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Maple park design supported by park commissioners

They say first impressions are lasting. In the case of designer Curt Miller’s preliminary drawings for the new Maple Avenue public park, that is a good thing. The La Conner parks commissioners were pleased with the draft design for the proposed...

 

Cindy Vest, the smiling face of La Conner’s newspapers for decades, has died

Newspaperwoman Cindy Vest, who was integral to a half century of news publishing in La Conner, died on Sunday, April 10 with her family at her bedside. She had been battling leukemia. Until she...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 19, 2022

For great future Earth Days

Earth Day is Friday. Those acting locally include the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, which will give away tree saplings, and Kelly Harper, who is organizing a Snee Oosh beach cleanup. Heavens knows, more trees need to be planted and more debris removed...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 19, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Cindy Vest and Sandy Stokes sold the Weekly News in June 2017. Cindy stayed on as production manager until August last year. She almost literally had printer’s ink running through her vein. The musings below was written in recognition of her...

 

Maple park design great

In the ideal world, I would like to have all of the Maple Street/ Heldlin field back again. But we don’t. It is hard to imagine something that will be a useful and attractive park in the small remaining part of the field. But I believe that the...

 

Great Maple park design

I commend our La Conner parks commissioners for their work on the plans for the new Maple Avenue park. Based on citizens’ input from 350 surveys completed last year, the commission hired a local landscape architect to develop a preliminary design t...

 

Some thoughts on mysticism

Computers are useless. They only give you answers. — Pablo Picasso Mysticism seems to focus on the questions, on wonderment and awe. In world religions, mysticism stands in contrast to fundamentalism. Not its opposite, for I don’t believe...

 

Dick Dorsten

Dick Dorsten passed away on April 18, 2020 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was a longtime resident of La Conner. He is survived by his loving daughters, Donna Morgan of Denver, Sue Alexander of Mount Vernon and his brother Harry Dorsten of Omak....

 

Nina Dorsten

Nina Dorsten passed away on April 3, 2022 in Mount Vernon, Washington. She was a longtime resident of La Conner. She is survived by her loving daughters, Donna Morgan of Denver and Sue Alexander of Mount Vernon. Celebration of her life (and her...

 

Danny Hagen running for county assessor

A Shelter Bay man who for seven years has appraised and analyzed area properties learned the true value of real estate while growing up here. Danny Hagen embraced the community of his youth,...

 

La Conner grad gets kicks playing college rugby

A La Conner High School alum is tackling a full college course load while spending several hours each week at the rugby pitch. Maizie McCollum, a 2019 graduate, is president and forwards captain of th...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 19, 2022

Coupeville sweeps La Conner in diamond doubleheaders

It was Good Friday on the calendar, but anything but a good Friday for the La Conner High School baseball and softball teams. Both lost league home doubleheaders to Coupeville. In the girls’ softball twinbill, the defending NW2B/1B champions...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 19, 2022

School board special session studies new math program options

Math was the primary subject of study for La Conner School District board members at their April 11 study session. District librarian Beth Clothier made a presentation on two new math curricula being considered for adoption next year at the nearly...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 19, 2022

Cook named one of state’s top hoop shooters

Sarah Cook delivered countless highlights while helping La Conner High School to a 23-2 mark and fourth place finish at the 2022 Girls’ 2B Hardwood Classic in Spokane. Since then, the senior has received many post-season honors. The latest is her...

 

Lincoln Theatre grand re-opening after remodel

The historic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon has been entertaining Skagitonians for close to a century. 96 years to be exact and through good times and bad. The coronavirus pandemic closed...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    April 19, 2022

Ryan Booth featured in film documentary

Ryan Booth can check several boxes on his resume: National Park Service ranger, Washington State University assistant professor of history, and Fulbright Scholar, to name a few. Now add film star to...

 

Earth Day clean up of Snee Oosh beach

La Conner’s Kelly Harper has Friday circled on her calendar. She hopes others do, too. It is, after all, a day when everyone can make a world of difference, said Harper, who coordinates local Earth Day activities every April 22. This year, the...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Sunday, April 10 12:23 p.m.: Vendor removed – Caller reported a vendor setting up a stand in front of their residence on public right of way. When contacted they agreed to move to another location. Mclean/Bradshaw Rds., Greater La Conner. 6:53...

 

Bacon Wrapped Steak Bites

This is a recipe for the air fryer. Two tips I have learned about cooking with an air fryer is to use tin foil and parchment paper. I have a basket-type air fryer. I turn the basket upside down and...

 

Aaron Reinstra hired as fire chief, for code enforcement

It is not every day that an action by town officials is greeted with applause. Last Tuesday was one of those days. That’s when in-person audience members attending the April 12 town council hybrid meeting at Maple Hall put their hands together to...

 

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