming for opener
The season hasn’t started, but the La Conner High boys’ soccer team has already met a key goal.
A deep lineup now tops the completed side of new head coach Galen McKnight’s to-do list.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

New principal embraces canoe journey spirit of pulling together

It was while selling doors for a living that Heather Fakkema realized doors were also opening for her to pursue a career in school administration.

She had by then already spent two years as a teacher before stepping away from the classroom to start a family and engage in several other ventures, including a children’s ministry.
The light bulb flicked on during her time with a family-owned window and door distribution firm in Seattle. Business management introduced Fakkema to concepts her teaching experience had convinced the Whidbey Island native would be successful in a school setting.
“It gave me the idea to go into (school) administration,” says Fakkema, the new principal at La Conner Elementary.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019


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