Articles from the May 3, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 3, 2023

Students walk out of class in budget cut protest

La Conner students stepped up their support for school staff and programs threatened by district budget cuts in a most visible way Monday. About 60 middle and high school students, many of them...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 3, 2023

Tulip Valley Farms seeks dismissal of Tulip Town lawsuit

Tulip Valley Farms operator Andrew Miller filed for dismissal of all claims made by Spinach Bus Venture Group, owners of Tulip Town, in Skagit Superior Court April 25. His 15 page memorandum of law filed in support of his motion again cites the 2019...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    Community    May 3, 2023

Old local fishing journal a catch for Plug Ugly owner

The late Fred Owens knew he was onto something when he started publishing his quarterly Northwest Fishing Forecast in La Conner four decades ago. Owens, who died earlier this year in Santa Barbara, California, had enjoyed a loyal readership through h...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    May 3, 2023

Matika Wilbur launches 'Project 562' book at Swinomish last Tuesday

Photographer and writer Matika Wilbur, "Tsa-Tsique," introduced her epic photography book "Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America" to the world before a full room of over 160 people in th...

 

Schools need business ventures

The circumstances at our schools have me concerned, but that’s nothing new, I’ve seen these budgetary shortcomings coming for several years now. Maybe my farm was small and inconsequential, but it was a viable business for more than a quarter cen...

 

Assault weapons ban passed

I was lucky enough to be a raindrop in the sea of gun reform in Washington state. My husband and I attended one of the later hearings on HB 1240, the assault weapons ban, as representatives of Safe and Sane Skagit, a charter member of The Alliance...

 

Shelter Bay questions

A majority of the current and recently past volunteer Directors of Shelter Bay (SB) have accomplished the following over the past several years. • Voted to have the members of SB pay the fine of $92,500 imposed by the Swinomish Tribe against a n...

 
 By Dan ODonnell    Opinion    May 3, 2023

Swinomish need to support debt service

The Swinomish Tax Authority used the same levy rate for 2023, 2022 and 2021: $11.98 per thousand. But, the assessed value of homes in Shelter Bay and Pull & Be Damned increased from $196,279,100 to $206,399,050 over the past year. The Swinomish...

 

Stop Whatcom Street speeding

I live on Whatcom Street behind Pioneer Market. There are numerous people that walk, ride bikes and use strollers and walkers on the street to and from town. Lately, the traffic has increased and the corners of Talbot and Rainier streets are being...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    May 3, 2023

Choices are in the future for consumers buying electricity

Ongoing work towards both energy independence and the transition to energy sources that don’t use fossil fuels are going to create choices for energy consumers that we haven’t had in decades, or ever....

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 3, 2023

Henrie refiles case against five Shelter Bay board members

Shelter Bay resident Jan Henrie wants another day in court, continuing her lawsuit to stop the five Shelter Bay Community board of director officers from making financial decisions and to remove them. Meanwhile, the board approved a lease agreement w...

 

Gordon Godfrey

A true original has left us. Gordon Godfrey weighed anchor and headed for the 19th hole in the wee hours of March 28th, 2023. He was surrounded by his family, and we spent his last afternoon sharing... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 3, 2023

Town Council focuses on parking plans

A perennial issue topped the agenda of a rare short La Conner Town Council meeting last Tuesday. As had the town’s planning commission a week earlier, most of council’s 40-minute April 25 session emphasized downtown parking and traffic con...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 3, 2023

Conway billboard approved

The permit for a 300 square foot billboard on Cedardale Road on the east side of I-5 at the Conway exit was approved by the Skagit County Planning and Development Services Department April 18. Staff found the application met all requirements in...

 

Join in Skagit Solar Jam

Skagit Valley Clean Energy Cooperative is hosting Skagit Solar Jam May 13 at 4 p.m. in Maple Hall in partnership with Olympia Community Solar. Learn about the Solarize Skagit 2023 campaign, meet solar installers and network with other organizations...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 3, 2023

Candidate filing week May 15-19

It is time to decide to run for mayor or a town council seat in La Conner or for school district director, Fire District 13 commissioner and cemetery district 1 positions. Filing by mail for elected offices has started. File online or in person May...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 3, 2023

Ball teams complete two-game season sweeps of Concrete

La Conner High School softball and baseball teams continued to post football-type scores against Concrete last week. The Lady Braves (2-14 overall; 2-7 in league) followed up an earlier 35-27 slugfest...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 3, 2023

Murdock captures boys' Skagit County hurdles titles

Few can run faster and jump higher than La Conner High School junior Tommy Murdock. Murdock swept the boys' hurdle events at the 115th Skagit County Track and Field Championships at Kirkby Field in...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 3, 2023

Momentum builds for school native plant garden

Advocates for a proposed native plant garden on the La Conner Schools campus have given district officials plenty of food for thought. Several people spoke passionately on behalf of the proposal during a lengthy public comments segment at the April...

 

Olga's April account of the war in Ukraine

Olga has continued to provide email updates. She lives in eastern Ukraine. In mid-April no fierce battles were around her. She told me the sirens were less often as Russia concentrated on other areas. “I feel kind of weird because we have regions t...

 

Speaking Our Truth: LBGTQ+ students poetry reading at Lincoln Theatre

Skagit PFLAG and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation present an evening of LBGTQ+ voices at the Lincoln Theatre 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13. The event is free and open to everyone. Seattle poet Luther...

 

'The Healing Heart of Lushootseed' premiere May 12

The Skagit Valley premiere of "The Healing Heart of Lushootseed" a documentary, film shows at the Lincoln Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12. The evening starts with a red carpet reception at 6:30...

 

Forum on journalism's importance to democracy

The League of Women Voters of Skagit County invites the public to a meeting to discuss the future of local journalism and its importance to our democracy Monday, May 15, 6:30-8 p.m. at Mount Vernon...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 3, 2023

Cantwell and Larsen secure funding for local ecosystem and climate change projects

Swinomish Tribal Community lands are in line for salmon habitat restoration and coastal resilience grant funds, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Everett) and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA.) announced last week. The federal funding support has been...

 

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