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 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 14, 2021

Native American mascots in schools limited by legislature

State lawmakers have decided the time has long since passed that use by public schools of Native American sports mascots goes unchecked. And on that score La Conner schools, home of the Braves, has already proved ahead of the game. The local school...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 14, 2021

Tulip tourists flood La Conner

Last week was more of the same but more, with out-of-town visitors stopping and shopping in La Conner. Except there were more of them through the weekend. The parking lot below Town Hall was full...

 

Equity for all or only kids?

La Conner schools has a new superintendent come July 1: Will Nelson, now director of equity and student success at Arlington’s public schools. For Nelson, and all educators, providing an equitable education is a commitment to fairness, so that...

 

Dumping donations a problem

Soroptimist International of La Conner would like to thank the La Conner Weekly News for the front page photo and caption highlighting the reopening of Vintage La Conner, our thrift store. We are also thankful for the article on page two asking the...

 

Pioneer Park re-opens picnic areas and trails

The future of Pioneer Park is structurally sound, with a key part of its history intact. The damaged roof of the park’s 1930s era picnic shelter has been replaced and several truckloads of windstorm tree debris hauled away, Town Public Works Direct...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 14, 2021

High sales tax totals continue

The Town of La Conner reported $33,430 in sales tax revenue in March, 8% above 2020’s total. It is the highest March amount ever reported. First quarter revenues are over 40% of the year’s projected sales tax income. They are 26% higher than...

 

A session of missed opportunities

As we near the end of the 2021 legislative session, there are a few critical policy areas that the Legislature has failed to address. While we have had bipartisan agreement on a great number of bills, these missed opportunities are worth discussing....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 14, 2021

La Conner volleyball team returns to championship form

After not taking the court for 17 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two-time defending state 2B champion La Conner High volleyball team needed less than an hour to defeat league rival Orcas...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 14, 2021

Braves fall to Coupeville 6-0 in OT in grid opener

The La Conner and Coupeville high school football teams worked overtime Saturday night, but it was the host Wolves who cashed in with a hard fought 6-0 NW2B triumph in the season debut for both programs. Coupeville running back Ben Smith, who had...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    April 14, 2021

Bruce donates Mary Davis art for school auditorium

Tim Bruce was such a strong advocate of the arts during his 26 year tenure as superintendent of La Conner schools that the district’s auditorium has been named in his honor. But the story does not end there. His support for the arts on the La...

 

History Museum seeks ‘Magic Skagit’ essays and poems

The Skagit County Historical Museum staff and volunteers are looking forward to going back in time through stories submitted to an inaugural essay and poetry writing contest that runs through the month. “It’s a way to get public engagement in...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 14, 2021

New businesses blooming in La Conner

Incredibly, in month 13 of the coronavirus pandemic, La Conner’s Morris and First streets storefronts house more merchants than were open in March 2020. There are 11 new businesses, two new owners...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, April 5 1:37 p.m.: Stash found – Public works staff located a black plastic container containing several rolled cigarettes and one suspected marijuana cigarette. S. 1st St., La Conner. 5:04 p.m.: Business break-in – Caller...

 

Tempura Cod and Vegetables

This is one of the few meals that I fry in oil. I use a clear oil, canola oil, and added a tiny bit of toasted sesame oil. I test the oil to see if it is hot enough by dropping in a bit of the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 14, 2021

La Conner’s sold home prices high

March’s sold home prices were up 50% around La Conner, and dramatically throughout Skagit County, compared to 2020. The five La Conner area homes that closed last month had a median price of $487,500. That number is above the county’s $485,550...

 

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