Articles from the April 12, 2023 edition

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Not-So-Impromptu Tulip Parade made day shine

The 36th annual La Conner Kiwanis Not-So-Impromptu Tulip Festival Parade Saturday did not lay an egg. That chore was left to the Easter Bunny, who did his usual egg-ceptional job at Pioneer Park a...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 12, 2023

Kontos Shelter Bay recall vote today

Will Judy Kontos be a Shelter Bay Community director tomorrow? Community leasehold members voted through 12:30 p.m. today “whether or not you approve the recall,” with “yes” a vote to remove her. Kontos was sanctioned and suspended Feb. 15...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 12, 2023

County sold home prices stay high

Fewer homes sold in Skagit County in March, keeping the average median price high, $556,250 for the 105 homes that closed countywide. Anacortes remains the most expensive housing market in the county, by far: The 23 homes that closed had an average...

 

Gov. Jay Inslee orders state to stockpile abortion pill

Thirty thousand doses of the pregnancy -ending drug mifepristone was purchased by the state under an order by Gov. Jay Inslee. The abortion-related drug is legal in the state of Washington to end pregnancy up to 10 weeks. The drug was approved for...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 12, 2023

The endless war in Ukraine

Peace will come to Ukraine, but how and when? Fourteen months after Russia's invasion and nine years after their occupation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, the largest European conflict since Hitler's 1939 invasion of Poland is an intractable...

 

Shelter Bay news coverage

In your editorial (“Free Speech in Shelter Bay,” April 5) you state “Public governments are regulated by the revised Code of Washington, or RCW.” You neglected to mention that Home Owners Associations (HOAs) are also regulated by the RCW,...

 
 By Ron Muzzall    Opinion    April 12, 2023

Health Care: Why does it cost so much?

The facts about health care in the United States are eye opening. How can a nation that spends nearly twice as much as our economic peers still have so many problems? As the former ranking member of...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 12, 2023

Shelter Bay board in court

A Skagit County Superior Court judge will rule Friday on a motion to continue Shelter Bay leaseholder and resident Jan Henrie’s civil complaint accusing five Shelter Bay Community board of directors of violating their statutory fiduciary duty and...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    April 12, 2023

Recycling one option for solid waste energy savings

Recycling three typical 12 ounce aluminum beverage cans, to create an aluminum sheet for making a new can, saves about a kilowatt-hour of electricity compared to the electricity it would take to make...

 

Cannabis test will not be used to deny hiring in proposed law

Employers would be prohibited from denying a person a job for their non-work-related cannabis use in a bill passed by the state Senate 28-21 and the House of Representatives 57-41. There is one difference between the two bills. The House...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 12, 2023

Town tax revenues strong

The $40,187 reported in sales tax revenues to the La Conner Town Council for March by the state’s Department of Revenue is the second highest ever, only behind 2022’s record $44,210. It exceeds $40,000 for only the second time and is 20% above...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 12, 2023

Town eyes restricting adult businesses

While historic preservation is a major concern of the Town of La Conner Planning Commission and planning staff are intent on fending off any future character-changing developments that may arise. Adult businesses locating here is one. Town planner Mi...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 12, 2023

Kontos on social media

Much worse than metaphorical slings and arrows are being fired on Shelter Bay social media community platforms, including their Next Door community. A handful of residents who have criticized sanctioned Shelter Bay Community Director Judy Kontos for...

 

Ferry task force has openings

The sailing schedule for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route needs to be updated to improve on-time performance and reliability. The run’s four-season timetables will be revised. They have not been changed in more than a decade. Apply to be on...

 

National and state parks free April 22

Get out to park, trail or beach everywhere in Washington on Earth Day, April 22. Day entrance is free on lands managed by Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and National...

 

Service Announcement

Laverne Schroeder Campbell Laverne Schroeder Campbell born to Bill and Alice Schroeder on October 8, 1938, in Mount Vernon passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 8, 2023. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 15,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 12, 2023

Middle school girls' hoops teams had great season

Divide and conquer is usually a winning strategy. But it didn't work this past winter for foes of the La Conner Middle School girls' basketball program, which split into two teams and collectively...

 

La Conner Kiwanis Club March Students

Josi Straathof is the Kiwanis Club of La Conner March High School Student of the Month. Josi is a junior. She is the daughter of Brian Straathof and DeAnna Young. She enjoys her science and history...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 12, 2023

Baseball and softball lose to Island County

Home or away, it didn't matter. Matching up with Friday Harbor and Orcas were tough tasks last week for the La Conner High School baseball and softball teams. The Braves (1-6) fell 16-1 at Friday...

 

Skagit Pioneers explored April 24

“Pioneers of the Upper Skagit,” exploring early characters who eked out a living in the mountains of the North Cascades, will be presented by local historian Dr. Jesse Kennedy III Saturday, April 24, 2-4 p.m. at Skagit City School. It is the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    April 12, 2023

The art of learning: Four painters share insights at La Conner gallery

Four artists, including La Conner's Eve McCauley, painted vivid word pictures describing the career journeys each has taken during a 90-minute discussion at GalleryW on North First Street Thursday...

 

Spaghetti fundraiser Friday for McLeod family

Let me tell you why I am looking forward to seeing you Friday supporting the McLeod Family at a 5-7 p.m. spaghetti dinner fundraiser at La Conner Elementary School cafeteria. Thirteen years ago when...

 

April 15 poetry reading, 7 p.m.

The April 15 poets reading in celebration of National Poetry Month at 7 p.m. at Pelican Bay Books are Claudia Castro Luna, Kathleen Flenniken, former Washington poet laureates, and the wonderful Susan Rich, all coming up from Seattle. They...

 

Wilder art exhibit

Maggie Wilder's new work is appearing for the month of April at Perry and Carlson gallery, 508 1st Street in downtown Mount Vernon. Oil on canvas works explore a possible relationship to the Salish Sea and its watersheds....

 

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