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May 31, 2020

Skagit County petitions for early Phase 2 reopening
Friday afternoon the Skagit County Board of Health asked Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman for a variance from the state’s Start Safe Plan criteria to allow Skagit County to move forward to Phase 2 “today, and by June 1 at the latest.”
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hayes, County's mayors seek early Phase 2 opening

La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes joined a major letter writing campaign last week. And no one had to twist his arm.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Skagit farmers plant, plan in face of uncertain COVID climate
Will restaurants and breweries open again? What about schools? The export market?
While farmers are still grappling with big questions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, “we have to get farming,” says Eddie Gordon of Gordon Skagit Farms. “The growing season is here.”

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Competitive primary elections coming in August
Multiple candidates filed for several county and state offices by the May 15 deadline, bringing excitement to both Skagit County’s Aug. 4 primary and its Nov. 3 general elections.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Plans afoot for virtual La Conner High commencement exercises
La Conner High seniors and their parents have fretted for weeks that there may be no graduation ceremonies this year due to the coronavirus.
Now there may be two.

Wednesday, May 27, 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

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