Articles from the April 19, 2023 edition

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 By Ken Stern    News    April 19, 2023

Tulip Town sues Tulip Valley Farms for competing

The weather has not cooperated or coordinated itself with this year's Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, but sunny days are surely here again for Andrew Miller's new Tulip Valley Farms operation. His Brads...

 By Ken Stern    News    April 19, 2023

Shelter Bay board beats court injunction

Skagit County Superior Court judge Laura Riquelme sided with the five executive committee members of the Shelter Bay Community board of directors Friday, denying a request for an injunction that could have led to their removal from the board and... Full story


Shelter Bay residents recall director Kontos

Last spring, Judy Kontos won election to the Shelter Bay Community’s board of directors on a platform of increasing transparency and ushering in reform as part of the nine-member governing panel. This time around, Kontos didn’t fare well when...

 By Robin Carneen    A & E    April 19, 2023

Telling the Truth: 'Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America'

The Swinomish and Tulalip photographer, filmmaker, podcaster and author Matika Wilbur shares her Indian/Spirit name "Tsa-Tsique," meaning "she who teaches children," with her mom, Nancy Wilbur. During...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 19, 2023

Earth Day needed every day

Saturday is the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day. In the giddy, heady days of the early 1970s – with or without pot – people celebrated recycling. Going farther meant reusing and reducing. Reflect on that, on how radical the concepts of reusing... Full story


New gun law punitive

The Democrat-dominated state legislature, fully endorsed by a sympathetic Democrat governor, has been “fine-tuning” highly restrictive measures that adversely affect gun ownership in Washington State (House Bill 1280). When enacted – likely on...


Trust lost in Shelter Bay board

Recently, some friends have asked us why we moved from Shelter Bay into the town of La Conner. The simple reason is, we lost trust in the board to act in the best interest of the community and we lost faith that the board would begin to act in the... Full story


For covering Shelter Bay

As a resident of Shelter Bay, I’m grateful for La Conner Weekly News coverage of the community’s recent challenges. Because we are a very significant segment of the wider community, we unquestionably have an impact outside the confines of our...


Buy Rotary Club tulips

The Rotary Club of La Conner is once again selling field cut tulips at $6/per bunch of 10, from their two booths. One is near the La Conner roundabout, the other is in Shawn O’Donnell’s Farmhouse Restaurant parking lot. Both booths are open 11...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 19, 2023

Musings - On the editor's mind

Very few of us are racist or know people who are racist. Few of us stay quiet when racist remarks are made. That is what polling and folks discussing race in America or in their community say. Yet I know that I very definitely crossed the street... Full story


State parks free April 22

All parks are free in Washington on Earth Day, April 22. Day entrance is free on lands managed by Washington’s State Parks, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife. For National Park Service parks, it is the first day...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 19, 2023

District 13 firefighters ran practices on model trains ahead of BNSF derailment

Nobody anticipates a train derailment in their backyard. Nobody, perhaps, except Skagit County Fire District 13 Training Officer Chris Olbu. A model railroader, Olbu led a detailed tabletop exercise at the district’s SneeOosh Road fire station...


How our bills are becoming law

Our legislature reviews hundreds of proposed pieces of legislation during sessions. This year, with the help of our team, I have drafted and introduced twelve bills. Six passed the House and five...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 19, 2023

Town approves moratorium pausing adult business sitings

The Town of La Conner won’t be caught with its pants down while drafting rules regulating adult businesses. Its Town Council last Tuesday unanimously adopted a six-month emergency moratorium on development applications within commercial,...


Community dinner raises funds for local family

Tyrone McLeod has been a builder much of his life, the elaborate ramp he installed at a Morris Street home across from The Slider Café is a prime example. He has built even more goodwill here over...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 19, 2023

La Conner diamond teams swept by Coupeville

The Coupeville High School baseball team stole a win at La Conner last Thursday. Not that the visiting Wolves eked out an unexpected NW2B/1B triumph. A veteran Coupeville lineup, ran wild on the...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 19, 2023

Murdock sweeps hurdles at Skagit Showdown meet

La Conner High School hurdles standout Tommy Murdock took top honors in his races at the Skagit Showdown Meet in Sedro-Woolley last Wednesday. Students from various sized schools competed, but...

 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    April 19, 2023

'The Odd Couple' opens this week at school auditorium

A La Conner High School student group is proving you can play around and learn at the same time. The school’s extracurricular theater arts program group is presenting Neil Simon’s popular comedy “The Odd Couple” with six shows at the Bruce...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    April 19, 2023

'Something Rotten' at Lincoln is anything but

Shakespeare does not have to be difficult. Here is a great way to make his work accessible: weave it with American musical comedy. Combine lavish costumes, a 13-piece band, an energetic, uniformly... Full story

 By Ken Stern    Community    April 19, 2023

Tulip tourist day in our local town

Friday was tulip-flowers-in-bloom day, a wonderfully sunny day, if still cool and with a bit of a breeze. It was as much officially the start of the tulip tourist season as the first pitch and...

 By Ken Stern    News    April 19, 2023

Recall petitions filed on 5 Shelter Bay directors

The turmoil continues in Shelter Bay. Resident Judy Kontos filed five petitions, one against each executive committee member of the Shelter Bay Community board of directors, Thursday, April 13. The day before Kontos, elected to the board in May, was... Full story


Glass artist Toots Zynsky at MoNA

Glass artist Toots Zynsky speaks at the Museum of Northwest Art April 29, 1 p.m. Her work is included in the exhibition, “Geppetto’s Children: Italo Scanga at Pilchuck Glass School.” Zynsky will talk about her career as an artist using the...


Students apply for art competition

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) is inviting high school-aged students who live or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District to showcase their artistic talents in the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. Art submissions and forms are due...


April 22 Earth Day poetry

The April 22 Earth Day poets reading in celebration of National Poetry Month at 7 p.m. at Pelican Bay Books are Kevin Murphy and local Randy Dills, fine readers with much to say about the natural world. They have new books out. Pelican Bay Books:...


Anacortes trail permanently closed

The trail between the beach at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal and the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve is closed indefinitely. King tides and winter storms destroyed the boardwalk and dramatically changed the fragile wetland and the public is being...


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