Articles from the April 10, 2024 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 10, 2024
A van resembling an orange cat follows a clown driving a mobility scooter

We love a parade

It was an astounding Saturday afternoon in La Conner on several levels. That's thanks to the annual downtown Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Parade presented by Astound Broadband. A large crowd...

 

Learn about EMS levy on April 11, 13

Learn more about the Skagit County Emergency Medical Services Department EMS levy renewal at Q&A sessions Thursday, April 11, and Saturday, April 13. Special-election ballots have been mailed to registered voters and voting has started for the April...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 10, 2024

306 Center St. project gets town approval

Brandon and Kate Atkinson, owners of the 306 Center Street La Conner property, got the letter they have long wanted: An administrative determination on April 4 from the Town of La Conner planning department approves their application for their...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 10, 2024

School board discusses Will Nelson succession plan

The La Conner School Board took its first small steps Monday toward finding a new district superintendent. A shorthanded board met for about 15 minutes in closed executive session to discuss the process for hiring a successor to Dr. Will Nelson, who...

 

Langley faces challenges similar to … La Conner

A woman is elected the new mayor of a small town on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in November 2023. “I think Langley is a very sweet, quaint town. It is not homogenous. (That’s) my experience,” Mayor Kennedy Horstman told the Weekly News in a joint...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 10, 2024

Board sees progress on disaster plan

Working with several documents the past few weeks, members of the Town Emergency Management Commission are now on the same page. The local advisory board, which is developing a Community Emergency Management Plan for La Conner, has moved closer to...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 10, 2024

Planning commission seeks more data on First St. traffic and parking

There’s no dead end when it comes to debating the future of S. First Street. The oft-discussed topic was again the focal point among town residents and planning commissioners during a 90-minute public meeting April 2. The last word on the subject s...

 

Obituary: Patti Dynes

Patti Dynes, 83, born Patricia Reinhert, left her beloved family and partner on March 23, 2024, peacefully at home on Pull and Be Damned Road. A local girl, she was born on June 15, 1940, and raised...

 

Obituary: Jennifer S. Joanen

Jennifer S. Joanen, aged 68, of La Conner, gracefully departed this life on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Born on June 8, 1955, in Lakewood, Colo., to the loving embrace of George and Dorothy Juras. Je...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 10, 2024

Braves' late comeback falls short in Sultan

The shorthanded La Conner Braves baseball team had a long afternoon in Sultan April 2. The 2B Braves, minus key starters for a non-league spring break road game, trailed early but rallied late to force extra innings before falling 13-12 to the 1A...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 10, 2024

Fifth grader has hoop hopes in elite league

A La Conner Elementary School student is getting an advanced education on the hardwood. Josie Catubo, an 11-year-old fifth grader, is making the grade as a member of the Pacific Northwest Rain girls'...

 

Soroptimist student for February

Meet Josilynn Straathof, La Conner Soroptimists' February Student of the Month. She is the proud daughter of Brian Straathof and DeAnna Young and has attended La Conner High School since her...

 

Kiwanis Club students for March

The Kiwanis Club of La Conner has announced its students of the month for March. High school student of the month is Tyler Cicotte, a junior. Tyler's parents are Vince and Barb Cicotte. Tyler's...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 10, 2024

Concrete leaders to be honored at 2024 Pioneer Picnic

The Skagit County Pioneer Association has cemented the lineup of honorees for its annual summer picnic in La Conner, one weighed heavily with civic leaders based in Concrete. Concrete Herald editor-­publisher Jason Miller, Valerie Stafford of the Con...

 
A northern flicker sits on a branch

Who's drumming up noise? It's a northern flicker

It's nesting time and the flicker male is searching for the perfect spot to raise his young. Once he has located it, he will attract a female by drumming with his beak on metal or hard wood. This...

 
 By Cora Thomas    A & E    April 10, 2024

Poets use the force for May 4 auction

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation invites our community to a galaxy far, far away and presents an evening fit for a Jedi at their annual auction, A New Hope: “May the 4th” (Force) Be With You from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4 (Star Wars Day), at Hill...

 

'Kiss Me Kate' opens April 19

Anacortes Community Theater presents “Kiss Me Kate” with a run from April 19 through May 12. “Kiss Me Kate” is a timeless and elegant show with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William...

 

Paving will limit parking at Deception Pass State Park

OLYMPIA — Parking at Deception Pass State Park is reduced while it is under repair from winter storm damage. In January, the West Beach parking lot was damaged in several areas and littered with large debris. There will be limited day-use parking a...

 

Comment on stormwater management plan

Skagit County is soliciting public comment on the draft 2024 Stormwater Management Program Plan through 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 19. The Stormwater Management Program Plan, which is updated annually, informs the public on the county’s Stormwater M...

 

Help town with First Street survey

The Town of La Conner seeks input from community members about South First Street. A survey is on its website at townoflaconner.org. Click on “Alert” at the top of the page. The nine questions will take about five minutes to complete. www...

 
An aerial view of the Olympic Pipeline cleanup site in Conway

Olympic Pipeline spill response is considered complete

Spill responders have completed the emergency response to the Dec. 10, 2023, gasoline spill from the Olympic Pipeline in Conway. The Unified Command leading the operation has ensured that no...

 

State parks free on Earth Day, April 22

In honor of Earth Day, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission offers a free day at all state parks Monday, April 22. Visitors will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits. A Discover Pass will be required to access lands managed by the...

 

Sheriff's Blotter

Sunday, March 31 2:20 p.m.: Lookie loos? No – There was a report of vehicles blocking the road to look at flocks of geese. A deputy checked the area but did not locate any cars over the line or blocking. Fir Island Road, Conway. Tuesday, April 2 7...

 

Salmon served up with smiles

The Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club Salmon Barbecue is always a popular event during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The club serves a salmon dinner six days a week during the Tulip Fe...

 

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