Articles from the March 8, 2023 edition

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Another day dawns in the Skagit

TRUMPETER SWANS BREAKFASTING ON FIR ISLAND – The dawn is breaking, it is early morn on Fir Island. Spring is nigh, but the sun shone as brightly in early February, when this photo was t...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 8, 2023

BREAKING: Limedock building apartments application filed

Peter Anderson, owner of the Limedock building, 109 North First Street in La Conner, has filed a permit application with the Town of La Conner planning department to create two residential apartments...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 8, 2023

Council discusses tiny homes, bad weather shelter sites

During a week in late February which saw snow, wind and rain amid occasional sun breaks, Town officials and residents turned their attention to climate change. At the Town Council Feb. 28 meeting, members and Mayor Ramon Hayes lauded the...

 

Over 1 million homes needed in the next 20 years

OLYMPIA — The Washington state Department of Commerce released its final housing needs projections March 2. They show the state needs to add 1.1 million homes over the next 20 years, and more than half of them need to be affordable for residents a...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 8, 2023

February's cold was again below normal

Yes, February was cold, with nine nights of frost, four in a row Feb. 22-25, where the month’s low of 20.4 degrees Feb. 24 fell. That day the average temperature was 27.1 degree. February’s daily average temperature was 39.6 degrees, 1.6 degrees bel...

 

La Conner Rotary serves food for thought at merchants and farmers dinner

Outgoing four-term Mayor Ramon Hayes cited three major challenges La Conner faces in the decade ahead in remarks at the annual Rotary Club merchants and farmers dinner at Maple Hall Monday night....

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 8, 2023

School daze coming again

Ouch. Ouch everywhere, for everybody. New La Conner Schools Deputy Superintendent of Finance Dave Cram's initial assessment is that 490 students will enroll in the school district next fall. That is down 35 kids from today and 100 from 2021. It is...

 

Weekly News story misreports Shelter Bay forum

We live in challenging times and a plague of misinformation stands in the way of finding solutions. We are cautioned that instead of social media, we should seek truth in “real news,” traditional journalism. Sadly, this paper chose to cover the rec...

 

Old politicians: retire

There has been a lot of discussion of late, with very good reason, on the matter of the age of the president and other elected members of government. First, there was Sen. Feinstein of California, soon to retire at 89, with some noting an obvious...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    March 8, 2023

Electricity from renewable sources available 24/7 now, or soon

Could solar energy power the entire electric grid even though the sun is only up, in any given place, an average of 12 hours a day? Yes. It would be expensive to build solar power plants across every...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 8, 2023

Two-year comprehensive plan update started

Officials took the first steps toward updating La Conner’s comprehensive plan at a joint Town Council-Planning Commission meeting at Maple Hall Feb. 28. Admittedly, they were baby steps. It will be a two-year process focusing on public engagement a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 8, 2023

La Conner Marina upgrades with LED lighting

Having recently celebrated its golden anniversary, La Conner Marina is looking to remain a bright shining light on the local scene well into the future. The Port of Skagit marked a major milestone by completing upgrades to LED lighting at the...

 
 By Clyde Shavers    Opinion    March 8, 2023

Passing student financial education and military support

As vice chair of the House Education Committee, I’ve been regularly meeting with students, teachers and administrators on every aspect of our education system. We’ve collaborated on special education,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 8, 2023

Big La Conner comeback clinches fourth in state

The high school girls' basketball team saved its best for last in Spokane last week. The sixth-seeded Lady Braves, fueled by a monster second half from game-high scorer Ellie Marble, erased a 10-point...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 8, 2023

Donations and basketball dominate board meeting

Public education has evolved far beyond the traditional three r’s – readin’, ritin’ and ‘rithmetic. At La Conner Schools three other letters – C, T and E – are helping spell success for students. CTE is the abbreviation for Career Technical Edu...

 
 By Cora Thomas    A & E    March 8, 2023

Storyteller Will Hornyak performs March 14

Join Will Hornyak on a storytelling journey 7 p.m. March 14 at the Tim Bruce Performing Arts Center on the La Conner School District campus. Hornyak will share the Celtic story of "Erin's Daughters:...

 

Jazz Walk in Anacortes

WALKING INTO JAZZ NIGHT IN ANACORTES – Steven Dolmatz, on the steel guitar, jammed with his Deep River Blues Band at the Brown Lantern during the First Friday Jazz Walk in Anacortes March 3...

 

Chamber pet parade calls for animal lovers – and pets

Mark your calendars: Saturday, March 18 is the Second Annual La Conner Pet Parade presented by the La Conner Chamber of Commerce (lovelaconner.com). It starts at 11 a.m. at the La Conner Marina...

 

Craft fair vendors wanted

Calling all artists and crafters. La Conner Kiwanis will be hosting a craft fair, Saturday, April 1 in the Braves Clubhouse, behind the school district administration building, 305 North 6th Street, La Conner. It will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event...

 

Business after hours March 16

Business owners and managers are invited to the La Conner Chamber of Commerce’s After Hours at the The Cusp Creative, 708 Morris Street, for food, drinks, and networking, March 16, 5-6:30 p.m. Mingle and make new connections. Bring business cards a...

 
 By Bob Hamblin    Community    March 8, 2023

A variety of facts about crows

Crows as a group are somewhat territorial. Some groups are highly aggressive and don’t leave their area in search of food. They have fixed borders that they defend against other crow clans. Intruders are attacked and driven off by the owners. The B...

 

Why you love the music you love

Turn it up, would you? Man, that song. It reminds you of falling in love, first dates, riding around in a car, best friends. You can imagine the performance of it, the bassist’s passion, the audience cheers. You know every word of that song, so r...

 

Tommy Thompson trestle open

The Tommy Thompson trail trestle is repaired and the trail opened ahead of schedule Feb. 23, the City of Anacortes announced on its website. Contractors Culbertson Marine, Strandberg Construction and Transpac Marinas, volunteers and people who...

 

Ferry to Sidney, B.C. out for years

Washington State Ferries will not restore ferry service in 2023 between Anacortes and Sidney, British Columbia it announced in an updated restoration plan Feb. 28. The one sentence decision is: “WSF does not anticipate being able to restore s...

 

Coffee with school staff

Join La Conner Schools administrators at La Conner Waterfront Cafe, 128 South First Street, 2 p.m. March 20 for a candid conversation. Bring your questions for Superintendent Will Nelson and his team of administrators. Source: La Conner...

 

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