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 By Anne Basye    Community    March 31, 2021

Farms, merchants ready for Tulip Festival to bloom

Wind, rain, cold and hail made Sunday pretty miserable, but growers did not complain. “Some daffodils were bent, but they will straighten out after a couple days of sun,” said Brent Roozen of the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 31, 2021

Forsythe, Nelson school superintendent finalists

Narrowing the field is not the sole domain of college basketball this month. La Conner school board members last weekend chose two finalists from among 21 applicants for the district’s...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    March 31, 2021

Town profit is $20,000 in Hedlins property sale

Update and corrections in April 7 issue. The Town of La Conner signed papers to sell the Hedlins Ballfield property for $800,000 on March 2 and will gross perhaps $20,000 on its purchase. It looks like the Town did not spend taxpayers dollars to buy...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    March 31, 2021

“Small d” democratic moments

The La Conner community – actually a subset of parents, staff and residents of the school district – spent most of Saturday listening to and questioning candidates for the district’s superintendent position. Some folks returned Monday a...

 

Are we getting our money’s worth?

There has been a rise in crime in town: car prowls, burglaries and a robbery have occurred since the start of the pandemic. For heaven’s sake, the Town’s Department of Public Works has been robbed twice. It is worth noting the problems at the...

 

Life bridged communities

Thank you thank you Ken Stern for printing the whole tribal obituary of Mike Cladoosby, and thank you to the writer. It was like a history of the bridge between the Swinomish Tribe and La Conner. I didn’t know Mike Cladoosby personally but I feel...

 

Selling ballfield a mistake

I was saddened and frustrated to hear about the town council and mayor’s decision to sell the Hedlin Ballpark, most of which will be developed into housing. I think this is a tremendous mistake by town leaders that will erase a cherished place for...

 

Creating tax fairness

Republicans in the state legislature oppose new taxes. Always have, always will. In his column in last week’s Weekly News, Senator Ron Muzzall follows the party line. He opposes SB5096, recently passed by the state senate by a 25-24 margin,...

 

America in decline, like Rome

Some have written about the slowing down of our court system during the pandemic. The history of Rome shows us how bad our current situation really is. In its early days, Rome suffered from a terrible epidemic. Rome’s public affairs depended on...

 

Skagit Landing restaurant opening at airport

Burlington, WA — The restaurant at Skagit Regional Airport is reopening with new operators, but they are not new to the Skagit Valley. Spinach Bus Ventures, the team who owns Tulip Town, Skagit Acres and the Fairhaven Mill is moving into the...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    March 31, 2021

If I ran the zoo

COVID-19 has been demanding social isolation, which is a real challenge for someone like me. But isolation does not mean stagnation and I have been blessed with a wonderful companion, my dog Rosie,...

 

The ‘Blake’ decision and state revenue news

In a stunning 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled the state’s felony drug possession law unconstitutional. Essentially, the mere act of finding an illicit substance on someone’s person or on their property is no...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 31, 2021

Braves start strong but Orcas nine wins

For the La Conner High baseball team, idle the past two seasons, progress is not always measured on the scoreboard. Take the Braves NW2B home clash with Orcas Island last Friday, for example. The Vikings posted a 20-6 triumph in six innings, but...

 

Local boy’s career choice makes world of difference

Bill Skiffington can think of no better place than La Conner to have grown up but is aware more than most of all the opportunities the world beyond here has to offer. The 2001 La Conner High grad, who...

 

‘Helena Star’ tale told at Gilkey Square book signing

Attorneys do not usually make a living drawing attention to cases they have lost. Stewart Riley, a retired, longtime Seattle criminal defense lawyer, is clearly an exception to the rule. Riley has spoken at length about a high-profile courtroom...

 

Valley artists exhibit receptions Saturday

La Conner artist Maggie Wilder’s “Beloved: A Courtship of Place” opens with a reception 2-5 p.m. Saturday. It is the Perry and Carlson Gallery’s April exhibit. Wilder writes: “For many years I lived in a rustic cabin with Ika Island...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, March 22 12:22 p.m.: Bad dog owner – Report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. Deputies checked, but were unable to locate it. Bradshaw Rd. / Summers Dr., Greater La Conner. 1:34 p.m.: Eager learner – Caller reported a student...

 

German Meat and Cheese Salad

This is known as wurstsalat in German. I subscribe to a monthly German food box and joined a German cooking group on Facebook. My adopted Polish family has German roots, so I grew up with a taste for...

 

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