Articles from the March 22, 2023 edition

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The second annual pet parade raises the woof!

The La Conner Chamber of Commerce's second annual pet parade shone bright last Saturday on what was arguably the nicest day of the year so far. The sunshine brought people from all corners of town...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 22, 2023

Sued again: 5 Shelter Bay board members

The officers of the Shelter Bay Community board of directors are called back to Skagit County Superior Court March 31 on a civil complaint that accuses them of breach of fiduciary duty. It alleges malfeasance and failure in their actions and conduct...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 22, 2023

Emergency management members confirmed

A rare positive impact of the severe saltwater flooding that swamped La Conner in December was the flood of well qualified applicants seeking appointment to the Town’s new emergency management commission. Mayor Ramon Hayes last week nominated five...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 22, 2023

BNSF locomotive derailed early Thursday morning behind Swinomish casino

SWINOMISH RESERVATION -The "active cleanup of the diesel spill caused by the early Thursday morning derailment of two BNSF locomotives" was ending early Saturday afternoon, Bill Dunbar, U.S. EPA...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 22, 2023

When banks and trains crash

Seems like banks and railroads are failing all around us. No one is really surprised, from corporate CEOs to congressional committees and Congress, period, to front line workers driving engines and managing branches or federal and state regulators at...

 

Another consideration of the Shelter Bay board

“We will fail, / When we fail to try” — Rosa Parks A Message From the Dark Side … . I am a woman from the “other side” as the writers put it in last week’s page 3 “Show of Support” display ad for some members of the Shelter Bay...

 
 By Glen Johnson    Opinion    March 22, 2023

An opportunity for making music in La Conner

Hey, now here’s a curveball for you, instead of larky snark about dikes and missing fish, music is the subject of the day. No, Sloughmander is not going to miraculously re-appear, unless he does, but don’t hold your breath. Heck, some of you...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    March 22, 2023

Use less energy for heating and cooling with heat pumps

Over half of the energy used in residential and commercial buildings goes to heating and cooling the air to keep occupants comfortable. Most of the time, cooling is achieved by using electricity to...

 

CORRECTIONS

The poorly written page 1 headline last week needed to have read: "Record December Town sales tax revenues." The tax revenue summary town council receives inFebruary contains December’s data. Buy your in-person tickets only on Saturday for The...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 22, 2023

Council told burlap bags are on way out

There were two sure signs at last week's La Conner Town Council meeting that spring is in the offing. The first was the presentation by Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Executive Director Cindy Verge of t...

 
 By Ron Muzzall    Opinion    March 22, 2023

Reproductive care is more than abortion

It seems that the efforts to enshrine reproductive access in the state constitution have been aborted, as the proposed amendments from the House and Senate failed to receive a Floor vote before our...

 

First Skagit Wood Expo

The first Skagit Wood Expo and Marketplace is April 1-2 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. This event will include live demonstrations, educational talks and local craft vendors. Please visit skagitwoodexpo.com for more information. Source: Skagit...

 

Craft fair April 1

No fooling: The first La Conner Kiwanis Club Craft Fair of the year is Saturday, April 1 at a new location, the La Conner Braves Clubhouse, 305 6th Street on the school campus. It runs 10 a.m.-4...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 22, 2023

La Conner alum Cook earns college hoops honor

Sarah Cook was a multiple sports standout at La Conner High School, and she is enjoying similar success as a freshman at Skagit Valley College. After a stellar volleyball season with SVC last fall,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 22, 2023

State hurdles champ Murdock soars in season track debut

La Conner High School junior Tommy Murdock has picked up where he left off last year. Which is in the winner's circle. Murdock, the reigning Washington state class 2B 300-meter hurdles champion,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 22, 2023

Baseball Braves rally to edge Northwest Christian

There was a definite chill in the air but the Braves still managed to swing hot bats late in their non-league baseball home game with Northwest Christian Thursday afternoon. La Conner squared its early season mark at 1-1 by scoring five runs in the f...

 

Irish Storyteller tells his tale in La Conner

Irish storyteller Will Hornyak celebrated both St. Patrick's Day and Women's History Month, spinning women-centered sagas of old time Ireland. His long, true story of Grace O'Malley, the pirate queen...

 

Library Happenings

We have sprung forward and lots of things are happening at the library. The library invites you to participate in #LibraryGivingDay on Tuesday, April 4, a national day focused on support for local...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    March 22, 2023

'Addams Family' reunion fills the Lincoln

As every husband and father knows, there are “Two Things,” no “Three Things” he must not do: “say no to his wife and no to his daughter, or tell the truth.” As life becomes more complex for Gomez Addams, he considers “Four Things...

 

Anacortes poetry reading March 25

Bill Porter (Red Pine) and Finn Wilcox will read their own work and from “Old Growth: Selected & New Poems” by the late Mike O’Connor, renowned poet and translator. This Anacortes Poetry Series reading is 7 p.m. March 25. at Pelican Bay Books...

 

History displayed: 1954 mascot Kolidja still in school case

He may not have realized it at the time, but nearly 70 years ago the late famed Swinomish artisan Andrew Joe began carving a special and lasting niche in the history of La Conner Schools. And it is a...

 

Panko Roasted Chicken

Panko is a type of breadcrumb. It is consistent in texture and crisps up real nice when coating chicken to roast. I use bone-in chicken thighs. Panko can be used to coat fish and pork chops. I buy a f...

 

Slider Café raises funds for fire department

The Slider Café crew got its kicks out of passing the boot on behalf of La Conner Hook & Ladder last weekend. Slider's diners were invited on Saturday and Sunday to toss spare change and extra...

 

Roger Pederson case protest

In 2018, Bay View resident Roger Pederson was charged with one count of first-degree animal cruelty and one count of second-degree animal cruelty after more than 70 dead cattle were found on his property. On March 13 he entered an Alford plea to two...

 

Police Blotter 3/12-3/18

Sunday, March 12 3:07 p.m.: Stolen Vehicle – A suspicious vehicle was parked partially in a driveway of a residence. The vehicle turned out to be a stolen vehicle out of Bellingham. The subject was...

 

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