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Saturday's tulip parade is a favorite local tradition

It started as an impromptu event. Then it became not-so-impromptu. These days the La Conner Kiwanis Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Parade on First Street is among the most visible and highly...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 5, 2023

Shelter Bay town hall voices Kontos recall pros and cons

Since COVID-19, the Zoom communications platform has been the next best thing to being there. And for Shelter Bay residents, it was even better than that Sunday night. Over 200 of the community’s homeowners logged onto a one-hour Zoom-only town... Full story

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 5, 2023

March cold, little rain

March was a cold month in a cold winter. Seven nights it frosted, with four overnight lows below 30 degrees the first two weeks and the 28.1 degree month's low March 17. Snow was not measured locally. By all calculations it was cold. The 35 degrees...

 

BNSF violated rail agreement with Swinomish Tribe

Fidalgo Island — The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a decision concluding the liability phase of trespass litigation filed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community against BNSF Railway March 27, ruling th...

 

Public works staff paints curbs red

THIS SHADE IS TULIP RED – Normally the color is called "no curbside parking" red, but when public works staff member Manny Perez paints La Conner curbs in March, the shade is matched to the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 5, 2023

Free speech in Shelter Bay

Is democracy dangerous to the health of Shelter Bay community board members? Or, is the board’s leadership allergic to free speech? Is it possible that the Weekly News is just plain wrong in its efforts to cover Shelter Bay governance? The Weekly... Full story

 

Thanks for library support

The opportunity to be involved in a new library project in the community we chose to move to in 2007 has been a once in a lifetime experience. I’m grateful to have been able to work with so many who were dedicated to a shared vision that united our...

 
 By John Day    Opinion    April 5, 2023

Sea level rise and migratory birds

Washington state is a crucial stopover for millions of migrating birds. The diverse landscapes, from the coast to the mountains, provide essential habitats for birds during their long journeys. Among many vital habitats, the Skagit Valley stands out...

 
 By John Ryan    News    April 5, 2023

Safety device, human error derailed Anacortes train, federal officials say

The Federal Railroad Administration has confirmed KUOW reporting that a safety device meant to keep trains from plunging into Puget Sound knocked a train off the tracks and onto the Swinomish Reservation early Thursday morning. The short, seven-car...

 

Anne Marguerite Rice

Anne Marguerite Rice 4/3/1939 - 3/17/2023 Anne was born in Seattle to George and Mary Connell. She attended school on Queen Anne Hill, but at age 15 her family was uprooted and they moved to West Seat... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 5, 2023

Council may expand Emergency Management Commission

Should the Town of La Conner’s new Emergency Management Commission have five or six members? Town Council tabled adding a sixth person last week. An alternate might be added, though. Resident Linda Talman nudged officials toward that compromise...

 
 By Dave Paul    Opinion    April 5, 2023

Our democracy at work

Our town hall meetings aren’t that different from what happens in the House and Senate in Olympia. People share their opinions – sometimes softly, sometimes loudly. Yet the kind of dialogue we...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 5, 2023

Long school board meeting March 27

New La Conner School Board of Directors Loran James and Kim Pedroza hit the ground running last week in a two-hour marathon meeting. James and Pedroza were appointed last month to fill sudden board vacancies. They did not have the luxury of taking ti...

 

Daffodil court named for Tulip Parade

HOLDING COURT – La Conner Elementary School named its Daffodil Festival Royal Court Friday. Princess Heidi Wilbur, Prince Emmitt Alvord, King Jaydon Otis and Queen Isabella Rubalcaba will ride in a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 5, 2023

Murdock, McCormick strike gold in league meet

Back in the day, PF Flyers claimed its sports shoes could make athletes run faster and jump higher. La Conner's Tommy Murdock does that regardless of what footwear he laces up. The Braves junior, a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 5, 2023

Baseball dropped back-to-back league games Friday

Growing pains aren't easy, but the La Conner High School baseball team's coaching staff takes solace knowing the youthful Braves are getting stronger. Last week's NW2B/1B action at Darrington and at...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 5, 2023

La Conner's Marble, Harper earn All-State hoops honors

The afterglow of a stellar high school basketball season continues to shine for two La Conner High School seniors. Ellie Marble and Josie Harper have received Girls’ 2B all-state recognition from two national digital sports outlets. Marble was...

 

AAUW 2023 $10,000 college scholarships

The Stanwood-Camano Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting 2023 scholarship applications through April 29 for university students in their junior or senior year or in Master’s Degree programs. Scholarships of $10,000...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    April 5, 2023

My Name is Olga and I live in Ukraine

This article is taken from edited emails received from Olga in Ukraine to Jan Paul of Shelter Bay. Jan has known Olga for twenty years. For security reasons we are not using Olga’s or her family’s last name. Olga became friends with Steve and...

 

Mommy and me dance time

Early Friday mornings you can find parents and their children dancing up a storm at Crescent Moon Yoga Studio on Morris Street in La Conner. That is where the fabulous "Ms Mo" teaches kids dance and...

 
 By Bob Hamblin    A & E    April 5, 2023

Larger birds at your backyard feeders

Here are ways to identify larger birds visiting your backyard and property. Every year or so some evening grosbeaks visit a feeder for sunflower seed. They are robin sized but more heavily built. They usually show up in small flocks vocalizing with...

 

Easter egg hunts

Several Easter egg hunts will be held Saturday, April 8. The La Conner Firefighter’s Association egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. at Pioneer Park. The Inspire Church has their egg hunt at 11 a.m. There will be over 20,000 eggs to find, a bounce house,...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 5, 2023

Recall campaign targets 5 Shelter Bay directors

Embattled Shelter Bay Community Director Judy Kontos is on the offensive, petitioning since mid-March to have residents recall the five members of the board’s executive committee. The board sanctioned Kontos in February after an ethics committee...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 5, 2023

Shelter Bay court hearing April 14

Five Shelter Bay Community board of directors will get their day in Skagit County Superior Court April 14, but until then are restrained from taking any action on the organization’s master lease with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community or...

 

Town of La Conner citizen survey

The Town of La Conner is interested in your opinion. It has created a survey for town residents regarding Town of La Conner services and community resources. To complete this survey, go the Town’s website and click on the link at the top of the...

 

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