Articles from the February 10, 2021 edition

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Samantha Davidson first female Eagle Scout in area

At La Conner High, where Samantha Davidson is a sophomore, student life is highlighted in the Pioneer yearbook. In Davidson’s case, that is most fitting since she has achieved pioneer status in her...

 

Jean Wedin celebrated 90th birthday last week

A former model and actress trained for roles in major productions, La Conner’s Jean Wedin was just fine with a small gathering honoring her 90th birthday Feb. 5. The COVID-19 pandemic restricted...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 10, 2021

No County Fairgrounds vaccine clinic this week No vaccine supply to Skagit Public Health

Skagit Public Health will not have a first dose vaccination clinic at the county fairgrounds this week, through Feb. 13, because no vaccine was supplied by the state, Laura Han, county spokesperson, said last Friday, telling the press the state did n...

 

FD 13 chair Kibbee announces departure

Fire District 13 Commission Chairman Larry Kibbee, under whose leadership the department has made key strides in his 15 months as chair, will be stepping away from public service next month. Kibbee announced during the Fire District’s Zoom meeting...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    February 10, 2021

Hanging in there against COVID-19

“We,” the people of the state of Washington and, indeed, everyone in the United States, are approaching the anniversary of the diagnosis of the first coronavirus case in the U.S. Last Feb. 29 Gov. Jay Inslee, like governors across the country,...

 

Impeach more, not less

Somehow, we think impeachment is just for presidents. In democracies of the past, like Athens and Rome, it was extended to any and all high-ranking public servants and their accomplices. According to Plutarch and Aristotle, it included members of...

 

A call for regional constitutional conventions

An open letter to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and to all elected officials in the United States of America. Let us call for a series of regional constitutional conventions in order to: (a) Let we the people be heard (b) Avoid anarchy and suppressi...

 

JOSEPH CARROLL PRATT, JR.

Joseph Carroll Pratt, Jr. (aka Jim), husband of Virginia Sanford, passed away on February 2nd, 2021 at their Dan Street home in La Conner. Jim had been ill from cancer for some time. His two sons,... Full story

 

STEPHEN J. CARTER, M.D.

Stephen J. Carter, La Conner resident, died January 29, 2021 at the Skagit Regional Hospital of cardiac arrest. He was born in Spokane in 1942 and graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle, University of Washington, and University of... Full story

 

Confronting a philosophical pandemic

It was clear to me as early as 2008 that a pandemic was at hand. The symptoms were easier to ignore than to acknowledge. Some embraced and reveled in the early stages of this malady. Doctors began pointing to the symptoms, only to have their...

 

La Conner Schools staff vaccinated at Swinomish

The push to re-open schools during the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a national call that teachers, administrators and support staff be vaccinated as they return to campus. A partnership between La Conner schools and the Swinomish Indian Tribal...

 

Malcomson January Soroptimist volunteer

The Soroptimist Honored Student for January, Sarah Malcomson, has learned how to be flexible and stay positive with virtual classes. Sarah, a senior at La Conner High School, enjoys having school in...

 

Tribal trio starts social media weekly cultural talk show

Modern America is obsessed with youth and beauty, but the continent’s first inhabitants valued age and wisdom. And still do. A prime local example can be found weekly on Facebook as part of what use...

 

New student poet laureates

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation has three winners of its 2020-21 Student Poet Laureate contest from schools around the Skagit Valley: Olivia Elias, Lucy Shainin and Octavia Prosser represent Sedro-Woolley High School, Anacortes High School and...

 

Sports media career turned La Conner native into true globetrotter

It goes without saying that Jim Bergem thinks the world of La Conner, the hometown that helped launch a wide-ranging career that has taken him to the far reaches of the globe. Bergem, the 1986 La Conner High student body president, calls Spokane...

 

Skagit County COVID-19 vaccine clinic update

Skagit Public Health will provide weekly updates to keep Skagitonians informed of new COVID-19 vaccine information. This information is from Friday: No waitlists available Skagit County Public Health will not use a waitlist system for the...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, Feb. 1 2:08 p.m.: Dog gone – Report of a black dog walking in the roadway. Deputy checked the area, but were unable to locate. Best / Chilberg Rds., Greater La Conner. Tuesday, Feb. 2 3:17 p.m.: Nervy thief – Caller reported the...

 

Voters give big yes to school levy

Nearly a week after its staff was vaccinated against COVID-19, La Conner Schools received more good medicine Tuesday night. Initial election results posted on the Skagit County elections office...

 

Navy will train in Washington state parks

Originally published Jan. 28, 2021 by Northwest Public Broadcasting Washington state has approved a request to use multiple Washington state parks to train Navy SEALs. But the move Thursday came with significant amendments to what the Navy...

 

Potato Leek Ham Soup

This recipe uses leeks from the CSA box we receive from Boldly Grown Farm. My daughter Katherine and her husband Camas sliced them for me. I thawed two slices of the ham I cooked at Christmas. This...

 

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