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Articles from the March 29, 2022 edition

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 By Anne Basye    News    March 29, 2022

Farmworkers end strike against Washington Bulb Company

Seasonal workers for the Washington Bulb Company are back at work after a three-day strike that made headlines throughout the state. The strike was sparked by an error the company made when...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    March 29, 2022

Tourism bureau CEO visits town

Looking out at the Rainbow Bridge from Nell Thorn last fall made a favorable impression on new Skagit Tourism Bureau CEO Jake Buganski. “Seeing La Conner’s vibrant downtown while I was interviewing for this position was one of the big reasons I...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 29, 2022

Women in a time of war

The U.S.'s national Women's History Month ends Thursday. Its theme, "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope," is timely everywhere for our wounded, war weary world. International Women’s Day was March 8, of course. Its theme, “Gender equality...

 

Begs clarification

I don’t wish to initiate a “letter to the editor” debate, but Ms. Shimeall’s response (Weekly News 3/23) to my and Mr. O’Donnell’s recent letters begs clarification. First, she asserts that living in Shelter Bay (SB) on leased...

 

Lighting the new library

It has taken a lot of energy from multiple sources to advance from the drawing board to construction phase plans for the new La Conner-Swinomish Regional Library. That kind of energy promises to be renewable on several levels going forward. Plans to...

 

Town conditional use permit planned to balance community needs

La Conner’s charm is reflected not only in the town’s scenic geography, but also in town codes and zoning standards. These standards are drafted to strike the delicate balance between supporting local economic vitality and preserving residential...

 

Breaking news on vehicle prowls

Since the beginning of this year, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 15 vehicle prowls that were reported and occurred at the two parking areas of the Padilla Bay trail in Bay View. Proactively, deputies have made attempts to...

 

Honoring complexity in the Northwest arts

Three months after stepping into leadership of the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), Executive Director Stefano Catalani has his eye on how the museum can best reflect the complexity of artists’ voice...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    March 29, 2022

If I Ran the Zoo

I was blown away this winter by the number of birds that I passed by as I drove all around Skagit Valley, including fields filled with snow geese and eagles in trees being photographed by many birdwat...

 

Lost Gonzaga blanket found its way home after five decades

Warm and fuzzy stories are rare these days. But, thanks to former Skagit County Pioneer Association President John Kamb, Jr, the Weekly News has one, both literally and figuratively. This story...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 29, 2022

Decision near for new curriculum

La Conner Schools are looking to adopt a new math curriculum intended to better match student learning styles, emphasize development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and improve standardized achievement test scores. District...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 29, 2022

Braves fall short at Coupeville

The La Conner High School baseball team was late to the chase in NW2B/1B baseball action at Coupeville last Tuesday. The Braves fell behind early to Coupeville, who took a 7-0 lead despite a late La Conner push across eight runs over the final two...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    March 29, 2022

La Conner pianist performing in Anacortes

La Conner resident Tamara Friedman knows the keys to success. That is because she is a concert pianist, her performances drawing rave reviews from numerous critics, including Harvard alum Morton...

 

Quick and Easy Frybread

My only New Year’s resolution this year was to learn to make frybread. Swinomish offered two classes and I signed up for the afternoon class. In Swinomish and among many tribes, you hit elder...

 

John Leaver to fill planning commission vacancy

John Leaver may has not left public service for long. The former town councilor, defeated for re-election by Ivan Carlson, III last fall, is Mayor Ramon Hayes’ choice to fill a three-month vacancy on the planning commission. Ironically, the open...

 

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