Articles from the May 13, 2020 edition

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Honor student voices,concerns

Recently, the La Conner School District administration decided to not renew the contract of one of our beloved teachers. This decision was not only damaging to student morale but also detrimental to student learning. In direct defiance of a petition...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 13, 2020

1 and 2 are not halfway to 4

Patience. That word and theme has been stressed many times in editorials since mid-March. Mid-March. That was two months ago. How patient we have been these last two months. Hopefully, that has become habit. Our new habits, of patience, of social...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 13, 2020

Toby Dunlap, United Airlines pilot, remembered fondly

When La Conner pioneer Isaac Dunlap came west by mule train nearly 160 years ago, he could not have imagined a descendant crossing the country in jetliner cockpits nearly a century later. Nor could he have envisioned his great-grandson, longtime...

 
 By Ashley Sweeney    News    May 13, 2020

'Answer Creek' tells Donner Party travel journey

Because I write fiction set in the American West, sooner or later I knew I’d be compelled to tell an Oregon Trail story. But why any trail story? If I was going to tackle this subject, I decided to take on one of the most difficult and m...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 13, 2020

Shop local farmers markets for local food

Put the Anacortes Farmers Market on your shopping schedule for this Saturday. Get out of the house and go. It is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then go to the Mount Vernon Farmers Market May 23. Or revers...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 13, 2020

Todd Torgeson resigns as middle and high school principal

An avid jogger, Todd Torgeson is about to set foot on a new career path. Torgeson, in the third year of his second tour at La Conner Schools, announced in a district-wide email on Monday his...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 13, 2020

Inslee's 'Safe Start' plan re-opens state economy in phases

Gov. Jay Inslee extended the State of Emergency COVID-19 order through May 31 on May 4, while allowing some businesses to open and smaller counties to apply for variances to open additional businesses...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 13, 2020

COVID-19 testing site open daily at Skagit Valley College

The best things in life truly are free. And better yet when they’re also pain-free. That’s been the case at the COVID-19 testing drive-thru site at Skagit Valley College, where Sgt. Jeff Willard of...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 13, 2020

Skagit County Public Health says to cancel summer events

Scratch the Town of La Conner’s July 4th parade, picnic, concert and fireworks from your summer calendar. Ditto the Chamber of Commerce’s annual August Classic Boat & Car Show. There will not be a La Conner Live Summer Concert Series at Gilkey Squ...

 

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings is one of those ultimate comfort foods that brings to mind your childhood. The butter makes these dumplings delicious. Cooking tip: do not overcook the dumplings as they will...

 

Memorial Day celebration cancelled

The Commissioners for Skagit Cemetery District #1, also known as Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, have regretfully canceled this year’s May 25th Memorial Day celebration, due to social distancing regulations and concerns for public safety. Families are w...

 

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