Articles from the February 22, 2023 edition

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The Slider Café family celebrates Tahoe wedding

The Slider Café is a family restaurant in more than name only. The Morris Street diner, known to locals for its friendly small-town ambiance and mission to "feed the hangry," is no mere workplace...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 22, 2023

Shelter Bay board sanctions fellow board members

Shelter Bay Community board of directors Judy Kontos and Dan McCaughan were sanctioned by their board Feb. 15 based on findings of an ethics committee appointed by the board. Kontos and McCaughan were provided “Board Sanction” memorandums by...

 

Town delegation lobbies state legislators for flood, law enforcement measures

The La Conner Town Council met on Valentine’s Day, then its leaders looked for some love from state lawmakers in Olympia later in the week. A Town delegation met with state Reps. Dave Paul and Clyde Shavers and the staff of Sen. Ron Muzzall to...

 

Getting to the bottom of Shelter Bay board ethics allegations

Accusations of ethics violations are being used by the Shelter Bay board of directors to silence and dispense with dissension. As a member of the community, I know I’m joined by many others in completely rejecting the actions they have taken...

 

Billboard will be travesty

To those who are concerned from a Skagitonian. Choosing an environment to enhance a business when you’re young, or to enrich each day when you’re old becomes a vital decision. My family members chose Washington state’s Skagit County and have...

 

If I Ran The Zoo

It has been absolutely heartbreaking to follow the news of the devastating effects of the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria. The number of deaths is nearing 44,000 as I write this column and will...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    February 22, 2023

Keeping refrigerator door closed saves energy

Just about everyone in the U.S. has heard the words: “Close the refrigerator door.” Stereotypically, this is associated with an indecisive teenager. How important is that closed door, really? Is i...

 

Town Council considers hiring grant writer

Faced with future major fire protection costs – including purchase of a fire boat and replacement of a 30-year-old fire truck – plus pending necessary upgrades to La Conner’s wastewater treatment plant and aging water lines at Skagit Beach, Tow...

 
 By Dave Paul    Opinion    February 22, 2023

Workforce, housing crisis solutions

Last month, I wrote about the workforce shortage, which is holding back our economy and critical services like healthcare. The housing crisis is intertwined with our workforce shortage. Even if a...

 

Take Skagit County COVID-19 health survey

There is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it unprecedented public health, economic, and mental health challenges for individuals and the community at large. While COVID transmission still remains in Skagit County, Public Health is now...

 

Braves upset Coupeville to earn state berth

Turnabout is fair play. After having lost two tense games to conference hoops foe Coupeville – one on a desperate three-point buzzer beater – the underdog La Conner Braves avenged themselves with...

 

Lady Braves win bi-district hoops crown

The girls' basketball team is going back to Spokane. Winners of the Northwest Bi-District title, they were seeded sixth in the 16-team state girls 2B Hardwood Classic. They face No. 3 Napavine in...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    February 22, 2023

Love is more than just a kissing fancy

UPDATE: The show will go on. Get tickets and go see "Prelude" this last week of its run, March 3-5. That old story line: "Boy meets girl." Then: Girl falls for boy. Boy falls for girl. They marry.... Full story

 

Library Happenings

New library cards have arrived! Come by the library to get your brand-new library card featuring our new logo. Our system requires us to use a new barcode number, so everyone will get a new card. If...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    February 22, 2023

La Conner Marina moorage rates up

Boaters mooring their vessels at the La Conner Marina will pay more this year. At its Feb. 14 meeting Port of Skagit commissioners approved an 8% rate increase for all moorage slips. Harbormaster Chris Omdal had briefed commissioners the week...

 

Schools student loss discussed

At its study session Feb. 13, the La Conner School Board heard and accepted Amanda Bourgeois’ resignation from their body. The board continued its examination of declining student enrollment numbers, accepted two major cash donations and met with...

 

Poets read Feb. 25

Saturday Sam and Sally Green and poet friends read from “Art in a Public Place,” the latest issue from the Madrona Project Poetry Reading Series. Washington state Poet Laureate is among the dozen poets reading at 7 p.m. at Pelican Bay Books, 520...

 

Vaquero Bean Soup

This soup bean is awesome. I have cooked with it twice. It is so flavorful and makes a dark broth. Soaking beans is optional. I rinsed and soaked the beans in plain water for three hours. This...

 

Taylor Rae Cayou is February Soroptimist student

La Conner Soroptimist honored student for February Taylor Rae Cayou has demonstrated an aptitude for leadership in several significant ways. As a member of Peer to Peer at La Conner High School,...

 

Police Blotter 2/12-2/18

Sunday, February 12 2:59 p.m.: Territorial dogs – Report of neighborhood dogs acting aggressive toward the caller when they entered the property where the dogs live. There were no injuries...

 

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