Articles from the March 1, 2023 edition

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Chicken Parade draws crowd

EDISON LOVES CHICKENS – On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26, spectators crowded the sidewalks, watching locals march down the streets of Edison as part of the annual Edison Chicken Parade. Many p...

 

Former Disney artist Bob Abrams library drawing card

Disney and magic are synonymous. As are La Conner artist Bob Abrams and the famed mass media and entertainment conglomerate he first dreamt of joining as a pre-teen. So, it came as little surprise...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 1, 2023

Lynette Cram resigns; Dave Cram hired

Dave and Lynette Cram caught themselves coming and going at the La Conner school board meeting Monday night. The couple traded places as district leaders when Lynette Cram stepped down after eight...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 1, 2023

FEMA aid nixed, La Conner seeks other flood relief funding

Few in La Conner can remember saltwater flooding as severe as Dec. 27’s, causing nearly $2 million in damages and directly impacting two dozen residences and six businesses. Yet it was not dire enough to merit a formal Federal Emergency Management A...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 1, 2023

Latest Shelter Bay town hall covers familiar ground

About 100 Shelter Bay residents attended the latest in a series of monthly one-hour town hall forums at the community’s clubhouse Sunday night, where a wide range of topics – including recent sanctions imposed on two board members – were addre...

 
 By Tom Banse    News    March 1, 2023

Portland and Redmond going electric with first e-fire trucks in northwest

You probably no longer bat an eye when an electric car passes by on the road. More novel battery-powered vehicles are soon joining the parade to help operators achieve their sustainability goals....

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 1, 2023

March invitations: Say yes

With March's arrival are a flurry of activities, not late winter snow but opportunities to join together in fun and games, literally, and, in one instance, to change, literally. There are also very real storm clouds hanging over Shelter Bay. The mont...

 

Winter birds before signs

Upon reading of the sign blight in Conway, I thought I’d go investigate more thoroughly. I went to where the proposed sign is to be put and watched the flight of the trumpeter swans as they left for the night. They don’t usually fly over the gas sta...

 
 By Ron Muzzall    Opinion    March 1, 2023

We owe it to the future

There seem to be a lot of “crises” in Olympia – a housing crisis, an opioid crisis, a public safety crisis, a climate crisis. Attaching this moniker has adverse effects on people by creating a false...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    March 1, 2023

LEDs are bright lights for the future

A few weeks ago I mentioned that lights based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use less energy than tungsten filament lights or fluorescent lights. LEDs also longer lasting. And, the cost of LEDs has...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 1, 2023

Salmon recovery is underfunded

The status of salmon in Washington state is not good and will not improve markedly without a substantial, sustained increase in funding, Gov. Jay Inslee’s Salmon Recovery Office State of Salmon in Watersheds report summarizes. The status: ...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 1, 2023

Residents criticize approval of Center Street condos

Town officials have cited public engagement as a top priority going forward. Attendees at the Feb. 22 La Conner Planning Commission hybrid meeting at Maple Hall took them at their word. Much of the 45-minute session was devoted to public comments,...

 

Sen. Murray visits WSU Breadlab at Port of Skagit last week

Burlington — U. S. Sen. Patty Murray discussed investing in value-added agriculture in Skagit County while touring the WSU Breadlab at the Port of Skagit Feb. 22. Murray, who serves as the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, held a r...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 1, 2023

January Town tax receipts good

La Conner’s tourist economy slowed a bit last fall, but not much, as the January tax revenue reports to the town council show. The Town of La Conner’s sales tax revenue of $43,391 is $1,830 higher than 2022’s total and the second highest ever for the...

 

Maria DeGoede has 20th year work anniversary

Friends, family and fellow Town of La Conner staff members celebrated Maria DeGoede’s 20 year anniversary working for the Town last Friday – after work, of course. DeGoede was hired as the receptionist/billing clerk and began Feb. 11, 2003. She bec...

 

County tax statement error

Due to a software glitch, the comparison for residents’ tax distribution from 2022 to 2023 does not include a second line item for local school districts in county tax statements. The line items for school districts were combined in 2023 giving t...

 

Call Town for yard waste pick-up

The Town of La Conner Public Works Department staff will be picking up yard waste the week of March 20-24. The crew will pick up small branches, clippings and other yard waste, but cannot take large limbs, grass clippings or anything in a plastic...

 

History museum writing contest

Creative writers, whatever your age, get out your pens and power up your devices. “Seeds for the Future” is the theme of the Skagit County Historical Museum’s 3rd Annual Writing Contest. The Museum hopes to inspire writers and poets young and old f...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 1, 2023

Braves miss shot at Spokane hoops bracket

Despite a 10 a.m. tipoff, the clock struck midnight on the Cinderella La Conner Braves in Auburn Saturday. The No. 10 Chief Leschi Warriors clinched a berth at the Spokane Arena this week by...

 

La Conner girls b-ball fell to Napavine

They hit a roadblock in Chehalis Friday, but the path to Spokane this week is again clear for the La Conner High School girls' basketball team. The No. 6 La Conner Lady Braves fell 52-44 to...

 

Musselfest at Penn Cove this weekend

Go down to the Penn Cove Musselfest in Coupeville this weekend, where there are a flood of food and activities to enjoy. On Front Street are a ton of activities. Mussel cooking demonstrations are at...

 

New MoNA exhibit open

The new exhibit opening at MoNA Saturday brought a crowd of distinguished guests, including Lilah Scanga, Bill Scanga, Dale and Leslie Chihuly, Katherine Scanga and MoNA Executive Director Stefano...

 

$10,000 AAUW 2023 college scholarships

The Stanwood-Camano Branch of the American Association of University Women is pleased to announce the opening of the 2023 Scholarship season. Applications for university students in their junior or senior year or in Master’s Degree programs will b...

 

Fantasy Day at Anacortes Library

LIBRARIES, IMAGINATIONS AND COSTUMES, OH MY! – Fantasy Day Saturday saw over 1,200 people descend on the Anacortes Public Library for games, prizes, snacks, crafts and fantastical fun for all ages. V...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    March 1, 2023

Spokane's 1910 free speech battles

Jess Walter is in Whatcom County March 2-4 for five events for 2023’s “Whatcom Reads,” including a tips and suggestions session on writing. His 7 p.m. March 3 reading at the Mount Baker Theatre is free, but tickets are required. Information: whatc...

 

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