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 By John Ryan    News    April 26, 2022

Olympic Peninsula glaciers expected to disappear

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio Devoting your life to something that is disappearing can be tough. Portland State University professor Andrew Fountain has been researching the dwindling glaciers of the American West since the 1980s. He said for years,...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 26, 2022

Election forum 5 p.m. today

Today, April 27, at 5 p.m Shelter Bay Community residents can attend a Zoom candidates forum to evaluate seven candidates running to fill three positions on their board of directors. Elections are May 21, during the annual membership meeting. Board m...

 

Cindy Vest was glue binding La Conner newspapers

Cindy Vest was in the truest sense born with ink in her veins, to an Everett family long established in the printing business. Her own legacy would be that of serving as the lifeblood of La Conner newspapering through parts of six decades, from the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 26, 2022

The world after Earth Day

Friday was Earth Day, an opportunity to share clean-ups, concerns and celebrations of our blue-blue spaceship planet home. Earth Day offers the chance to reflect on the critical changes we, the people, mostly of the United States, but truly all of us...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 26, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Late last August, this newspaper’s publisher – me – was seen by some in the community limping around the commercial district Wednesdays delivering the Weekly News to stores and red newspaper boxes. In October the pain from arthritis...

 

Gilkey Square and $21,800

I am opposed to the same-ification of this place with placing still another selfie spot in a world full of them. Our rich foundational history is being lost. I would spend that money on engaging signs that inform our visitors, new residents, and our...

 

Police Blotter follow up

The April 20 edition of the La Conner Weekly News had a Police Blotter report of a suspicious driver in a white pickup slowly cruising around La Conner streets. I want to put the residents of La Conner at ease about this report in the police...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    April 26, 2022

If I ran the zoo

Live and 24/7, you can tune into the Russian invasion in Ukraine at any time day or night and get up-to-date horrifying footage and totally depressing expert analysis of what’s going on right this...

 

Eagles, ospreys, geese, oh my

Oh, what a sight, the osprey chasing that eagle away from her nest, on the tower that towers across the channel from downtown La Conner. I saw the scene on Sunday at 1:18 p.m., when I had come to a stop in the tricky spot next to the Calico...

 

Veteran Swinomish officer earns promotion to lieutenant

A 10-year veteran of the Swinomish Police Department, Velma Lockrem was inspired to pursue a career in law enforcement by her grandfather, Joe Bailey, a former officer who now serves as chief of Fish...

 

Judith “Judi” Anne Slajer (Sabine)

Judi Slajer passed away peacefully on April 21, 2022, with her husband Tom Rosadiuk, her daughters, and granddaughter by her side.? Judi was born on July 29, 1941 in Grayling, MI to parents Horace... Full story

 

Town planner will inventory mix-use properties

The town planning commission was awaiting the ruling by hearing examiner David Lowell on the fate of the controversial Center Street apartment project when the panel met Tuesday, April 19. A conditional use permit application to site a 20-unit...

 

La Conner native raising funds to cure blood cancer

There are few things more grueling than running a marathon. One of those is battling cancer. A La Conner native knows all about the former, having previously run the Denver Colfax Marathon. Now she...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 26, 2022

Baseball Braves fall to Orcas

The La Conner High School baseball team ripped nine hits, drew 10 walks, and received solid outings from pitchers Nathan Bailey and Haydin Dinuis when the Braves hosted Orcas Island Friday afternoon. But it wasn’t enough to overcome crucial...

 

Potpouri of library happenings

Construction Update Construction on the new La Conner Swinomish Library is moving steadily toward an expected completion this summer! You may have noticed the large bay windows which were installed last week. They will allow natural light to pour...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    April 26, 2022

Rexville Grange still serving members and neighbors at 95 years

Don’t talk about the Rexville Grange in the past tense. Membership may be small and the calendar light, but this Grange is alive and well. Built in 1927, the Rexville Grange has hosted potlucks,...

 

Planning commission approves lot on Washington Street

The town planning commission met April 19 and approved a historic design review for a third lot of the proposed Greg Ellis housing development behind Pioneer Market. Two other lots have already been approved. Town planner Michael Davolio said he expe...

 

Tater Tot Casserole

This is a recipe I learned to prepare only after I married Kevin. It was served at a tribe’s community dinner. I resolved to cook it for us, at home. The last time I prepared this meal was eight...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Tuesday, April 19 12:25 p.m.: Lost tire – Report of a vehicle that lost a tire and went into a field, but deputies were not able to locate anyone. Best/McLean Rds, Greater La Conner. Wednesday, April 20 2:53 p.m.: Recovered wallet –...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    April 26, 2022

Tulip tourists swarmed La Conner last week

Saturday was the most crowded day of a tourist-filled week in La Conner. By midday there was not a parking spot to be had on First Street and the public lot below Maple Hall was filled. Curbs on Morri...

 

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