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September 18, 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


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

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

Council's affordable housing resolution sends funds to county
La Conner’s Town Council passed a resolution Aug. 27 that allows tapping the state sales tax for affordable housing. The “resolution of intent” declaring Council will adopt an ordinance by next July passed 5-0. Local governments in Skagit County and across the state are passing these resolutions ahead of a January deadline, prompted by new state legislation, SHB 1406.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Two students now on school board

The La Conner School District Board of Directors doubled the high school student representation on the Board to two, approving Yareli Lopez and Domenic Wilbur to start their year-long term in September. They approved raises of 3.8% for the five administrators.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Harvest season underway as Labor Day approaches
‘IS THIS THE BEST WAY WE CAN GROW OUR GOOD FRUIT?’ – Saturday and Sunday workers were harvesting pumpkins for Michelle Youngquist’s farm at La Conner Whitney and McLean Roads. Monday is Labor Day, a time to rest and recognize all workers. Here’s hoping that these and all farm laborers in the Valley get time off. Lyrics by Woodie Guthrie.  – Photo by Ken Stern
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Barn fills for fundraiser at Georgia Johnson's table
Truth in advertising was on display Sunday at the Andrew Johnson family farm barn on Beaver Marsh Road. Over 110 people came for an old-fashioned country pot luck, challenged to bring dishes matching the BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, spot prawns, baked potato bar and fruit crisps provided by or overseen by Georgia Johnson, chef, caterer, bakery owner and for 16 years food services director at La Conner schools
Wednesday, August 28, 2019


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