Articles from the February 17, 2021 edition

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Rash of in-town car prowls escalates

A La Conner business owner is the victim of a cold case that is just a few hours old. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a “smash and grab” break-in of Mari White-Bucy’s...

 

Winter blast blankets La Conner with foot of snow

There was plenty of love in the air – and on the ground – over the weekend here. Especially for those smitten with snow, Valentine’s Day and Monday holidays. La Conner area residents...

 

Town planner has picture perfect background

Having an eye for art helped Michael Davolio focus on La Conner as his latest stop in a lengthy planning career that has seen him address land use issues on both coasts. A native of central...

 

Town takes second option on Hedlin’s Ballfield

The La Conner Town Council chose an unexpected path last week as it sought further direction in its quest to purchase Hedlin’s Ballfield for a mixed-use residential and public space development. The Council without dissent committed to taking out...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 17, 2021

Entire state in Phase 2 of Healthy Washington Recovery plan

Gov. Jay Inslee gave most residents of the state an early Valentine’s present, announcing Thursday he was moving most of the state forward to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery Plan beginning Feb. 14. On Sunday residents...

 
 By Ken Stern    School    February 17, 2021

La Conner school levy wins big

Interim La Conner schools Superintendent Rich Stewart and school district voters have given a giant present to students, staff, parents and the yet-to-be-chosen new school superintendent: an overwhelming, 71% yes vote in the Feb. 9 election for a fou...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    February 17, 2021

Our pledges of allegiance

What do we stand for as Americans? These passages from foundational documents in our history show us our roots. The Pledge of Allegiance: I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nat...

 

Reverence for life needed at all times

One of the greatest stories of reverence for life is found in the Jewish scriptures, in Chapter 2 of Exodus. Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, gave an order to all Egyptian subjects. “Throw into the river every boy who is born to the Hebrews but let...

 

Thankful

On Feb. 3 the day was crisp and sunny and what awaited was a COVID-19 vaccination for the educational staff of the La Conner School District. This opportunity was shared with our district because the Swinomish Senate had, by resolution, voted to...

 

Make tax shifting illegal

HB 1519, in the Washington state legislature, is bad legislation. It addresses tax shift, but only stretches out the impact on taxpayers by imposing the increase in taxes over four years. It should make the shifting of taxes illegal, once and for...

 

‘Talk about Race’ starts March 1

“Cultivating Civic Conversations (CCC): Learning to Talk about Race” is the title of the next seminar series jointly sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kittitas and Skagit counties. The 13-week virtual discussion group is open to all...

 

Better bills for a better Washington

There are two important bills I would like to share with you. One involves rural broadband and the other health care. Both of these common-sense solutions do what good legislation should, they transcend party division by simply doing what is best...

 

‘Genuine Skagit Valley’ is a federal mark

The Genuine Skagit Valley campaign has been granted a certification mark from the United States Patent and Trademark office Patsy Martin, executive director of the Port of Skagit, announced Feb. 9. Agricultural products and agricultural services...

 

Tribe makes contributions to taxing districts

The Swinomish Tribal Senate is pleased to announce its approval of the Tribe’s 2021 voluntary contributions to the La Conner Regional Library, Fire District 13 and La Conner School District. The contributions will be paid from Trust Improvement...

 

Bill introduced to ban Native American school mascots

La Conner High sports teams and fans have long added their own twist to the lyrics when singing the national anthem prior to games. They regularly close the first verse by emphasizing and slightly altering the final lines – “O’er the land...

 

Bus riders return to school with protocols in place to curb virus spread

La Conner Schools is back on the road to in-person instruction. The proof is in the familiar yellow buses that have begun picking up and delivering students along a half-dozen routes in the school district. The buses began rolling Feb. 1 as students...

 

Max Benjamin exhibit opens at MoNA

There are signs of hope in the Skagit Valley – even as COVID-19 drags into another year -- in the daffodil fields, in the partial reopening of restaurants and businesses, and at the Museum of...

 
 By Tom Banse    News    February 17, 2021

Proposed statue swap of Billy Frank for Marcus Whitman signals changing of the guard

Northwest News Network Originally published Feb. 2, 2021 by Northwest News Network Leaders of seven Pacific Northwest tribes testified in January in favor of replacing a statue of Oregon Trail pioneer and missionary Marcus Whitman in the U.S....

 

Newcomers, Brian Porter win Swinomish Senate seats

Greg Edwards and Bruce James have always been close. It was fitting, then, that the former La Conner High teammates would see their race for a Swinomish Tribal Senate seat decided by a razor thin margin. Edwards edged James 151-146 in balloting...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, Feb. 8 11:59 a.m.: Late prowl call – Caller reported a cold vehicle prowl. Caller said his debit card was stolen. Park St., La Conner. Wednesday, Feb. 10 4:28 p.m.: Con call – Caller reported being called by a scammer claiming to...

 

Chicken Chile Verde Enchiladas

I was getting creative with a rotisserie chicken from Costco. A chile verde sauce is an easy ingredient to find at most grocery stores. We received ours as a gift from our daughter. She purchased it...

 

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