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Parade, not so impromptu, returns to La Conner

Although no longer billed as the Not So Impromptu Parade, the magic remained in place in La Conner last Saturday, April 9. Now titled the Tulip Festival Parade by its organizer and sponsor, the...

 
 By Julia Lerner    News    April 12, 2022

Farm facing ‘unprecedented’ $267,000 penalties from Ecology Department

Cascadia Daily News The Skagit Valley Farm, a system of farm LLCs owned and operated by several farmers in the region, plans to fight a $267,000 penalty for violating water rights during last summer’s drought. The company, which operates on over...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 12, 2022

Impromptu and planned progress

John Leaver's name has been in the news a lot recently. In fact, he has been in the news consistently for more than two years. The former La Conner town council member took the initiative the first year of the pandemic, in the summer of 2020,...

 

App for language learning

My heart soared to read “New app helps students learn Lushootseed language” article (April 6 Weekly News). Although only a handful of paragraphs were devoted to the new native language learning program to be offered at La Conner schools, it was...

 

Tourism, Gilkey Square and loving community

The latest “Love La Conner” design for Gilkey Square seems a better one; it is shorter and includes a place to sit and ponder the Channel, Fidalgo Island and the Swinomish Reservation across the water. The “Love La Conner” theme, however,...

 

Work for residents

Dear Editor, I found the statement by Marna Hanneman, chair of the planning commission, that she found it a “difficult thing to go against the staff report” (Weekly News, April 6) absolutely stunning. The planning commission, as well as town...

 

Anacortes water billing accounting is unfair to La Conner

On February 8 the Town of La Conner paid the City of Anacortes $6,940 for reconciliation of the water bill from 2020. The real amount owing was $3,068. Anacortes owes La Conner $3,872. The problem was that the city’s finance director failed to reco...

 

Biden’s cynical use of war in Ukraine

I believe it was Rahm Emanuel former chief of staff for President Barak Obama who coined the expression, “never let a crisis go to waste”. In other words make it work for you politically. Well, so now Joe Biden is using the war in Ukraine in a wa...

 

Swinomish taxes fund local programs

The past seven years have transformed the relationship between the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Skagit County and local tax districts like the La Conner School District, Fire District 13 and the La Conner Regional Library. As the Swinomish...

 

Bennett “Ben” Munsey

Born April 22, 1953, Ben passed away recently at the age of 68 at his cabin on Quiet Cove in Anacortes, WA. He leaves behind his loving daughter Ariel Munsey Pankievich (Ernie) and beloved... Full story

 

Saga of Jen Cram, a La Conner paddle boarder

History is all around La Conner but is not always recognized. Take, for example, the paddle boarders spotted in growing numbers each summer on Swinomish Channel and nearby Skagit Bay. While an...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 12, 2022

Ellie Marble picks Central for college volleyball

Ellie Marble has been a central figure in La Conner High School’s last two state 2B Volleyball championship runs. So, it seems only appropriate that Marble would verbally commit to attend and play volleyball at Central Washington University after...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 12, 2022

Baseball Braves beaten by Friday Harbor

A major fire struck downtown Friday Harbor Thursday morning. The next day the town’s high school baseball team, the defending NW2B2B/1B champions, was equally hot. The Wolverines (5-0 in league) opened their April 8 conference game at La Conner...

 

Jack Gunter’s 2022 tulip poster offers joy and dancing

Does the glory of the tulip fields make you want to dance? For those who feel like jumping for joy at the sight of the brilliant colors, this year’s Tulip Festival poster immortalizes that feeling....

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    April 12, 2022

Growing agrotourism in Skagit County requires planning and nurturing

Drive the roads surrounding La Conner, and you’ll see, depending on the season, everything from brussels sprouts and fava beans to berries, wheat and barley. You’ll also find half a dozen farm...

 

New La Conner restaurant wins cook-off with chowder

One could say chili and chowder are the two most popular soups year-round. But who is making the best in Skagit Valley this month? This important question was answered at the Mount Vernon Chamber of...

 

Swinomish grant Fire District 13 $300,000

For Fire District 13 commissioners, it was numbers that told the story of how 2022 is shaping up. The biggest one is $300,000 in funding support from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement during their...

 

Bobbie Scopa resigns from FD 13 board

Bobbie Scopa has enjoyed a long career in firefighting, but her tenure as a Fire District 13 Commissioner could hardly have been shorter. Scopa has reluctantly stepped down five months after being elected. District 13 Commission Chairman Bruce...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Sunday, April 3 1:29 p.m.: Guns make noise – Several reports were made about a loud explosion and then gunshots in the Milltown area. Deputies contacted an individual, who owns the property, and they admitted to doing some shooting. Skagit...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 12, 2022

Special meeting Thursday discusses new Maple Park

Town of La Conner park commissioners met last Thursday with landscape architect Curt Miller to discuss his preliminary design for developing the new Maple Avenue park at Talbott Avenue. Commissioners...

 

Salmon Pie

One of my Alaskan friends introduced me to this pie. Then I noticed one of my Alaskan cousins was making it. Then one of my husband’s cousins, who is part Alaska native, made it. It seemed like a ma...

 

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