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Articles from the March 2, 2022 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 2, 2022

School, Town policies lifting mask mandate

On again, off again. That’s the way it has been for the past two years in terms of indoor mask mandates designed to help stop spread of the coronavirus. In Washington state, the off button will be pushed March 12 instead of March 21, a decision...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    March 2, 2022

Big ‘yes’ boosts flower festivals to full bloom

For the La Conner Daffodil Festival and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, the last two years have been all about no. In 2020 there were no visitors to Roozengaarde and Tulip Town and almost no sales...

 

Sgt. Jenny Sheahan-Lee again La Conner detachment chief

The lineup at the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office La Conner detachment has been reshuffled. But residents here will not need a program or scorecard to recognize who is in charge. Sgt. Jenny...

 

Confusing COVID-19 coverage

A handful of articles on the local and statewide COVID-19 situation in the Feb. 16 issue of the Weekly News provide confusing messaging on the seriousness of the public’s role in the pandemic. Overall, Skagit County hospitalizations and positive...

 

Town is losing charm

I, too, (Bruce Elliot, letter: “Open space is lost forever,” Dec. 15, 2021) am sickened every time I pass by what used to be our lovely little open space ball field. Whenever my husband and I would drive by and a game was on, he would say...

 

Truth over cynicism

Paul Farmer, Harvard physician and anthropologist, co-founder of Partners in Health, died on February 21 at the age 62 in Rwanda after a lifetime of caring for the poor in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Siberia and the Navajo Nation. He was quoted (AP) as...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 2, 2022

War abroad and at home

War. No one wants it, but the option – or possibility, or hope – is readily and easily bandied about. Now Russia has invaded Ukraine, unleashing the greatest military violence in Europe since Hitler’s attack on Poland in 1939. What...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 2, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

A story and a satire I was in the Tav last Friday afternoon having a bourbon and a beer before I went out to Anacortes to get my oil changed, there not being any place in town for automotive work. I was telling my friend McCoy that while I was out I...

 

Awash in tax revenues, Democrats propose big increases in state spending

Washington State Journal Small business owners and schoolchildren hurt by the pandemic will see some financial relief with approval of state supplemental budget proposals now under consideration. “We’re looking at the basics, food, shelter,...

 

The La Conner Regional Library funding request

Libraries are magical places. Every book is a window to the world just waiting to be explored. Maybe it’s because I grew up the grandchild of a high school English teacher, who instilled in me a love for language and books – but I’ve always...

 

Dano Rapada fundraiser nets nearly $2,000

Daniel Rapada has been in and out of hospitals numerous times over the years battling an array of serious health issues. Last Wednesday, his admirers showed their hearts during a benefit fundraiser...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 2, 2022

La Conner rebounds from early deficit to easily defeat Chief Leschi at regionals

The La Conner girls’ basketball team has punched its ticket to the State 2B quarterfinals in Spokane tomorrow morning. But not before taking an early punch from Chief Leschi in a regional round matchup that La Conner won 91-54 at Everett Community...

 
 By Marissa Conklin    A & E    March 2, 2022

Irish folk band plays Lincoln Theatre Tuesday

Lovers of Irish music and culture will gather at the Lincoln Theatre Tuesday, March 8 to hear something new. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the audience will witness Dervish, a native Irish folk band, play...

 

Everything’s a sign: marketing icon leads council discussion

A sign, by its very nature, is intended to attract attention. And there is one sign drawing attention in La Conner before ever being installed. Town council members at their Zoom meeting last week addressed the controversial 11-foot-tall Love La...

 

Commission plans busy spring

Work came to a near standstill for the La Conner planning commission as 2021 wound down, with successive meeting cancellations in October, November and December. The commission did not meet until Feb. 15. Davolio told commissioners that they can expe...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Sunday, February 20 3:43 p.m.: Stolen car – Caller reported his wife’s key was stolen a couple months prior, and her vehicle was just stolen. Beaver Marsh Rd., Greater La Conner. 5:27 p.m.: Car rollover – Deputies responded to a one...

 

JAZZED UP GREEN BEANS

My mother’s expression was to “doctor up” a dish to make something plain, a bit more tasty. She often did that with a dab of real butter. For this recipe, I used one can of French style green...

 

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