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 By Anne Basye    Community    March 24, 2021

Anelia’s is closing but memories remain

No one in La Conner ever met Alice Yantos, but she is about to be missed in a big way. Alice’s granddaughter Jennifer Ferry has been cooking her grandma’s signature pierogis, cabbage rolls and...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 24, 2021

Hurricanes storm past Braves in home opener

Last Friday marked the first home baseball game for La Conner High in three years. But the youthful Braves, whose roster includes seven freshmen and two eighth graders, did not enjoy a total home...

 

Mike Cladoosby’s death mourned by Swinomish, La Conner communities

The Fourth of July will not be the same here anymore. Nor will home basketball games at Landy James Gym. Mike Cladoosby, the avid, longtime Swinomish fisherman and tribal elder who launched the famed...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 24, 2021

State in Phase 3 recovery: OK to eat out with friends

You can now eat out with your friends – or anyone else – in La Conner and across Washington. Monday, March 22 the entire state moved into Phase 3 reopening of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery. Citing decreases...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 24, 2021

Creating affordable housing

La Conner is growing. In 2021 its housing stock will increase with developments on and above Maple Avenue. Ten homes will be built on the current ballfield. Mayor Ramon Hayes’ Maple View complex five blocks south adds four more. On Snapdragon Hill,...

 

Lundsten leaves county planning commission

Statement of resignation read March 9, 2021 I am resigning from the Planning Commission, effective immediately. I choose not to serve with a group that inappropriately and actively has sought to repress free ex- pression of ideas, by me, other...

 

Happiness, happiness, you shall pursue

In last year’s World Happiness Report – published before COVID-19 changed our lives in profound ways – the United States ranked 18th out of the 153 countries studied. And in a Harris poll from a few years ago, 33% of Americans surveyed...

 

Incrementalism: the path toward an income tax

Ron Muzzall Senator You may be familiar with the logical fallacy of the slippery slope. Simply put, it’s the idea that a certain action or effort will eventually lead to a much larger negative outcome. As a rhetorical device, most contend it is an...

 

KEL-KAHL-TSOOT MICHAEL JOHN CLADOOSBY, SENIOR JUGHEAD

Kel-Kahl-Tsoot was the hereditary chief of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. His great grandfather Kel-Kahl-Tsoot signed the treaty for the Swinomish tribe in 1855. After his passing the name... Full story

 

TARA LIN (ROSENBERGER) LITTLE

We are heartbroken that a ray of sunshine with hair the colors of the rainbow departed this earth. Tara Lin (Rosenberger) Little, 40, of Oak Harbor passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at... Full story

 

Maya Masonholder March Soroptimist honored student

Maya Masonholder has framed her involvements at school around sports. As a part of the state champion volleyball team, the varsity softball team and the varsity basketball teams, she lettered five...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 24, 2021

Knowledge Bowl team wins a second place

The award-winning La Conner High Knowledge Bowl program is used to having all the answers. And, true to form, not even 2020’a universal campus lockdowns imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has kept team members from participating at a...

 

Citizenship role critical in making communities civil

At a time when the national landscape is scarred with divisions wedged by alternative facts and cancel culture embraced by both left and right, time-honored values upon which participatory democracy was founded enjoy consensus support on the local...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    March 24, 2021

Fish and chips at The Rex

Because I saw the small sandwich board sign for “Thursday fish and chips, 4-7 p.m.” by the gas pumps at The Rex when I delivered newspapers on a Wednesday last month, I invited my new New York friends for dinner and a bit of local color, given...

 
 By Jared Fair    Community    March 24, 2021

Library celebrates national poetry month

Every April, organizations across America celebrate National Poetry Month. It is a great opportunity to focus on this genre of literature. One of poetry’s great contributions is that it works to expand everyday words to hold more nuance, emotion...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, March 15 2:26 p.m.: Bad dog owner – Report of a dog lunging at people. Referred to Washington State Patrol since it was in the state park. Bay View Edison Rd., Bay View. Tuesday, March 16 9:15 a.m.: How loud?? – Caller reported a...

 

Baby Back Pork Ribs

Simple ingredients. Straightforward. Delicious results! The low temperature and slow roasting, allows the full flavors of the ribs to blend wonderfully with the barbecue sauce. Plus the added benefit...

 

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