Articles from the February 14, 2024 edition

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La Conner High School football future in doubt

Community members and La Conner Schools officials met Thursday to kick around ideas on how to structure the high school football program given fallen enrollment. Unless 25 La Conner High students firmly commit by mid-March to playing football this...

 

More Maple Avenue housing

CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED - SummitX Contractors brought its equipment to the Snapdragon Flats apartment site at Park Street and Maple Avenue early last week. Their staff predict two months of...

 
 By Adam Sowards    News    February 14, 2024

Skagit Ag Summit explores issues, resources and stories for farmers

At the eighth annual Skagit Ag Summit, on Friday, Feb. 9, about 75 people working or interested in agriculture spent the day learning and sharing critical developments in local agriculture topics at...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 14, 2024

Black Press, owner of Everett Herald, files for bankruptcy

Black Press Ltd., owner of the Everett Herald’s parent company, Sound Publishing, is seeking a sale to new ownership as part of a corporate restructuring transaction, Black Press announced Jan. 15 and reported in the Lynnwood Times. That day Black P...

 

James, John win seats in Swinomish Tribal Senate election

After having survived last month’s primary by a single vote, Bruce James, Jr. emerged from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community general election on Saturday with a comfortable victory for a five-year Senate term outpolling Myrtle Rivas 167-124. R...

 

Holiday Closures: Presidents' Day, Monday, Feb. 19

Banks: Closed Buses: Regular service Library: Closed Post Office: Closed Schools: Closed Town Hall: Closed County, state, federal government: Closed Trash Pick Up: Yes...

 

From the editor- You got mail. Or, maybe not

This modern world. It works against us humans, as individuals, families and communities and in people’s efforts to get along together and build a common place. The norms of living, of doing business, are you aware of how often they work against y... Full story

 

Early training of health-care pros

Too many of us lie awake worrying about what will happen if someone in our family gets seriously ill. Will I be able to find affordable health care? Do we have enough nurses and doctors in our rural, community hospitals? That’s why, as your l...

 

Where is our storm sewer?

When we bought our home in La Conner in January of 2019, we were told that our block, the only block on Washington Street where there is no storm sewer, was in “Phase 2” of the project to provide storm drainage throughout the town. Shortly after we...

 

Muzzall is wrong on progressivism

Muzzall is wrong on progressivism As he stated last week in his legislative column, Sen Ron Muzzall (R-Oak Harbor) has a problem with progressivism. It appears he does not understand what progressivism is about and attempts to use it as a whipping bo...

 

Infrastructure need not be brutish: Let a thousand solar panels bloom

One of the least publicized but nevertheless significant obstacles to the new infrastructure required to support development of new energy resources is that this infrastructure can be unsightly. A...

 

Town sets forum Feb. 20 to discuss First St. parking

While it’s been a hot topic in La Conner for decades, the last word on parking likely won’t be spoken here anytime soon. And the always lively local conversation continues 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Civic Garden Club on South Second Street. The sec...

 

Carmen Spofford

On Nov. 2, 2023, after a short but fierce battle with cancer, Carmen Spofford died in Anacortes at the age of 79. Carmen was born on June 7, 1944, in the village of Seeshaupt, Germany, to Margarete... Full story

 

Shirley A. (Schneider) Steinman

Shirley Steinman passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at her home in Trout Creek, Montana, on Nov. 6, 2023. Shirley grew up in Stanwood and was a graduate of Stanwood High School.... Full story

 

Ingeborg Siller

Ingeborg Siller: Born Oct 15, 1931, made her transition to the afterlife Jan. 9, 2024. What a full life this 92-year-old woman had! She survived World War II as a refugee and as a Near Death... Full story

 

Feb. 14 birthday lament for males

Here is a toast, a nod and a wink to all the guys with birthdays today, who, romantically engaged, do not get a dinner out, except if they do they are expected to both make the reservations and pick up the tab. April might be the cruelest month and...

 

Braves rout Friday Harbor boys, 73-57

Call them the Comeback Kids. The La Conner Braves mounted two furious second half rallies in NW2B/1B boy’s hoops action last week, the second bringing a convincing 73-57 win at Friday Harbor Feb. 9 that secured top seeding at the Bi-District T...

 

La Conner girls earn top bi-district seed

A pair of double-digit wins over league rivals last week clinched a No. 1 bi-district tournament seed for the La Conner High School girls’ basketball team. La Conner (14-7 overall; 7-1 in league) closed out the regular season, defeating Coupeville 4...

 

Kiwanis Club names January students of the month

Addison Wiga is January's high school student for January for the Kiwanis Club of La Conner. Her parents are Todd and Katie Wigal. Addison is a junior at La Conner High School. She was on the school...

 

Energetic entrepreneur Greg Whiting

Greg Whiting has rarely – if ever – lacked for energy. Consider that in a robust and wide-ranging professional life Whiting has variously researched, analyzed, helped develop and written about ene...

 

iDIOM Theatre satire a romp

“The Knight of the Burning Pestle” at Bellingham’s Idiom Theater is a “17th century satire full of equal parts chivalry and whimsy in a disorderly, theatrical romp,” promotions claim. written by Francis Beaumont and adapted for the iDIOM stage by...

 

Poetry reading in Anacortes Feb. 24

The Madrona Poetry Series brings Claudia Castro Luna and J.I. Kleinberg to read Feb.24 at 7 p.m. at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes, 520 Commercial Avenue. The Erik Christensen Band will play....

 

Blood drive Feb. 23 at high school

Join a community blood drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at the La Conner High School gym, 404 North Sixth Street. It is a collaboration between local volunteers and Bloodworks Northwest. The blood drive is organized by high school students and...

 

Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Feb. 23: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Community blood drive in the La Conner High School Gymnasium, 404 N. Sixth St., La Conner. Coordinated by Bloodworks Northwest and local volunteers. Feb. 25, noon. Edison Chicken Parade. Downtown Edison. Feb....

 

Aqiimuk's Kitchen

I recently enjoyed Jean Wedin's company over lunch. She began describing her meals. I was all ears as she described this salad dressing. I guesstimated the amount of each ingredient and adjusted for...

 

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