Articles from the March 6, 2024 edition

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 By Ken Stern    News    March 6, 2024

Shelter Bay board to be questioned in court case

The five Shelter Bay Community board directors sued by former community resident Jan Henrie almost a year ago are making another attempt to dismiss Henrie’s Skagit County Superior Court civil complaint alleging breach of fiduciary duty and m...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 6, 2024

Another Shelter Bay Community director resigns board position

Shelter Bay Board of Director Dan McCaughan resigned in late February. An email to residents from the Shelter Bay Community announced his resignation Feb. 28 and broadcast the “immediate board position opening” seeking applicants to replace him. The...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 6, 2024
Author Timothy Egan signs books for readers

Author Timothy Egan advocates for new MV Library

During his celebrated career as an award-winning newspaper columnist and author, Timothy Egan has traveled the globe in search of the stories that connect him to his readers. For a much longer time...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 6, 2024

Mount Vernon offers public first look inside new library commons

The public got to peek into the Mount Vernon Library Commons Project, under construction across from the Skagit County Courthouse, with a series of tours on Saturday afternoon. Designed for climate resiliency and as an integral community hub for the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 6, 2024

School board approves switch to 8-man football

La Conner Schools officials tackled the status of Braves football and student enrollment to kick off a lengthy hybrid school board meeting Monday night. District financial chief David Cram reported to board members that K-12 enrollment had dipped...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 6, 2024
People discuss at a meeting

Mayor shares tribe's Didgwalic Wellness Center plans

Word is getting out on one of Skagit County's best-kept secrets. That's thanks to La Conner High School alum and former Swinomish Tribal Community Senator Leon John, now the outreach director at...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 6, 2024
Hail falls in front of an office building

Seventh-wettest February was also pretty mild

Suddenly, the fields around La Conner are puddling up. February's 3.2 inches of rain is the third above average rainfall month in a row. There was over 2 inches of rain the last six days: 1.2 inches...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 6, 2024

Council OKs code of ethics for town

It was a four-letter word that defined a briskly paced, 45-minute hybrid Town Council meeting at Maple Hall on Feb. 27. That word was code. As in the council’s approval of both a formal town code of ethics and update to La Conner’s uniform dev...

 

Legislature OKs three initiatives

By Laurel Demkovich, Grace Deng, Jerry Cornfield and Bill Lucia OLYMPIA – Three citizen initiatives designed to lift restrictions on police vehicle pursuits, prohibit income taxes and establish a “bill of rights” for parents of K-12 students are s...

 

From the editor: The right side in Shelter Bay

To those wondering whatever happened to that March 2023 Skagit County Superior Court civil complaint against five Shelter Bay Community board members, alleged to have breached their fiduciary duty and for malfeasance by a property owner, an update is... Full story

 

Musings - On the editor's mind

Attending the Mount Vernon Library Foundations fundraiser in support of building the Mount Vernon Library Commons got me thinking – again – about libraries in my life. And right, I wrote about libraries within the first 90 days I was in La Con...

 

Fighting for our environment and tax credit for our farmers

As our communities face harsher climate effects including droughts, heatwaves, and floods, it is important for all of us to work together towards ensuring a healthier environment. That’s why we are dedicated to pursuing two approaches to e...

 

Laws target youth

On Feb. 7, 16 year-old sophomore Nex Benedict went into the girls’ bathroom at the high school in Owasso, Oklahoma. An altercation occurred in the bathroom which ended in Nex receiving a serious head injury. Three students were involved in the alterc...

 

If Trump's trials start after Nov. 5

Much concern has been raised regarding the former president’s attorneys’ attempts to delay, delay, delay his pending criminal trials. Some fear that unless the former president is convicted in a court of law prior to election day, the conduct all...

 

Town yard waste pick up set

The Town of La Conner’s Public Works Department will be picking up yard waste the week of March 25-29. The crew will pick up small branches, clippings and other yard waste, but cannot take large limbs, grass clippings or anything in a plastic bag. I...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    March 6, 2024
Snow geese fly and forage in a field

Save the birds!

I've always been a bird lover. I grew up with birds in cages in my house and now I have feeders in the front and the back of my house. My dog Rosie loves to sit by the window and watch the birds come...

 

Phyllis Fiege

Phyllis Fiege, mother of Gale Fiege of Pleasant Ridge, and grandmother of Jesse Mann and Emilie (Mann) Snitily, died Feb. 26 at Skagit Valley Hospital. A longtime Snohomish County resident, Phyllis had lived with Gale and son-in-law Jon Bauer for...

 

Donna Kay Cushing, January 19, 1945 - February 21, 2024

Donna Kay Cushing (Griffin), 79, of La Conner, passed away in the evening of Feb. 21, 2024, of heart failure. Donna was the second child of four born to Jack and Elva Griffin on Jan. 19, 1945, in...

 

Duane Allen Carpenter

Duane Allen Carpenter, 64, passed away on March 1, 2024, in La Conner, Washington. Duane was born on Oct. 10, 1959, in Hamlin, West Virginia. Duane had a passion for travel and made many lifelong...

 

Tracy Winder

Tracy Lynn Winder (née Page), age 61 of La Conner passed away on Feb. 26, 2024. Tracy was born on Dec. 4, 1962, in Olympia. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Tracy was a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 6, 2024
A boy pitches a baseball

Spring teams meet as winter clings

Longtime La Conner High School baseball coach Jeremiah LeSourd has a favorite saying this time of year. "You know it's the start of baseball season," he often notes at the end of February and start...

 

Soroptimists name Udlock their March student

Abigail Udlock, a senior at La Conner High School, was recently chosen as the Soroptimist International of La Conner Honored Student for the month of March. Abigail is a very busy young woman, balanci...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    March 6, 2024

Get dolled up for Daffodil Pet Parade

“I blackmail people now! You gotta show up [for the pet parade] – or you don’t come into my shop!” joked Gina McCarthy, owner of Enchanted Locks and volunteer coordinator for the La Conner Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Daffodil Pet Parade sc...

 
 By Katryna Barber    News    March 6, 2024

Library Happenings

So much is happening at the La Conner Swinomish Library this month! March is Women’s Histroy Month. Come check out our Women’s “Herstory” display to find a good selection of nonfiction books about spunky, smart women. We are participating in Library...

 

Legal Notices

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR KING COUNTY In Re The Estate of: MARLENE A. NELSON, Deceased. No. 24-4-01132-1 SEA PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) (NTCRD) The person named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of...

 

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