Articles from the March 29, 2023 edition

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 By Anne Basye    Community    March 29, 2023

Tulip Festival is back, if not yet in full bloom

Ready or not, here comes the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The Mount Vernon Kiwanis are firing up the grill for their annual salmon barbecue, which starts this Saturday, April 1. The four local flower...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 29, 2023

Shelter Bay disputes heard Friday, Sunday

Shelter Bay residents face a weekend of board conflicts aired. Friday morning five Shelter Bay Community board of directors are in Skagit County Superior Court. Plaintiff’s Jan Henrie’s civil complaint accuses them of malfeasance and violating...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 29, 2023

Kim Pedroza is new school board member

Just months after stepping down as transportation director at La Conner Schools, Kim Pedroza is back, the newest member of the district’s board of directors. Pedroza was selected by board members last Thursday to fill the unexpired term of Lynette...

 

Susan Macek closes book on tenure as library foundation director

A Weekly News unsung hero is singing her swan song as chief administrator of the La Conner Library Foundation. Susan Macek, whom this newspaper heralded in 2019 for her tireless fundraising efforts...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 29, 2023

Right or wrong in Shelter Bay

Finding out who slew the Slough Swindler, the La Conner Chamber of Commerce’s participatory mystery theatre event last Saturday, was relatively easy. Several people figured it out and the winner was chosen by lot. He got a grand prize package of... Full story

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    March 29, 2023

It's a wonderful life and a land of opportunity

These are tough times that will definitely be noted in our history books. Crime and violence are at all time highs (which can be seen as big lows). Many small businesses have shut down and many big...

 

Reviewing my Shelter Bay ethics complaint

After my decision to run for the Shelter Bay Community board of directors a year ago, I set a goal to read all of the governing documents, including the association’s Rules and Regulations, cover to cover. I studied HOA educational videos and used... Full story

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    March 29, 2023

Use less energy for heating and cooling with heat pumps

One of the biggest expenses of new home construction in locations more than a few hundred yards away from existing energy infrastructure is the cost of connecting electricity and gas. Electric power...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 29, 2023

Planning Commission puts Limedock project on hold

History and mystery abound in equal measure at the Limedock Building on North First Street. The La Conner Planning Commission, upon recommendation of Town planner Michael Davolio, opted last Tuesday to take no immediate action on a proposed...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 29, 2023

Town's sea level rise planning only a start

The high tide of last week’s Town of La Conner Planning Commission meeting on future sea level rise came when Assistant Planner Ajah Eills calmed the waters– make that, concerns– raised by troubling data gleaned from the National Aeronautics...

 

Protecting the environment with green hydrogen

The Skagit Valley’s environment and economy has been shaped over time by changes in our climate and land use. Some of these changes have resulted in devastating impacts to our communities, including...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 29, 2023

Braves' Murdock wins hurdles, beats larger schools

Bigger isn’t necessarily better. La Conner High School’s Tommy Murdock proved that statement beyond doubt Friday, punctuating it with an exclamation point by sweeping the hurdles events at the Bedlington Twilight Track & Field Meet in Lynden,...

 

Kennedy Miller is Soroptimist student

Kennedy Miller, a La Conner High School senior, is the Soroptimist Honored Student for the month of March. Kennedy is a very hardworking student and volunteer. She helps coach her younger sister, Madd...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 29, 2023

Golf champ Emma Worgum makes spring debut with WWU

Former La Conner High School state golf title winner Emma Worgum is back on the links after a superb fall freshman season with the Western Washington University women's team. Worgum and the Lady...

 

UW dean's list

On the University of Washington dean’s list for the spring 2022 quarter are La Conner area residents Geraldine Grace Costello, a senior; Daniel Andre Knudson, sophomore; and freshmen Keridwyn Mayetta Bray and Macquaid Riley Clothier Hiller....

 

Pelican Bay Books April poetry readings

April is National Poetry Month and Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes has a full line up of poets coming every Saturday, along with music and some local student poets. Start time is 7 p.m. and lasts through about 8:30 p.m. The line up: April 8th: Alice...

 

Not So Impromptu Tulip Parade April 8

Join in, as part of the La Conner Kiwanis Not So Impromptu Parade or by standing on the curb as it goes up First Street April 8 at 2 p.m. Shriners will once again lead the parade. Parade Check-in/Registration is at the La Conner Marina south basin...

 

Tulip Festival traffic advisory

Visiting the flower fields during the Tulip Festival in April should be an enjoyable event, not a day spent stuck in traffic. Make your trip pleasant by preparing for congestion, planning alternate routes and understanding the area. Exit 230 from...

 

Instant Pot Kale

A no fuss recipe to cook kale. It's softened just enough. I used curly kale and left in the rib of each leaf, cutting just the stem at the bottom. I freeze the raw stems to later make vegetable...

 

Police Blotter 3/19-3/25

Monday, March 20 9:00 a.m.: Suspicious following – A suspicious driver and passenger in a white truck followed a citizen to La Conner. The citizen first noticed the white truck parked at a vacant fa...

 

La Conner's murder mystery draws big crowd

It's no mystery that combining costumed actors, fun and suspense will draw a crowd. That what happened in La Conner Saturday, when the town's Chamber of Commerce's "The Case of the Slain Slough...

 

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