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July 15, 2019

$500,000 Skagit County grant fully funds new library
POT OF GOLD IS NOW FULL – The Town of La Conner has been awarded a $500,000 economic development grant in support of building a new library from Skagit County. The $3.74 million dollar project is now fully funded. Way to go Library Foundation Director Susan Macek – along with multidudes of others. Today's editorial names some of them.   – Photo by Ken Stern
POT OF GOLD IS NOW FULL – The Town of La Conner has been awarded a $500,000 economic development grant in support of building a new library from Skagit County. The $3.74 million dollar project is now fully funded. Way to go Library Foundation Director Susan Macek – along with multidudes of others. Today's editorial names some of them.   – Photo by Ken Stern

La Conner has the funds to build a new library. The last $500,000 was approved by the Skagit County Board of Commissioners Monday, some 16 months after the state legislature appropriated the project’s first $500,000.

The grant, to the Town of La Conner, is for economic development: job training and job creation.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Strong performances onstage in Fairhaven
Lucky us: Bellingham TheatreWorks has roosted in the Fairhaven Arts and Events Center this July. Here’s hoping that their summer repertory theatre blossoms annually.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Filing as a write-in candidate for August election
Citizens believing they can contribute by being La Conner’s mayor, a councilmember or a La Conner School District Board Director have till August 6, election day, to file as a candidate with the Skagit County Elections Office to run for an office. There are 27 days left to organize, manage, run and win a campaign.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Boom times: La Conner celebrates 4th in fine style
La Conner bared its soul during Fourth of July festivities here on Thursday.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Retired U.S. Navy Captain O'Donnell still has write stuff
He has alternately been a Port of Skagit manager, Town Councilmember, Mayor of La Conner, and Skagit County Treasurer.
And a dishwasher and real estate agent.
Plus a U.S. Navy captain.
Now, just 16 months shy of his 90th birthday, Dan O’Donnell has embraced the role as La Conner’s man of letters.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Seattle band performance marks end of two week stay
The bleachers of Jack Whittaker Field were filled July 2 for the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps final practice performance. The show marked an end of the two weeks the band had been occupying La Conner schools facilities.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wood Weiss will be new Fire District 13 chief
Wood Weiss is used to taking big steps.
Weiss has been tabbed by District 13 Commissioners to succeed longtime Fire Chief Roy Horn at the end of the year.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Summer boat tours explore Swinomish Channel history
The Skagit County Historical Museum has partnered with San Juan Cruises to introduce narrative tours of both the North and South Swinomish Channel, launching from La Conner. 
Each is hosted by a local historian well versed in the history and the natural environment lining the Channel’s shores. “You’ve got someone there telling you what you’re seeing,” said Ann Maroney, the Museum’s office manager.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

'Ajax' a bloody start to Bellingham's summer theatre
Repertory theatre is abundant in Bellingham this summer. You don’t need a hotel room, but mark your calendar for repeated trips through August to the Sylvia Center for the Arts for, as their website states, “five plays based on the plays of Ancient Greece, presented in contemporary versions.” Three of them are free and outdoors, below the Whatcom Museum. 
“Ajax” opened last week. Rewritten from Sophocles play by Bryan Doerries, a military veteran, it recasts this Greek tragedy, war being a human constant for more than 2,500 years.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tides are not shifting our way art exhibit quilters warn us
ART THAT MAKES YOU THINK – Pretty as a picture are the over 40 quilts in “Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth” at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum on Second Street. The artists in the Studio Art Quilt Association hail from the Pacific Rim, from Alaska down to California. The exhibit’s theme is Pacific Ocean damage from climate change and plastics. This piece by Alice Beasley is untitled.  She writes of  " worst case scenerio: my household disposables adrift in n ocean in the wake of a container ship bringing still more rubbish to me. – Photo by Ken Stern
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Scout's honor: Local teen earns Eagle badge
Eagle Scouts rock, though none more so than La Conner’s Ian McCormick.
Few can forget his stirring guitar solo of the Star-Spangled Banner before a La Conner High basketball game last winter. Now, six months later, there’s something else for which the 14-year-old incoming freshman will be long remembered.
He has earned his Eagle badge before entering high school.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Bang-up July 4 celebration in La Conner
The format remains the same, but La Conner’s honoring America’s birthday never gets old.
The town will again be scene of a full slate of Fourth of July festivities, starting with a 12 p.m. patriotic parade down First Street followed by children’s and family events at Pioneer Park. Join in the traditional afternoon holiday fun including three-legged races, a hot dog feed and watermelon-eating contest. 
And at that point the party’s just getting started.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


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