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 By Ken Stern    Community    April 28, 2021

Tulip spring bursting with tourist business

Merchants and restaurateurs throughout La Conner share Julie Lennartz‘s “2021 Tulip Season has been spectacular!” assessment of business in town this month. The co-owner of La Conner Pub &...

 

Rosalinda Guillen talks father’s artistic legacy

La Conner social justice leader Rosalinda Guillen painted a vivid picture of her late father, acclaimed artist Jesus Guillen, during two special presentations at the Skagit County Historical Museum...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    April 28, 2021

The state of the other Washington

Washington’s second congressional district, ours, has just over 711,000 people. Every congressional district has roughly the same population. Our representative, Rick Larsen, votes for and against all kinds of things, from funding for airports to m...

 

The Hedlin deal

In approximately the summer of 2019 the Town of La Conner was approached by members of the Hedlin family with an offer to buy the 80,000 square feet parcel of land on Maple Avenue known as the Hedlin...

 

Spring things on my mind

As we dive into spring, our minds may turn to what new things it will bring. Certainly the birds will sing, and the trees will spread their pollen, and some insects will buzz, when they flap their wings. Some of us have been busy reading and...

 

Gun laws are hopeful

In his 1848 preface to the 12th edition of “Democracy in America,” written in 1835, French writer, social scientist, philosopher and politician Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “It is not force alone, but good laws that give stability to a new...

 

Pope Francis urges: Time to act on climate change is now

Editor: Thank you for your editorial April 21, “A changing climate is deadlier than COVID-19.” In twin Earth Day messages, Pope Francis warned a gathering of world leaders and the global community at large that “we are at the edge” with...

 

No Samish River mine

Once again, our Valley faces a gravel pit project that could damage the character, safety and environmental integrity of a rural area and waterway. This time, the proposed project is the Miles Sand and Gravel mine along the Samish River, accessed...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    April 28, 2021

If I ran the zoo

As Bob Seger eloquently expressed in song, it’s time for Americans to “Turn the Page.” Just when you thought gun ownership in this country could not get worse, it becomes totally out of...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 28, 2021

Braves blast Concrete in key football road test

The La Conner High football team hit the ground running at Concrete Friday night. Operating out of their new Wing-T set, the Braves topped 300 yards rushing and saw four different players score touchdowns as La Conner posted a convincing 48-14 NW2B...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 28, 2021

Mike Ritchie will make Big Climb for cancer research

Even when done virtually, there is nothing more real than the Big Climb in Seattle. Let La Conner resident Mike Ritchie explain. “The Big Climb,” he says, “is a stair climb up the Columbia Center, the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle. The...

 

Annaliese Whitney April Soroptimist Student

The Soroptimist Honored Student for April, Annaliese Whitney, has varied talents and interests that she shares with family, friends and community members. Annaliese, a senior at La Conner High...

 

Raising funds to salvage historic Norwester

In most cases, an 80-year-old yacht that had run aground would be a candidate for the scrap heap. But not the Norwester. The iconic 76-foot vessel, once owned by legendary film actor John Wayne and a main attraction on the La Conner waterfront for se...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Tuesday, April 20 10:12 p.m.: Watching out – Caller requested extra patrols for suspicious activity near his residence. Park St., La Conner. Wednesday, April 21 6:25 p.m.: No report needed – Caller reported a non-reportable moving...

 

Celeriac and Potato Mash

Celeriac is a root vegetable that stays fresh in your refrigerator crisp drawer. Adding celeriac to mashed potatoes creates a unique flavor, a bit like turnip. When mashed, if you leave small chunks,...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    April 28, 2021

County likely to return to Phase 2

Skagit County will likely be moved back to Phase 2 of the State’s Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan for Washington’s public and economic health by Gov. Jay Inslee May 3. The county is failing both critical metrics, with at least 209 new...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 28, 2021

$59 billion budget passed to end legislative session

Washington State Journal At the end of the mostly virtual legislative session April 25, lawmakers passed a hefty $59 billion budget that funnels millions into childcare, public health, rental assistance and addressing the economic impact of a...

 

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